The Whole Vs. The Sum of Its Parts
August 20, 2010
The chemicals of life act in balanced concert with one another. Only after the baseline of essential nutrients is met on a daily basis is it considered completely safe to add individual nutrients in higher amounts for therapeutic purposes.
So, when will we stop expecting stunning results from clinical nutrition studies designed around single nutrients?
An example of this folly can be illustrated through the use of vitamin C. Many people supplement with very high doses of vitamin C. This makes sense, since the work of the late Linus Pauling and others demonstrated that the antioxidant and immune properties of vitamin C can prevent and even shorten a bout with the cold or flu virus.
What is forgotten is that vitamin C is a powerful diuretic that flushes out toxins, which is good, but it also flushes out water-soluble nutrients such as the B-complex and many minerals. Many people, who constantly take high dose vitamin C without a full-spectrum multiple back-up, eventually develop B-complex vitamin deficiency, as well as a lack of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and others. What we have learned is that we cannot fragment nutrition and expect optimal results.
Enter the concept of totality. If each nutrient is a part of the vastly complex human biochemistry, it makes sense to ensure that all the players in the infinite chemical dance of life are present.
Ellen Troyer, MT MA
Biosyntrx CEO / Chief Research Officer
Akyuz Irrigating Manipulator 8-699
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