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Hey Doc, What Do I Do With This?

November 26, 2018

This is an example of a very good health practice lemon and himalayan salt. Makes sense and seems easy to do, right? Let me make a point. First of all this is just one item. Adding it to what you are doing may or may not be what you need. You may or may not notice any difference.

The key is to obtain an overall roadmap. A recipe, so to speak, can then be set up as far as nutrition and supplements. I have always emphasized the importance of a complete and comprehensive exam at the age of 50 that gathers data to establish a roadmap. This is not the annual physical in conventional medicine. Think of this scenario:

A middle-age man (50) comes in with a little bit of a paunch and is asked about his medical health. He states it is pretty good. He goes to the gym. He tries to eat right. As far as medication, he takes something for cholesterol, another for blood pressure, a heart pill, and something for sugar. Oh, a Viagra certainly helps. His doctor told him that all his numbers were under control (whatever that means).

I ask you—is this truly healthy? Do you have balance (chemical and hormonal) for the “human machine” to function optimally?

The next level in prolonging health and longevity adds physiologic and other data to actually look at the level of function as part of the roadmap. A complete blood hormone panel is essential. Tissue levels of nutrients and toxins are measured. Looking at body composition and following changes with a DEXA scan is very simple and extremely helpful. These things are not done routinely in conventional medicine. Looking at the level of function goes a step further. Here, when numbers look good it means something concrete and not necessarily manipulated by medication. These tests are reproducible and can serve as an excellent means for following the patient and monitoring changes that occur during his program.

I take men described above and after a year have many off their medications. It is just a matter of getting them back in balance. If cholesterol meds were not necessary at age 35, why now? Something has changed and many times can be reversed.

Now, think about the typical 70-year-old man who is felt to be healthy. Looking at body composition there may be just a little too much visceral (internal organ or belly) fat. Suboptimal thyroid and testosterone blood levels are present. Toxin levels have been slowly building. Another key here is he has lost lean muscle mass in shoulders and arms. He is becoming frail. He is becoming old.

I am not talking about a Hulk like physique but more like a gymnast. And I am talking about a reasonable exercise program for 30 minutes only three or four days a week. Diet changes may be needed. This is something very doable. A complete program addresses lifestyle and personal factors for optimizing health. Conventional medicine may provide lip service but gives no direction to the patient and does not monitor changes. The downturn in overall health can be slowed and sometimes reversed. And you can stay ahead of this What is Old? What do you expect?

Many patients need help with what they see, hear, and read. There is much outdated information still accepted as valid. A gray area presents when trying to evaluate certain things like supplements because patients also tend to change other aspects of their lifestyle in a healthy direction. More than one variable is frequently involved.

Now back to the first article. “Hey Doc, what do I do with this?” Before I answer, I would like to have data as far as current toxin load, hormone balance, and body composition related to android (belly) and gynoid (hips) fat. All of these are used to give direction to the game plan for supplements. Proper and sufficient data is needed first to give you that roadmap. Get the initial testing done.

Then there are the variables of absorption, assimilation, and dosing. On paper, the correct things may be done but the body may not feel it.

Compliance can be a key issue so look to find what is manageable. Some patients are very organized and can follow a regimented program. Depending on basic nutrition, supplements may only be needed two or three days a week in a maintenance program. The same could apply to the lemon juice and Himalayan salt unless you are dealing with adrenal fatigue. Two days a week may be sufficient for maintenance detoxification. What is demonstrated on your initial evaluation will dictate type and aggressivity of a detox program.

Obviously, some supplementation is necessary depending on your age, overall health, where you live, and source of nutrients (soil depleted and maybe contaminated with toxins from the water). Seasonal and local fresh produce is always preferred. The body doesn’t deplete minerals in one day so it is not necessarily detrimental if something cannot be obtained year round. Seasonal and local produce has not been stored and shipped long distances and is high in nutrients. Go with the seasonal flow, but remember a balance of 80% vegetables and 20% fruit is preferred for most people because of the sugar in the fruit. Variety is also a key—a lot of colors. All of this fits the PALEO concept.

For me, another aspect of the PALEO concept is when I go to the refrigerator where I stock primarily whole and organic foods. I look through and see what may spoil in the next day or two. I fix a meal with that. So this follows the PALEO concept of foraging and conservation. Hey, I can now take advantage of senior discounts in many places!

Not all supplements are the same. It is important to look at the source, the way the product is prepared, and how it is preserved. Taking some supplements in high doses for a long period of time with no break can affect chemical balance and work against your goals.

So, there is no cookbook answer. Sometimes a patient will tell me they feel a significant difference with the addition of a new supplement. Perhaps they were so depleted in that one area that they note a definite change. The placebo effect is another variable to consider when introducing something new to patients. That is a favorite part about my work. I can sometimes be Sherlock Holmes-or at least Doc Watson anyway.

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