Native American Health Practices

Published on May 3, 2013 by
00:45 Hello and welcome to “Health for a Lifetime”
00:46 I’m your host, Don Mackintosh, and today, I’m delighted to have
00:50 Dr. David DeRose with us from what…
00:52 Oklahoma, The Lifestyle Center of America
00:54 That’s exactly right; that’s home for me
00:56 …has been for about 4 years.
00:58 Now, I drove down there recently and I saw these signs for
01:02 the Chickasaw Nation.
01:03 What’s that all about?
01:04 Well actually, Oklahoma used to be called Indian territories.
01:09 So we have very deep roots in Native American traditions,
01:14 and Native American peoples.
01:16 A number of our staff members have Native American roots.
01:19 One of our board members, I know, has Native American roots
01:23 So, it’s something that’s really part and parcel of Oklahoma
01:27 Not just that, many different places, of course,
01:29 up the road a little bit, I drove through a town called
01:32 “Wichita” which is an Indian name,
01:34 and the so-called “Chisholm Trail”
01:36 with Jesse Chisholm who spoke about 14 or 15 different
01:38 Indian dialects.
01:41 The only reason I mention that is because today,
01:44 we’re going to be talking about Native American health practices
01:48 and I know that there may be many Native Americans watching
01:51 3ABN in those areas, and this will be something,
01:53 of course, especially interesting to them,
01:55 but I think that it can benefit the rest of us too, I hope.
01:57 You’ve published something on this,
02:00 or you’ve given some talks on this subject?
02:01 Actually, we presented a paper at the
02:04 American Public Health Association meeting…
02:06 It’s the largest meeting of public health
02:10 and preventive medicine professionals.
02:11 Each year this meeting takes place, and in 1999,
02:15 in Chicago, we presented a paper dealing with
02:19 2 Native Americans who came to our program;
02:22 one of them was a tribal leader.
02:24 Both he and his wife had diabetes.
02:28 He also had blood pressure problems, cholesterol problems
02:31 Miraculous things happened when he came to our program
02:34 at the Lifestyle Center of America.
02:36 He is just one, of probably some now 50 or 60 Native Americans
02:41 who have come through our program.
02:42 As I’ve worked with Native Americans,
02:44 as I’ve traveled to some of the reservations,
02:46 and presented talks… including just recently
02:49 I was out in Arizona speaking to the medical staff of
02:52 one of the Indian Health Service Hospitals,
02:54 they’re excited about what scientific research is showing
02:58 that REALLY SAYS that the program that
03:00 God gave us in His Word is something that ironically…
03:04 ironically to some people, Native Americans had many
03:07 insights into before they even KNEW about the Bible!
03:11 So you’re suggesting that maybe their health practices
03:13 are not only scientific when they look at the roots of them,
03:17 they also have a Biblical basis.
03:18 That’s right and this SHOCKS people, Don
03:20 I gotta tell you, because in public health circles,
03:23 when you say Native American, you know what they think?
03:25 They don’t think “health,” they think “disease”
03:27 They think “alcoholism. ”
03:29 They think “diabetes. ”
03:30 They think… diabetes in Native Americans
03:34 I mean, this is a HUGE problem.
03:36 But what we’re finding at the Lifestyle Center of America,
03:38 when Native Americans go through our program,
03:41 they can reverse their diabetes.
03:43 What the research is showing is that 100 YEARS AGO
03:46 …Well, let me give you an example.
03:49 Have you heard of the Pima Indians in Arizona?
03:51 I haven’t but… That’s okay What’s it called again?
03:54 The Pima Indians… Pima!
03:56 The Pima Indians are probably the most well-studied
03:59 population group in the world when it comes to diabetes.
04:02 You should have heard of them but that’s okay
04:04 I know it’s a little out of your field.
04:05 In fact, our National Institutes for Health,
04:08 for those of our viewers that don’t realize this,
04:11 this is the big RESEARCH ARM of our government.
04:14 They fund research; they do their own research.
04:16 Based there in the Washington, DC area
04:18 they have a branch of the National Institutes of Health
04:23 in Phoenix, Arizona… … Studying this group
04:26 Studying this group in particular.
04:28 What they found in looking at records over the last 100 years,
04:33 back around the turn of the century, around 1900,
04:36 1 case of diabetes among Pima Indians.
04:40 Wow, so some BIG changes came from some reason.
04:42 In the 1940s… How many? 21 cases
04:47 TODAY, today… 50% of Pima Indians,
04:53 over 35 have diabetes. Amazing!

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