DrWohlgemuth.com

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DrWohlgemuth.com was originally created to advertise the medical practice of my brother, Dr. Stephen A. Wohlgemuth. (See his original page here.) After his retirement, I decided to use the web-site address to provide information on scientific results (critical and lifesaving as they may be) that have been received by the medical community with less than adequate gravity.

The first of these is the work on the relation of diet and cancer by Cornell Professor T. Colin Campbell.

The results of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (rhymes with "win") on diet and heart disease are given here.

I am a retired research mathematician. One of my own projects—finding logically consistent symbolizations of immunogenetic data—was funded from 1976 to 1991 by the National Cancer Institute of NIH. Publications from, and an account of this work can be found in the biomedical research section of my web site andrew-wohlgemuth.com. In 1991, I did not seek further renewal of this grant because I had become really disappointed with the biomedical research community—just as Dr. Kelly was disappointed with his colleagues’ lack of interest in the clinical implications of Colin Campbell’s work.

My interest in the scientific basis for diet choices began in about 1980, inspired by the work of Nathan Pritikin. Dr. Michael Greger (Nutritionfacts.org) has two short videos where he explains his family's debt to Nathan Pritikin:

Dr. Greger at one time assumed that once the scientific validity of the powerful role of diet in disease prevention and treatment was verified and published it would have a profound effect on the medical establishment. This turned out not to be true. This may be due to the difficulty people in general have with the unexpected and unfamiliar and the investments specialists have with their current working assumptions.

Dr. Greger introduces another scientific pioneer, Dr. Walter Kempner of Duke University School of Medicine, here.

There are three cancer therapies accepted by the US medical establishment: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. In general, accepted therapies are formally fixed into a “standard of care”, and physicians are noticed, and possibly at risk, if they deviate from this standard of care.

Although diet is increasingly being recognized as important in cancer treatment, there remains a lagging gap between irrefutable scientific evidence (epidemiological, clinical, and experimental laboratory evidence) and the “standard of care”.

In his 2014 book The Campbell Plan (reissued in paperback in 2016 as The China Study Solution), Thomas Campbell, MD, (the son of Colin Campbell) calls this gap a “chasm”. He relates a hospital episode with a woman dying from diabetes. Her legs have both been amputated below the knee, but she has nonetheless some fighting spirit. She asked the attending physician (not Campbell), “What should I be eating, doctor?” The doctor told her to “watch out for sugars, to avoid bagels, to use low-fat dairy products, that fat-free milk and reduced-fat cream cheese were in fact very tasty once you got used to them.”

Dr. Campbell comments, “Through all of this [her past encounters with doctors, as her disease progressed] she still was unclear about the dietary advice that could save her life, her legs, her eyes, her kidneys. She had been in the medical system for years and yet her preventable, perhaps even curable, disease had progressed.”

Dr. Campbell states, “There is a chasm between powerful nutrition and lifestyle information and the medical system’s standards of care. Evidence-based nutrition is simply absent from the vast majority of our medical system.”

There is a lot of contradictory stuff on diet out there — much of it written by people with little or no education in nutrition. On the other hand, Prof. Colin Campbell has spent his scientific career studying the relation between nutrition and disease. His book WHOLE Rethinking the Science of Nutrition identifies the source of much of the wrong message the public is getting about nutrition. In this book, Prof. Campbell also states, "If you want to live free of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes for your entire life, that power is in your hands (and your knife and fork)."

Dr. John Abramson has some advice for patients and doctors.

Dr. John McDougall begins his book The Starch Solution with a note to the reader, containing the following:

“Diet is powerful medicine. Do not change your diet or start an exercise program if you are seriously ill or on medications unless you are under the watchful guidance of a health care provider knowledgeable about nutrition and its effects on health and about the medications you are taking.”
In particular, changing to a healthy diet and not tapering medications can lead to being dangerously over medicated.

This also means that if you are already on a healthy diet, then being treated by a "standard of care" (established by what, among compromises, is statistically best for people on a standard diet) can also lead to your being dangerously over medicated.

The medical system in its present state of ignoring the best lifestyle and treatment options, is a dangerous place to be in. In this environment it is important to educate yourself, and, as Dr. Abramson advised, form a partnership with your physician.

Educate yourself by looking into the material by those identified as pioneers. They are trustworthy guides. They are good scientists. And they ask questions, rather than memorize answers. They have followed the data where it leads, even if it might put them at risk for their career, status, and financial security.

I can't think of a better place to start than the DVD (not just the cookbook) Forks Over Knives. Get it from amazon.com or one of the video streaming services.

Here for a downloadable PDF file with the non-video material above.