Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals are as individual as any other aspect of health and can be a major cause of illness. You may know, for example, that vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy, but did you know that a Vitamin B12 deficiency is an important causal factor in many digestive disorders? These correlations between illness and nutritional deficiencies (and a great many others) have been identified through research. Researchers and physicians have also found that when the missing nutrients are supplied, healing begins to occur.
Nutritional therapy is especially useful in managing chronic illness on a day-to-day basis. Nutrition offers the opportunity to strengthen the body by replenishing depleted resources. In this approach we use the same raw materials that the body uses: foods, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, flora, fiber, and water. New lab tests can guide therapy by identifying deficiencies, and monitor treatment more precisely.
A wide range of nutritional supplements is another of the resources now available to you. These products are skillfully formulated and highly sophisticated, provided through enhanced delivery systems, and better assimilated. As a result an unparalleled level of precision is possible in nutritional prescribing. Using the new lab testing and the incredible range of nutrients currently available, we have additional resources to address the underlying causes of disease.
At this point there is abundant evidence on the effectiveness of nutritional therapy. There are more than 50,000 studies on ascorbic acid (vitamin C) alone. We also have a great deal of research, conducted over long periods of time, on large populations. For example, the Framingham Study has been ongoing for more than 50 years. This research has served to dispel many clinical misconceptions about conditions such as hypertension, glucose intolerance, and diabetes. Our current understanding of cholesterol in all its subtleties also grows out of this work. Recent breakthroughs in research include insight into a number of conditions that can lead to disease:
Insulin resistance (a prediabetic and diabetic condition)
homocysteine (a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and dementia)
microcirculation problems (associated with many chronic conditions)
Although our understanding of these conditions is based on medical research, many of these disorders can be addressed through nutrition. since nutrition is one of the cornerstones of an integrative approach, integrative physicians are often among the first to incorporate these clinical strategies.
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