by David Sandstrom 

March 22, 2021

This episode is part 1 of a 2-part series from my conversation with Dr. Steven Hotze founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Hotze is a holistic M.D. and we talk about getting to the root of what is ailing us, and his book Hypothyroidism Health & Happiness. 

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Show Notes


Today's Guest...

  • Dr. Steven Hotze Founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center

Topics Discussed...w / Time Stamps

  • 1:40 - Introduction
  • 3:19 - Dr Hotze discovers natural and holistic health
  • 12:28 -Assume personal responsibility for your health
  • 16:43 - The medical industry pushes toxic drugs
  • 18:48 - Why do people get sick
  • 22:25 - When doctors go on strike death rates plummet
  • 24:01 - Poly-pharmacy
  • 28:14 - Pharmaceutical reps in doctor's offices
  • 29:33 - Name it...Blame it...Tame it...
  • 31:41 - Conclusion


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David Sandstrom 0:00
Here's a sample of what you'll hear on this episode of holistic health matters.

Dr Steven Hotze 0:03
Your question should always be when a doctor gives you a diagnosis for instance, you go in, you have high blood pressure, hypertension, okay, Doctor, why do I have high blood pressure? their description of what you've got is not a true diagnosis. What's causing the underlying problem? This high blood pressure is a symptom.

David Sandstrom 0:22
Welcome to the holistic health matters podcast where it's all about maximizing your health potential in spirit, mind and body so that you can pursue the abundant life more effectively. I'm your host, David Sandstrom, naturopathic doctor and biblical health coach, and this is episode number 38.

David Sandstrom 0:47
This episode is brought to you by my book, the Christians guide to holistic health. getting educated on natural and holistic health is time consuming and can be expensive, not to mention, overwhelming. I want to help you with that. My book will put you on a fast track to the vibrant health and vitality you've been looking for. By the way, many of my recommendations won't cost you a nickel. They're free, because a lot of my message is simply aligning our lives more fully with the Word of God, that doesn't cost you anything. If you'd like to avoid, overwhelm and get some biblically based holistic health information that you can implement right away, go to my website, David forward slash book, you can learn more and pick up a copy today. If that doesn't work, you can go directly to Amazon. It's available there in paperback, Kindle and audible. This episode is part one of a two part series with my conversation with Dr. Steven hosey. Dr. hoti is an MD. And I'm always thrilled to have a guy like this on the show because he's trained in the traditional medical practice. But what he found was traditional medicine was not helping his patients much. In fact, he was intoxicating them with pharmaceuticals. So he decided to get an education on his own. And he became much more holistic. Now he has a holistic Wellness Center in Houston, Texas, and he's a great guy, very positive energy. Super knowledgeable. I think you're gonna enjoy this conversation with him. Again, this is part one of a two part series. So let's jump right in. Today we have on the show Dr. Steven Hoze. He's been married to his wife, JD for 51 years. They have eight children and 24 grandchildren. He's a follower of Jesus Christ. And he's the founder of the haute see Health and Wellness Center in Houston, Texas. His Wellness Center has helped over 31,000 patients get their lives back. It's his deepest desire to help you obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally, so that you may enjoy a better quality of life. Pure and simple. Dr. Hotze, welcome to the show.

Dr Steven Hotze 2:52
Thank you. Glad to be here. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to meet with you and with your listening audience. Well, it's

David Sandstrom 2:59
my pleasure. And thank you for taking the time. I really appreciate it. I know you're a busy guy. I'm curious. Whenever I meet somebody that's in the medical profession, but has a holistic mindset. How did you make the transition when you have the short story? How did you make the transition from being a traditionally trained MD to Holistic Health and Wellness Center?

