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Pastoral Medicine

Published on June 13, 2011


I was recently certified as a doctor of pastoral medicine, which is an ancient tradition of friars and priests who tended to their flocks with natural medicines without compensation. Here in Sanctuary we are surrounded by simple folk who live close to the land and they do need attending to.

I have recently been brought into the pastoral fold and it delights me to no end to be officially bestowed the title of doctor of pastoral medicine thus making me responsible for not only the physical aspect of disease but also the spiritual. My training in Chinese Medicine also dealt with multidimensional views of the human condition but it was my study of Nuclear Evolution, the work of Christopher Hills, which gave me the throw weight to reach the deepest levels.

I am bringing something new to pastoral medicine and that is my Natural Allopathic Medicine protocol. It is amazing what one can do for people simply by teaching them about and giving them magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and iodine. Add some superfood and one already has the nuclear core of a protocol that shames typically practiced pharmaceutical medicine. There are many dimensions to a complete protocol and the next addition to mine is sulfur, which I will publish about shortly. Sulfur has been missing from my protocol. It also is lacking and deficient in most people like magnesium and iodine are so supplementing with it yields great health advantages.

Magnesium is a basic building block to life and is present in ionic form throughout the full landscape of human physiology.

When one is attending to a person’s needs, it is good to work with affordable medicine that addresses their basic medical requirements.

Among the people I deal with here in Brazil I have to repeat over and over, whenever I see someone eating white foods—white rice, white bread, white sugar and white pasta—that there is no magnesium in these foods. Just about everyone these days is severely magnesium and iodine deficient, it’s quite shocking to me. It’s tragic, stupid or just outright mean of governments to neglect their people on such basic levels. Both the United States government and the Brazilian one here would rather spend enormous funds poisoning their citizens with fluoride instead of tending to their basic nutritional needs.

I stopped by to see this elderly woman who is from one of the oldest families in the valley. She was having thyroid problems and brought out a big plate with pharmaceutical boxes piled high on it. She said, “Every time I take any of these I feel worse, what should I do,” she wanted to know? Of course none of her doctors ever mentioned anything about iodine and how its deficiency is the cause of most thyroid problems. For some people I actually go to the pharmacy and personally purchase for them the magnesium chloride, Lugol’s iodine and sodium bicarbonate when my own stocks run out.

Pastoral Medicine and Retreats at Sanctuary

With the creation of our shrine, Sanctuary now has the aura of pastoral medicine and that means we will cater to much more than people’s bodies here—we cater to their hearts, minds and souls as well. We are offering retreats in a most pristine valley in Brazil far from the maddening crowd. Three week retreats are the suggested time frame. A trip to heaven on earth is possible; and maybe one will even catch a glimpse of the Garden of Pure Love I have spoken about.

I have recently received a nice endorsement from someone very important in the world of medicine, Dr. Garry Gordon, who is known as one of the founding fathers of chelation therapy. There are certain people in the medical arena that I have relied on for certain foundational stones upon which I have built my new medical approach; Dr. Gordon is one of them. Dr. Boyd Haley, Dr. David Brownstein, Dr. Rashid Buttar and Dr. George Georgiou are others. Actually there is a long list of genius type men and women in the area of medicine and science and all one has to do is totally identify with them to become one with their wisdom and experience. Total identification is of course achieved with perfect and pure listening.

Losing magnesium makes the blood vessels constrict, affecting our energy levels and causing an increase in blood pressure. We begin to understand the intimate connection between diabetes and heart disease when we look at the closed loop between declining magnesium levels and declining insulin efficiency.

Dr. Gordon gives me credit for “writing extensively and finding references others have missed on every nutritional topic he writes on including iodine, cardiovascular disease and cancer.” He said, “I endorse the value of his books that are sold as E-books.” He was presenting to his readership my writings about magnesium and diabetes when he said this.

Insulin plays a central role in storing magnesium but if our cells become difficult time storing magnesium in the cells where it belongs. When insulin processing becomes problematic, agnesium gets excreted through our urine instead, and this is the basis of what is called magnesium-wasting disease.

Dr. Gordon also said, “I have researched magnesium for years and I assure you most patients are deficient. This will be found only when you do intracellular testing of RBC or sublingual cells (Exatest). Magnesium is very difficult to replete and most of us have our tank below half full. When you are seriously ill, as in the intensive care ward, the low energy (ATP) means you cannot keep pumping out the calcium. Remember, there should be 10,000 times more calcium outside the cells than inside the cells. When you are ill you cannot keep pumping calcium out fast enough and when calcium is high inside cells it is the same as magnesium deficiency. So anyone that is very ill needs more magnesium and I like IV, although Dr. Sircus sees many who respond to a transdermal form he champions in his book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. Magnesium deficiency is one reason I believe so many patients are helped with IV Myer’s cocktail, as most people can benefit from the extra B complex but almost everyone except those in advanced renal failure benefit from extra magnesium and oral absorption is poor.”

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Magnesium improves and helps correct insulin sensitivity, which is the fundamental defect that characterizes pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even full-blown diabetes and heart disease.

I tend to be rational and look at things for what they are—not the way I want them to be. Though I write mostly about physical medicine of a natural kind, when I am working face-to-face with people I let others take care of the physical side of the Natural Allopathic protocol while I sit down and get intimate with the person, acting as a doctor of the heart and soul.

Diabetes mellitus is positively associated with magnesium depletion, which in turn contributes to metabolic complications of diabetes including vascular disease and osteoporosis. Intracellular depletion is directly connected to the impaired ability of insulin to increase intracellular magnesium during insulin deficiency or insulin resistance.

I enjoy working deeply with people though I have to say these past three weeks in Sanctuary all alone in this huge almost finished place was a great trip into solitude. And I am very happy with myself at how I enjoyed that. It was also made easier with the thought that this would probably be the only time I would be alone there so I better enjoy it while I can. Though we are not quite done with the building the first two levels are complete so we are open to taking reservations for peoples’ retreats.

A new study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition from a team of Brazilian researchers has found that low levels of magnesium worsens the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as this often results in low levels of insulin and elevated blood sugar.

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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