Metabolic Typing: Answering
In a very real sense, the information explosion over
the last 10 years has quite possibly brought more confusion than clarity
to your quest for health. As a result, you may have found yourself asking
is it that my best friend's nutritional supplements work
absolute miracles, but make me feel lousy?
can one best selling book say one thing about nutrition,
and the other bestseller say just the opposite?
will a certain diet give my friend energy and help to lose
weight but make me tired and gain weight?
can't I get rid of my candida overgrowth problem, even though
I've followed an "anti-candida" diet?
can someone eat the best organic foods, take the finest
nutritional supplements that money can buy, get plenty of
rest, exercise regularly... and still not feel well?
Or maybe your concern is with more serious issues like...
are two thirds of Americans overweight?
can so many people be obese when people are more diet-,
health- and exercise-conscious than ever before?
is degenerative disease skyrocketing?
are younger and younger people falling prey to diseases
of the aged?
are cancer, heart disease and diabetes increasing each year?
And if youre a health professional working with nutrition,
you may also be baffled by questions such as...
does a low fat, low protein, high complex carbohydrate diet
raise cholesterol in some people instead of lowering it
like it does in other people?
does taking a nutritional product or protocol help one person
with a problem but not another with the same problem?
nutrition is so important, why doesnt it work for
so many people?
can there be so much confusion and contradiction about something
that is supposed to be so good for you?
unfortunate reason is that the majority of the people talking
about nutrition know just enough to be dangerous. They know
that nutrition can be the answer, but they don't know how
to use it properly. And, yes, it is a two-edged sword: If
you use it properly, it can help make you well. But, make
no mistake. If you use it improperly, it can help make you
sick or keep you that way.
know. Take this nutrient for that condition. A magic bullet.
One standard nutritional remedy for each problem or a universal
diet that is supposed to work for everyone.
your own experience and all the contradictory books and articles
that you've ever read, aside from making the field of nutrition
confusing, frustrating and sometimes downright baffling, have
already shown you that this approach doesn't work. And your
common sense agrees. You know that you are unique! You know
one shoe size doesn't fit all. You know that everyone is as
unique as their fingerprints. So, why would anyone ever think
that one diet is right for everyone? Or, that what works nutritionally
for one person would work for another as well?
fact is, you really can eat the best organic foods, exercise
regularly, drink plenty of fluids, get sufficient rest, take
the finest supplements that money can buy... and still not
feel well, or even start feeling worse than before!
what is the answer? The answer is to find out what is right
a biochemical level each of us is as unique as we are in our
fingerprints. Actually our uniqueness extends far beyond just
our fingerprints and encompasses virtually every aspect of
ourselves -- personality, behavior, temperament, external
physical traits, internal size, shape, placement and efficiency
of all of our organs and glands, and rates of our cellular
metabolism. Simply put, our DNA is unique.
nutritional approaches fail to recognize that, for genetic
reasons, people are all very different from one another on
a biochemical or metabolic level. Due to widely varying hereditary
influences, we all process or utilize foods and nutrients
very differently. Thus, the very same nutritional protocol
that enables one person to lead a long healthy life full of
robust health can cause serious illness in someone else. As
the ancient Roman philosopher Lucretius once said, One
mans food is anothers poison. It turns out,
his statement is quite literally true.
however, through the research that has been done over the
past 25 years, there is available a systematic, testable,
repeatable and verifiable advanced nutritional technology
that enables people to discover their own unique dietary needs
with a very high degree of precision. This technology is known
as Metabolic Typing. Through metabolic typing those often
mysterious, seemingly unanswerable questions become perfectly
clear and answerable indeed.
exactly is metabolic typing and why is it important?
typing is a systematic, testable, repeatable, and verifiable
methodology based on research and extensive clinical experience
over the last 25 years that combines the wisdom of the ancient
systems of medicine with our modern scientific understanding
of physiology and biochemistry.
typing analyzes, evaluates, and interprets objective physiological
and biochemical indicators along with symptomatology in order
to define ones metabolic type -- the specific, individualized,
genetically-based patterns of biochemical metabolic individuality
that dictate ones physiological and neurological design
limits and requirements for nutritional substances.
food that we eat is intended as the fuel for our
bodys cells, our engines of metabolism. Our cells in
turn convert the fuel to energy to be used in all the life-supporting
processes of metabolism that keep us alive and healthy. But
like any engine, our body needs a certain kind of fuel to
function optimally. A gasoline engine requires gasoline for
fuel. A diesel engine is designed to run on diesel for fuel.
But try to run a gas engine on diesel or a diesel engine on
gas and not only will the energy output be deficient, but
using the wrong fuel for the engine will cause real problems
for the engine itself.
our bodies have genetically-based requirements for specific
kinds of foods and balances of nutrients in order to produce
optimal energy and function in a state of optimal health.
