Sherry Rogers, MD, God designed the body to heal
02 Jan, 2008
“We have everything we need in our bodies to heal,” says Sherry Rogers, MD, who, among her many achievements, can lay claim to being a noted author and extensive researcher of molecular biochemistry. “We’ve seen it happen over and over again throughout my 37 years of practice, where folks have healed things for which they’ve been told there’s no known cause, no known treatment.”
It’s not a statement heard very often in modern medicine, but Dr. Rogers is no stranger to straying from the beaten path for the accomplishment of what she clearly sees as truth. It began with her desire to become a doctor. “I was the oldest of 8 children from a poor family, and had to work my way all through medical school,” sahe remembers. “Plus, in those days women didn’t even go to medical school.”
Shortly after receiving her degree, Dr. Rogers again went against the grain and began a thorough investigation of natural healing and molecular biochemistry. At first, the reasons were personal—she was chronically ill with over 20 “undiagnosable” problems. Seeking solutions, she pored over her medical texts but came away knowing less than when she started. She basically found that all illnesses were categorized as “drug deficiencies,” and when drugs failed the only recourse was surgery. She began researching how healing was done prior to today’s widespread reliance on medical doctors. That research took her into the field of natural medicine and, more importantly, into the molecular biochemistry of the body and how it actually heals.
Thirty-seven years later, she is semiretired from practice but continues full force as an author (of both books and newsletters) and a researcher, as well as maintaining a phone consultation practice to directly assist those in need. “There are too few people doing what I do,” she says. “Until that void is filled, I’ll never stop the newsletters and the books because I feel that’s the main focus—to empower people.”
Isolating the Causes
“It’s been a very interesting adventure, and a lot of fun,” says Dr. Rogers of her research and practice. The December 2006 issue of her newsletter well documents the story of a 46-year-old woman, a nonsmoker, a nurse by profession and mother of two children, who one day simply “didn’t feel well.” She was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer—she had 10 lesions on her lung and the cancer had spread throughout her body to her spine, abdomen and liver. Her doctors prescribed the standard treatment for such advanced cancer—chemotherapy—which they admitted wouldn’t solve the problem but might buy her a few months. One dose later, her weight had dropped from 115 to 72 pounds, she had become bedridden and been put on oxygen. Funeral arrangements were being made. The woman ceased chemotherapy and began a strict diet regimen. Twelve years later, she is totally recovered.*
That case, as with many others, is totally documented. “I’m a real reference junkie,” Dr. Rogers says. “It stems from being a physician, but also the readers want to take the information to their doctors. I always want to have all the backup for the physicians.” Dr. Rogers has found that detoxification enemas, enzymes and frequent carrot juicing can reverse cancers. The juicing aspect came from a Harvard University study, cited in Dr. Rogers’ book Wellness Against All Odds, which found that high doses of beta carotene (which comes from carrots) could actually cause the cancer gene, known as P23, to revert to normal.
Interestingly, Harvard doctors today seem oddly unaware of this study. “There’s a very funny disconnect in medicine,” Dr. Rogers says. “If you go for your treatments to some of the facilities where the best research is done, it’s as though they never even knew what was going on among the researchers there.” Today, if one goes to Harvard for an oncology service, they continue to only recommend chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
A similar “disconnect” occurred with the esteemed Mayo Clinic, at which a study found that far-infrared saunas could improve heart patients who had been labeled as hopeless.1 This study, documented in Dr. Rogers’ book The High Blood Pressure Hoax! enabled patients to detoxify environmental chemicals that had caused congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and other cardiac abnormalities. These patients were able to quit cardiology drugs, their ejection fraction (the amount of blood pumped out of one heart ventricle with one heartbeat) improved, their blood pressure improved, the distance they could walk increased and they had less shortness of breath. Yet to this day, if one reports to the Mayo Clinic for a cardiology workup, they are not advised to do a far-infrared sauna.
So Dr. Rogers diligently continues her work. As one might guess from the title of her book mentioned above, another area for which she has gathered plentiful research deals with the number one health issue in America today: heart disease. And today’s treatments—or, more precisely, their omissions—greatly concern Dr. Rogers. “It generally goes like this: folks will arrive at a cardiology clinic with arrhythmia [abnormal heart rhythm] or angina [severe chest pain]. Then they have a million-dollar workup for all the different causes and are prescribed medication. If the medications don’t work, stents [small expandable tubes used for inserting in blocked vessels] are inserted. For atrial fibrillation [a specific type of arrhythmia in which the heart’s two small upper chambers quiver instead of beating effectively] it’s even scarier; if medications fail, patients are given cardioversion, which is basically an electrocution of the heart. They are also given blood thinners, which put patients in great danger of bleeding to death. Blood thinners trigger osteoporosis and do a lot of other damaging things that we’ve included in The High Blood Pressure Hoax! and in the newsletter.”
Part of Dr. Rogers’ consternation deals with the fact that many physicians don’t consider less drastic (and less expensive) natural remedies. Calcium channel blockers are a primary class of drugs prescribed for heart conditions and these can have side effects ranging from unpleasant to serious. Nature’s calcium channel blocker is magnesium, which has no side effects.
