OUR STORY : THE CHALLENGE
Dr. Bernhoft's personal experience of having his health damaged through environmental poisoning led him from liver and pancreatic surgery to integrative and environmental medicine. He reaffirmed, in recovering his own health, that it is more effective to deal with the underlying cause of disease than just to throw pills at symptoms.
An abundance of research shows that a majority of all chronic illness are aggravated or caused by various environmental toxins which have proliferated in recent years. The University of North Dakota Medical School published a series of papers linking agricultural pollution (in an area which 75 years ago was pristine and healthy) to neurodegenerative disease in the elderly, and learning disorders in the young. Farmers and people living within ¼ mile of a pesticide-using farm, for example, are six times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than others.
Additionally, according to a number of government and university studies, U.S. physicians produce many more deaths each year than drunk drivers do. Apparently over 180,000 people die each year from properly prescribed and administered drugs.Is it incompetence or neglect? No. It’s biochemical individuality. Almost half of the population do not respond to prescription drugs the way the manufacturer expects them to. The explanation for this has come out of the Human Genome Project. There are literally thousands of gene variations that can have a huge impact on how people process drugs.This also applies to how they process stress – “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”-- not to mention the things they eat, and drink, and breathe.
In the face of all this, Dr. Bernhoft's professional and personal journey has shown him that many environmental diseases are treatable with modern biochemical techniques.