My PhD degree is in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. I approach medicine from that perspective. I even do consults and talks around the world that are exclusively Neuropharmacology, Biochemistry and Regenerative science. I emphasize the scientific evidence for the role of specific chemicals in stem cell stimulation and regeneration and how this can rein in and even prevent and reverse specific degenerative processes like neurodegenerative diseases and osteoporosis and non-healing bones and wounds.
This often involves utilizing combinations of supplements. However, “supplements” has the connotation of being “unimportant” and not really “medicine”. The situation described in the self-explanatory letter below is an example of this where a physical therapist told a multiple sclerosis patient that I was just going to give her a bunch of vitamins when she comes to her appointment with me.
April 13, 2017
I saw a patient in my office today who came to see me after a Saturday seminar I gave to the local Multiple Sclerosis Group. She has had a dramatic exacerbation of her symptoms over the past 6 months. She has been receiving home health services from your company which includes physical therapy. To my dismay, when the patient told the physical therapist who is treating her that she had an appointment to see me in the office, the PT told her, “He’s just going to give you lots of vitamins and stuff.”
As an MD and a PhD in neurochemistry, I’m appalled at the ignorance of this professional. My seminar content was all about how the Vitamin D opens up a pore in the cell allowing Vitamin A and K2 to enter. These three form a heterodimer which enters the nucleus of the cell and drives the DNA to begin to make new myelin to repair axonal myelin loss. It has been carefully studied in M.S. patients.
When I spend a Saturday sharing this current, state of the art neuroscience with an otherwise hopeless group of patients and they are encouraged that there is new biochemistry that they can utilize which might slow the progression of their disease, I would prefer that your therapists not discourage them. Not only is the therapist ignorant and uninformed, her comments were disparaging and insulting to my 45 years of research and knowledge which I am still pursuing and publishing. It also may deprive patients of therapeutic interventions that might be of great benefit to them, thereby ultimately causing them harm.
Please advise your therapists and staff to refrain from ridiculing or criticizing any MD PhD unless they also have these credentials and 45 years of experience and study.
Lewis K. Clarke, M.D., Ph.D.