Dr Steven Hotze 3:19
I graduated from University of Texas Medical School here in Houston in 1976. And upon graduation, my dad held a banquet for me at the Euston club downtown, the family and friends, my wife, and my brothers and sisters, and over dinner, he turned to me and he said, my my dad was a very successful entrepreneur, engineer and had a manufacturing business. He turned to me and said, Son, I said, Yes, sir. He said, Son, don't poison your patients, like all the other doctors do. You understand me? It was not a request. It wasn't a suggestion. It was a command by my Father, don't poison your patients, like all the other doctors did? Well, I was not really in medical school. I had a lot of questions about the medical profession, and about the way they approach things, particularly about the overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, psychiatry, and all these things. I gravitated towards surgery because as surgeons like to say a chance to cut has a chance to cure. So I enjoyed doing surgery and after being in a surgery program for a year I went into emergency medicine and they're treating acute problems you feel like you're making a difference in somebody's life not just filling them up with drugs. You know, you're treating everything from snake bites to gunshot wounds to car accidents. And so you're you're it's an acute problem and acute situation. You get people stabilizer fix their problem and move them on. Well, once I went into Family Medicine back in the early 80s in occupational medicine, of course used medication or pharmaceutical medication in my treatment also did also did surgery at the time. But one day a little lady came Good to see me in 1988 and she'd been guest man for several years lived next door to retirement center and I said Miss Jones, how are you feeling she had a beautiful smile on her face, which none of my patients ever had when they came to see me. And she said, Dr. Hotze, you ever since I threw away all that medicine you were giving me I feel like a million dollars. So I remembered all of a sudden Dan saying so don't poison your patients like all the other doctors who this woman was smarter than me and all the other patients and all the other doctors. She knew that these drugs were poisons and in fact, all pharmaceutical drugs are toxic. That's why you have to detoxify and they're toxins. toxins, by definition are poises they all have an LD 50. There's a dose at which any pharmaceutical drug, you take it high enough dose 50% of people that take that dose will die, though they're poisoned. So I've thought to myself, you know what, I need to do something different. And then shortly thereafter, my dad came to me with some chest pain, and diagnosed him and told him he said, You got Angio, you know, he didn't go out. And do we need to have that evaluated. We did. We went in and he had angioplasty, I'm sorry, he had a coronary artery artery grams done and said show that he had a blockage in his left anterior descending artery. And he went in for angioplasty, at which point they tore open the artery dang near bled to death destroyed part of his heart. He had emergency surgery. And he lived thank God, and he got out of the hospital Two weeks later, after he's out of the hospital, he come into the house and son. I said, Yes, sir. Come over. I want to talk to you. You're not in a good mood. My dad was 72 at the time and went over. He said, He's pacing the floor. He goes, I don't know what the sam hill I was letting these doctors invade my body. It violated every engineering principle. I know I've got a calcified order. You can't stretch a calcified artery. It's just going to fracture like the pipe lines we work on. We were in the pipeline business. You have a fracture, the pipelines put pressure on the pipeline blows. That's what they did. to my arteries. He said, read this article. he hands me his BA newsletter from Dr. Julian Whitaker out of California. I read the newsletter. It was all about heart disease. He said what do you think? And Dr. Whitaker was natural approaches to health. Don't let the doctor invade your body situation if that time was if you if you had a heart attack and you had angioplasty your chance to die in the first year was 15% you had bypass surgery in church that was 5% if you did nothing but lower your blood pressure lose weight exercise, take vitamins and minerals keep your blood pressure under control. You had a 1% chance to die Don't let you die no let the doctors invade your body. So he said what do you think about this I said data which we tried to reason with this doctor says I need vitamins. What do I need to take? Like a deer in headlights? I said Dad I'm a doctor. What do I know about this? He said yeah he looked at me with all just look at me go remember as I stare at me like who was yesterday, son when you find out I'm the oldest of eight seven boys love my dad. I said I will and I did. I went out and began to study natural approaches to health and began to adopt them into my practice and started in allergy first. I went to Pan American allergy signing learned how to treat allergies. All these patients are sold with recurrent chronic sinus, bronchitis, asthma, skin disorders, stomach problems. Turns out they all many of them had allergic disorders and I can easily tricked those naturally using allergy immunisation therapy, initially injections and then sublingual drops under the tongue. So I adopted that I learned about vitamins and minerals there learned about good healthy eating and how to eliminate yeast from the from the diet because people that were on antibiotics got recorded chronic yeast problems. I read Dr. Crooke's book of the yeast connection started treating people because our patients routinely have infections and they're on antibiotics frequently. So they have huge problems. Women get recurrent chronic yeast infections. So began to treat for that. And one thing led to another when people didn't get well one of my doctor buddies in 92. I started in allergy, treating for airborne allergies in food allergies, trading for years, and trading with vitamins and minerals back in 19 1989. And 90, I set up as an allergy practice. In 92, a colleague of mine and allergy said, Hey, Steve, some of your patients, you got a lot of female patients that have hypothyroidism. I said I do. He said, Yeah, you do. They've got all of me in thyroiditis are making antibodies to the thyroid gland. You need so what do I do? Treat him? I said how I said he us Armor thyroid. I said Really? Yeah. So I began to look into that and began to treat people like shoring up the head. Sure enough, many of the women that we saw had signs and symptoms of low thyroid and they had antibodies to their thyroid gland. We began to treat them they had dramatic recovers. That's great. And then we learned about in 96, I learned about natural female hormone replenishment replacement natural sex hormones in females and in males, treatment of adrenal fatigue and of course, we we added that onto the thyroid treatment. Then we started our eating program a good healthy eating program which we adopted with yeast free eating program. So that and that was basically it. So we have people our program is real simple we treat for airborne and food allergy treat for yeast, natural thyroid hormone supplementation when indicated female and male hormone when indicated treatment of adrenal fatigue, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and nutrition, a balanced eating and exercise program helping people get on a path to health and wellness next.

