Jul 13, 2021
From Russia with Love
This episode’s guest is Dr. Gary Shlifer. Born in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Gary emigrated at age three to the United States with his parents, who somehow escaped the totalitarian communism embedded in the country at that time. His parents fell in love with America right away, finding a haven for liberty, free speech, and an environment that fostered new ideas.
Not only are Dr. Gary’s parents politically brave - but they are also intellectually brave. Both were already physicians when they left Russia, and both of their healing careers greatly influenced Dr. Gary. They started teaching Gary at an early age to “question everything,” which is what Gary proceeded to do as he entered medical school.
A story Dr. Gary shares here is how he won the award for “the biggest complainer” towards the end of his medical residency. Why? Because Gary questioned everything. He asked a lot of “why” questions, and sadly, the medical “powers that be” labeled him a “complainer.”
His commitment to living life questioning everything is why Gary became a D.O instead of an M.D. If you don’t know what studies are required to become a Doctor of Osteopathy, listen to this episode. As someone who questions everything, Gary forsakes the group-think, herd mentality of the allopathic healthcare industry. Instead, he carves out a more individualistic, unconventional, preventative-focused medical practice. Becoming a D.O. is a crucial part of his journey.
Early in his training, Dr. Gary displayed a gift for making personal connections with patients. His bedside manner is top-notch, which also makes him a fun and informative podcast guest.
Dr. Gary is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in preventative care, nutrition, metabolism, and anti-aging medicine.
He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where he now practices medicine today. Through his companies and community outreach, Dr. Gary promotes healthy living, eating, and lifestyle practices.
In this podcast, we cover:
Why D.O.’s bring more to the patient’s table
Dr. Gary attended the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale. He looks back now on his training and realizes that particular schooling opened his mind to things like meditation, manipulative medicine, and herbal medicine - many different modalities he includes in his patient care today.
Dr. Gary says, “That made me more open-minded, and I think it (D.O. training) makes osteopathic physicians more open-minded. Some of the stuff that’s considered fringe or “woo-woo” or whatever you want to call it is actually a part of our training. Some doctors end up going that path. There’s a lot of functional medicine doctors that are osteopaths.”
Sometimes a doctor with D.O. training ends up following a traditional M.D. path. Dr. Gary says, “that’s okay.” He elaborates, “We need doctors and more healthcare providers. It’s not about poo-pooing one or the other. It’s just about understanding that there is a system in place. And this system is driven to make doctors into employees that follow rules that make money for insurance companies and other big corporations.”
“And then there are a few of us that are like, ‘let me do it my way.’”
Dr. Gary’s Covid Treatment
During the pandemic, Dr. Gary has been out there promoting the well-known preventative supplementation that many allopathic care professionals have downplayed or flat-out ignored: vitamin D3 with K2 along with Zinc supplements.
Vitamin C is also one of Dr. Gary’s main recommendations for Covid.
Together, these protocols have proven to be effective for his patients. On the podcast, he says, “It’s been overwhelmingly proven that if your Vitamin D is greater than 30 or even closer to like a physiological level of 45, you don’t go to the hospital.”
Dr. Gary tells our host Wade Lightheart that these supplements are not promoted because they are incredibly cheap. In other words - there’s no money to be made in promoting them or drugs like Ivermectin (which is also cheap).
“What we’re talking about here cuts into that bottom line,” said Dr. Gary. He didn’t hold back, going on to say, “That’s why Dr. Fauci doesn’t want to talk about it because it gets in the way of his money-making.”
You can tell Dr. Gary truly cares about his patients. He's a maverick in the medical field, not afraid to speak his mind AND question everything. That’s why you don’t want to miss this episode. Biohackers, alternative medicine geeks, and people fed up with traditional medicine should tune in because Dr. Gary has a lot to say about finding real, lasting health and wellness. Stop managing your symptoms and listen to what Dr. Gary has to offer!
Check out this episode - questioning the healthcare system could change your life!
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