Author Julie Casper, L. Ac., is a hTMA clinician and educator, she works with patients across the U.S. and internationally. In addition, she supports health professionals who are interested in adding clinical hTMA to their practice. Contact: healthelite.org
Update: 22 July 2017
Author: Julie Casper, L. Ac.
It is remarkably common to be well fed yet malnourished. Because you are NOT what you eat. You are what you digest. So no matter how ‘good’ your diet is — what is most important, is how much nutrition is metabolized (absorbed and utilized). Lack of proper nourishment leads to the majority of all health problems, including dysfunctional thyroid, obesity, diabetes, fatigue and adrenal exhaustion.
No matter how ‘good,’ or ‘bad,’ how well balanced, or well prepared a diet is, many people simply are not metabolizing the nutrition from their food.
It is your metabolic status, essential mineral balance, and toxic burden, that determines how much nutrition is being utilized from your food. hTMA can correct deranged mineral imbalances, improve metabolism, and safely detoxify by replacing heavy-metals with preferred nutrient elements. Having healthy, balanced mineral ratios and a robust metabolism ensures that the time and money you invest in your nutrition is well spent. Is your digestion compromised? Here's a free tool to help you find out:
The terms diet and nutrition are frequently used interchangeably. This is incorrect and it is important to understand the distinction between the two.
Diet relates to the consumption of foods, and nutrition describes the nutrients obtained from the diet. This difference is important to understand because the presence of nutrients in the diet does not necessarily insure their absorption, retention, or utilization. And there are factors other than diet that affect your nutrition. For example, the ability to respond to and recover from stress and toxic body-burden. Let's look a little closer at how stress and toxicity can impact your nutrition.
The neuroendocrine system consists of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, and overlaps the nervous and endocrine systems. It is primarily responsible for neural modulation of endocrine function. The endocrine system consists of numerous glands throughout the body that produce and secrete hormones of diverse chemical structure, including peptides, steroids, and neuroamines. Collectively, hormones regulate many physiological processes. The neuroendocrine system is influential in the absorption, excretion, transport, utilization and storage of nutrients. Depending on which neuroendocrine group is dominant (sympathetic or parasympathetic), the body will deplete or build up different minerals within the tissues.
The influence of the endocrine glands on mineral metabolism has a direct effect on tissue mineral patterns, producing deficiencies, imbalances and excess accumulation. Correct functioning of the neuroendocrine system requires correct levels and ratios of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. hTMA directed nutritional therapy can reverse or prevent metabolic disturbances caused by one neuroendocrine group dominating the other.
The neuroendocrine state effects the retention of toxic metals also. For instance, sympathetic dominance will enhance the retention of toxic lead, and parasympathetic dominance can enhance the retention of toxic cadmium and mercury.
The ratio of your tissue levels of toxic metals relative to the protective nutrient minerals can indicate harm being done by these toxins. Heavy metals (e.g., mercury, lead, cadmium) interfere with normal metabolic processes due to their ability to displace nutritional minerals and poison enzyme functions by their attachment to proteins. In today's environment, everyone is persistently exposed to toxic heavy metals, and has measurable levels within their bodies. The ratio of the protective nutrient mineral relative to the toxic heavy metal is an important quantification to appreciate.
In electronic networks, cascading failures usually begin when just one part of a system fails. When this occurs, nearby nodes must then take up the slack for the failed component. This overloads these nodes, causing them to fail as well, prompting additional nodes to fail in a vicious cycle.
In biology, every single mineral effects every other mineral. When a single mineral level is imbalanced, all minerals (and mineral ratios) are affected, starting a massive ‘multiple-vehicle collision’ of imbalances. Often people say, "I'm just taking a little magnesium," or a little zinc, or whatever. If people only knew the harm they could cause by taking even one mineral supplement they did not need, or even taking the right supplement in excessive quantities — they would never take them in the first place.
