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Where NOT to go to for advice on serious health matters. Wise counsel from the late Roby Mitchell, M.D., PhD.

Subtitle: “Facebook is not the appropriate place to get advice on serious health matters.”

Obviously, I recommend eating a BALi® diet, exercising, taking supplements, and maintaining optimal hormone levels. I recommend natural remedies when they are appropriate. Conventional therapies are overused; HOWEVER, sometimes conventional is the way to go.

At the time of the writing of this article, several Facebook pages have popped up as self-help options, and many more have been added since. These can be great for minor issues and nutritional recommendations. However, Facebook is not the appropriate place to get advice on serious health matters.  The following is a list of some symptoms that require seeing a qualified healthcare professional:

1) Slurred speech accompanied by limb weakness. Slurred speech by itself, without loss of strength of limbs on one side, is usually Bells Palsy, a benign condition. If weak limbs accompany, this signals a stroke. These are usually caused by blood clots in the brain. These clots shut off circulation to the area of the brain controlling speech and limb muscles. The longer the brain is without circulation the less likely full recovery is. If these patients got to us early enough in the ER, we could give medicine to dissolve the clot and they would return to normal.

2) Bleeding not due to an accident. Bleeding or any fluid coming from the ears is a serious sign requiring immediate medical attention. Bleeding from the nose could signal high blood pressure. Vomiting blood is indicative of bleeding in the stomach possibly from an ulcer. This is common in people taking drugs like Advil/ibuprofen. Coughing up blood can be due to a lung infection. In smokers, it is often the first sign of lung cancer. I would see a person come in with that symptom at least once a month. Usually, they had just quit smoking that day. The X-ray would show a typical spot indicating lung cancer. By the time we can see it on X-ray it is too late.

Rectal bleeding can be bright red or dark and tarry in your stool or on toilet paper. Bright red indicates the bleeding is in the lower GI tract. This could be from hemorrhoids (internal or external) or it could be the first sign of colon cancer. If colon cancer is caught early, it is very curable with conventional means. The opposite is true if it spreads beyond the colon. Black tarry stool usually means the bleeding is from higher up. This could also be cancer, although more often it is from an ulcer.

Blood in the urine accompanied by frequent and/or uncomfortable urination is usually a bladder infection. This usually responds to D-mannose or cranberry juice and hydration. If there is pain in the back and/or fever, this usually means the infection has gotten into the kidneys. This requires antibiotics. Blood in the urine can also be a sign of bladder cancer. Again, smokers are at high risk. This is another cancer that responds well to conventional treatment if caught early.

Vaginal bleeding is usually benign and responds to thyroid/progesterone hormone replacement or sometimes simply vitamin A. Uterine fibroids can cause vaginal bleeding. Vaginal bleeding can also reflect pelvic cancers (cervical and uterine). Hysterectomies are usually unnecessary to control vaginal bleeding.

3) Rash accompanied by fever. There are more germs in and on us than we have human cells. Thyroid hormone, the immune system, and natural barriers normally keep these bugs from causing problems. The skin is one of those natural barriers. If the skin is opened by a cut abrasion puncture wound, etc., it leaves an open door for germs that normally live on the skin. Staphylococcus is one of those germs. Staph infections are very common in the hospital because staph normally can only grow in people with weakened immune systems. We have overused antibiotics in agriculture and medicine to the point that we have created staph bacteria that are resistant to most antibiotics.

Methicillin-resistant staph (MRSA) gets a lot of press but the reality is that the list of antibiotics these germs are resistant to is quite long. A red rash, such as one accompanied by swelling and fever, requires immediate medical attention.

4) Chest pain. I could tell a man who was having an actual “heart attack” usually just by looking at him. He would have a big belly, his hand over his chest, and be short of breath and sweating. He may also have pain that went to the jaw, neck, and left arm.

Like a stroke, “heart attacks” are caused by a blood clot — not by a build-up of cholesterol. Blood vessels are quite different from drainpipes. I have often seen these clots clear with simple administration of two chewed aspirin. It’s reflected on the monitors by a drop in blood pressure and pain relief. As with the brain, the longer the heart goes without oxygen the less likely the muscle is to recover. A weak heart muscle does not keep blood flowing efficiently. This can lead to swelling in the legs that can work its way up into the lungs. The result is a condition called “congestive heart failure” which can cause a person to drown in their own fluids. The stents currently used by cardiologists are a bad idea.

