Doctor according to nature
Born in Bobbio, in the Piacenza province of Italy, January 23rd, 1955.
Graduated from the Medical School of the University of Parma in 1977.
My medical career started officially in 1977, after my graduation, but in fact it had started earlier, arising from my personal experience and the conclusions I had reached after in-depth study and personal verification of several theories.
At the basis of my medical work is the search for the causes of disease.
I think we have the duty, before looking for a cure, to understand what lies at the root of a pathological state. True preventive medicine analyses every cause, with no a priori exclusions. For example, I do not regard colonoscopies and mammograms as tools of prevention, since they merely bring to light something that is already there; I would rather classify them as methods of early diagnosis. True prevention should indeed prevent the appearance of disease. In time I have reached the conclusion that one of the most suitable means to that end is correct nutrition. I have never been satisfied with that part of medical science that involves creating and prescribing medicines to cure a state of disease, and I continued my research until I obtained a satisfactory result. My character is such that I work hard to improve what I do and what I deal with; hence, I have tried to study all the publications that examined medicine from various points of view, using very different sources. I quickly moved from study to practice, in pursuit of the goal I had set myself as a child: to improve people’s state of health and to acquire a deep understanding of the causes of disease.
I have always regarded my body as a source of information, and I began to verify first on myself the knowledge I was gradually acquiring. I would advise anyone who wants to reach an in-depth understanding of their own and other people’s bodies to experiment and critically evaluate every phenomenon with no a priori exclusions, and even to repeat the tests if necessary
Let us say that I merely applied the scientific method: hypothesis, experiment, analysis and conclusion.
Some time later I came across some rather interesting publications – at once unusual and stimulating – concerning the relationship between nutrition and blood groups. As always, I analysed and experimented thoroughly this kind of diet; I found much that was positive, but some doubts lingered on. Above all, I was not convinced by the fact that several publications suggested the same foods to everyone in a given blood group. This did not tally with the huge variability of the human genetic make-up. Every person has a unique genetic code, and therefore I was not convinced that the mere blood group could suffice to determine a correct, personalized diet. Proof of this mismatch soon arrived, when some patients contacted me to receive treatment for health disorders. I remember some cases of people of blood group O for whom prunes and other fruit should have been indicated and who nevertheless exhibited several disorders when they ate them. This is just one of many exceptions I found in every blood group. I now tell my patients that there are no absolute truths; instead, they must arm themselves with patience and personally put the various diets to the test. It is not theory that matters, but practice; in this case in particular, what matters is the immune response of the single individual. I maintain that there is a close relationship between our blood group and the diet we should follow in order to stay in good health, and if the body’s reactions are not “listened to” disorders may eventually manifest. I do not regard diseases as fortuitous, random occurrences, but rather as the evolution of a process that brought about that specific situation. Acute diseases, such as a bout of colitis with its consequent diarrhoea, are usually caused by sporadic contact with food that is not well-tolerated, or is even highly toxic. Chronic diseases such as ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, are totally different. Developing such ailments requires a prolonged, daily or very frequent use of harmful foods. My professional career has taught me to hold humility in high regard; it has made me understand that parts of the truth can come even from those who have no scientific credentials to flaunt.
At the cost of repeating myself: in medicine there are hardly any absolute truths, precisely because every living creature has a unique, exclusive genetic make-up. Doubt must always be present in medicine; it must act as a guide to all of us, and inform the actions of doctors, allowing us to determine whether or not we are on the right track.