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Raising 21st Century Practitioners: Pharmacology, Nutrition & Life Coaching

A case of 21st century dis-eases

This is 21st century living for some as they age. This type of a case it is sadly no longer unusual in this day and age.

Khush’s client a charming 73 yr old gentleman from a similar cultural background as Khush and was suffering from ongoing nosebleeds, chronic anaemia and high ferritin levels. He also had ulcers on his legs and blisters in his mouth and an ulcer on the back of his tongue… (2.5cm in length and 1.5cm wide) for which he was booked in for surgery.

He is on the following medications















This should not be happening in this day and age.

Nose Bleeds, Hair Loss and Weight loss

Khush’s client came to see her due to the ongoing nose bleeds, hair loss and weight loss. He lost 12kgs in 6 months, without trying. The consultants, his GP could not find the 'cause'.

He has diabetes, he has high blood pressure, he has heart issues and has had various surgeries in the past and he is on methotrexate after he had surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome which apparently went ‘wrong’.

Methotrexate is an immune suppressant

It is also a chemotherapy medication, it 'blocks' the body from healing and repairing. This drug impacts the methylation cycle and patients are prescribed folic acid along side this medication.

After gathering all his data and going through all his medications and blood tests, his blood sugar levels were still not managed well, as his HBA1c was still on the higher side and this was not picked up by any of the specialists. His ferritin levels were continually high and this is due to the blood transfusions and yet they were looking for some kind of an infection, no infection was to be found. He was also tested him for hemochromatosis which was negative.

Her client’s deteriorating kidney function was also missed. Yet the medical system had him booked in for a septoplasty (surgery) for the nosebleeds, without knowing WHY he was having the nosebleeds.


Following this septoplasty could they guarantee his nosebleeds would stop? No, this cannot be guaranteed.

List of consultants

This client is seeing:

1. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for ulceration in the mouth (2.5cm in length and 1.5cm wide)

2. Cardiologist for heart issues and high BP

3. Endocrinologist for diabetes

4. Rheumatologist for his right wrist pain which was initially carpel tunnel syndrome but following surgery it got worse.

5. Earn Nose Throat Specialist for his nosebleeds

Some important considerations:

Blood sugar dysregulation

Without regulating the blood sugar issues, this client is chasing his own tail and will only get worse. Some of his symptoms were symptoms of chronic unregulated blood sugar levels.


Other symptoms were the side effects of methotrexate. If a client tells Khush, they have blisters in their mouth and a large ulcer, losing hair, losing weight, losing appetite…that sounds like a person on chemotherapy.

Nosebleeds, well this can be due to aspirin and the fact that previously he was also on steroids. Sadly he was sectioned as he experienced steroid-induced psychosis.

With clients in this situation Khush is usually another ‘consultant’, but this is not how a practitioner in nutritional medicine works. It took Khush, nearly two hours going through all his notes, his blood tests, and then 1.5hr session discussing everything with him.

Career in Nutritional science works out

The power of nutrition

Within a week his nosebleeds stopped, his ulcers are clearing, the surgery he was due for the growth on the tongue has been cancelled as the growth is drying up. He is no longer losing his hair, he has more energy, he understands that nutritional medicine is not for the faint hearted.

Before Khush saw him, she explained that she was unable to work with him, unless he cut out all sugar and all white flour. Now this is not coaching, this is far from coaching, but that is for another day and another post.

Being from the same culture, Khush knew that it was not going to work unless she made this clear. He also stopped the methotrexate, although Khush urged him to see his methotrexate prescribing rheumatologist, before coming off any medication. The rheumatologist had prescribed the high dose steroids that caused steroid-induced psychosis. He was then prescribed a drug called sulfasalazine which constipated him, that he was no longer having bowel movements, so he cut the dose down and saw his consultant again who then prescribed low dose steroids with Leflunomide. This latter drug is known for its toxic effects and is not a medication that should be prescribed lightly.

We have a long way to go in nutritional medicine

The work we do as practitioners in the 21st century is WHOLE-istic. We are not swapping medications with supplements or some other green ‘pill’ it is about understanding the client and being clear that they are doing the work and you are providing the support. Real medicine means taking responsibility.

This School was birthed because we need more practitioners doing this work. Taking a pill or two is not the answer, our older generation do not ask questions, especially in the Asian community.

We are not against medication, no health professional is, but 14 medications do not have their place in one body at any age.

2 months later

This client has lost 10kg by simply giving up sugar and the white ‘killer’ foods.

The one surgery he did have was the angioplasty and this is something we at the School are passionate about addressing (21st century dis-eases).