“Heart attacks” in women are much more subtle because the clots occur in smaller blood vessels. Stomach/back pain, nausea, and shortness of breath are common in women. Know your risk factors. If you have high blood pressure, are overweight, are a current or former smoker, have a hemoglobin A1C above 5.0, have low thyroid, or have high cholesterol, take these symptoms seriously if they come on suddenly.

5) Sudden changes in vision. The eyes are a direct extension of the brain. If there is swelling or something growing in the brain, vision changes may occur. Undetected diabetes can be a cause of blurred vision. Sudden blindness can mean a detached retina. This is a medical emergency that must be treated by an ophthalmologist.

6) “The worst headache I ever had in my life!” When I would hear this, it usually meant there was a brain tumor or bleeding in the brain. This is a medical emergency.

7) Feeling your “heartbeat” in your stomach. There is a large artery that runs from your heart down to your pelvis which then branches off to deliver blood to your legs and feet. It’s called the aorta. The wall of this blood vessel can get so thin that it bulges out like a hernia or what we would call a “boot” in our bike tires when I was a kid. Like that tire, the result can be a “blowout.” Because of the size of the aorta, if it blows, you won’t live to tell about it. The “boot” is called an aneurysm. As it gets bigger it can be felt in the stomach with each heartbeat. Skinny smokers are the ones I would usually see with them. If they get to a certain size these must be surgically repaired.

8) More frequent urination, the urgency to urinate, reduced pressure of urine stream, increased urination after going to sleep. These are symptoms of prostate enlargement. The usual cause is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). This is the result of a yeast infection in the prostate and is easily reversed with diet changes. Big belly = big prostate.

Prostate cancer can also cause these symptoms. This is another cancer that is very curable with conventional therapies if it’s caught early. However, it’s also been proven by Dean Ornish M.D., and myself that these cancers are reversed with diet changes and other natural therapies.

9) Lump in the breast or under the arm. I DO NOT recommend mammograms for screening as they cause cancer. However, if you detect a lump a mammogram or better an MRI is reasonable. Caught early, breast cancer can be cured by surgical removal of the lump. Breast lumps are common in menstruating women. If lumps come and go with your cycle and are tender this is most likely a fibrocystic breast – a precancerous condition relieved by diet changes and iodine replacement. Any fluid or blood from the nipple also mandates investigation.

10) Childhood asthma. This condition is always reversible, but few are aware of it least of all doctors. Asthma is a very common cause of sudden death in children – especially African American and Latino children. Medications can prevent deadly attacks. Even if measures are taken to subdue the yeast overgrowth that causes asthma, such as diet changes and thyroid replacement, it’s a good idea to have a rescue inhaler during the transition. and the Mayo Clinic websites are reasonable places to get medical advice off the web. If you have enough science education to understand journal articles, PubMed is an excellent resource. For breastfeeding moms, there is an iPhone app by Texas Tech professor Thomas Hale Ph.D. that will answer all your questions about what is safe to take during pregnancy.

Lastly, if you are giving medical advice that you are unqualified to give, you are doing a disservice however good your intentions may be.

This article contains the expert medical opinions of the late Roby Mitchell, M.D. All copyrighted works, as well as the use of Dr. Mitchell’s name, image and likeness are the property of Dr. Fitt, LLC. This article was edited for clarity and is published by permission from Dr. Fitt, LLC

Original Article by ROBY Mitchell MD (aka Dr. Fitt®) originally published 2012.

Copyright Dr. Fitt, LLC 2023 All Rights Reserved



Lucy, Ethel and Insulin Resistance

“Lucy, Ethel and Insulin Resistance”

The linked video* is on the right track, but two things are missing here. Insulin resistance is not due to the suitcase being full. It’s more like trying to put more clothes into a locked suitcase. Sugar (glucose) is to each cell in the body what gasoline is to a car – a fuel source to be burned in the presence of oxygen and a spark plug to create energy. Imagine trying to put gasoline in while the gas cap is still on…. Two hormones are required to unlock the suitcase in order to put more clothes into the suitcase. Two hormones are required to remove the gas cap to put more fuel into the tank. In my diabetes paradigm, it’s Lucy and Ethel that are both required to get the candy (sugar) off the conveyor belt (bloodstream) and into the wrappers (your cells). Lucy and Ethel are insulin and thyroid hormones. Doctors know about insulin. We were not taught about thyroid.

