KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: Natural Medicine Must Know Info

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Posted on 31st October 2011 by admin in Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC Craichy talks with Dr. Patrick Purdue about Natural Medicine – including Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Audio Transcript

KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy. Today I have a special guest, Dr. Patrick Purdue. Dr. Purdue, very excited to have you today.

Dr. Purdue: Thank you.

KC: Dr. Purdue and I often have these long discussions about things that can change the world, and there’s never been a camera in our discussions.

Dr. Purdue: True.

KC: So now we have the opportunity. First I want to talk about, you’re a doctor of Oriental medicine.

Dr. Purdue: Yes.

KC: And you’re a naturopathic doctor.

Dr. Purdue: Mm-hmm.

KC: Talk to us about, because most people out here are thinking, doctor of Oriental medicine, he’s really good with needles. And you are.

Dr. Purdue: Yeah. [laughs]

KC: But tell us a little bit more about Oriental medicine.

Dr. Purdue: Sure. Traditional Chinese medicine is easily 3,000 years old. That’s roughly when the time period was that the first textbook was written, which was called the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic Medicine. Since that time, over 8,000 textbooks have been written just in Chinese medicine. When you review the literature, what you see very clearly is acupuncture is less than 10% of the medicine. Well over 90% is internal medicine, which has always been my favorites and my specialty. Acupuncture more or less belongs in the orthopedic division of Chinese medicine. In other words, it’s excellent for musculo-skeletal aches and pains. Even though it sounds maybe, counterintuitive, a lot of people tell you when a bunch of needles are stuck in them, they get enormously relaxed.

KC: Yeah, it doesn’t quite seem to work that way, but it’s really true.

Dr. Purdue: It is true.

KC: That’s very interesting. You’re saying that the needle part is like a specialty in allopathic medicine, being orthopedic medicine.

Dr. Purdue: Exactly.

KC: That’s very interesting. Very interesting.

Dr. Purdue: They call the specialty studies in Chinese, Ke, K-E. So, Nei Ke is internal specialty or internal medicine, and that’s what I do. Within that large umbrella of internal medicine, you have the sub-specialties: women’s health issues, cardiovascular issues, gastrointestinal issues. I actually did extensive women’s health issues studies right before I graduated and after I graduated. It was a continuing program. So that started off as my main specialty, and since then I’ve branched off into GI issues and cardiovascular and so forth.

KC: Very interesting. In the changing medical environment we have right now, with the new healthcare, I really have a hard time with the word ‘healthcare’ when you’re talking about disease management versus healthcare.

Dr. Purdue: Disease care.

KC: Disease care, yes. I’m a big fan of naturopathic medicine, Oriental medicine, and chiropractic and so on, the “alternatives”. Interestingly, allopathic medicine tends to call it alternative medicine until it’s proven that it works, and then it’s allopathic medicine.

Dr. Purdue: True. That’s exactly true.

KC: You know how that works. The true is that physiological medicine is what you try to do. You try to put things back into their normal course, take away blockages, and let the body do what it’s designed to do, right?

Dr. Purdue: That’s true. Actually, in 1994 Dr. David Eisenstat of Harvard Med School published a study with the Journal of the American Medical Association that found well over 50% of the American population is using some form of alternative medicine. My opinion about that is, well, that doesn’t make it alternative, does it?

KC: Exactly. It’s not alternative. Exactly. We’re going to go into some things about conventional medicine that people need to know about in the studies in another segment here, but right now I really want to stay on what you do and how someone can benefit from that. They’re only used to going to their family doctor and getting a prescription. If you go, it’s like a transaction. You go to the doctor, and you get a prescription. So how is it that you practice differently than that?

Dr. Purdue: Under Florida law, I’m considered a primary care provider. Literally, what that means is anything that walks in the door I can address. We get flu, cold, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, all those common things that any medical practice gets. What I do to treat it, is rather than slapping an antibiotic onto someone, not to say that there isn’t a time and a place for that, but more often, most of the time, in most cases, I can resolve bacterial infections, viral infections with herbal medicine and not have to refer the patient out for an antibiotic.

KC: Exactly. The pharmacological side effects are crazy, for sure.

Dr. Purdue: Yes.

KC: The body’s really designed to do all the things you’re talking about if you can just support it along, obviously. I want to mention, also, you developed a program that can help a doctor of Oriental medicine become more like a family practitioner.

Dr. Purdue: Mm-hmm.

KC: And this also works for chiropractors and other types of practitioners.

Dr. Purdue: Yes.

KC: Tell us about that.

Dr. Purdue: Basically, I embrace the idea, according to our state law, that we can do pretty much anything in practice. We’re considered primary care providers, that means we have to know a lot of stuff. In our schooling, we’re trained a lot and very thoroughly in traditional Chinese medicine. We get a lot of schooling in Western biophysical medicine, but we’re not trained to be an MD, a pharmaceutical prescribing-style doctor. That doesn’t mean that we can’t handle all of those things that doctors of that type will handle. I saw a lack in our education, an area where continuing education could be provided that would bring along someone who wants to have that kind of training up to a level where they could perform as a local family neighborhood primary care doc. That’s what the program’s all about. It gets into a lot of physical examination techniques, and so forth.

KC: That’s very exciting. So, how does an average person, though, integrate what you do, when they’re really accustomed to doing it the way their insurance has directed them, so to speak. How do they integrate, when do they decide they come to you instead of their current primary care?

Dr. Purdue: I do a lot of education with my patients. When a new patient comes in, typically they’re coming in to handle an issue. It may be physical pain, it may be some internal medicine complication where they’ve tried all the conventional drug therapy, nothing’s worked, they’re getting worse, and one of their friends or neighbors mentioned my name. They happen to come walking in the door just to see what I’m up to. I educate them right from the get-go, and inform them, look, I want you to let me know about anything that happens to you. Your kid wakes up in the middle of the night screaming from an ear infection, call the office. I just inform them, use us as your go-to place for any kind of healthcare issues.

KC: OK. One thing I like about you is that you’re an avid researcher. You use the clinical evidence from the major medical journals to guide your practice.

Dr. Purdue: Mm-hmm.

KC: To me, one person once said that if a conventional medicine doc would come out of school and he would be absolutely committed to reading a couple of abstracts and a full study every day after he graduates, he’s going to be the best doctor ever. In 12 months, he’s going to be 400 years behind in the research.

Dr. Purdue: True enough.

KC: So you really have to get away from looking just at the conventional approaches and standards of practice, and start looking at the same journals to see what they deliver, such extraordinary evidence out there about helping the body overcome things which are seemingly chronic, that will just continue in conventional medicine. We’re going to get into some exciting discussions here in a few more segments. Dr. Purdue, thank you so much…

Dr. Purdue: My pleasure.

KC: …for coming today, and I look forward to the future segments.

Dr. Purdue: Thank you.

KC: All right. I hope you enjoyed it. God bless you and have a great day.

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