Divine Health with Dr. Don Colbert

Divine Health with Dr. Don Colbert


Welcome back. Well, hundreds of years
before the time of Christ, the Greek– the great Greek
physician Hippocrates once said, let thy food be thy
medicine and medicine thy food. Well, centuries later, Dr. Don
Colbert put that into practice, and the results were amazing. NARRATOR: “New York
Times” bestselling author Dr. Don
Colbert has personally struggled with everything
from acute kidney failure to psoriasis. As a doctor, he was taught
to address the symptoms. But he knew there
had to be answers to address the problems. Dr. Colbert spent the last
10 years and over $750,000 researching common health
issues and discovered the food-related causes
of many diseases. In his latest book, “Let
Food Be Your Medicine,” Dr. Colbert shares how
you can treat and prevent chronic health conditions by
changing the food you eat. Dr. Don Colbert is with us now. And it’s good to see you. Welcome to the program. Well, thank you. Welcome back, I should say. Yeah, this is great being here. Well, we’re going to start
this amazing– your story with this amazing testimony. You were in third
year medical school. Right. It was a hot August day. And at Oral Roberts
University, we were required to run
a three-mile run. WENDY GRIFFITH: OK. Now, it was in the high 90s,
almost 100% humidity at noon is when I ran the race. WENDY GRIFFITH: But
by all accounts, everyone thought
you were healthy. I was really healthy. You thought you were healthy. In fact, if I ran
a certain time, I wouldn’t have to run it again. I only had to run it once. And so my time was so valuable
that I simply paced myself behind the fastest runner. WENDY GRIFFITH: Right. —who was another
medical student. He was very fast. I knew that if I ran with
him that I’d make it in time. But the last 100 yards,
something happened. And my wife looked at me. She says, it looks like
you’ve been hit by a car. His legs had– they
were like jello. They were just– it’s like I
was– my legs had been broken. And I was just willing
myself over the finish line. That last 100 yards was the
hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I willed myself
over the finish line. As soon as I hit over the
finish line, I collapsed. I was foaming at the mouth. WENDY GRIFFITH: You
went to the hospital. They took you to the hospital. Yes, and when I went
to the hospital– see they’d doused
me with a hose, with water because I was so hot. I got– finally, I
wasn’t getting better. They put me in the back
of a station wagon, drove me across the street
to the City of Faith. And at this time, a huge
tornada– tornado warnings were going off. Tornado sirens were going. WENDY GRIFFITH:
Everything’s happening. And all the doctors and
nurses are outside the ER, looking up at the sky. And then, I’m saying, put an
IV in, put an IV in this arm. I’m telling the nurse,
put an IV in this arm because I was so hot,
I could barely talk. My heart was racing. And the nurse went
outside and screamed, his temperature is 108 degrees. WENDY GRIFFITH: Oh my goodness. You were experiencing
heat stroke. Heat stroke. And being a med
student, you knew– you’re telling them what to do. I knew what was going on. Yes, exactly. Well, as soon as they put
the IVs in full blast, the most unusual thing happened. The millions of pores
in my body, the heat was so hot that
they squirted up. The perspiration squirted up
about a half inch to an inch. And my wife was looking
at me and saying, that is the strangest thing
I’ve ever seen. It’s like an Alfred
Hitchcock movie because it was like
little sprinklers going off all over my body. But what happened, my urine
turned the color of coffee. Because what had happened,
I’d ruptured the muscles in my thighs. And that muscle pigment,
called myoglobin, was leaking out of the
muscles into my bloodstream, filtering through the
kidneys, and damaging or toxic to the kidneys. So it turned the
color of coffee. And it caused me to go
into acute kidney failure. So then, I was hospitalized,
put on high dose IVs, around the clock,
around the clock, just flushing my kidneys,
flushing this out. And literally, I
watched my thigh muscles shrink right before my eyes
to where my arms were larger than my legs. And it confounded the doctors. My CPK levels, or muscle
enzymes, were off the chart. They had never seen
them that high before. So you went in, you were
healthy earlier in the day. Now, you’re having kidney
failure, heatstroke. They’re telling– the
doctors are saying, you might never walk again. Correct. So they have every specialist,
kidney specialist, neurologist, all kinds of specialists in. And they say, we need
to biopsy his muscles. Let’s biopsy each thigh and
each shoulder and send it off. And let’s see what’s
going on with his body. We said, no, no, no,
we’re just going to biopsy one muscle, my thigh muscle. WENDY GRIFFITH: OK. I have a huge
incision or a scar from where they took
a biopsy, all the way from the top of the muscle
all the way to the bone. And they came back, and they
said, we’ve got bad news. Your muscles in your
thigh are necros, which means dead, from
the top of the muscle all the way to the bone. And by the way, you’ll
never walk again. WENDY GRIFFITH: Oh my goodness. And my wife was so upset. She had told them before,
do not tell him the report. Tell me first. So she was so angry, she
said, get out of here. You’re all fired. Well, we have so
