Linda Elsegood: Today, my guest is Dr Shivinder Deol, who's an MD, certified in family medicine and anti-ageing and regenerative medicine. Dr Deol has served at Bakersfield, California community as medical director of the anti-ageing and wellness centre for over 35 years. He specializes in integrative preventative and family medicine as a primary care provider.
Thank you for joining us today, Dr Deol.
Shivinder Deol: Thank you for having me.
Linda Elsegood: So could you give us your background? Where did you train?
Shivinder Deol: Sure. I studied in a private school in India, one of the top leading medical schools for some medical college. Graduated from there in 1975 and then I came. I did a course a year off a residency in India, and then I came and joined a University of Tennessee, Memphis and did my training in medicine, psychiatry, and family practice.
And then, I've been in practice, since 1982 in Bakersfield, California. I've taken extensive courses in regenerative medicine and anti-ageing. So my training, even though it was initially more family practice, and I'm board-certified three times and family medicine, but my interest went towards more integrative medicine and functional medicine. For the last 15, 20 years I've been doing more of that.
Linda Elsegood: When did you know you wanted to get into medicine? Were you very young?
Shivinder Deol: No, I wanted to be an army man. My family is a strong army. But my mother wanted someone to be a doctor. So my older sister, then my brother, passed out and did not go into medicine. So my mom said:" You got to do it." And I said: "okay". I got into medicine, but I'm so glad I did because I think it was my calling and I really had an incredible journey.
You know helping people, learning and growing myself with medicine.
Linda Elsegood: I mean, things have changed, haven't they? I mean, you must have seen it from when you first qualified. What was it? 1975 where you went to the doctors, you told the doctor what was wrong and they, I remember it well.
I got married in 76 that people had their symptoms treated. But they never actually had the root cause treated in those days, which then eliminated the need to treat the symptoms. So, you know, what is it you actually do in your practice? If a patient came to see you with complicated symptoms, why would you start?
Shivinder Deol: You know, we would just, you know, and it was a great business for physicians and all patients came in, they got better and it was just an ongoing process, drug after drug after drug, and then treating.
So no one really was treating the whole body or looking at the real cause of a disease. It was taking care of symptoms now and we'll worry about the things later.
Linda Elsegood: Yes. So what do you do now?
Shivinder Deol: Now my focus is changed more. When a patient comes in, my focus is more nutritional based, first and foremost supposed thing I'm really interested in finding. So this to me, the most important thing anybody can do is improve their nutritional status because a body is constantly working and regenerating itself.
So we estimate we have close to 30 trillion cells, but out of that, almost 700 billion cells are being built every single day of life. And we have hundreds of nutrients and the food that they're eating, which is processed, and with cold storage and with cooking, microwave, we've destroyed a lot of the nutrients that the body does not get all the raw material it needs for all its needs that all the regenerative and repair needs on a daily basis.
So my focus is nutrition and then I do a lot of things with detoxification, removing chemicals, toxins, poisons, reducing inflammation in the body through Iv therapies, chelation, all kinds of different things, hyperbaric. And then we do more stuff at balancing hormones and neurotransmitters to optimize health, brain health, heart health, and overall, you know, endocrine help.
So we do a variety of things to help the body improve rather than just fixing. A sore throat, some, my aim is if I can prevent a single heart attack, a single stroke, single cancer, we do a lot of protection for breast cancer, for instance. So, basically, if we can reduce any of these massive major diseases, it's far better than, you know, treating the simple sore throats and colds and allergies that most people will have, but they don't really affect on lifespan with these scans.
Linda Elsegood: Okay. What kind of testing do you do when you're probing the patient to find out the wrinkles?
Shivinder Deol: Yeah. So basically, you know, the insurance companies, of course, we are all kind of stuck with insurance companies to some degree. So the standard blood work that insurance companies cover, I do that but for instance, in a standard blood test, a lot of doctors will do as a free T4 and a TSH. But the key hormone and thyroid, for instance, is there a free T3 which is the active hormone and not T4. So unless we look at three-T3 and reverse T3, you really know what the thyroid function is.
So I look at more in the functional way of looking at health and so we do a lot of hormone testing, but the best way to test hormones are either through a saliva test or a comprehensive urine analysis. And typically insurances don't cover that. We do testing for heavy metals and for chemical toxicities.