David Sandstrom 10:30
Well hats off to you Dr. Hotze for actually transitioning from that mindset that they're taught, you're taught in medical school, and actually finding out what works what what's actually going to help your patients

Dr Steven Hotze 10:41
with. This is the key thing. What works and how do you know what works? We tried, I learned from other doctors, I didn't invent anything on my own. I just read and listened. I listened to a lot of patients would come in I learned about natural female hormones from the little lady that came into my office in 1980 1996. I taped by Dr. John Lee out of California listen to that tape on natural progesterone called Dr. Lee the next day got his phone number and serendipitously call him on a mobile phone and said, where do I get this progesterone where Why do I get it? He goes you can get that in a compounding pharmacy. What in the world is a compounding pharmacy? Now I owena compounding pharmacy now I own a vitamin store. So it's interesting on all the things that you know, that we do now we've adopted brought them in house, my dad's adversity, in his adversity, there was a seed of greater equal benefit. And my dad did live the great life live to be 80 he died. Like he told me died. He told me he was gonna die right on the office working. And he did. The night before he died. I asked him how are you feeling? Since I hadn't felt as good since I was 18. Yeah, he got 65. He said, I'm gonna die. I'm not retiring. I'm gonna die right here on the job. And he did.

David Sandstrom 11:56
And he did. Well, that's something else. Well, you know, you've got a couple of books. And I've read your book, hypothyroidism, health and happiness, I thought it was awesome. I've got a couple of quotes from the book that I'd like to share and like you to share a few words and add to these these quotes. On page 25, you say this, it all gets down to personal responsibility. Neither the state and the federal government nor the insurance companies nor your employer are responsible for your health. You and You alone are responsible. So could you speak to that speak to that for just a minute, sir,