much to talk about. But basically, you
recovered from that. Yes. But then, years later,
you developed psoriasis. Correct. All over or– Psoriasis all over. It was one of the worst
cases of psoriasis. I finally went to my
dermatologist buddy. He’s one of the
top dermatologists in all of central Florida. And I’ll never forget him,
peering over his glasses, with his glasses down to
his nose, looking at me and shaking his head. And saying, Don, I’m
sorry to inform you, you have the heartbreak
of psoriasis. And I was shocked because– WENDY GRIFFITH: Well,
because there’s no cure. But you were determined
to find a cure. And you found it, Don– I sure did. —through diet. That’s what we all want to know. How did you cure your psoriasis? Well, it’s interesting. What I found was certain foods–
when we’d go out and eat, when I would eat certain
foods, like anything deep fried or bacon
or fried shrimp or a large steak, literally
within minutes to hours, my fingers would be on fire. And I’d show my wife. I’d say, look, blisters are
forming on my fingers here, here, here. And so then, it started me
analyzing my diet very closely. And I saw that when
I eat certain foods, it literally flared psoriasis. When I avoided foods
and when I fasted or when I juiced vegetables,
certain vegetables, I literally got much better. But when I ate certain
vegetables, I got much worse. WENDY GRIFFITH: What
were the vegetables that were bad for you? Well, tomatoes, peppers– and
I love peppers– and paprika. They literally set me on fire. These are the
nightshade vegetables that affect so many patients
with autoimmune disease and arthritis. They’re flare foods. OK. But finally, I– But not for everybody. Not for everyone, no. They’re healthy for most people. OK. But for me, with psoriasis,
and other autoimmune diseases, and some patients
with arthritis, they can flare it up. And you see that the root
cause of most diseases is inflammation. What do you mean? Well, at the root
of most diseases– like, for example, the root
of most approximately 90% of heart disease is inflammation
in the coronary arteries, triggering plaque formation. At the root of Alzheimer’s
disease is inflammation. At the root of arthritis is
inflammation in the joints. At the root of every autoimmune
disease is inflammation. So again, inflammation
is at the root of most every degenerative
and chronic disease. And it’s not being addressed. And Dr. Colbert, you say
there is a diet– well, we don’t really want
to call it a diet– a lifestyle of food choices that
really works to combat this. What is it? Exactly. Well, let me just
kind of back up. Hippocrates, back
almost 2,500 years ago, said, with regard to healing
the sick, he says, I will devise and I will order the best
diet according to my judgment. Now, that’s what he
said 2,500 years ago. He will devise. He’ll write it out
and he’ll order it, like a doctor’s order for
medicine, the best diet. So what I found
for every disease, there is a best diet
for that disease. WENDY GRIFFITH: Right. And I’ve put in this book–
and I’ve never done this before, because I’ve been
writing now for 30 years, if they have diabetes,
type 2 diabetes, this is the diet they need. These are the foods they need
that start to reverse it many times, as well as Alzheimer’s. If they have
Alzheimer’s, they need a special diet for
Alzheimer’s, as well as advanced cancer, the ketogenic
diet for advanced cancer, which you have talked
about on this program. And all those
diets are in here. All of those diets are in
here, as well as weight loss. We show people
how to lose weight based on the right foods. It’s so simple. But what I found, Wendy, is
I ask in every single health questionnaire,
history, and physical, is what food do you crave. And invariably, the
very foods people crave are the very
foods that are inviting their disease into their body. Brownies, ice cream. That’s right. Yeah, OK. Well, in your book you say
that the modified Mediterranean diet is really the best across
the board for all of us. Absolutely right. And that’s what I used in order
to heal myself from psoriasis. I don’t have
psoriasis to this day. But I was eating two foods every
day that was inviting it in. One was gluten. I was highly, highly,
highly sensitive to gluten. WENDY GRIFFITH: Amazing. And the other were peppers
and paprika and tomatoes, not [INAUDIBLE]. Now, lastly, you say there’s
usually an emotional trauma behind some diseases. I have found with many
autoimmune diseases, as well as with many
cancers, has preceded many times months to years
prior with an emotional trauma. WENDY GRIFFITH: Interesting. There’s many
times a heartbreak. Just like the dermatologist
said, he shook his head and said, you have the
heartbreak of psoriasis. And low and behold, I
did have a heartbreak. And I addressed that
heartbreak in my book. And if you don’t overcome that
heartbreak or that trauma, many times it literally lights
the fuse for the disease in your body. Well, that’s fascinating. We could talk so much more. Well, for more great insight,
get Dr. Colbert’s book. It’s called “Let Food Be Your
Medicine: Dietary Changes Proven to Prevent or
Reverse Diseases.” And it’s available
wherever books are sold. This is very exciting news. God bless you. Thanks so much
for being with us. Thank you. It’s been a pleasure.

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