So there's a really nice chemical toxicity test that looks at literally hundreds, if not thousands of different chemicals that we have been exposed to. We do food allergy testing, again, not the one that's covered by insurances, which is an immediate food has to be, but more a delayed food sensitivity test.
We look at a comprehensive digestive stool analysis. Look at gut health, gut inflammation, and see if there's an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria in the gut. So a variety of other specialized tests that we do that can look at the body in a more natural matter. So trying to hit the cause rather than just the symptoms or repair.
Linda Elsegood: And you mentioned hyperbaric oxygen there. For people that are not familiar with hyperbaric oxygen, could you tell us what it is and how it works and what results you have seen?
Shivinder Deol: Sure. So hyperbaric oxygen is basically, you're in a large chamber, which we are pumping in oxygen under pressure and under the, if you have some, some people remember the physics, the Boyle's law.
They've been, we put pressure, any of the gases are absorbed deeper and greater into the tissues. So when we pump in the oxygen, it goes into every joint, every fluid in the body, including the spinal CSF (cerebral spinal fluid). And so this increase oxygenation. It helps you the healing process in the body.
So if you can put oxygen into any tissues, the body starts to repair process and also discourages cancers, infections of all kinds of any chronic diseases. If we can put the oxygen, the body will start the repair process and use, any of the toxic effects off infections or, other pathologies.
So it's a great way to treat strokes or heart disease or traumatic brain disease, injuries of any kind, surgeries of any kind. So, for any surgery, if you were to get a hyperbaric treatment one before and two or three treatments after surgery, you cut down healing time in half, you cut complications in half.
So it's a very nice way to help repair the body. Also, injuries of all kinds, helps repair, very, very nice treatment, and very safe. I've been offering that for over 20 years.
Linda Elsegood: Is it covered by insurance in the US?
Shivinder Deol: Unfortunately not. There only seven indication for which a Medicare will pay for and things like diabetic ulcer are non-healing ulcers, but you know, severe diseases they are willing to pay. For minor issues, you know, they will not pay.
So it is typically a cash payment.
Linda : Elsegood: Is it very expensive?
It depends. So in our office, we charge to believe by the $150 to $200. There are some places, where they are in the three, $400 range. And some places, if they are using a smaller chamber, low pressure, they even offer it for like $125 a soul. But if you use a high-pressure chamber, you know, it's going to be about 150, $200, at least, if not more.
Linda Elsegood: Hmm. It's that for an hour?
Shivinder Deol: That's for an hour. But by the time you get in and out, it's going to almost be an hour and a half. So it takes about 10 minutes To get the pressure optimized in by us, then to brings the pressure down. So it's almost like an hour and a half a treatment.
Linda Elsegood: I actually had hyperbaric oxygen when I was first diagnosed but it took me about an hour to get there and an hour to get back. It was very, very tiring because fatigue was bad. But I have claustrophobia and I was not really thinking about it, but it was quite a big tank and I think it sat about eight people. So I sat in this tank and I was thinking how am I going to feel when they close the door?
I'm really nice. And then they came out with these masks you had to put over your face. Oh, that was a testiness itself. But I, I have kind of got used to.
Shivinder Deol: We don't use a mask for this reason because it is so much closing feeling and our chamber has three different windows that you can look throughout.
So yeah, there is some claustrophobia, but it's really not that bad.
Linda Elsegood: This small porthole but they are up high. So you couldn't actually see out. You could just see the other people who were in there with you for that. Was quite an experience but unfortunately, it was run by a charity and it closed down many, many years ago now, which is a shame because I think they did some really good work though. So with the testing, one of the things that people quite often ask me about is Candida. Do you do Candida testing?
Shivinder Deol: Of course, and Candida is almost like cancer. So candida basically get thin, and it's very hard to clear Candida out of the body. So yes, we do quite a bit of testing for candida because I think of candida as a very severe, but just to be insidious, it's very quiet, a low-level infection that can just, go on for years causing a lot of damage. But people not even, sometimes be aware of it, and in the long run, can lead to greater complications in losing potentially cancer.
We made it, we believe that it may be a cause of.
Linda Elsegood: Well, so many people have asked me that they do a saliva spit test in a glass of water or something and I don't know how accurate that is. But people tell me that they try these remedies to get rid of it and they can't, and they've been to doctors and they've still got it. You know, if you have a persistent Candida problem, how do you go about fixing it?