If we meet these design requirements, we can expect
to be healthy, energetic, fit and trim.
to obtain on a regular basis the kinds of foods our bodies
are designed to utilize will initially produce sub-clinical
health complaints such as fatigue, aches and pains, headaches,
indigestion, weight gain, constipation, rashes, dry skin,
low blood sugar, etc.
long-term deficiency of the right foods for the metabolic
type will lead to degenerative conditions like asthma, cardiovascular
disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc. In other words,
its not just that the Eskimos can eat up to 10
pounds of meat and huge amounts of fat and almost no carbohydrate;
they need to eat that way in order to be healthy because
thats what their metabolisms are genetically programmed
to utilize as fuel. Similarly, each of us has very specific
requirements for nutrients that must be met in order to obtain
and maintain good health, energy and well-being for a lifetime.
metabolic typing, there is no way to discern ones medicine
from ones poison. Without metabolic typing,
there is no way to know how nutrients behave in one person
as opposed to another. In essence, without metabolic typing,
no rational basis exists for which to select proper diet and
nutritional supplementation because ones metabolic type
dictates individual responses to nutrients.
gets to the heart of some core premises of metabolic typing
that have not only great significance for each individual
in identification of a proper diet, but also have profound
implications for scientific research. Lets look at two
of these core premises of our system of metabolic typing.
Heres the first one:
NUTRIENT AND ANY FOOD CAN HAVE VIRTUALLY OPPOSITE BIOCHEMICAL
INFLUENCES IN DIFFERENT METABOLIC TYPES.
metabolic type defines the way in which the body reacts to
nutrients. Different metabolic types react differently to
the same nutrient. For example, in one metabolic type 100
milligrams of potassium or eating, say, an orange (also high
in potassium), will cause the bodys pH to shift alkaline
and produce a sedating effect. But in a different metabolic
type, the same amount of potassium or an orange will produce
an acid shift and a stimulating response. This has been observed
tens of thousands of times through both objective metabolic
type testing as well as through changes in symptomatology.
the second core premise:
ADVERSE SYMPTOM OR DEGENERATIVE CONDITION CAN ARISE DUE
TO VIRTUALLY OPPOSITE BIOCHEMICAL IMBALANCES.
same principle applies to any adverse health complaint, from
simple to complex, from cramps to cardiovascular disease (CVD),
from rashes to rheumatoid arthritis. For example, we have
seen just as many cases of high cholesterol and CVD resolve
through a high carbohydrate, low fat, low protein diet as
we have seen resolve through the opposite low carb, high protein,
high fat diet. Match the diet to the metabolic type and any
degenerative condition has a chance to reverse. But eat the
wrong foods for the metabolic type -- even high quality, organic
foods -- and degenerative processes will only worsen.
implications of these premises are staggering.
they are true, then allopathic nutrition has no rational basis.
Seeking a common therapy for all people for every condition
is a wild goose chase and is doomed to failure. Any success
with that approach has been and will continue to be by chance
-- not systematic, reliable predictability.
any nutrient or food can have totally opposite influences,
biochemically speaking, in different people, how can there
be a treatment, for any condition, that can work for all people?
answer is that there cant be only one treatment. This
is precisely why what works for one person can worsen the
same condition in another person. This is why what makes your
friend thin can make you fat. This is why what improves energy
and performance for one person can worsen it in another. As
it turns out, metabolic typing explains why Lucretius
adage, One mans food is another mans poison,
is literally true.
if it is true that two people with the same degenerative disease
can have virtually opposite biochemical imbalances, and that
when two opposite biochemical protocols are administered the
problem resolves, then this clearly means that its not
the diseases that should be treated but the underlying metabolic
type imbalances that have caused the diseases that need be
this viewpoint, the diseases are not the problems; they are
the symptoms, the manifestations, the expressions of the underlying,
foundational imbalances. The reality of metabolic individuality
demands that the person who has the disease -- not the disease
that has the person -- be treated!
premises of metabolic typing also explain why scientific research
on nutrition is usually so inconclusive and produces such
inconsistent results. For example, researchers have been confounded
why calcium can lower blood pressure in some but raise it
in others. Similar findings occurred with the effect of potassium.
Until research on the effect of a given nutrient on a given
condition is performed on a like metabolic type subject population,
you will always see variable results.
problem is that there hasnt been a reference point or
a framework in which to organize and understand the thousands
upon thousands of research findings, many of which are outright
contradictory in nature. Its like an enormous jigsaw
puzzle that arrives without the picture on the box. How do
the pieces fit together? How can we possibly make sense and
make use of this research?
wrong questions have been and are still being asked. Instead
of seeking answers to the effects of biochemical substances
on diseases, we need to turn our attention to understanding
how nutrients effect individual metabolisms. Instead of thinking
in terms of treating disease, we must learn to think in terms
of building health and meeting and optimizing genetic functional
capacity by addressing the needs of each individuals
adverse influences in the environment will continue to increase
in the years ahead. In order to survive and live a full, productive
life in the current millennium, especially if one wants to
live a healthy life, it is becoming increasingly important
that each individual take responsibility for his own health
and address the inescapable requirements of his biochemical
individuality, for it is only in so doing that the body will
adapt and maintain its defenses against the adversities of
the environment and that the joy and exuberance of true good
health can be known.
Suzi Wolcott, © Healthexcel, Inc., 1987, 1997, 2003
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