Dr Steven Hotze 12:28
that says it all right there. Everybody. Look, if you want to be healthy, then be healthy. Get Healthy, if you want to be healthy, get healthy, it's your choice. You have to decide in your life Do I want to be a healthy person or not? Nobody is going to make you healthy. No drug that you're given will make you healthy, nobody sick because they have low levels of pharmaceutical drugs, you go to the doctor, they're gonna load you with pharmaceutical drugs, treat symptoms match symptoms, instead of addressing underlying problems. Your insurance company has no desire for anything but your money in that's just the way it is the government wants to control you. And that's why they want to socialize medicines, they can absolutely control everybody create fear in them, and you have to do whatever they say you don't get your government medical care. Every person needs to take charge of their own health and most Americans are driving down the health freeway on the wrong side of the road, coming up to an overpass and a big 18 wheelers gonna roll into them and whack them in they're gonna either get be killed instantly, or they're going to be shattered and then we laid up my recommendation is everybody that's listening to this program, look at yourself in a mirror and say I'm in charge of my health and take charge of your health and invest in it. turn yourself around on the health free but get on the right way and get on a path of health and wellness naturally. That's all you have to do if you do that your life will change don't amen don't believe the propaganda that's that is thrown to you on on the media. I don't watch TV. I mean, uh huh. It all i just don't watch it haven't for years, do I ever occasionally I've watched some maybe I'm watching election results roll in or something. I don't let them brainwash me. Remember, when you watch TV pro folks, that's called television. tele, they're telling you something in that vision, they have a program they're programming you into what to do. And if you want to be programmed in your life, that's what they do on television and televisions programs to program you and your thinking.

David Sandstrom 14:26
So well, I would I would suggest that they also do that through the through the computer screen today as well

Dr Steven Hotze 14:31
do absolute same thing.

David Sandstrom 14:33
Yeah. So here's another quote Dr. Dr. Hotze, you say in your book, treating symptoms is just what the pharmaceutical industry encourages doctors and patients to do. The willingness of physicians to prescribe drugs to patients in order to mask symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying cause of those symptoms, has created a nation of legal drug addicts. So can you speak to that for a minute?

David Sandstrom 15:00
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David Sandstrom 16:43
The willingness of physicians to prescribe drugs to patients in order to mass symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying cause of those symptoms, has created a nation of legal drug addicts. So can you speak to that for a minute?

Dr Steven Hotze 16:56
Sure, I guess it the drug pushers are the doctors, they are bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical companies. The pharmaceutical companies come in and leave them all their drugs, they don't have to think that drug rep comes in, by the way, I've been drug reps in my office. It has to be nearly 30 years ago, couldn't you wanting let them come into my office? We don't want anything to do with does that mean? yeah. or ever use any pharmaceutical drugs rarely, rarely do we occasionally, you know, somebody has an infection routinely, you know, if they we try to get them over naturally using you know, maybe Colloidal Silver, vitamins and minerals. But if somebody's got a significant infection, yeah, you know, we're going to we're going to treat them for instance, in this current when somebody comes in with a flu, and they've got bronchitis, or the COVID, which is a flu like illness and they got bronchitis. Well, that can turn into a secondary pneumonia very quickly. And routinely, if somebody had the flu syndrome, they got bronchitis, we're going to give them empirically put them onto an antibiotic to prevent a secondary bacterial pneumonia from occurring. We put them on COVID medication hydroxychloroquine, or ivermectin, we'll do that, because we know they're anti viral. And we know that they help decrease the mortality rate or the illness rate. So people don't become near as ill if they get on these antivirals. So we'll use it in that case, but as far as giving long term pharmaceutical drugs, they did that where there's blood pressure, stat and runs, antidepressants, anti psychotics, anti inflammatories, we still do that. We just don't do it. Now, there's always exceptions to a rule, but it's so rare. It's rare as hen's teeth that we ever give any of those medications. Nobody is sick, because they have low levels of pharmaceutical drugs. That's just it.

