Dr. Friedman’s Comments
When I was in college I traveled in India and developed a bad case of parasites. I went back home to the States to get better. Upon my return I took 4 series of antibiotics, despite the fact that I was getting worse. I decided to try another approach and went to see a naturopathic physician. Frankly, I was somewhat skeptical when he prescribed me a special type of diet and some supplements. However, after two months my digestive problems were finally treated effectively, but not only that, 90% of my airborne allergies disappeared. I came in for treatment with one illness, and instead of getting side effects, I received a wonderful side benefit. I soon realized that the herbalists of India could have cured me much better than the gastroenterologists in the States.
My decision to choose naturopathic medical school instead of allopathic medical school was primarily based on this past experience with my health. After finishing my four years at medical school, I treated my first patient Judyth. Within a few years of treatment she was able to overcome six chronic conditions that were considered incurable by the conventional medical community including Parkinson’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulosis, Diabetic Retinopathy, Diabetes and Arthritis.
Primarily because of the success of my patient Judyth, I began to focus on herbal support for Diabetes. Later, I received funding for a one year research project on herbal support for Diabetes. To my surprise, the herbs I studied were helpful support in people with diabetes and the same herbs were equally helpful in people with hypoglycemia. In clinical practice I started experimenting with giving herbs in unorthodox manners. I used herbs for benign prostatic hypertrophy that are normally used to treat menopause, and prescribed herbs for ovarian enlargement that are normally used for prostate enlargement. To my surprise, the herbs worked interchangeably well in both groups.
A friend of mine in Canada told me about a treatment of T3 for Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. I started using the treatment on my patients, and soon my practice was dedicated to endocrine conditions with a focus on hormones and herbs. I started combining both modalities and was soon finding that I was getting predictable responses in a variety of illnesses that were considered incurable by the medical community. I invited Dr. Wilson to teach one of my classes in Endocrinology and soon we started talking herbs in conjunction with T3. Dr. Wilson came up with the term Restorative Medicine, signifying medicine that can restore health, not just control symptoms. We decided to join our talents together to provide education and supplements to physicians to help them restore health to their patients.