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Metabolic Chemistry Analysis

Metabolic Chemistry Analysis

Vegetarianism, macrobiotics, Zone, Blood type, Atkins, South Beach, etc, etc, etc the list can be exhausting. With so many diet and nutrition fads, how do you know what is the best fuel for your body? Do you function more optimally as a vegetarian, a meat eater, or a fine balance of the two? Are you in a state of electrolyte stress or deficiency? Should you take calcium or magnesium for the bones? Is the acid-alkaline balance pushing the chemistry into a catabolic inflammatory state or anabolic growth dominant state? Each person's physiological needs differs widely depending on genetic makeup, environmental factors, caloric demands from physical activity, and many other potential constraints.

At your first visit and evaluation at our clinic, urine samples will be taken for the metabolic chemistry analysis and then a nutritional physical exam and evaluation will be performed. This chemistry testing will measure glucose, pH, proteins, infection status and specific gravity to name a few . The metabolic physical exam takes resting and reactive values of blood pressures, pulses, respirations, and combines with body temperature to determine how your body responds to simple stressors. Tongue reading will be added to these findings to form a clearer understanding of your chemistry and specific metabolic type. These variables are cross-analyzed and combined with the Reflex Challenge and Magnetic Field testing to create a comprehensive program tailored just for you.

Since 1993, Dr. Iverson has worked with metabolic chemistry and has proven to himself that diet alone is very powerful medicine and has the ability to change the health and lives of those utilizing it. Some people may exhibit a tissue breakdown pattern and are advised to a diet that is rich in protein and fat. In these people increasing eggs, butter, and dark meats improves energy, stabilizes blood pressure, and improves mental acuity. Alternately, others show conditions of excess such as elevated sugars, fats, and salts which put undue stress on the heart and arteries. When these patients are given a vegan diet, especially bountiful in low carbohydrate green vegetables, the symptoms begin to clear, weight drops, energy improves, and lab values come back to healthy ranges.

The chemistry test utilized at our clinic has its roots from a scientific equation discovered by Dr. Carey Reams in 1931. Reams was a biochemist, biophysicist and mathematician who created the Reams Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI) and based his findings on urine and saliva pH, or the relative acidity or alkalinity of body fluids along with five other variables. He was a great pioneer with his early beginnings in soil chemistry and agriculture. With his strong faith he was lead to an equation that he utilized to determine how mass (food) turned into energy within the body. He helped thousands regain health in his fasting retreats and taught numerous others which continue to carry his legacy today. Dr. Iverson is fortunate to have been mentored by two of Reams' long time original students, Ken Meadows ND and June Wiles ND PhD.

A Little History of Metabolic Typing

Ayurveda in India

Customizing medicine to the patient is a practice that dates as far back as 4000 years ago in China. The oldest known form of individualized treatment is Classical Chinese Medicine where practitioners read pulses, tongues, and faces to diagnose the medical needs of a patient. Descriptions like, damp, dry, heat, wind, yin and yang, to name a few, would indicate the pathology present and treatment needed. They would suggest foods and plants that would balance the exacerbation the patient had presented with.

Ayurveda is another form of customized health care originating from India. This method individualizes treatments by classifying a body into three predominant types: vata, pitta, and kapha. The practitioner determines the Ayurvedic constitutional type by observing the body size and shape, temperature, and reading the pulse among other qualities. From this a proper diet and specific medicines can be chosen that would be best suited for the specific person.

These ancient forms of diagnosis eventually evolved into body and personality typing like that developed by Kretschmer and expanded upon by his successor Sheldon with the body types names ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorphs. Dr. Abravanel suggested similar body characteristics in his typing of the Adrenal, Gonad, Thyroid and Pituitary types (also known as the A type G, T or P types).

Besides Carey Reams' work on pH, a medical doctor from Romania was also groundbreaking in this regard. Emanuel Revici MD, a successful practitioner from Romania, may one day be honored for his ground breaking work on fatty acids, pH, and their unique application for the treatment of cancer and chronic pain. He put great emphasis on the terms "anabolic" and "catabolic" and their shifts as controlled by specific sterols, fatty acids, and mineral elements. His techniques and beliefs were highly refuted by the American Medical establishment for over 50 years despite the fact he achieved excellent success in patients with cancer and chronic pain.

Metabolic typing was further investigated and developed by George Watson and his observations of fast and slow oxidizers and their relation to common psychiatric illnesses as written in his book “Nutrition and the Mind.” These oxidation states were later examined and studied further by Rudolf Wiley in his book “Biobalance”. They similarly concluded if they provided a diet that was primarily vegetarian to slow oxidizers they would become well while the same diet for fast oxidizers would create poor outcomes.

Complementarily, Francis Pottenger, who modeled the work of John Beard, developed an understanding of the autonomic nervous system and the dominance of either the Sympathetic or the Parasympathetic branch to determine the appropriate diet for patients. He found that a sympathetic dominant pattern with the increased activity of adrenal hormones managed better on a vegetarian diet than the Parasympathetics who were better balanced with higher fat diets. William Donald Kelley and his successor Nicholas Gonzales later expanded on Pottenger's work and have worked with thousands of cancer patients to regain health through metabolic nutrition and enzyme therapy.

James D' Adamo developed another form of patient specific typing, which was made popular by identifying foods most compatible with specific blood types. It is by no coincidence that the above methodologies and types have many crossovers and similarities. For instance blood type A persons with their tendency to need a predominantly vegetarian diet will often test constitutionally as vata or pitta, A or T-type, Slow oxidizers or Sympathetic. This validates the common trend being found from ancient diagnostic methods and across multiple variants of scientific practices.

Traditional Diets and Weston Price

Metabolic Chemistry Family Old Photo   Metabolic Chemistry Family Old Photo

In the 1930's, a dentist by the name of Weston Price, sought out the world's most traditional societies and recorded one of the most famous epidemiological studies of all time. Price and his wife traveled more than 100,000 miles to study the health of isolated communities in Australia, Africa, South America, Polynesia, Europe and northern Canada. He noted the oral health of those on native diets by counting cavities and examining tooth over-crowding and palate size. He related these studies in comparison with those who were eating refined and processed food manufactured from the western world settlers bordering the villages. As to be expected those isolated individuals eating highly mineralized, nutritious, whole, unprocessed foods had better health than any of the people that had introduced refined foods into the diet. The total number of cavities per person was almost zero in the traditional societies compared to rampant decay in those eating refined foods. Also the number of people with small palates resulting in over-crowded crooked teeth was also non-existent in the whole foods diet people.

Price observed that northern people (such as Inuit Eskimo) who dieted predominantly on animal products fared as well physically as those who lived in warmer equatorial countries and dieted on a primarily plant-based diet. The traditional native diet for the environment being lived in provided the proper amount of macro and micronutrients ensuring good health and strong stature. Price concluded that vegetarianism was not the answer for every human, but rather the food that proved best for the individual was the food found in its natural environment in the whole, unprocessed form. The observations proved to be a historical breakthrough for advances in human nutrition and the benefits of a traditional foods diet. Using Price's study as a template of proper nutrition, one can infer that a single diet for all humans would not be appropriate because multiple factors determine the specific dietary needs for each individual. To learn more about Dr. Price and see photos of the expedition link here to the Weston Price Foundation.


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