You info-maniacs should look up “Glut 4 receptor/thyroid hormone.” Hormones are biological keys that unlock doors leading inside cells. These doors are called receptors. Each receptor on a cell requires a specific key. You can’t open the testosterone door using the thyroid key. Thyroid hormone has its own door, just like vitamin D, progesterone, adrenal hormones, etc. Only thyroid hormone unlocks the thyroid door. If both thyroid and insulin are present (Lucy and Ethel) you’re better able to remove candy and get it into the wrappers.

We’re going to abandon the suitcase analogy because it doesn’t cover enough physiological bases. Let’s talk Lucy, Ethel, and chocolate candy! (**link below for visual.)

Type 2 diabetes is Lucy and Ethel (thyroid and insulin) not being able to get the candy into the wrappers fast enough as the candy is passing by on the conveyor belt. So, they deposit it in other places, or it gets past them. Your body will do the same. Too much sugar/simple carbohydrates (grains) will be deposited as more fat in your belly, hips, thighs, breasts, etc., even if both “ladies” are working. The candy that gets past Lucy and Ethel is what creates type 2 diabetes.

What if we slowed down the conveyor belt? If both Lucy and Ethel are present, they can effectively package the candy efficiently, if they are not overloaded with sugar. This is where the doctor’s analogy works. By choosing foods from the BALi Eating Plan® list, you slow down the conveyor belt, and you don’t overload Lucy and Ethel with candy.

The other part of the equation the doctor in the video fails to mention is exercise. What if there was one more worker there whose job was to eat chocolate candy? This would help get rid of candy even better. This is where exercise comes in . By incorporating regular exercise you burn up more sugar, and it also helps reverse diabetes – both types.

My (Roby Mitchell, M.D.) expert medical opinion about the cure for type 2 diabetes:

1) Put Lucy back to work by replacing thyroid hormone. Most people do better with an NDT (natural desiccated thyroid). These thyroid products are derived from other mammals that produce the same thyroid key as humans. Synthetic thyroid hormone (Synthroid/Levothyroxine) is a poorly fitting key with the side effect of causing dementia.

2) Slow down the conveyor belt. Choose foods/drinks with a glycemic index (GI) of 55 or less. The GI tells you how quickly your food/drink turns into candy. This candy will stick to your red blood cells. We test how “candy-coated” your red blood cells are by testing hemoglobin A1c. A hemoglobin A1c of 5.2 or above indicates you have excess blood sugar. Call it what you like but excess blood sugar attracts critters. Critters turn on immune cells to start the process of inflammation. It’s inflammation that causes “heart attacks”, strokes, cataracts, macular degeneration, kidney failure, breast cancer, prostate cancer and autoimmune conditions seen more in type 2 diabetics. There are many GI apps for your smartphone. Before any food or drink goes into your mouth, look up the GI.

3) Exercise. Most of you think you can ignore this part of the equation. You can’t. Ask me how I know. Trying to be optimally healthy without exercising is like trying to type sitting on a two-legged stool. You’re going to revert to MSU (“make shit up”). This is where things like diets and artificial sweeteners come in. Two recurring pieces of the longevity puzzle that show up in every Blue Zone (cultures where people live vigorously beyond 100 years of age) are a BALi®-type meal plan and routine “exercise.” However, it’s not necessarily exercising in the way we think about it. Think of the people that must still walk just to get water each day or that still wash clothes by hand and hang them out to dry. Some people in this world still don’t drive cars or use robot vacuum cleaners. Bottom line … you must move your body routinely enough to help Lucy and Ethel get candy off the conveyor belt.

If you do not currently have an exercise/movement routine, start with walking. At least FOUR TIMES EACH WEEK, take a three-mile walk that is completed within a 45-minute timeframe (that’s a pace of 15 minutes per mile), or do something comparable.

