Wife's Breast Cancer Recovery: an Interview with Dr Michael Hatrak
article about a successful breast cancer treatment is reprinted with permission
from American Grass Fed Beef Newsletter, an ezine published by Dr. Patricia
month we are very blessed to provide our readers with an interview featuring Dr.
Michael Hatrak. Dr. Hatrak is nationally known chiropractor and is one of the
three founders of Synergy Release Therapy. His trademarked technique focuses on
opening energy blockages and realigning the body. Synergy Release Therapy has
helped patients with prostate problems, sleep apnea, hypothyroid conditions, low
energy and sports performance enhancement.
Hatrak trains chiropractors, massage therapists, sports therapists, nutritionists
and other health professionals. His clients include professional athletes with
the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and even Olympic Athletes.
We are pleased to have such a distinguished customer take the time to share his
professional knowledge and personal experience with our readers.
WHISNANT: What sparked your interest in combining chiropractic care with nutritional
HATRAK: My interest in nutrition began at the age of 15 when I used
to read Adelle Davis books. In Chiropractic school, I received many hours of training
in nutrition. Currently, I have a nutritionist Pam Eberle M.S. and a Registered
Dietician working in my office who specializes in functional medicine.
my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, my interest became extremely focused
as we were now dealing with critical life and death issues.
WHISNANT: When your wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, how did you decide
to treat her condition?
HATRAK: We decided to go the standard medical route for a lumpectomy
but forgo chemotherapy or radiation in preference to building her immune system
through diet and supplements.
WHISNANT: What did Joan's medical doctor think of this decision?
HATRAK: The physician felt Joan was being foolish by deciding not to
include chemo, radiation and tamoxifen in her breast cancer treatment because
he believed the outcome is usually grim without this regime. However, Joan was
more frightened of the damaging effects of these therapies than of the cancer.
WHISNANT: It must have been difficult for you to go the alternative route
with such a grave prognosis from her physician.
HATRAK: Yes, however I had developed a network of alternative physicians
over the past 28 years. We just started to make our contacts and put together
an initial recovery plan, which was very comprehensive. We tweaked the plan many
times over the past 6 years as Joan's health improved and her nutritional requirements
decided that the very best diet initially for Joan would be a 100% raw food vegan
diet including a lot of fresh green vegetable juices.
WHISNANT: Why did you decide that Joan would do best on this extreme diet
as her breast cancer treatment?
HATRAK: A raw food diet would deliver a food source that requires
very little energy for digestion. Her body would be free to focus energy on healing.
other words raw foods have an abundance of enzymes. Enzymes are required for healing,
digestion, energy and all functions of the body.
rich food is considered clean fuel for the body. Our goal was to clean the body
then feed the body.
WHISNANT: Are you still a proponent of raw food diets?
HATRAK: We believe that raw foods should comprise 60-70 percent of
WHISNANT: When did you and she decide to add grass fed beef, fish and free
range chicken back into her diet?
HATRAK: I think it was about one year. Joan started feeling
the need for more protein in her diet and she started craving meat. Also, as she
grew healthier . . . she started working out with weights and her demand for protein
was greater as well.
WHISNANT: Why is it that so many critically ill patients initially thrive
on a strict raw food vegetarian diet and green juicing?
HATRAK: A raw food diet gives the digestive system time to heal
and repair. It cleans the liver and is a great detox. A raw food diet jump starts
the healing has begun, the second part of the equation is to feed the body. This
can only be done with complete proteins, amino acids, essential vitamins and minerals
that can only be obtained with animal proteins that deliver iron, zinc, magnesium,
selenium as well as riboflavin and B-12.
WHISNANT: How would someone know it is time to start introducing beef, fish
and eggs back into their diet when they have been on a strict raw food vegetarian
HATRAK: Like Joan . . . most people will naturally start craving meat
after several months on a strict vegetarian diet. Also, there are several tests
one could do to monitor the progress and see when it is time.
example, blood levels of minerals and vitamins plus muscle density tests like
the BIA (Bio-impedance analysis) will give you muscle to fat ratio and levels
of hydration. These are the easiest tests.
would, also, throw in an essential fatty acid test to see how your body is metabolizing
WHISNANT: You are a Christian . . . what do you think about the claim that
our bodies were designed before the fall in the Garden of Eden to be vegetarian
and we need to return to a vegetarian diet for complete health?
HATRAK: Not a true claim . . . these people have turned vegetarianism
into a religion, which has nothing to do with Christianity and the true gospel.
WHISNANT: Could you substitute fish and chicken for the benefits you get from
grass fed beef?
HATRAK: No . . . fish, chicken and even standard organic grain
fed beef does not have the complete synergy of nutrition provided by grass fed
beef as a source of animal protein. Also, grass fed beef will give you more omega
fats than regular USDA grain fed beef and no mercury that all fish on the planet
have. It is a safe source of protein for rebuilding.
WHISNANT: What are the symptoms of deficiencies that you have seen in your
practice caused by lack of meat in strict vegan diets?
HATRAK: Anemia, fatigue, hypothyroid, bone loss and muscle spasms are
very obviously observed. The most dangerous deficiency is an essential fatty acid
deficiency which could emerge without any symptoms until its too late. This deficiency
can result in damage to the heart and key organs.
WHISNANT: I have heard of several strict raw food vegans who have had major
health problems including rapid aging, muscle loss, high blood pressure . . .
some even suffer strokes after years on the diet. How could people who are eating
only a live food organic vegetarian regime complete with high enzyme juicing have
high blood pressure and strokes . . . it seems totally impossible?
HATRAK: Our bodies need a specific full complement of amino
acids, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins that only come from beef.
As I stated before . . . if you don't provide your body with the nutrition from
all the food sources it needs, you risk heart and many other severe problems with
the key organs in your body.
will never compensate for these deficiencies.
WHISNANT: One of your specialties is optimizing the performance of professional
athletes including many top NFL, NBA and MLB players. Plus you have helped Olympic
athletes and body builders. Are any of these patients vegetarian?
HATRAK: NONE of my patients who are professional athletes are
strict vegans or vegetarian. These athletes could not maintain peak performance
on a vegetarian diet.
WHISNANT: How would you determine the best diet for someone?
HATRAK: In our practice, we look at many factors such as heritage,
blood type (to a certain degree), metabolism, lifestyle and patient history. Plus
we factor in the foods which a specific patient likes and dislikes to develop
a comprehensive plan along with functional tests. In my opinion, humans were designed
to be omnivores . . . enjoying a wide spectrum of foods from all food groups.
WHISNANT: How is Joan's health now?
HATRAK: It will be 6 years this May since she was diagnosed with cancer.
As of her last battery of tests, she is cancer free. We need to stress that the
kind of testing we perform is both traditional and functional which is truly comprehensive.
Michael Hatrak can be reached at:
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Phone: (770) 740-9200
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