Month: November 2015

Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH: Antarctic station doctor.

As a world traveler with a passion for medical anthropology, Dr. Kohlstadt has practiced medicine on all seven continents. This includes having served as Antarctic Medical Director at
Palmer Station and McMurdo Station in the late 1990’s. At Palmer Station, named for Nathaniel B. Palmer (usually recognized as the first American to see Antarctica), the maximum population is 46 persons. Her work here assured optimal readiness for medical emergencies. In this photo, Dr. Kohlstadt is pictured with the hardy Antarctic team she lived with for the better part of a year in extreme climate conditions, where temperatures can plummet to -150 degrees with wind chill! At a lecture Dr. Kohlstadt presented, she was jokingly asked, “If that’s the ‘better’ part of a year, what’s the worst?”

Additionally her duties included: Actively preventing injuries using broad public health training, coordinating medical services among civilians, military and internationals, providing clinical care for 1,200 expeditioners at McMurdo, maintaining the telemedicine system, leading initiatives in occupational safety, food inspection, preventive and travel medicine, and maintaining the stations’ pharmacy logistics. Her work also required that she coordinate on-site National Science Foundation research.

service medalFor her work “on the ice,” Dr. Kohlstadt received the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America. The Antarctica Service Medal is considered an award of the United States Armed Forces, issued in the name of the U.S. Department of Defense, and is authorized for wear on active duty uniforms. The medal may also be awarded to U.S. civilians.

At the Maryland Statehouse.

Having served as a physician on all seven continents including the Antarctic, Dr. Kohlstadt is uniquely qualified to write about her ground-breaking observations in her new book: Revelation Rx. In this photo taken at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Dr. Kohlstadt stands ready to assist legislators in any emergency as Doctor of the Day. From headaches to heartaches, her emergency skills as a Johns Hopkins trained physician prepare her for making decisions that save lives.

Revelation Rx

My accidental discovery of what is now a nutrition revelation: The discovery of the Terra Cotta Warriors has captivated me. I am compelled by the superb craftsmanship to make unique individual each like its own real-life person. The photos were so compelling that I had to remove them from my screen saver because they shifted my focus from my work.  The warriors were unearthed by local farmers working together in the 1970s to dig a well. Terra cotta heads were a somewhat frequent finding in that region of China for at least 2 centuries prior.  Unrecognized for their significance pieces were used to backfill the “sink holes”.  The discoverers were different in that they kept digging. Like those farmers I’ve spent decades working in the field of nutritional medicine where I dig the soil of scientific research, looking for a wellspring of medical breakthroughs to reap a harvest good health in my patients. One day in July 2014, my mind’s shovel, like those of the Chinese farmers, made a resounding “thunk.” Here’s what had happened. Prompted by the profound world events of our day, I read the Biblical book of Revelation. I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the recent resurgence in the popularity in this 2,000 year old text.  It was there in the chapter known as the Apocalypse that my shovel “thunked.”

5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  
6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
-Revelation 6:5-6 (New International Version)

The time is now.

The chronic disease epidemic of our time was predicted 2,000 years ago, and is described to take place during the Digital Age.  Agriculture would use the new technology to make a big profit. In so doing it would exploit the land and defy G-d’s natural laws.   Soon new diseases would take hold, diseases that would be expensive to treat. Profits made off the backs of the ordinary people and the exploited land would soon be erased by encroaching disease. The new diseases would be made worse by refined grains, especially those containing gluten. Agriculture would not exploit vineyards and olive groves. Therefore wine and olive oil would continue to be nourishing foods. Through an act of heaven, humans would be empowered to use the new technology to heal.

Why hasn’t this book been written sooner?

For nearly two thousand years it remained a mystery. Until this century I don’t think it was possible to interpret this scripture.  It appears to have been a time capsule intended to be opened at this precise time in human history.  Apart from its spiritual significance, this is anthropologically fascinating. Along the lines of the Mayan calendar and the Farmer’s almanac it may answer questions of our day and at the same time evokes profound timeless questions of the universe.  Medical research offers a set of tools to interpret the scripture. And I draw on that toolset in the alternate interpretation made possible by scientific advances. Please join me in opening this time capsule.  I like to think of it in medical terms, a timed-release capsule, a therapy prepared to be delivered at the precise time and location needed.