CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. CHANDRA
Continued From March Issue

PC: You are a cardiologist in this area and you have been practicing
medicine here for, what, approximately 15 years.
RC: 15 years now, exactly.
PC: Recently you being at the head of the wave, as you often are, began
doing what we call integrative medicine. Now, as a cardiologist, you do
the traditional things, correct?
RC: Yes, we do heart catheterizations and the whole bunch. And you are
right, we have been doing integrative medicine, but there is a lot of confusion
with terminology. The NIH, which is the National Institute of
Health in Baltimore, Maryland, has for the recommended we call it
complementary and alternative medicine, which is a combination of
what we call Western medicine and the eastern, herbals and acupuncture,
everything put together, combined into C.A.M. So when you hear
the words CAM, that is what they are talking about.
PC: So you do stress testing, you do echocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations,
but you also do, as you said, this alternative treatment. What is
the difference between western medicine and alternative therapy?
RC: On the surface of it, they may not appear to be that far apart. Their
aim is to reduce disease, improve health. Both of them are geared
towards making people healthy. But the approaches are markedly different.
And it is not just the approaches that are different, but also the language
themselves are sometimes very different.
PC: I see.
RC: At a recent symposium they talked about how and why is it that
physicians never understood what, for example, acupuncture does. Also
why people who do acupuncture never quite understand what open heart
surgery does. Sometimes it is because their approaches are so vastly
different, their very philosophy is so far apart that no one person can go
across the language barrier. That is what we are trying to do, we are trying
to put people together so we can begin to talk about both sides of it.
PC: Well let's just take an example, then. One thing that is considered an
alterative therapy, and we have discussed this on our show as well, is
chelation therapy. Now that is the administration and it is quite, I would
say, high tech of a solution intravenously. Why is that alternative?
RC: That is the whole point exactly.
PC: As opposed to mainstream.
RC: You would thing that putting an IV in would be mainstream, giving
a chemical would be mainstream. The differences are how it works. For
example, if you got a cold, and you take a shot of antibiotics, it kills the
bacteria. This is considered mainstream. The chelation therapy does not
kill anything. It does not do anything directly. What it does is it changes
the way your body works, so that the heart disease gets fixed by it. It is
a different approach. It is more of a preventative approach. You see, in
medicine, what we call prevention is not really prevention. It is more of
a surveillance. When you talk about mammograms to catch breast cancer
what you are doing is you are doing surveillance. You are catching it
earlier and earlier, and then fixing it before it spreads. You are not preventing
breast cancer, you are just catching it early and nipping it in the
bud, so to speak.
PC: So are all alternative remedies then preventative in nature?
RC: That is one of the difference. You asked me what the differences
were and that is one of them. The other difference is that alternative
remedies are much more holistic. They work towards the whole body.
It is not just looking at one little aspect of it. For example, taking an
antibiotic early on. The antibiotic will kill the
bacteria, nothing else. If you have a sore,
aching joint, it will not help. When you talk
about things like chelation, which work at the
very fundamental level called free radicles and mitochondria, you are
talking about affecting every system. Remember that in the beginning
when we started doing chelation, you were very surprised by some
reports that their age spots disappeared.
PC: Yes, amazing.
RC: Remember that. We had patients whose age spots disappeared.
Well, age spots are nothing more than free radicles attacking lipofuscin,
which is a pigment on the skin and making it rancid. If you do free
radicle therapy, and you remove the free radicals. The age spots can
disappear. There is a gentleman who had ringing in his ears. Now you
would think that chelation therapy, which is focused towards heart disease,
should do nothing for ringing in the ears. We have seen people
whose ear hurts and it gets better. It is a totally different view point.
The reason why many traditional doctors cannot understand this is
because in medicine we are geared towards one symptom, one disease,
one cure.
PC: Yes, that is right.
RC: You know, if you went to a doctor with a cough and a cold, he gave
you an antibiotic and you came back and said, "you know what, my
memory is better now, my hair looks darker and I feel more bouncy,
my skin is better and my age spots disappeared." He would look at you
like you were joking. And yet, that is what we do in chelation therapy.
That is what we do in alternative medicine. We work at a very fundamental
level. It is a very fundamental level of biochemistry, the understanding
is much deeper, and often much slower. The mechanisms are
much deeper. That is in the end, the big difference between alternative
medication or CAM as we are calling it now. And Western medication.
PC: Well tell me, what are some other examples of alternative therapy.
RC: Well, there are a lot of other examples as well. For example, giving
someone co enzyme Q10. We talked about that earlier. Co enzyme
Q10 is a substance that the body uses to make energy from food. It
works at a mitochondrial level. It is the mitochondria. The body is
made up of cells within cells that are little compartments. The compartment
that is the furnace of every cell. The compartment that actually
burns the food to make energy is call the mitochondria. Co
enzyme Q10 is the most important ingredient in that particular furnace.
It is effectively like saying if you are working at the point where
the spark plug goes off inside your car's engine. We are talking about
billions of cells in the body. So co enzyme Q10 goes into every one of
your cells. Now if you have a problem with your heart for example,
that will get better. If you have a problem with your muscles, that will
get better. If you have a problem with your brain cells, maybe that will
get better. So, once you give something like co enzyme Q10, it is not
going to just affect one aspect of your well being, it is going to affect
many, many, many different system. It works at a very fundamental
level. It cuts down on free radicles, it improved the furnace of the body,
improves the efficiency of converting food into energy. So co enzyme
Q10 therapy may sound like, Western therapy. Here you have chest
pain, here is a substance, you take it, it makes your chest pain better
and it focuses on the heart alone. In medicine we try to focus more and
more and more on one or two systems. And the less we get elsewhere,
the better off you are. That way you can take a medication for your
heart, one for your lungs, one for your bones. Whereas in alternative
medication, we look more towards improving the underlying pathology
of that affects every system of your body.
Continued In May Issue