We are raising practitioners that do not fear working with 21st century conditions such as cancer, such as the side effects from taking 14 medications. We do not have the luxury to be fearful. The public are looking for answers, they do not know where to turn, they think their only choice is to be in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. Khush has seen two clients with MS, now out of wheelchairs. Both these clients had no idea this was possible. This is not magic, this is the way the body works when it is provided with the right environment on a cellular and mental/emotional level.

We have been led to believe that our bodies are broken, they need medications and there is no other alternative, this is false.

Nutritional Medicine

The truth is if we provide our bodies with the love, care and compassion we need which also translates into nurturing our bodies with food that heals, we would not be in this position. If we get hit by a bus, and need morphine and some drugs to get us out of the crisis so be it.

But where in reality has any medication been tested for as long as some humans are taking them? This client’s blood tests were not analysed, they were overlooked, as most look at the markers out of the normal range…but what is ‘normal range’?

The New School is training and raising 21st century practitioners

It is imperative in today's age, that as practitioners we know how to analyse AND interpret blood tests WHOL-istically, understanding the body as inter-connected web, not looking at systems alone or readings in isolation. A simple blood test can provide so much information when analysed properly and not just the ‘within normal limits’ mindset.

Type 2 Diabetes and Blood Tests

You can be type 2 diabetic and be slim, but generally most people with type 2 diabetes tend to be overweight.

Khush’s client’s blood tests were not analysed properly, his glycosylated hemaglobin was high, even with his diabetic medications. This should be ringing alarm bells. His ferritin levels were very high, yet iron was low. WHY? But he was receiving iron transfusions (due to the nosebleeds).

Medicine that heals does not work this way. He could be on his way to a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, neuropathy, already has fatty liver, potentially eye problems, cancer, Alzheimers, just like anyone else who is on diabetic medications, BP medications, mixed with a few others.

The one surgery he needed was the angioplasty. This was of no surprise, because he was living with ‘un-noticed’ high blood sugar levels for who knows how long even with the diabetic medications.

There is no magic pill for diabetes, no magic gadget to put it all right.

We receive DMs from people wanting Khush and the School to promote their products where we can get a pretty comfortable ‘kick back’. Khush does not care about $$$$$ kick backs, her kick back is people getting well and training others to do the same. It is the ripple effect.

Nothing replaces the sheer joy of receiving messages from clients, family, friends like the one here, especially when the individual did not know there was another way.

Nutritional Medicine and Pharmacology

We teach pharmacology at the New School, in a practical way. No one is joining the School to become a pharmacist, we keep our teaching practical and relevant. We teach what 21st century practitioners require to bring change in the lives of their clients and those around them.

Diabetic medications are NOT helping anyone in the LONG TERM.

One of the medications the client decided to take himself off is called Metformin (never come off medication without the support of the prescribing practitioner). Metformin simply stops the liver from making glucose (who wants more glucose when there is enough coming in from the white carbs, the sugar, the sugar-laden drinks, sorry folks alcohol included) it also reduces the amount of sugar absorbed by the gut. Bingo, no responsibility, just take a pill.

Gliclazide (which he has now been taken off) is a medication that aids the pancreas in making more insulin.

The pharmacology of some diabetic medications

IN ESSENCE: one medication reduces the amount of glucose from entering the blood stream and at the same time prevents the liver from putting glucose into the blood stream and the other medication ensures any sugar in the blood stream is taken up into the cells.

Why not just come off sugar? Are we missing something here?

This above is a very improtant question, there are three key issues:

i. Sugar is sadly addictive and refined carbs are cheaper.

Ii. Most people do not know that the meds are not tested for long term use and are not being educated on other healthier options.

Iii. Most people are not aware of the long term impact of their dis-ease

So what would you choose? Meds and sugar or no meds and no sugar?

It is not as simple as you may think

For some this is not so simple or easy. Sugar is addictive, it numbs the pain, it pushes down the emotions, it keeps us distracted…this is why we have integrated Life coaching into the School Curriculum.

There has been a shift from medicine to green medicine where people want a ‘green’ pill for their ill, but the pill is inside us already.

The life coaching is about discovering the pill inside you.

The extensive life coaching curriculum teaches key tools, such as cognitive behavioural coaching, somatic tracking, mindfulness based stress reduction and some more. You can find out more about the syllabus by downloading a copy of the syllabus at www.newschoolofnutrition.com

We are well aware sugar is addictive, we are well aware people are struggling, but it starts with ONE STEP.

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To Wholeness!

From the team at the New School Of Nutritional Medicine.

Learn about the Founder & Principal of the New School of Nutritional Medicine, Dr Khush Mark PhD HERE.

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