Rheumatoid Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Physicians told Dr. Goldberg as a young man that he would be permanently crippled by severe rheumatoid disease, accompanied by advanced ulcerative colitis, environmental allergies, chronic fatigue and psoriasis (see picture on left). Through the study and disciplined application of nutritional biochemistry, clinical epidemiology and natural hygiene, he recovered his health (current picture on right).
Since that time, for over thirty years, Dr. Goldberg has successfully helped chronically ill patients from across the U.S. recover from a wide variety of difficult, chronic, conditions by carefully seeking out and addressing the individual causes of ill health. Read more
Infinite Variety Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., DACBN
(Published In Nutritional Perspectives- Journal of the Council of Nutrition 2008)
“It takes all sorts to make a world” English Proverb
You are ill and feeling desperate. Your doctor has labeled your
symptoms with an annoying name. You are told it is a chronic illness
and you will need a lifetime of drugs and medical supervision just to
control the symptoms. It is, after all, your doctor reminds you a chronic disease. A large pit forms
in your gut and life takes on a gloom, which follows you day and night.
Step back for a moment. You are
infinitely different from every other person on the planet including
anyone ever given the diagnosis slapped on you. Why should you be
labeled in such a way and thrown into one big diagnostic soup? If you
accept such a condemnation then your chronic disease will likely remain
chronic. There is a more rational alternative for you, an individual
with a unique constitution. Do not accept the dismal medical outlook
given to millions of chronically ill people labeled with rheumatoid
arthritis, lupus, colitis, crohns disease, multiple sclerosis or a slew
of other names.
As a physician who has worked with chronically ill patients for
over 35 years addressing each patient as a separate entity I know that
addressing the unique characteristics of each person is essential to
the recovery of those with all types of chronic disease problems. With
each new patient that walks into our clinic I ask myself, “what makes this person different? What
factors led to the development of their disease? What actions need to
be taken specific to their individual nature to permit recovery?”
Unraveling these questions puts each patient with a chronic disease, regardless of their diagnosis, on
the optimal path towards health renewal.
Understanding each patient's biochemical
uniqueness is essential to reversing chronic disease and restoring
Each of us is Unique
We all differ in countless ways as acknowledged by Hippocrates who
said, “Different sorts of people have
different types of maladies.” Conventional medicine and most
“alternative practices” base their care on the name given to a person's
symptoms rather than to the person having those symptoms. By focusing
on symptoms rather than employing care based on causal factors
chronically ill people are doomed to lifetimes of suffering.
Primary Causes of Chronic Disease
At conception we receive a genetic heritage from our parents
known as our genome. How we
express this outwardly is our phenotype,
which is modified through environmental factors and our
Our genome is found in the chromosomes of each of our trillions of
cells. It is estimated that there are 100,000 genes on our 23 pairs of
chromosomes making each of us highly unique. As the science of genetics
developed it brought about a revolution in understanding as new genes
and how they express themselves were discovered. Little practical
application of this understanding, however, has filtered into
conventional or alternative medicine.
Each one of us are
Our genetic variability is astounding. One egg cell has eight million
possibilities in terms of its genetic potential, as does each sperm
cell, therefore, any two parents produce a combined zygote with any of
64 trillion (eight million times eight million) diploid combinations.
It is no wonder that even brothers and sisters can be so different.
Looking beyond a single family, each different set of parents generates
another 64 trillion possibilities. Each one of us is extraordinarily
order therefore to help patients reverse a chronic disease it is
critical to understand their own makeup. The “disease name” is a title
for a manifestation of symptoms and does not represent the complex
factors involved in the patient having those symptoms.
Our appearances differ greatly… some are small, some tall, some fat,
some thin. There are color variations of black, brown, white, red, and
yellow, different facial features, etc. The outward appearances,
however, are but a glimpse of the internal variations. Likewise, the differences between
chronically ill patients even those with the same medical” diagnosis”
In the 1960's, Dr. Roger J. Williams, professor of nutritional
biochemistry at the University of Texas described “biochemical
“From a practical
standpoint we cannot neglect the facts of biochemical individuality. Of
necessity, for reasons involving inheritance, every individual has
nutritional needs, which differ quantitatively, with respect to each
separate nutrient, from his neighbors. The list of nutrients in the
nutritional chain of life is presumably the same for every individual.
