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Divine Health with Dr. Don Colbert

Dr. Don Colbert will share his health struggles that led him to a sugar detox method combined with an anti-inflammatory diet that resolves a broad spectrum of diseases. Read Transcript

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.


It was a hot August day.

And at Oral Roberts University, we

were required to run a three-mile run.


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.


---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.


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.


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.


But then, years later, you developed psoriasis.


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.


But finally, I--

But not for everybody.

Not for everyone, no.

They're healthy for most people.


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?


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.


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.


And the other were peppers and paprika and tomatoes, not


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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