Customized Nutritional Healing Programs
Eating naturally grown whole foods is the oldest form of medicine…and still one of the most effective even for modern health problems. Every school of natural healing that we’ve studied, from Naturopathy to Ayurveda to Chinese Medicine…all of them emphasize proper nutrition as being vital to healing.
You can take the best medicines, the best herbs, and have the best acupuncture treatments. However, if you are living on a diet of dead, processed, and nutritionally empty foods…you will never reach a state of optimum health.
That’s why all of our patients are given a nutritional evaluation to make sure that at the very least, their diet is not what’s responsible for making them feel ill.
“Are herbs food? Or are foods herbs?”
A feature of our nutritional healing program is that we do not make a distinction between foods and herbs.
Many common foods are often used as medicinal agents. Celery and dandelion are used to detoxify the kidneys, beets are used to strengthen the liver, buckwheat is excellent at strengthening blood vessels. Additionally, many herbs such as Ginkgo and Echinacea have outstanding nutritional value as foods. While the best approach is to eat a diet composed of healing foods, we realize that it is almost impossible to do so in our current environment of commercial farming and depleted foods.
To make up for nutritional deficiencies contributing to poor health, we evaluate our patients for the need for targeted vitamin and mineral supplementation. In our experience, when vitamins and minerals are given properly (as opposed to taking random recommendations from magazines and the internet) they can make a huge impact on the patient’s recovery.
Many Foods Are Now Poisons
An interesting (and somewhat frightening) phenomenon is that many people have actually become allergic to certain foods that at one point were a regular part of their ancestral diet. Can you imagine that? People actually being allergic to foods!
A hundred years ago the whole concept of people being allergic to natural foods was absurd. Nowadays it is so commonplace that it has become a medically accepted phenomenon. Just because something is now common does not mean that it is right! This applies to the current epidemic of food allergies.
The main reason for this is that the food that we eat today is NOT the same food that our ancestors ate. The crops of 100 years ago were grown on better soil, not exposed to pesticides and chemicals, not genetically engineered, not heat processed (heat processing destroys vital enzymes), not contaminated with preservatives to give it a longer shelf life, and so on.
The animals that we eat today are EXTREMELY different from the ones that our ancestors ate. The livestock of our ancestors were not loaded up on antibiotics and steroids (which get transferred to the people who eat them). Spiritually, these animals were not subjected to the cruelty that you hear about in today’s commercial farms. I personally feel that when you consume animals raised in these circumstances, you not only consume the chemical poisons in their flesh, but the energetic sorrow that they felt as well.
Can you see why we are now having such a high prevalence of food allergies in today’s children and adults? It is because we are eating foods that the human body was not designed to eat.
Realize that when the body develops an allergy to a certain food, it is because it has recognized that food as being poisonous to your health, and it is trying to protect you from it by going into a state of alarm (which is what an allergy attack is).
Ever notice that there are some foods that you have difficulty swallowing? Ever notice that there are certain vitamin pills that you have trouble swallowing, even if they are small in size? The reason is that your body, in its innate intelligence, recognizes the substance as an allergen and tries to close up your throat as an allergic response! It is trying to protect you!
Two Aspects of Our Nutritional Healing Programs
For our patients who come to us for nutritional healing, we have two objectives for them. The first is to customize the most effective eating plan for their unique body. This includes identifying any food allergies as well as figuring out what the best foods would be for them to heal.
Remember: Food is the original medicine of nature.
Do not think of foods as just calorie sources. Each food also has a medicinal property if used correctly. For example, did you know that eating lamb can restore thyroid function? Or that certain vegetables have anti-tumor effects? Or that organic eggs contain every essential vitamin, mineral, and amino acid with the exception of vitamin c?
With our extensive training in dietary healing (from both eastern as well as western schools of thought) we will teach you how to heal yourself using the most basic form of medicine given to us by nature…food.
The second objective for our nutritional healing patients is to accelerate their healing using nutritional supplements that are targeted for the person’s unique needs.
For patients who are coming for a chronic, difficult to treat illness, supplements are often necessary for the healing process. Please realize though that most of our patients, no matter how ill, take only 1-3 different supplements that are tailored for their individual needs. We do not do “mega-dosing” of supplements and we actually feel that taking more than a small handful of supplements is counter-productive.