If we were to indicate the quantities of each nutrient needed daily,
however, these amounts would be distinctively different for each of us.
Some individuals, in the case of specific nutrients, may need from two
to ten times as much as others. Each individual has a pattern of needs
all his own." 1
We inherit an array of traits that mold our biochemistry at birth
which are continuously affected by environmental and behavioral changes
throughout our lives.
The array of difference
in outward appearances represents but a glimpse of the variations
existing internally with our biochemistry.
One major area of variance between individuals is seen in our nutrient
requirements and our ability to excrete waste products i.e. our
detoxification potential.2 Dr. Williams observed
significant differences among supposedly uniform animals in their
nutrient requirements and their abilities to excrete wastes.3
Some inbred rats on identical diets excreted eleven times as much
urinary phosphate as others.4 Some inbred baby chicks
required seven times as much alcohol to bring about intoxication as
others;) Research into mercury toxicity has revealed sensitivities that
vary as much as a million fold from one individual to another.5
Nutrient requirements also vary widely. Even among healthy human
subjects a 200-fold difference has been observed in relation just to
calcium requirements alone.6
We have vastly different nutrient requirements, different digestive and
absorptive capacities, different hormonal outputs, different immune
systems, different abilities to detoxify toxic materials, etc.
Consider your circumstances. Has your doctor simply named your symptoms
and given you treatments or has he/she uncovered the foundational reasons for your
illness? Is your doctor addressing the causes of your problems so your
health might be restored or are you simply in a lockdown situation
where new drugs and treatments are applied for each new symptom as it
arises? Can your doctor tell you what makes you different from other
cases with similar symptoms?
Even among twins, triplets, and quadruplets at birth, vast biological
differences are noted. The adrenaline content of the adrenal glands
varied within one set of quadruplet mammals by thirty-two fold.7 The repercussions of these many differences between patients in
practice are enormous yet these differences are rarely considered let
For a physician to determine your care based on a “diagnosis” and not
thoroughly investigate you as an individual puts the chances of
recovering your health at great peril.
Genes have been isolated for many diseases e.g. cystic fibrosis, breast
and colon cancer, crohns disease, diabetes, etc. Were genetics the sole
reason, however, for the development of these problems we would expect
to see similar amounts of these conditions around the world.
Epidemiological studies, however, reveal population groups possessing
similar genetic make-ups exhibiting different rates of chronic diseases.
Studies performed by Denis Burkitt, M.D. revealed that colon cancer,
appendicitis, hiatal hernia, varicose veins, diabetes, diverticulosis
and gall bladder disease were much more common in certain geographic
areas.8 These ailments have been largely attributed to
genetics by western medical science yet Burkitt found those same
diseases rampant in western cultures rare in “primitive” ones. When
these same individuals, however, moved to our western culture and
adapted the western lifestyle they become afflicted with the same
disorders.9 Numerous other studies have had similar
If people of a set racial group in one environment get certain chronic
diseases but in a different environment are relatively free from those
same diseases, it indicates that the cause of the disease lies in
environmental factors, not simply in the gene pool. In the chronically
ill those environmental factors along with their own unique biochemical
traits must be uncovered and addressed.
When these same individuals, however, moved
to Western Cultures and adapted the Western Lifestyle, they become
afflicted with the same disorders
Rheumatoid Arthritis (since childhood), Extreme Pain, Joint Pain, Inflammation, Insomnia, Low Energy
Swelling, Numbness, Undiagnosed Neurological Condition, Pain Allover, Pain in Stomach - Legs - Head, Bad Hearing, Tired, No Energy, Bed-bound, Down-and-out, Chronic Fatigue
Multiple Sclerosis, Drooping Face, Extreme Weakness & Paralysis in Right Side of Face, Very Tired, Extreme Pain in Joints & Feet & Wrists & Elbows & Eye, Dizziness, Balance Problems, Chronic Fatigue
IBD, Colitis, Severe Exhaustion & Fatigue, Raynaud's Disease, Cold Fingers, Cold Feet, High Blood Pressure, Rheumatic Symptoms, Mental Problems
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain, Head Aches, Stomach Aches, Pain in Knees & Hips, Weight Gain & Side Effects from drugs
Severe Allergies, Digestive Problems, Seasonal Allergies, Low Energy