Whole Foods vs. Nutraceuticals
Let’s clear this up!I was listening to a lecture by Dr. Freddie Ulan, the founder of Nutrition Response TestingR, and among the many comments he made that struck me was one comment in particular about Nutraceuticals. He really clarified for me how nutraceuticals are different from whole foods in nutritional supplement form. Now pay close attention to this next part. I’m going to explain the difference between holistic healing and allopathic medicine. It’s not a secret, but it seems that the difference can be hard to get. They are actually two completely different approaches to handling a physical body. The key to understanding the difference lies with the functions of the nervous system. The nervous system, as you know, controls all of the life processes of the body. Digestion, heart rate, fluid balance, immune response, healing, everything. When confronted with a patient’s symptom or problem, the holistic practitioner asks the question “why” and then seeks to support the nervous system to encourage the body to do what it’s equipped to do from the beginning – and that is heal. An allopathic (aka medical) practitioner, when confronted with the same symptom or problem, seeks to provide an intervention that bypasses the nervous system–that is, forces a change in function to suppress the symptom. This is not healing, and is a failure in cases of chronic disease.
So if you remember, I started out this discussion with Dr. Ulan’s comment about Nutraceuticals. They are actually allopathic, and for that reason not the best approach in our opinion. They are “safer” drugs. They force a change on the nervous system. They are more gentle and less dangerous than pharmaceuticals, and this is certainly a plus considering the side effects of pharmaceuticals. I heard once a great analogy–it’s like when the check engine light comes on in a car. Allopathy cuts the wires to the light, or pulls the light out. Whereas the holistic approach will actually find where the car is malfunctioning and fix it. Whole foods in vitamin form, such as Standard Process makes, supply vitamins and minerals where there is a deficiency and thus work in harmony with the body’s healing process and nervous system so the body can finish the job it stalled out trying to finish. They provide the genuine replacement parts that the body needs to rebuild. No drug can do that.
So let’s get this straight. A Nutraceutical, and indeed ANY synthetic, laboratory-produced supplement (vitamin A, ascorbic acid, lutein, alpha-tocopherol, co-Q 10), and even herbs, yes, herbs, are actually allopathic. They only trying to suppress the symptom by bypassing the nervous system, not fix the problem. The most complete system I know of that truly heals body problems by working in harmony with the body is Designed Clinical Nutrition via Nutrition Response TestingR. We ask “why” and get the answer, then use whole foods to heal the problem. Just check out our testimonial pages to see for yourself. If you feel like maybe the “why” has been missed in your case and you want real solutions, give our office a call (717) 392-6606 and schedule an evaluation.
Here is my food diary for the past several days:
Sunday, April 19, 2015
9:30 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil, haddock and shrimp baked with butter, lemon and garlic
11:00 AM: mixed nuts
1:30 PM: butternut squash soup with sausage, green onions and bone broth
7:30 PM: 1.5 glasses organic red wine, paleo chicken strips (YUM! My new cookbook by Kelly Bejelly is AWESOME!!) and peanut sauce
Monday, April 20, 2015
8:00 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil, 5 slices Canadian bacon, 2 paleo biscuits, 2 eggs, peanut sauce
1:00 PM: mixed nuts, chili from California Tortilla
5:30 PM: You know, I didn’t write it down right away, and I forgot :((
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
9:30 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil, mixed nuts, 2 chicken sausages
11:00 AM: black tea
12:30 PM: Burrito Bowl from Neato Burrito, beef, veg, guacamole, cheese (even though I asked for no cheese), beans, rice (even though I asked for no rice) 1:00 PM: coffee :))
7:30 PM: potato chips, naked burger on greens, mixed nuts
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
8:00 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil, chicken pot pie (no pie crust tho) from Elana Amsterdam’s cookbook
11:00 AM: herb tea, pecans
2:00 PM: potato chips, protein shake: coconut milk, whey protein, SP Complete, radish greens