This article contains the expert medical opinions of the late Roby Mitchell, M.D. All copyrighted works, as well as the use of Dr. Mitchell’s name, image and likeness are the property of Dr. Fitt, LLC. This article was edited for clarity and is published by permission from Dr. Fitt, LLC. It was originally written in response to the linked video about insulin resistance.  *


Original Article by ROBY Mitchell MD (aka Dr. Fitt®) originally published March 2019.

Copyright Dr. Fitt, LLC 2023 All Rights Reserved



Our immune system is Intelligently Designed to fight the good fight against colds, flus, and viruses. However, when our immune system is compromised or neglected it will not be equipped to fight as it was designed. To give our immune system its best shot at being successful at its job, let’s look at some very practical things that we can do.

1. High (daily) intake of fruits/vegetables that contain carotenoids. These are the dark red/green/yellow/orange pigments made by plants. Carotenoids are converted to vitamin A if thyroid levels are adequate. Vitamin A helps fortify cell membranes so that viruses cannot get inside and make millions of copies. It is the release of these millions of viral particles that cause the cytokine storm. This puts a virus in a position of a would-be burglar trying to break into a house that has a security system. The longer that burglar stays outside, the more likely he will be detected by neighbors or law enforcement.

2. Get adequate Vitamin D3, with daily supplementation when necessary. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is actually a hormone that stimulates your cell DNA to produce a variety of proteins. One class of those proteins, cathelicidins, are your internal antimicrobials. If viruses are locked outside the cell due to adequate vitamin A, they get destroyed by cathelicidins. Less sun exposure in the Fall sets you up for low vitamin D and more viral infections, including flu viruses. Optimal range is between 70-100.

3. Be sure your gut health is in check. Supplementation with hydrochloric acid may be necessary. As in the Bible story, a pestilence that affects some will “pass over” people who have adequate hydrochloric acid. Children are often born not producing adequate hydrochloric acid, and the elderly experience significant decline in production. Thus, these two populations are more vulnerable to infections. Symptoms of “low hydrochloric acid” are available at the stroke of your fingertips and a quick search on your favorite web browser. Another indicator of inadequate HCl production is found on a CBC (complete blood count). Contained within a CBC panel is the value for MCV (mean corpuscular volume). This number tells you how large your red blood cells are. Red blood cells start to increase in size and become less efficient at carrying iron and oxygen if B-12 levels decline. Since B-12 levels decline as hydrochloric acid levels decline, this is an indirect marker for low hydrochloric acid production. This number should be around 85. A number that is greater than or less than 85 is an indicator of a nutritional deficiency. If hydrochloric acid production is inadequate, B-12 cannot be absorbed.

4. Maintain optimal thyroid hormone levels.
Thyroid hormone allows mammals to burn sugar in the presence of oxygen. The energy and heat from this combustion is critical to keeping your “critter” levels from getting to the cytokine storm tipping point. As body temperature drops below 98.6, we see the same effect that causes food poisoning. Food allowed to get cold on the buffet line will grow more critters and cause illness. The same thing happens if your body temperature drops from inadequate production of thyroid hormone. Levels normally start dropping around age 27. As with production of hydrochloric acid, the young may have immature production and the elderly will have senescent production. If your TSH is above 1.0, suspect inadequate production of thyroid hormone. The energy produced by the
combustion of sugar in the presence of oxygen and thyroid hormone allows your immune system to be effective. Low thyroid = weakened immune system.

5. Intake adequate Vitamin C
Ascorbic acid, like cathelicidins, is virucidal – it kills viruses on contact. Again, a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables will supply you with vitamin C. Most mammals produce vitamin C in the liver. Humans do not. You must eat it or take a supplement.

6. Iodine/iodide supplementation
These mineral moieties have the same effect in your bloodstream as chlorine does in a swimming pool or municipal water. Minerals in this class, called “halogens,” are potent critter killers. Iodine and iodide attach to human cells (if you have adequate omega 3 fats) and “ride shotgun” to keep your critter levels in check. If you are eating large amounts of seaweed daily, you may not need a supplement, but that’s not the case with most people.

7. Exercise
If you are not already in the habit of “moving your body” for the purpose of exercise, start where you are and gradually improve. Work your way up to walking three miles in 45 minutes at least four times/week. Aerobic exercise should be vigorous enough to make it difficult to engage in conversation.

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