As I’ve mentioned many times, the body is by its wonderful nature, supposed to be healthy. But, to enjoy its health potential, we must follow two basic rules. One – give it everything it needs for optimum function. We need nutrition (for example, protein, fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals). We also need water, sleep, sunshine, movement and so on. Rule two: don’t overload the body with excesses it cannot handle. On the excess front, that can be in food (e.g. sugar) but, also smoking, alcohol, and chemicals from the food, air and water. Even good things like water and exercise in excess can become problems.
For the most part, we do not get ill suddenly. Disease results from the effects of imbalances in those requirements and excesses that develop over time. But, how do we become aware of these imbalances? The accumulation of toxic metals (as well as status of nutritional minerals) can be easily measured by the Oligoscan test that Dr. Michael Einsohn discussed on the August 11th show.
Nutrition blood tests performed at the doctor’s office are typically pretty crude measures that only look at a few nutrients (e.g. iron) and only call attention when they are grossly out of order. For example, when calcium and magnesium are measured the tests are a snapshot of what is in the blood at the moment, not what is in storage. The body prioritizes and will pull nutrients from bones and other important tissues to keep the blood in a life-preserving range. The tests that look deeper must be specially ordered and tend to be expensive. Assuming that the RDA’s are a good guide seems silly when you consider that one person might need 100 times more of a nutrient than the next person. Those are some of the reasons that I advise taking supplements for insurance not only against deficiency disease but, also to promote superior health.
We can get some clues to inadequacy by noticing small things. Please refer to my article, 28 Subtle Signs of Imbalance. It covers these clues: Cold sensitivity, Constipation, Cramping, Cravings for Chocolate, Ear wax (excess), Eye brows (outside 1/3 gone), Gums (bleeding), Hearing, Hair (thinning), Lips (Dry), Mouth (cracks at corners), Nails (pale), Nails (thin), Nails (white spots), Nerves (jumpy), Perspiration on Head (to excess), Skin (small red spots), Skin (dry, flaky on legs, feet), Skin “tags” (e.g. on neck or under arms), Sulphite sensitivity (e.g. wine), Tingling in extremities, Tongue (pale), Tongue (teeth leave impression), Tongue (red, bumps, grooves, etc.), Tongue (white coating), Upper arms “chicken skin” bumps, Waist (women over 35″ or men 40″) and Warts.
The list in my article is just an example. My point is to assume that there is a reason for anything that is out of order. And, it makes sense to do some research and fix that imbalance than to cover it up, medicate it or wait for it to turn into something worse.