Dr. Bill Dean began practicing urology in 1979 and retired from this practice in 2011 to begin an Ayurvedic medicine fellowship at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He has chosen the use of internet consulting to reach out to the many who are interested in exploring an effective systematic approach to Interstitial Cystitis (IC) that is different to what is presently offered by traditional urology practices. This can lead to helping people implement the practical applications of this knowledge either with one on one interaction or with support groups. New information to improve health requires changes in habits.
Due to his training Dr. Bill is uniquely positioned to serve as a guide to compare and contrast the matter and energy science healing disciplines.
When the current allopathic healing approach doesn’t have an answer, Ayurveda can certainly shed light and help with difficult clinical problems. This is because of how the two models differ in how they do their healing.
Early in his urology career as a resident he researched a condition called chronic urethritis in women. In retrospect this was the beginning of his study of IC.
Dr. Bill became interested in the alternative medical discipline of Ayurveda with the Chopra organization in 1995. This introduction showed him the science behind the discipline that was grounded in modern physics.
In 2000 having his own medical problems he sought help at the Ayurvedic Institute and over the years has watched his health gradually but dramatically improve. He realized that going to work, taking nourishment, and communicating in relationships did not translate into health. He looks back and muses, ‘Until we begin taking an inventory we do not realize how sick we are’. As he began doing this healing slowly over the years problems such as chronic edema from varicose veins cleared, longstanding bowel issues gradually resolved with resultant improved bone density, clearance of longstanding skin lesions, and an improved healthy understanding of relationships. He saw that real healing took time and through the experience realized tools and techniques that could be used to reverse the disease process. Dr. Bill began seeing healing in a more complete way.
This improvement in his health brought enthusiasm to use some simple therapies in his urology practice for IC since there were no consistently good results with standard therapies in urology. He slowly began to realize that the medical matter science healing tradition that he was practicing was a disease detection and treatment program. Yes, it could provide semi-emergent treatments for concerning conditions such as appendicitis and cancer but there was no means to treat chronic disease and certainly no system of
prevention using this system of healing.
In contrast he found that the science of Ayurveda used a different model of healing, not founded on molecular expressions of disease but on physiologic energetic imbalances in the body.
In 2004 he wrote a paper on the results of a study showing the improvement of men, women, and children using Ayurvedic nutrition and aloe vera gel. The results are reported at icdiet.com. In 6 weeks 91% of the patients had a 50% reduction in symptoms. This was indeed exciting and energized him to continue expanding on this approach to healing. He presented this paper at the Northwest Urological Society annual meeting in Vancouver, BC in 2005 and began his first website icdiet.com
With continued success using Ayurvedic principles in the office he began actively blogging at drbilldean.com which contrasted the matter science or molecular approach to healing which he was practicing to that of the Ayurvedic or energy science approach. The blog was specifically to show the differences in the two approaches that he practiced.
In the ensuing years of practice he continued to help his patient’s pain with what he now calls an energy science of healing. This led to the 2010 publication of Foods Heal: Why Certain Foods Help YOU Feel Your Best which uses the nutritional model to show the differences between the current matter science medical discipline and the Ayurvedic or what he terms the energy science medical discipline.
Chronic diseases are not adequately managed since in the matter science medical model the origins of disease are not well understood. The energy science medical model has room for how diseases in the body begin. This is the key to helping with these debilitating conditions that we have today.
So he wants to show people who come to him how this energy science of Ayurveda can heal IC. “Complete resolution of IC seems like a tall order” he says, “but with my past experience and what I have learned during my fellowship that it is definitely possible for patients to resolve IC if they want to take on the challenge.” He has just completed IC Bladder Pain Syndrome: The Alternative Medical Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis which describes the energy science and how it can be specifically applied to IC
Dr Bill is married and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Nebraska’s medical school in 1972 and has done fellowships in nephrology, pediatric urology, and will be completing his fellowship in Ayurvedic medicine at The Ayurvedic Institute in June of this year. He has a teaching appointment at Bastyr Naturopathic School in Seattle Wa. He enjoys skiing, backpacking, and staying physically fit through daily exercise.