Shivinder Deol: Well, basically that is several things. But candida loves sugar. In fact, every bad bug cancer loves sugar. So to treat any chronic infection, the first thing you have to do is cut out the sugar, cut out the carbs, and remember all carbohydrates except fiber break down to sugar, all of them. So people will cut out sugar, but they don't reduce the carbohydrates, and it's still on getting sugar in the body.
And as long as you're getting sugar, the candida is going to be almost impossible to kill. So the diet, again, comes in really important on a low carb diet. And then we may want to make the environment on hospitable for candida. So whatever the candida likes, we would cut that.
So keeping the body made more alkaline, keeping the body more oxygenated. So using oxygen and ozone therapies. And really helped clear it up candida. But Candida will generally require a prescription medicine plus several strong probiotics, Saccharomyces, and several antifungal herbal supplements to help fight the candida.
And it's a longterm treatment. It's not a quick course of treatment that'll help clear it.
Linda Elsegood: Wow.
Shivinder Deol: It requires a long process treatment. Yeah.
Linda Elsegood: I didn't realize that it was so difficult to get rid of.
Shivinder Deol: It is.
Linda Elsegood: So how long ago was it when you first heard about LDN?
Shivinder Deol: I think it's been, well, over ten years or even longer than that, that I've been using and that I heard about LDN.
And I think, I'm not sure if I heard it in a conference or if one of my patients came to me originally initially and asked me about it, but I think it was over ten years that I used it and the first patient that I actually use it on happened to have such a dramatic result that kind of opened my eyes.
So this lady had severe Hashimoto's thyroiditis and her tilters were in several. And so we treated her with the LDN plus a few other things, lifestyle changes, iodine, cut out gluten and so on. And her tilters started coming down dramatically, and about a year, year and a half or titers were back to completely normal.
So we had cured her now, Hashimoto's, and this was, I believe, strongly related to the use of LDN. And, so that was a very strong eyeopener for me on this, on LDN and its potential efficacy. And since that time, I've used it on a whole bunch of other patients for a whole variety of other conditions. But fortunately for me, that I had, my first patient responded so well that, it really made me a believer.
Linda Elsegood: You said that you've treated in lots of conditions with LDN. Do you have any other case studies that have been remarkable in your practice?
Shivinder Deol: Yeah, a few others. So I have a patient with severe ms. Was very fatigued, but she's got severe tremors and she was extremely fatigued, and so I put her on LDN, and within days she could tell the improvement in energy level and the fatigue had improved very, very nicely. But unfortunately, I did not see, or she did not see any improvement in her tremors. But as far as the energy level and a mood, she comes in smiling every time. Poor thing is shaking a lot, but she's smiling. And so it improved certain parts. I had another patient who came to me from New York and stayed with me for one week.
She was on heavy pain medicine, fentanyl and morphine for 30 plus years for back pain. I got her detoxed completely within one week, and I use an IV, NAD, which is an incredible nutrient to help with the detoxification, increasing energy level and then up, put her on LDN. And this lady wrote to me about a couple, three weeks ago saying she felt so wonderful and that she has not had a single pain medicine.
In fact, she said, I don't even take Advil orTylenol but rarely for pain now. And she was really grateful that she had done so well and all for 30 years, her life was all around pain, medicine, pain medicine, and so that was a very nice response.
Linda Elsegood: Oh, that's amazing because if you're in constant pain the whole time, it must make you feel a little bit irritable and short with people because you have to deal with that level of pain. You can't live your life normally in pain. It's not possible. Is it?
Shivinder Deol: Right. But see, unfortunately, that reality is, what people don't realize is that acute pain and chronic pain are not the same pain.
And it's a completely different set of effects, a completely different disease, acute pain. So somebody has an acute practice, acute injury, acute surgery, that's a completely different, set of effects in the body versus somebody who's had chronic bad back pain or neck pain or whatever for 10, 20, 30 years.
There our need for pain medicines are different. They are now just dependent on getting that pill, of course, rather than the true pain itself. So it's become more of a withdrawal-type pain and not a lot of ease. Opioid receptors are tight, are doubted out, and so the effectiveness goes down.
But when we use something like LDN, we recharge our opioid receptors. We reactivate them. We produce a resounding amount of receptors so that we are having much better, pain relief without the need for any external medicines.
Linda Elsegood: It always amazes me how such a small amount of naltrexone can actually be more powerful than the fentanyl and morphine.
It's hard to understand.
