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"Having recovered from "ulcerative colitis" ,"rheumatoid arthritis," ankylosing spondylitis, and "psoriasis", I believed (decades ago) that I had the answers to every other person's dilemma who had the same diagnosis. - I would soon learn very differently."

Common Errors Of Natural Hygienists (And Other Health Seekers)

Error # 9:   Ignoring the Infinite Variety of Differences Among Us

Note: The following is an excerpt that Dr. Goldberg published in two professional journals which he has modified for publication on the INHS website

The Diagnosis Hazard

One of the most critical errors made in the pursuit of health is to fall into the trap of medical diagnosis, an error taken by many Natural Hygienists and those in the "alternative" field. In believing that we are our "diagnosis" whether that be ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, manic depression, etc., we corner ourselves into a narrow corner that we will have trouble escaping from.

Once diagnosed with a diagnosis by a medical physician, doctor of chiropractic, naturopath or any type of so called alternative practitioner, we are apt to seek some type of "cure" based upon that diagnostic category. We might seek any number of "natural, alternative" routes and read many books on the natural "treatment" of the "disease," not realizing that we are infinitely different from the next person with that same diagnosis.

One hazard is that there are many authors who write books about a certain "disease" claiming that they healed themselves and therefore can heal you with the same program as well. Having been ill is a good credential to help others (my own thirty five years as a practitioner began with personal illness) but it is not sufficient to base our care on others with.

Having recovered from "ulcerative colitis" ,"rheumatoid arthritis," ankylosing spondylitis, and "psoriasis" among other diagnoses I was assigned by medical physicians, I believed (decades ago) that I had the answers to every other person's dilemna who had the same diagnosis. I would soon learn very differently. Every person, even among those with the same medical diagnosis, is a world onto themselves. What will help one person with ulcerative colitis, or crohns or RA or AS or any other diagnosis will not only not necessarily help another patient with the same diagnosis, it may in fact worsen their condition.

Our Genetic Makeup

There are an infinite number of differences among us…literally trillions of differences as we will see..
Dr. Tilden referred to this as our individual diasthesis. Today we know it better as our genetic makeup.

As a practitioner who has worked with chronically ill patients for over 35 years addressing each patient as a separate entity, I know that addressing the unique characteristics of each person is essential to each individual's recovery.

With each new patient that walks into our clinic I ask myself:
  • What makes this person different?
  • What factors led to the development of their disease?
  • What actions need to be taken specific to their individual nature to permit recovery?"
Unraveling these questions puts each patient with a chronic disease, regardless of their diagnosis, on the optimal path towards health renewal.

"Understanding each patient's biochemical uniqueness is essential to reversing chronic disease and restoring their health"

Each of Us is Unique

We all differ in countless ways as acknowledged by Hippocrates who said, "Different sorts of people have different types of maladies." Conventional medicine and most "alternative practices" base their care on the name given to a person's symptoms rather than to the person having those symptoms. By focusing on symptoms rather than employing care based on causal factors chronically ill people are doomed to lifetimes of suffering.

Continued here with a long article: INFINITE VARIETY, in INHS magazine 1-2008


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Dr. Goldberg
Paul A. Goldberg, MPH,DC,DACBN

Dr. Paul Goldberg is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (B.A.), Life University (B.S.) The University of Texas Medical Center, Graduate School of Public Health (M.P.H.), and Life College (D.C.). He has been awarded Diplomate Status (D.A.C.B.N.) by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and is a Certified Natural Hygiene Physician. For twenty-three years he served as a Professor of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at Life University. Since 1983 he has practiced Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Epidemiology, Biological Medicine, Natural Hygiene and Chiropractic as the Director of the Goldberg Clinics (Georgia and Florida).

Dr. Goldberg's clinical focus in practice, teaching and research has been on chronic disease conditions including Rheumatoid and other Autoimmune Conditions and Gastrointestinal Disorders. He is well known for his successful work in the reversal of chronic degenerative diseases by seeking out causal factors utilizing clinical epidemiology and a comprehensive nutritional/biochemical/hygienic approach.

Dr. Goldberg also has served as Senior Director of Physician Relations for Original Medicine, a Division of Garden of Life Inc.
His website can be found at


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