Bryce Wylde is one of Canada’s leading alternative health experts and a respected homeopathic doctor and nutritionist. He is the director of the Vaughan Medical Centre, and has his own call-in TV show, Wylde on Health, on CP24. His book, The Antioxidant Prescription, is a best-seller.
Kris Simpson interviews homeopathic doctor and nutritionist Bryce Wylde
KRIS – What are the 3 top tips for living the better lifestyle?
BRYCE – Number 1: good cholesterol levels, so get that HDL as high as you possibly can. Outside of diet, exercise is one of the best ways to get HDLs up. Number 2: Aim to incorporate a nutritional protocol in your life that is essentially going to give you the best glycemic index in your diet. It’s studying foods for their antioxidant capacity within each of the categories. Choose proteins with the highest antioxidant capacity, choose fruits and vegetables with the highest antioxidant capacity, choose your grains this way, and choose your drinks this way. It’s called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) dieting. Number 3: understand your life’s agenda. Have some good ideas as to what motivates you, thrives you and what your long-term goals are.
K – What motivated you to become a homeopathic doctor?
B – It was really by virtue of upbringing that my original exposure came. My mother, a single parent, was very much into first-line therapy using natural alternatives, as far back as I can remember really. If it was a cold or a flu, her first go-to would be the herbal or homeopathic medicine cabinet, perhaps some cold-stop therapy or whatever was the latest or greatest in the realm of alternative healing. Her philosophy was always helping the body to work as best as it can on its own as a first.
K – What are the main differences between homeopathic medicine and traditional medicine?
B – Traditional, which is absolutely needed by the way … is not really good at managing chronic issues, like the defunct immune systems perhaps, or the never-well-fit scenarios where – by virtue of genetic predisposition, on top of a stressful lifestyle, on top of a poor diet – your bad genes start to express, and you develop chronicities based on our predisposition. [Traditional doctors] like to be palliative – suppress pain, control pain, suppress this, kill that, eradicate this bacteria or virus – where we’re more of the focus that is the natural medicine at large – homeopathic, naturopathic, nutrition, and certainly what you do Kris, in getting the body fit.
K – Where do you see the future of medicine, because I know prescription drugs will be part of our future, but to what extent?
B – Well, we’ll never get away from prescription medication, and that’s fine, but what we need to do is qualify use of specific prescription medication. Take cholesterol medication for example. “High cholesterol levels” is not much of an epidemic as we’re led to believe. I think it’s much more fuelled by the pharmaceutical industry than really exists …. Lipitor, for example, is the number one selling drug in North America, accounting for more than $13 billion in sales last year, and that’s disproportionate to how many people have elevated cholesterol, plus should otherwise have been given lifestyle and diet recommendations that simply weren’t. If people were compliant, then we would probably be a huge difference and success rate in alternative health care as well as fitness recommendations, but even more so, if people just knew and were educated as to their options.
K – Do you think conditions such as heart disease, cancer and the leading diseases could be cured or decreased?
B – There’s no miracle to natural medicine. There’s no miracle to homeopathy or herbology or even nutrition. The body is the miracle. We have these ingenious machines that we get to use for the course of our lifetimes and if we treat them well, give it the information it requires to run effectively, that’s when the miracles occur. We’re able to get over things like cancer, given the right information and nutrients that our bodies require in those situations. Here’s what we know about genetics. We know we can’t change our genetic predisposition – you can’t change the cards that mom and dad have dealt you – but what we have now learned through epigenetics and nutrigenomics is that you can actually modify your genetic expression through diet, exercise and lifestyle.
K – Is there a secret to anti-aging, from a natural standpoint?
B – Absolutely. If you study the Blue Zones (regions of the world where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100) there’s a lot of documentation written on that, and the focus there was good vs. bad cholesterol, and good cholesterol being the common denominator of importance …. This and other studies are all reflective of diet and lifestyle and leading lives that contributed to less free radical activity …. There’s proof now that while we can’t change our genes, we can absolute influence how they express themselves, and there are genes that essentially control aging – whether it’s slowing down or speeding it up – and those are directly related to free radicals and antioxidants.
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