Shivinder Deol: It really is. But you know, I'm a true believer of this. The body is a true miracle. And the ability of the body to repair and regenerate itself is just incredible. Our challenges that we have, that our diets are horrible. We are living in a really toxic lifestyle. And then we have all these other stresses that are influencing neuro-transmitters and our chemicals and our hormones.
The body doesn't get the opportunity to repair and regenerate itself. So when the state garbage out of the body on necessity, medicines and toxins out, we balance some of the nutrients. We helped the body produce its own good nutrients and endorphins. The repair process becomes really dramatic and the body can pretty much heal anything.
So I see a lot of miracles, but it's really not a miracle. That's what the body is designed to do is to help. He looks healthy all the time, regardless of what's going on. So we are great healers.
Linda Elsegood: And you were going to give us another case study before I butted in.
Shivinder Deol: I did not understand.
Linda Elsegood: You were going to tell us of another case study. Another patient.
Shivinder Deol: Oh yeah. A cancer patient. Basically patient comes to me with metastatic cancer. LDN is great in supporting cancer. You can literally help stop cancers from spreading.
So this patient basically the doctors told him that just go home and die and he's a relatively young guy and he doesn't want to die. You know, who does? So he came in, you know extremely tired, extremely tired, and just basically depressed, no energy and kind of giving up. But the wife is wonderful.
Wife is so supportive of him. And so we've started him on a high dose, intravenous vitamin C, 75 grams three times a week. And he started feeling a little bit better. And then I added LDN to his regimen. I've got him on a lot of different things. So put him on a keto diet, very strict Keto diet.
And so we put LDN on, and his mood has improved a lot that he can tell, and he is now able to start to do a few things. So I don't know what the status of the cancer is. It's too early for me to do any scans on him, but I'm certainly hopeful that with his mood outlook, comparing his energy is improving that maybe we're going to get a decent result on his very widespread metastatic cancer.
Linda Elsegood: And what are your thoughts on CBD? Lots of doctors think it works very well alongside LDN for cancer and pain.
Shivinder Deol: No, I didn't understand what you asked me. What else works well?
Linda Elsegood: CBD, the cannabinoids.
Shivinder Deol: Oh yeah. CBD. I love CBD. CBD has over 500 different cannabinoids. And these work on a cannabinoid system for pain relief or inflammation relief.
And these are really, truly miracle drugs or herbs that they can help the pain, any kind without the cycle effective involvement. So I personally had a shorter surgery about a year and a half ago. I did not take single pain medicine. I took some CBD pills, and I took a low dose one.
And I was very comfortable and I only took it for a few days, but I was very impressed with my own personal results and a so, that's what I used. And I've been, I've got a lot of patients that I've switched from pain medicines to CBD for pain, and they, and again, if you add LDN
with the CBD, I think the results are going to be even additive. And that lady from New York, I do have it on CBD, but a little higher dose. So part of that pain relief is, I'm sure the CBD also in there,
Linda Elsegood: Does the CBD help reduce inflammation?
Shivinder Deol: Yes. CBD actually works primarily for reducing inflammation.
So most of these diseases are in some form or the other related to inflammation. And so inflammation is the cause of most diseases. And if you can reduce inflammation, we'd be able to improve pretty much any and all conditions, health challenges that we have. And so, yes, CBD definitely has, like I said, over 500 different components.
And definitely helps reduce inflammation.
Linda Elsegood: Well, I believe we've now come to the end of the show, so that has been amazing. When very quickly, would you like to tell patients how they can contact you if they wish to make an appointment?
Shivinder Deol: Sure. My website is antiagingwellnesscenter.com.
My email is support@antiagingwellness center.com and, the office phone is 661 325 7452.
Linda Elsegood: And do you have a waiting list? That's the other question.
Shivinder Deol: Do I have, what?
Linda Elsegood: A waiting list? Do people have to wait to see you?
Shivinder Deol: No, well we basically work people in. My philosophy always has been that we are in a service industry. We are providing a service. And in the service industry, if you have, your electricity is gone, and you call the electrician, and he comes a month later, it doesn't work.
Or your car is broken down, you know? So if someone comes in that needs to be seen now, I'll see them the same date. I don't care. They may have to wait a little bit. We may have to work a little harder, but we take care of somebody who needs to be seen when they need to be seen. So I don't keep awaiting this for this reason.
Linda Elsegood: Oh, that's wonderful! Well, once again, thank you very much for having been our guest today,
Shivinder Deol: Linda. Thank you very much and you take care.
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