A New Approach to Health
Americans spend more money on medical care than ALL the other industrialized nations put together, yet we have one of the worst records in health and longevity:
- Americans are 60th in Longevity
- We are 41st in First Month's Survivability in Babies
- We #1 in Obesity
- We have Epidemic Rates of type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer's, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and many other degenerative diseases
American Health Care is 3rd Leading CAUSE of Death
A rare article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in the July 26, 2000 issue, article 284(4):483-5, reported the following statistics from 1999.
Over 225,000 Deaths Per Year CAUSED by Our Health Care System
- 12,000 people died during unnecessary surgery
- 7,000 people died from medication errors in hospitals
- 20,000 people died from other errors in hospitals
- 80,000 people died from infections spread in hospitals
- 106,000 people died from prescription drug side effects)
The American Association of Retired Persons calls hospitals "the most dangerous place in America".
Something Is Wrong With Our Approach to Health
We spend billions on medicines that usually don't cure anything, but only "manage" the symptoms, while often allowing the diseases to get worse. The drugs can cause side effects that may be as bad or worse than the problem they are supposed to be treating. Then other drugs are used to manage the side effects, and they may produce additional side effects. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, on average, individuals 65 to 69 years old take nearly 14 prescriptions per year, individuals aged 80 to 84 take an average of 18 prescriptions per year. And the FDA freely admits that most combinations of drugs have never been properly tested. Nearly all FDA drug testing is done using one drug at a time. Some prescription drug combinations can even be fatal.
The pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars a year to maintain this monopoly on our health care system, in the form of grants to medical schools that advocate the use of drugs as the main form of health care, lobbying and campaign contributions to politicians for their support, ads in all the major TV, radio and print media and huge fees paid to the FDA for testing and approval of new drugs.
It's a simple, indisputable fact that no disease has ever been caused by a lack of any pharmaceutical drug. Drug-based healthcare can only treat symptoms, not causes. Antibiotics may kill bacteria that causes disease, but overuse of antibiotics is giving rise to a new class of "superbugs" that are antibiotic resistant. Don't we need a different approach to healthcare, to promote wellness naturally, understand and identify the root causes of health problems, and provide the body what it needs to correct the root causes when possible?
3 Kinds of Doctors (Licensed Physicians)
1) Medical Doctors (MD) - MDs specialize in the use of pharmaceutical drugs and surgery to manage and treat disease. Some MDs have chosen to seek alternatives to drugs and surgery that involve nutrition and lifestyle changes. They may encounter tremendous peer pressure within their profession to conform to the traditional medical treatments.
2) Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) - DOs are trained in diagnosis and treatment of disease with drugs and surgery, but their bias is towards more natural alternatives. They are generally not part of the traditional MD system, but osteopathic physicians are fully licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery.
3) Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) - NDs receive training in diagnosis and treatment of disease with drugs and surgery, but the emphasis in their training is on promoting health and wellness through natural means, including nutrition, diet and other lifestyle factors. Pharmaceutical drugs are viewed as a last resort, when necessary for the patient's well-being, but are normally avoided as much as possible. Naturopathic physicians are currently licensed to practice medicine in 16 states in the US, and the number is growing rapidly.
What kind of doctors are you getting your health care from: MD, DO or ND? Your answer to that question may make a big difference in the outcome.
Introducing a True Pioneer in Healthy Living
There is one Doctor of Naturopathy who has distinguished himself above all the others in many ways. His name is Dr. Joel D. Wallach. His story in unlike any other doctor in the world.
Joel Wallach was born and raised on a farm in Missouri, and got his bachelor's degree in agriculture, specializing in soils and animal husbandry. Then, he became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), fully intending to devote his career to treating animals. He also became an expert pathologist, performing autopsies to evaluate the subjects' health condition and cause of death. He learned in working with animals that over 900 diseases were treatable in animals with nutrition. Also, the lifespan of animals can be tripled by providing them with certain essential nutrients.
Dr. Wallach had the opportunity to work with Marlin Perkins, the famous zoologist and host of the Mutual of Omaha "Wild Kingdom" TV show. Wallach was the vet who worked with Rhinos and other large animals. Later, when the National Institutes of Health funded a major research project to better understand the causes of death in animals in captivity, Perkins recommended Dr. Wallach. In this multimillion dollar project, Dr. Wallach performed over 17,500 autopsies on over 450 species of animals, with detailed lab tests. This project confirmed the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and diseases in animals. He discovered that every vertebrate needed 90 essential nutrients for good health, and if the animal lacked even one of these nutrients, disease was the eventual result. He also performed over 3,000 human autopsies for comparison, to confirm that his findings from animal studies were similar in humans.
