by Dr. Stephen Dobelbower
Whenever we are challenged with a major obstacle in life such as a health crisis it can be very difficult trying to decide what decision to make. This is when the application of a process called gradualism can be employed as a way to approach the difficulty of decision. There is an old saying that says, “If you think you have a decision to make, you don’t have all the facts.”
Nutritionally we recommend one begin the process of fact-finding in the most conservative way possible. If surgery were recommended, before we would consider that sort of interventional process, it would be best to attempt more conservative and less invasive therapies. If there was response to the more modest approaches, then there is encouragement to suggest not proceeding with surgery. Today there are so many surgical and drug interventions that are not necessary, but are considered the modern standard of care. It is very important to prevent unnecessary procedures when possible by practicing more modest interventions, so that finally the least invasive approach is used.
Many interventions actually have side effects and long-term developmental problems. For example, while on one hand heart bypass surgery has saved many people’s lives, but with the introduction of arterial grafts there is the potential, within 12 to 15 years, that scar tissue and deterioration of the graft will render these grafts inadequate. It is said that any time a scar from surgery occurs that scar tissue forms and continues to hypertrophy over time. So if you could correct the problem of circulation with a lesser measure of chelation or oral chelation one could achieve better than the limited number of years expected from surgical grafts.
In my experience, there is the opportunity of making strategic decisions as we move through our lives, especially our middle age years, that we do not need to limit ourselves with the repercussions of unnecessary surgeries. The same can be true of something like high blood pressure medication. Certainly high blood pressure can be dangerous, but if it could be reduced through mineral balancing, especially of magnesium and potassium or through nutrients that relax the adrenals, then there would not be the long-term degenerative process so commonly associative with the use of hyper-tensive drugs — having to use more and more drugs to keep the blood pressure lower which result in secondary difficulties of the body such as kidney and circulatory disorders including sexual dysfunction and loss of stamina. It is not to suggest that these complicated conditions in ourselves are simply corrected with nutrients, but it is to suggest that we should always try the most modest approach first before moving to more aggressive challenging approaches.
We call this the red carpet approach. If you are facing a health challenge of any magnitude we always advise using the red carpet approach to the decisions you must make. Begin with nutrients, chiropractic and then use herbs and then drugs and finally surgery. Two things are accomplished by this: unnecessary procedures are prevented, and two, if a more interventional approach is required one can be confident that it is time to employ such as severe intervention knowing that lesser measures did not work. I found this red carpet approach to bring a great deal of congruency to the mind of people who have to make surgical decisions, knowing that whatever the eventuality was, was necessary after trying to resolve things as naturally as possible.
The other value of the red carpet approach is that while approaching a surgical or drug intervention this simple attempt of nutritional strengthening results in a greater physiological readiness to surround the intervention of the drug or surgery. Whenever using these more intense interventions it is always best to be as strong and balanced as possible. Most people do not try the red carpet approach because they are not aware of how effective nutritional interventions can be in creating physiological balance. I found that the potency of accurately applied nutritional tools can profoundly change symptoms and systems.
There is an expression in medicine “no procure harme”, which is Latin meaning “above all do no harm”. With the interventions that we must employ with our bodies throughout a lifetime let us follow wisdom and above all do no harm while using the red carpet approach to use the least measure possible.
Dr Stephen Dobelbower is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a post-doctorate degree in Clinical Nutrition. If you would like to better understand your health or you or a family member has a health concern, contact Dr Dobelbower at