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
Author: Julie Casper, L. Ac., C.H.E.K. Certified, hTMA
You are NOT what you eat. You are what you digest. So no matter how ‘good’ your diet is, organic, balanced, local — what is most important is how much nutrition is absorbed and utilized (biologically). It is remarkably common to be well fed yet malnourished. Lack of proper nourishment leads to many health problems, including dysfunctional thyroid, obesity, diabetes, fatigue and adrenal exhaustion.
A recent study done at Standford claims that, "there is little evidence of health benefits from organic foods." What this meta-analysis did not take into account is that most people have a compromised digestive system.
Most people simply are not metabolizing the nutrition from their food, no matter how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ their diet is. The terms diet and nutrition frequently are used interchangeably. This is incorrect, and it is important to understand the distinction between the two.
In other words, diet describes the consumption of foods, whereas nutrition describes the nutrients obtained from the diet. This difference is important to understand since the presence of nutrients in the diet does not necessarily insure their absorption, retention, or utilization by the body. Factors other than diet alone affect nutrition, including stress response and recovery ability, and toxic body-burden. Two examples are:
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 tissue levels of toxic metals relative to protective nutrient minerals is a valid indicator of the likelihood of suffering from 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 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 and help you to understand the immunological response.
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 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 chart 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:
These types of mineral imbalances are typical. The cascading failure could easily be caused by a single mineral-level which has become too high in relation to the others (in this case, iron). You can now see what can happen when you take "just a little iron" to get your energy up. So when a person has 21 minerals that are out of balance, just imagine how complicated it can be trying to balance them. Each mineral in the body has a synergistic effect on all the other minerals. No mineral works in isolation.
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 bioogical 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.
No matter how good your diet is, how well balanced or well prepared, it is your mineral balances and your metabolic status which will determine how much nutrition is actually utilized biologically from your food. A study done at Stanford was broadcast all over the news recently. It claims that, "there is little evidence of health benefits from organic foods." What this meta-analysis did not take into account is that most people have a compromised digestion system. And as described above, people simply are not metabolizing the nutrition from their food. So of course organic won't make much difference (non-organic won't either)! Did researchers analyze the differences between individual's toxic body burdens? Did they analyze metabolic rates of study subjects? Are they comparing mineral levels and ratios of test subject's body tissues? These are rhetorical questions — but you get the idea. With hTMA we can correct deranged mineral imbalances and improve metabolism. Healthy, balanced mineral ratios and a robust metabolism ensures that the time, effort, and money you invest in your food (and health) is well spent.
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