David Sandstrom 18:48

Dr Steven Hotze 18:48
Here's what happens. What Why do people get sick? Well, you and I both know the major reason people one of the major causes of ailments in America is what we eat, we lousy food, we eat processed food, full of all kinds of chemicals. Just look on the package, you know, so if it's packaged, canned or boxed, you're gonna get a lot of chemicals in that food that are going to poison your body. And you know, then you can eat a high carbohydrate diet as well. You're eating pizza, pizza cookie cakes, fajitas you pass you know, the whole nine yards, you're gonna eat corn products, rice products, potato products, all convert to sugar, highly inflammatory, that's gonna lead to a host of problems. You gain weight, you can get pre diabetic being a diabetic, you're going to get coronary artery disease and flamed arteries, you're going to get high blood pressure, you're going to get kidney disorders, you're going to get obesity, I mean the whole nine yards all from poor eating habits. The first and most important thing you can do is change your eating habits eat and I recommend a keto friendly eating program. paleo or keto friendly is very important. And cutting down on your simple carbohydrates dramatically, dramatically and in some cases eliminating for a period of time all together because they convert to Sugar, which is highly inflammatory, which leads to our high incidence of coronary artery disease. So that's the first thing. The second thing is part of the reason people get sick is their hormone levels go down their thyroid, their testosterone, their female hormones, they decline as we age become imbalanced. And that causes health problems. They don't get enough vitamins and minerals and nutrients. And so they don't produce it in because they don't get enough vitamins and minerals and nutrients, their body doesn't function at the cellular level, like it should remember, the most important thing that your body does is produce energy. In the mitochondria, which are power plants that live within your cells. every cell of your body has a generator in it called a mitochondria, it produces electrical energy, that electrical energy in the form of ATP, adenosine triphosphate, if you can remember back in high school, the Krebs cycle is that ATP carries that electrons to the biochemical processes in the cell, so they have energy to operate. If you are eating the wrong kinds of foods, if you're taking all this drug, you're you're have low hormones, you don't have enough vitamins and minerals, well, then you can operate in a low energy level intracellularly, and your body's gonna have a little bit tat metabolic rate, and all your organs will malfunction, they won't function well. So you're going to be sluggish. You're what we call a low voltage individual. So you go to the doctor, and that creates a host of symptoms, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, you name it heart disease, and so you go to the doctor, what do they do? They poison you have a drug so you get sicker quicker, now you get worse. Instead, you got to take care of your health. Get your weight down to an ideal body weight, good old vitamins and minerals that your body needs. hormones, natural bioidentical hormones exercise, if you got allergies, treat that and you'll be off to the races should be fine. It's a simple program.

David Sandstrom 21:50
That's really good. That's really good. And I want to I want to pause you right there. Let me interrupt, and I want to talk about drugs for a little bit. Here's another quote that I found was great. In your book, you say 100,000 hospitalized patients die annually in America as a result of taking doctor prescribed FDA approved drugs in the correct dosage. That's equivalent to 725, jet airliners, fully loaded crashing in one year. If that would happen. That would be an outcry from Congress and the public. I make the exact same point in my book. And I actually use a larger number because you're just talking about properly prescribed drugs.

Dr Steven Hotze 22:25
It is a larger number. In fact, I iatrogenic illness, doctors doctor cause illness and deaths probably on the order of a million a year. That's staggering. There have been there have been studies in places in the country where they've had doctor strikes for one reason or another. You know, the doctors were all wondering, you know, that worked in certain health clinics and all that they had a dramatic decrease in this.

David Sandstrom 22:49
Yeah, there was one study in Israel where when doctors walked off the job with a strike, death rates plummeted by 50%. Oh, five 0%.

Dr Steven Hotze 22:57
That's right. I agree. Now, listen, there's a book that was written by Dr. Sherry Rogers. Don't let your cardiologist kill you.

David Sandstrom 23:05
Yeah, I read her stuff. She's good. She's great. Yeah. Alright, so let's let's talk about a little bit about polypharmacy. So I'm an airline pilot by trade. And we don't have to have everything in the airplane working. In order to take that thing into the air, we have what we call a minimum equipment list. And if it's light bulb burned out, or some insignificant system, we can go without it. But when they meet, when they make this list of components that would can be inoperative. They only look at one at a time. So it's up to the pilot, the captain of that airplane to say, Well, okay, if I have an auxiliary power unit that's not working, there's one of my generator sources is missing. And then if I have a generator on an engine, that's an operative, then that creates an unsafe situation. But they do that with pharmaceuticals, in that they only approved pharmaceuticals one at a time. They don't mix them up. Right. But that's routinely what happens in doctors offices, correct.