Relaxation of muscles—of which the heart is one—is a primary function of magnesium, hence its importance, which Dr. Rogers cannot stress enough. “If you wanted to take the most important, the number one, mineral in the human body that is sorely neglected, and is at the root of just about every disease, and is a component of just about every symptom, it’s magnesium,” she says. “It runs more enzymes than any other mineral in the body—over 400 enzymes. The average American diet, government studies show us, provides only 40%—less than half the magnesium that we all need in a day. So almost everybody is low!”
Magnesium deficiency also relates to another heart health issue, cholesterol. “I have here right in front of me, from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2004 Volume 23, a paper from one of the world’s leading experts in magnesium showing how magnesium works just like a statin drug and better,” she says, noting that the number one drug currently prescribed for high cholesterol, Lipitor, is a statin drug. “Magnesium inhibits the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme that statin drugs work on.2 It promotes an enzyme called LCAT, which can drag cholesterol off the arterial wall and raise the HDL, the good cholesterol, which also is a wheelbarrow that takes the cholesterol off the arterial wall.”
The form of magnesium that Dr. Rogers recommends is Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm—which she’ll go out of her way to point out is not a sponsored recommendation. “I am not paid by them. I never worked for them. I never received a cent from them!” she laughs. “And that’s one of the things I make sure of in my books and my newsletters. I’m the sole researcher, writer and editor, and I do not take any paid advertisements, or any advertisements at all.”
She has recommended Natural Calm for years, she says, since she first discovered it. The reasons—as with all Dr. Rogers’ reasoning—stem from detailed research. First, she is one of few who are actually measuring magnesium levels, along with a host of other nutrient levels, in the body. Hence, she was able to readily observe the best-absorbed form of the mineral. “We would measure levels of magnesium oxide, which is the cheapest magnesium form, and readily available in many health food stores,” she reports. “But it’s less than 50 percent absorbed. Same thing with a lot of the chelates—chelated magnesium is supposed to be wonderful, but you have to take two and three times what the dose says on the bottle to get that level. Whereas with Natural Calm it’s a citrate, plus it’s a powder, and so it’s liquid; you can have it with a lot of water and you’re getting those levels in right away.” She also says she can tell its effectiveness by patients reporting back to her with successes.
“Those poor little hyper kids,” says Dr. Rogers, “they’re getting the raw end of the deal in medicine.” Giving prescription drugs for what has been labeled Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is “a very bad thing to do to a child. I would have folks start with Depression Cured at Last! and then The E.I. Syndrome and then Detoxify or Die. A lot of issues of the newsletter have taken this even further with newer findings.
“But all these kids with ADD have basically three problems going on. They have a lot of allergies, many of which are foods. They have nutrient deficiencies—magnesium is top among them. And then they have toxic levels. They have levels of cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury, etc. And you might say, ‘Gee, where do these kids get this stuff from?’ Well, as we showed in the newsletters and in Detoxify or Die, the average newborn baby, the moment he’s born, has measurable levels in his core blood of Teflon, fire retardant, pesticides, mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, aluminum—in fact, we’ve so poisoned the world that the polar bears in the Arctic have these levels as well. I mean we just made a mess of it all.
“So these kids who are falling apart early with ADD—whatever label they have—you definitely want to look at their chemistry very carefully. And do that panel that we talk about in the books and the newsletters where it looks at every vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, amino acid and organic acid. Because this is the chemistry of how God designed the body. And we now have the wherewithal—we’ve had it for decades—of how to assay it and correct it and fix it once and for all so that folks don’t have to endure these things. And they don’t need a lifetime of sentence to some drug.”
Pioneering the Natural Approach
For anyone who would like to discover the results of her plentiful research, Dr. Rogers recommends beginning with her book Detoxify or Die (unless there is a specific concern such as hyperactivity, as mentioned previously). The book details the many environmental causes of today’s maladies, and their treatments. A great example of an environmental cause was her discovery that three out of four cases of any sort of arthritis suffered from an allergy to nightshade, a family of flowering and fruit-bearing plants. The book covers her treatment of such cases.
She then recommends The High Blood Pressure Hoax! since heart disease is so prevalent. She also recommends her newsletter to stay up-to-date with her latest findings.
Of her approach, Dr. Rogers says, “With a drug, you’re poisoning someone who’s already down and out—they already have one foot in the hole. That’s why they have a symptom. The symptom is the very first God-given excuse to say, ‘Whoa! Stop the presses! Let’s look at all the chemistry and find out what’s broken and fix it and get this person cured. Get them back to normal or even, in many cases, better than normal.’”
*To receive a free copy of the December 2006 issue of Dr. Rogers’ newsletter, which fully documents this story, send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Far infrared sauna therapy is said to duplicate the healthy frequencies of our own cells. This “deep heating,” along with sweating, is thought to be responsible for the healing effects and the other health benefits associated with these infrared rays.
2. HMG-CoA reductase is an enzyzme needed by the body to make cholesterol.