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Integrating Alternatives; Robert Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D. ‘73
The first job Robert Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D. ’73 took after becoming a doctor was with the Indian Health Service, the principal federal health care provider for Native Americans. He treated patients on a remote reservation in Washington State, and it changed his approach to medicine.
“I noticed that a lot of what I was taught in medical school didn’t work, and I ended up working with an Indian medicine woman,” says Eslinger, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I opened myself up to different types of belief structures that I didn’t even know existed. I found there was a whole world of knowledge out there that I wasn’t told about in medical school.”
Today, as medical director at Reno Integrative Medical Center, Reno, Nev., Eslinger melds his traditional medical training with knowledge he’s acquired in the areas of homeopathy, acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback, among others.
“The advantage of this clinic is that we combine what I believe is the best of conventional medicine with the best of alternative medicine,” Eslinger says. “Because of my training in homeopathy and as an osteopathic physician, I can look at the whole body and everything from lifestyle to personality to diet to exercise to possible abnormal metabolic reactions due to toxic metals in the body.”
Eslinger, whose patients and staff fondly call him Dr. Bob, prefers to call his approach to medicine integrative rather than alternative. “My definition of alternative medicine is incorporating the best of everything based on what works.”
After practicing conventional medicine for 26 years, including a 13-year stint as medical director at Cascade Medical Center in Cascade, Idaho, Eslinger relocated to Nevada—one of only three states that issue homeopathic licenses—in 2004.
“To get your homeopathic license you have to be an M.D. or a D.O.,” Eslinger explains. “You must also have 200 hours of training in designated alternative medicine curriculums. Once you’re licensed you’re under the legal jurisdiction of Nevada’s Homeopathic Medical Board, which is far more openminded than any other medical board in the country.”
It’s this open-mindedness that allows Eslinger to offer alternative treatments, including insulin potentiated therapy (IPT), to terminally ill cancer patients. IPT involves the use of insulin to temporarily lower the blood sugar.
“We use a form of IPT that uses chemotherapy drugs, but we only use one-tenth the dose because we can target the cancer cells,” Eslinger says.“It’s as effective, if not more effective, as full-dose chemo, but with only one-tenth the side effects.”
Responding to conventional practitioners who call such treatments radical or even dangerous, Eslinger says his clinic’s success rate with cancer is from 60 percent to 70 percent when remission, improved quality of life, and length of life are taken into account.
“I would put my statistics up against any program in the country,” he says. “In the last five years we’ve done over 7,500 IPT treatments in my office, and we haven’t lost one patient to IPT. I don’t think there’s a chemo or radiation therapy program in the country that can make that claim.”
– Bob Shade