Later, Dr. Wallach decided to become a physician, so he could practice natural medicine with humans. He became a Doctor of Naturopathy and founded a clinic to help people through nutrition. The results were dramatic; essentially he proved his theory that the same treatments that had worked with animals worked equally well in humans.
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The "90 Essential Nutrients" Concept
The list essential of nutrients identified by Dr Wallach consists of:
- 60 minerals (see Mineral Guide)
- 16 vitamins
- 12 amino acids
- 3 essential fatty acids
These nutrients are needed by everyone every day, for building healthy new cells. Scientists estimate that every cell in the human body is replaced with new cells every 8 months. As new cells are formed, deficiencies in essential nutrients can have a negative impact on the new cells. Also, the cells live in the internal environment of the body, where thousands of chemical processes are taking place. Enzymes are chemical catalysts, helping cell functions in many ways. If the body lacks essential nutrients, especially minerals, the enzymes will be insufficient for maximum health and vitality.
It is impossible to get all the essential nutrients consistently, in the right form and the right quantities from our foods, even with in the best organic whole foods diet. And commercial, non-organic farming practices deplete the soils of minerals. And the soil is often lacking some essential minerals in parts of the world. According to the federal government, commercially grown product has 40% less vitamins and minerals than organic.
For these reasons, Dr. Wallach recommends taking supplements with all the essential nutrients on a daily basis. Since it is impossible to know which nutrients your diet is lacking, if you take a nutritional supplement that does not contain all 90 essential nutrients, you are almost certain to lack some essential nutrients. Most people who take vitamin and mineral supplements are getting what Dr. Wallach calls "fractional nutrition". That's one reason why they are not getting the best results from their supplements. Another reason is that the supplements must be in the right form, especially minerals, and in sufficient quantities.
Minerals must be derived from plants to be beneficial as food. We cannot absorb minerals in the form that they are found in rocks. Plants absorb minerals from the soil and convert them into "plant-derived" minerals, which are chemically very different. Plant derived minerals are absorbable in our digestive systems, and our cells can use them for the thousands of chemical processes in our metabolism.
The "90 For Life" Product Line
In 1991, Dr. Wallach formed a company to developed and manufacture a complete, high-quality line of nutritional supplements that embodies the 90 essential nutrients concept. Today, the company, Youngevity, Inc., is a publicly traded corporation with about $250 million a year in sales.
The 90 essential nutrients are available in several packages, each having unique advantages. Healthy persons can take the 90 essentials to support and maintain optimum health, along with some recommended dietary changes. These packages are much less expensive than the cost to purchase many separate supplements to obtain the full 90 nutrients.
For those who have been deficient in certain nutrients, and want to correct those deficiencies, he has developed other add-on supplements to complement the 90 essentials.
This Self-Evaluation Form Will Show Which of 4 Broad Categories Your Health Needs and Goals Fall In
Dr. Wallach's has made some very complex problems simple. He has classified nutritional deficiencies into 4 main categories.
Category 1 - Deficiencies of calcium and several other essential nutrients that are needed for strong, healthy bones can cause a class of health symptoms called "Hard Tissue" problems.
Category 2 - Deficiencies of essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are needed for healthy organs, especially the brain and heart, cause "Soft Tissue" problems.
Category 3 - Deficiencies of key minerals and other nutrients needed for blood sugar control can cause "Blood Sugar" problems.
Category 4 - Insufficient digestive enzymes, hydrochloride acid and beneficial intestinal bacteria result in "Digestive" problems.
As you fill out the Self-Evaluation Form, rate your self on a scale of 0 to 5. The total scores in each category will help you determine what your nutritional needs are. Enter your numbers in the "Start Time" column, and you can update them in 30 days, 60 days and 6 months, to track your improvements.
The 4 categories correspond to 4 nutritional supplement packs, developed by Dr. Wallach. For the Hard Tissue category there is the "Healthy Bone and Joint Pak". For Soft Tissue needs there is the "Healthy Brain and Heart Pak". For blood sugar Issues, there is the "Healthy Blood Sugar Pak" and the "Healthy Digestion Pak". For more complex issues, Dr. Wallach can offer his personal nutritional recommendations.
For more information about Dr. Wallach's recommendations for you, look under "Health Problems" in the main menu for the conditions you are interested in.
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This information not intended as medical advice or a substitute for medical advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and no claims of cures or treatment are implied.