Dr. William Rawls discusses The Power of Herbs with Dr. Ben Weitz.
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1:13 Dr. Rawls had a real health challenge with Lyme disease that led him to appreciate the power of herbs. He was practicing obstetrics for 20 years being on call every 2nd or 3rd night in a small town, which was very tough. Dr. Rawls got sick and was diagnosed first with fibromyalgia and then with Lyme Disease. He was happy to find out about the Lyme disease diagnosis, thinking that all he had to do was to take antibiotics and he would be fine. But chronic infections like chronic Lyme are not that easily treated and when antibiotics did not bring resolution, Dr. Rawls found that herbs could be helpful and using an herbal protocol over a period of several years allowed him to get his health back. He now believes that everyone should be taking certain herbs every day to promote their health.
4:47 Herbs and drugs work differently. Drugs are designed to block manifestations of illness and they specifically target pathways in the body, enzymes, receptors, or hormones that affect the symptoms or other manifestations of illness. But drugs don’t get to the root cause of illness. While some herbs do have a drug like effect, herbs generally act at the cellular level to protect the cells from free radicals, toxins, radiation, and microbes. Herbs also have regulatory functions that they can balance hormones that have been disrupted by stress. So when we take an herb, we’re getting the plant’s defense systems that are protecting our cells.
8:59 Drugs block metabolic pathways, while herbs modulate our metabolism. When we look at inflammation, the inflammatory response is a cleanup mechanism and we want to modulate that but we don’t want to halt that process as drugs do. When you take turmeric, it tones down the immune system response, but it doesn’t block the pathways that protect the stomach the way that ibuprofen does. And turmeric also has an antioxidant and antimicrobial effects and it protects the liver and promotes blood flow to the area that is injured.
Dr. William Rawls is a medical doctor in North Carolina who previously specialized in OBGYN, but after his personal journey with Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Immune Dysfunction, he is now focused on speaking and writing about natural approaches to using herbs. Dr. Rawls is the medical director for Vital Plan, an herbal supplement and wellness company that he cofounded with his daughter, Braden. Dr. Rawls previously published Suffered Long Enough and Unlocking Lyme and his new book is The Cellular Wellness Solution, which is focused about how to use herbs to promote wellness. His website is RawlsMD.com and the website for his herb company is VitalPlan.com.
Dr. Ben Weitz is available for Functional Nutrition consultations specializing in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders like IBS/SIBO and Reflux and also specializing in Cardiometabolic Risk Factors like elevated lipids, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure and also weight loss and also athletic performance, as well as sports chiropractic work by calling his Santa Monica office 310-395-3111. Dr. Weitz is also available for video or phone consultations.
Dr. Rawls: Great.