Dr Steven Hotze 24:01
Exactly in the studies haven't been done now. In the PDR, physician Desk Reference, say or if you go online and say, Well, this drug, there's been some interactions between these one or two drugs, but they haven't done a study of all the drugs and all the interactions, it's impossible to do that, to have that great study. Just know this, that all drugs, by definition are poison. You in my philosophy is this you cannot poison yourself to good health. Here's what the philosophy of conventional medicine is. We can pause you to good health. Have you ever heard a doctor say that? No. If I said that to a group in the medical sector, we don't believe that. But then why do you give poisons to people? What do you mean to poison? Oh, bla bla bla. So Well, listen, I was in when I went to medical school like he did. I took pharmacology in the first semester in medical school. Guess what? There's a chapter on detoxification of pharmaceutical drugs. What does it mean to detoxify doctor well get rid of toxins. Yeah, get rid of toxins. So drugs or toxins. What's the definition of a toxin? Go to Webster's dictionary number one definition is poison. You're literally giving people poison. You can't poison yourself to good health, if people are sick is because they have a problem with one, they're not eating right. Their hormones are out of balance, their immune systems unhealthy for one of those two eating wrong, poor hormone balance or decline, or vitamin and mineral decline of vitamin mineral supplementation, and not enough good vitamins and minerals, routinely, those are three primary reasons people are sick. Now they can have allergic disorders, which cause people to wear out their immune system as well. These are the common things that and lack of exercise. These are common things that cause people to get sick. It's not because they have low levels of drugs in their bodies, drugs never make anybody well. Now, he said, Well, if you had an infection Done, done, antibiotic helped me get well antibiotic will kill will kill bacteria. Maybe an antiviral will kill virus, maybe. But it also causes secondary problems. It kills good and healthy, normal bacteria, yeast overgrowth that causes compound to problem. If you have to take antibiotics over and over again. Antibiotics aren't making you will. All that does is identify that you have an unhealthy immune system. Why don't you ask your doctor doctor instead of getting the antibiotics? Why don't you help me get my immune system healthy? What a novel idea. Any talk about that on this COVID crisis. None of these government said a word about vitamins and minerals in building up your immune system was all about? Well, you know, we'll treat the symptoms and you know, we're gonna get a vaccination for you one day, and that's how we're gonna treat you.

David Sandstrom 26:45
Well, that's why I started the podcast back in the spring when we were in lockdown. I said to my wife, I said, what this this advice we're getting from the government is madness. All they're telling us to do is avoid, you know, as locked down, stay home, stay safe, wear a mask, social distance, they're not talking about strength and hearing you and they talking about getting a good night's sleep. They're not talking about spending some time in nature, they're not talking about doing something about your relationships, reaching out to some, some old friends and, and restoring some relational connectedness because loneliness is a is a risk factor for all kinds of diseases that no one's talking about it. So I said, You know what, I'm starting to podcast. It's time. I've wanted to do it for a couple of years now. So So here we are. Now, I appreciate you being on the show. Here's another point I wanted to make about drugs. Now, no drugs are useful at times. And I'm sure you would agree that they're great with emergencies. They're great with acute conditions. I'm not completely opposed to them. I'm not either, so but you need to use them appropriately. But there is a marketing system in place behind pharmaceuticals that we should be aware of what I was a pilot out about based in Orlando, Orlando has a big convention industry. And we think about in the passengers one day, and there was one, five foot nine, stunning, late 20s woman walking off this plane after another. And I said to the male flight attendant, I said, Man, there's a lot of beautiful women on this plane. What is their beauty patchy going on? He said no, it's a pharmacuetical convention. And that's where doctors get their advice on pharmaceuticals. Correct?