Let's consider iron, for example. Many women are told to take iron tablets because they are tired (or ‘anemic’). Unfortunately, if iron is not taken in the correct ratio with other minerals, it exacerbates fatigue. Everyone's mineral profile is distinct. The amount of iron (and other minerals) needed for more energy for one person, may be completely different than what is needed for the next person. To illustrate, here is what could happen when taking an iron supplement:
Mineral imbalances like those shown above are typical. The cascading failure could easily be caused by a single mineral level which has become too high in relation to the others. So, now you can see what can happen when you take "just a little iron" to get your energy up. If a person has 21 minerals that are out of balance, for instance, it is a complicated process to correct. Each mineral has a synergistic effect on all of the other minerals. Because no mineral works in isolation, taking a supplement to address a symptom, or because it is "recommended by experts," can actually result in biochemical chaos (to one degree or another).
Nutritional therapeutics has largely been directed toward the recognition and correction of nutritional deficiencies. However, it is now becoming more evident that a loss of homeostatic equilibrium between nutrients can also have an adverse impact upon health. A loss of this vital balance can lead to sub-clinical nutritional disturbances, which outnumber overt deficiency syndromes by ten to one.
Determining nutritional interrelationships is much more important than knowing mineral levels alone. From a global standpoint, although dietary deficiency is at the more serious end of the spectrum, the opposite end, dietary excess and aberrations contribute to the burden of disease.Vitale
Although nutrients are generally synergistic, in that they work in concert to maintain normal metabolic activity and health, imbalances between nutrients, for whatever reason, can disrupt this synergistic relationship, producing relative excesses and deficiencies. In the face of a nutrient deficiency, a normally synergistic nutrient can become dominant and eventually lead to antagonism of another nutrient through competition on an absorptive level, (intestinal absorption) and a metabolic level (displacement) within cells, tissues and organs.
Antagonistic relationships between nutrient minerals can have an effect on biological activity. Mineral wheel diagrams illustrating the antagonistic relationships were developed by David L. Watts, Ph.D., Director of Research for Trace Elements. The research was published between 1988 and 1994 in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
The Confined Animal Feedlot Operation (CAFO) is a commercial agricultural model developed for the purposes of increasing food production efficiency and owner profits. CAFO animals live in an unnatural nightmare, they are literally confined, miserable and sick. Profits are maximized by minimizing input costs (food, housing, labor). CAFO animal feed contains many harmful additives. These include pharmaceutical products (e.g., antibiotics, hormones, vaccines, etc.), toxic arsenic is often added to promote faster growth, and industrially processed grain that includes residues from processing machinery and ‘filler‘ materials used in the final product. Industrial-ag relies on toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to grow grain. Irrigation water is often concentrated with toxicity. Industrial-ag grain contains glyphosate. Glyphosate is largely responsible for the current pandemic of chronic antibiotic exposure, among other health problems. There are disturbing similarities between CAFOs and the modern human experience.
As our Friends of the Earth so thoroughly explain in Spinning Food (above), we need to be careful about blindly trusting research, and especially how media reports on it. Journalists are not scientists or medical professionals, so they frequently get it wrong, intentionally or not.
A study conducted by Stanford's University's Department of Medicine (and reported widely in the media), suggests "there is little evidence of health benefits from organic foods." However, if you actually read the report you might think otherwise. Of course almost no one reads these things, after all it's "research" (boring), and scientists are infallible, and unbiased — right? For example, the excerpt below is from the report.
For their study, researchers sifted through thousands of papers and identified 237 (they decided were) most relevant to analyze. Those included 17 studies of populations consuming organic and conventional diets, and 223 studies that compared either the nutrient levels or the bacterial, fungal or pesticide contamination of various products (fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, milk, poultry, and eggs) grown organically and conventionally. There were no long-term studies of health outcomes. While researchers found that organic produce had a 30 percent lower risk of pesticide contamination than conventional fruits and vegetables, they said that organic foods are not necessarily 100 percent free of pesticides. What's more, the researchers noted the pesticide levels of all foods generally fell within the allowable safety limits.
What this meta-analysis did not take into account is that most people have compromised digestion. Many people are simply not metabolizing the nutrition from their food. So of course organic won't make much difference. The researchers did not analyze the differences between individual toxic body burdens. They did not analyze metabolic status of study subjects. And they did not compare mineral levels and ratios of test subject's body tissues.
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