A Chiropractic Internist

From Dr. Keith Currie

I am going through a 300 hour Diplomate Program to become a National Board Accredited Chiropractic Internist. I thought I would take a minute to inform all of you about how this could help all of us live healthier lives. I have been attending seminars in different cities and states over the last 3 years to achieve this. It has been expensive and time consuming but I feel very strongly that this is what I need to do in my continued efforts to become the best Dr. possible and provide you with even more exceptional natural healthcare. Imagine the possibilities of what could be achieved if not only your back problem, neck pain, or severe neuropathy pain were much relieved but through natural healthcare, your body as a whole is much healthier and you have a new zest for life and you get a “do over”. It is so exciting!!!

When you hear the term chiropractic internist, you may be thinking, “What in the world is that?” I have thought about it a lot and the easiest way I can think of to explain it would be to say that it is natural healthcare (without medications and drugs) that is based off of medical laboratory tests. What this means is that a conventional test such as bloodwork can be used to determine if someone has health problems and then if so, those issues can be treated by utilizing natural strategies instead of medicine in most cases. The medical tests I use have been proven to be accurate and reliable. They are the same test used by hospitals and other physicians. However, I have seen that I order a lot more tests than typically seen on most lab reports. My thoughts are, look at the whole engine instead of just the carburetor. Makes sense, right?

Next, recommendations are given to the patient based off of what the lab findings show. After a period of time has lapsed, the lab test can be repeated and proof of results can be seen. I like to keep score of my patient’s health. Do lab tests, and work through nutrition to help them become healthier and retest to see what changes we made. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When your car needs work, get it done. Otherwise, it will cost much more down the road due to the neglect. The same is true with the human body. Work on problems now so that it prevents bigger problems later.
Show me one single person who had a stroke or heart attack, lost bodily function such as speech, vision, hearing, or arm/leg function, using a walker or wheelchair that is happy about it. You are not going to find many. It’s just the facts.
You may be thinking to yourself, “My Dr. (even my specialist) did my bloodwork and told me that everything is fine, so why would Dr. Currie recommend me getting new bloodwork or other tests?” I believe that the current healthcare model is broken. If something is going on in the body, a physician will usually run some lab tests and if the findings on those tests are abnormal, one of two things are typically done: medicate or operate. The problem is that by the time abnormal lab results show up, a person is actually “sick”. However, there are almost always underlying problems that have led to that point. Those problems have been coming on for years and are deep seeded. It’s only in getting to the underlying problems (the roots of the tree) that great change can be made.

It’s a shame to say it but, on lab tests (such as bloodwork) the clinical ranges that physicians look at to determine what is “normal” are based off of “sick” people. For example: Drs. will say that cholesterol should be below 200 mg/dL to be “normal”. If you are 195 mg/dL, then technically you have “normal” cholesterol and therefore healthy. But once again, keep in mind that the number 200 is based off of “sick” people. According to accepted clinical guidelines, if you go over 200, it’s bad and according to most physicians you are “sick”. A very, very important point is that your body needs cholesterol to heal and repair. Your brain cells are made up of cholesterol derivatives. Your sex hormones are made from cholesterol. It easy to see how suppressing cholesterol through medications could have global consequences in the body. Another fact: Homocysteine (something I check on every nutritional patient) has been shown to be 3x more predictive of a stroke or heart attack than cholesterol. Why isn’t it standard medical practice to check for high homocysteine levels? Another thing that just doesn’t make sense to me.

Research and follow up lab tests have shown that there are natural and healthy ways to help cholesterol stay closer to those levels. Can cholesterol be too low? Yes!!! Cholesterol below 140 mg/dL is one of the 4 ominous signs of cancer. It doesn’t mean that someone has cancer but means that they are at high risk. Once again, if someone has chronic low cholesterol, it can be managed naturally in most cases.

I recently had a patient whose husband (a low back pain and sciatica patient) referred to me. Her cholesterol was 357. After 2 months and 1 week, her cholesterol was 190! All natural. She was thrilled.

Remember, inflammation is the root of ALL disease processes in the body. Therefore, it is imperative that inflammation be controlled and regulated naturally in order to prevent disease! Here are just a few symptoms of chronic inflammation:

Cold hands, Memory Problems, Autoimmune Disease, Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Blood Sugar Dysregulation, Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Disc problems, Cold feet, Brain Fog, Menorrhagia (more advanced stages amenorrhea = lack of female cycles), PMS, Hot Flashes, Heart Palpitations, Chronic Infections, Broken Circadian Rhythm = sleep problems, Fatigue/Exhaustion during a particular time of the day, Constipation, Weakness, Depression, Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity), Hypochlorhydria = low stomach acid which causes indigestion/bloating/burping, Elevated or depressed cholesterol (inversely proportional to thyroid levels), Low Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which can lead to gall stones/gall bladder issues, Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses, Weight gain despite adhering to a low calorie diet, Hypersensitivity to cold, Itchy dry skin, Hair falls out, Loss of outermost part of the eyebrow, Slow wound healing, Mental sluggishness, Dizziness, Cancer (if tissues are inflamed long enough to become cancerous lesions), and Dementia.

Some of the lab tests that I am doing are the following: routine bloodwork, Complete Metabolic Panel, Adrenal Salivary Index (to check for broken circadian rhythm = awake/sleep cycles created by cortisol levels being out of whack – cortisol is heavily involved with inflammation), Food Sensitivity Test (to determine if you are having an auto-immune/allergic response to the foods that you eat which creates chronic inflammation), Stool Testing (for parasitic infections), Complete Thyroid Panel (with 9 thyroid tests including antibodies), Gluten Sensitivity, Urinary Cultures (to detect difficult to find causes of chronic urinary tract infections), Cardio IQ Panel (to determine someone’s risk for a heart attack or stroke), Homocysteine (to show levels of inflammation to the blood vessels), Genetic Testing Interpretation (checking for genetic factors that could lead to a variety of health problems), Complete Female and Male Hormone Panels, Candida and Yeast Overgrowth Testing, Urine Indican Test (to check for leaky gut) and others.