Dr Steven Hotze 28:14
Exactly. Yeah, I noticed a big change when I started in practice in the 1980s. In my own personal practice, I graduated in 76 from medical school. So I've been in practice 44 years. And I noticed, you know, by the by the late 80s. All the old men that were in there that had been detailing me on drugs, all of a sudden these lovely young, bright, articulate, attractive young women were coming in, who had no background at all in medicine, it all already. They were just playing salespeople. And you know, that's just it's very charismatic sales. Right? Okay, absolutely. That's what that.

David Sandstrom 28:54
So I want to talk about one more thing that the medical industry kind of gets wrong to trying that he has a lot of well intentioned people in that industry. But one of the things they'll do is take your collection of symptoms that you're presenting in their office and give it a Latin name, and call it a diagnosis, for instance, fibromyalgia. And you say in your book, your doctor might say you have fibromyalgia. And you say, Wow, that sounds like something really ominous. At least I know. I have a real problem. You think but what your doctor did was translate your complaint into Latin and describe joint muscle pain and pass it off as a diagnosis. Right? That's that's a pretty common practices isnt' it?

Dr Steven Hotze 29:33
Sure is, you know, you go in there with severe headaches, you've got migraines, you go in and you they call them I think they'll attribute your symptoms go in and say you've got joint pain. You know, my joints are well, you have arthritis. What does arthritis mean? In Latin, it means inflammation of the joints. Duh. So all the terminology, you know, you've got I've got heart pain. Well, you Have you have cardio? Myopathy. So you've got coronary artery disease, they tell you what you they tell you the result, but they don't tell you the cause. Your question should always be when a doctor gives you a diagnosis, for instance, you go in, you have high blood pressure, hypertension. Okay, Doctor, why do I have high blood pressure? You know, the diagnosis, the description of what you've got is not a true diagnosis. What's causing the underlying problem? This high blood pressure is a symptom. What's causing high blood pressure? fatigue is a symptom regarding chronic infections is a symptom. What's causing your symptoms? You're short of breath. You know, well, you have asthma. Why do I have asthma? What's causing the answer? You know, so, you know, but you my stomach, I've got stomach pain, you know, and I've got risk. I've got, you know, reflux, and I got burning in my stomach, you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Okay. You're telling me what I've got in a medical term or Latin term? What exactly is causing the problem?

David Sandstrom 31:08
They don't have answers.

Dr Steven Hotze 31:08
Yeah, they don't they routinely, if you ask them, what's causing the problem, they'll look at you like cross eyed, like, you've got them a deer in headlights, they don't like that it puts them on the spot. So what you have to do and what we do here at the home CFO center, is we focus on Okay, tell us yourself, let's talk about this. And let's listen and see if we can put together a diagnosis of cause a diagnosis tells you the cause of the symptoms, or of the signs that you present with. Something's causing it, what's causing it. And usually it's very, very simple.

David Sandstrom 31:41
All right, I think that's a good place to stop. I don't want to make this episode too long, because Dr. Hotze can get pretty technical pretty deep, pretty fast. But next week, I'm going to ask him, why hypothyroidism is so difficult to diagnose, and so difficult to get treatment for. And he really brings it with that conversation. So I highly encourage you to tune in next week. And please don't forget this episode is brought to you by my book, the Christians guide to holistic health, by book will put you on the fast track to the vibrant health and vitality you've been looking for. If you'd like to avoid overwhelm and get some biblically based holistic health information you can implement right away, go to my website, David Sandstrom comm forward slash book, and you can learn more, and pick up a copy today. If that doesn't work, you can go directly to Amazon. It's available there in paperback, Kindle, and audible. For more, go to In the show notes for each episode, you'll find links to all the resources that were mentioned, as well as a full transcript with timestamps that you can download for free. In addition, I always include a content upgrade with each show, which is a free download that is designed to help you go deeper with that subject. Once again, thank you for listening, and I'll talk with you next week. Be blessed

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About the author 

David Sandstrom

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a Naturopathic Doctor, and a Biblical Health Coach. I am also an Airline Captain for a major airline based out of Atlanta, Ga. I've been helping people maximize their health potential by nurturing their body, mind, and spirit since 2005.

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