Our work with Metabolic Typing puts us in a unique position to observe relationships between particular disease conditions and the different Metabolic Types. A Metabolic Type can be understood as the characteristic way in which an individual produces and processes energy. By addressing the individual at this fundamental level, we are able to match up their metabolism with an appropriate diet that will help to protect the body from the development of the common degenerative diseases. This approach is in line with, and a contemporary restatement of, the traditional naturopathic orientation to healthcare, where the individual as a whole is addressed, rather than just their specific disease condition. The survey that is presented below shows a direct correlation between diabetes and cancer and specific Metabolic Types in our own patient population. It reinforces the concept that different dietary approaches are needed for individuals to regain or maintain optimal health, and provides important pointers as to how to use dietary intervention to prevent such diseases from occurring in the first place. Before we look at the details and implications of our patient survey, we will first set the stage with a general overview of the principles underlying Metabolic Typing.
The concentration of individual cellular proteins is determined by a balance between the rates of synthesis and degradation, which in turn are controlled by a series of regulated biochemical mechanisms.
Notch proteins are cell surface transmembrane-spanning receptors which mediate critically important cellular functions through direct cell-cell contact.
In 1987, I was introduced to a little known nutritional protocol that addresses the individual at the foundational metabolic level, rather than directly addressing any particular disease condition. The basic thesis of this Oxidative system approach to metabolic balancing is that imbalances which sooner or later manifest as outright diseases originate when our blood pH deviates too far from the ideal of 7.46. It was George Watson, Ph.D., a full professor at the University of Southern California and author of the classic book Nutrition and Your Mind: The Psychochemical Response, who first introduced this theory to the world. Watsons typing methodology, later refined by Rudolf Wiley, Ph.D., was based on the functioning of the Oxidative system, the complex of processes that generate energy at an intracellular level. Within this system, individuals are typed according to the speed at which they convert nutrients into energy, in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The creation of optimal energy through optimal blood pH is the path I have followed from 1987 to this day.
If precellular life somehow got going, it could then conceivably begin to crank out, by some precellular process, random strings of nucleotides and amino acids, trying to luck into a gene or a protein with advantages which would lead to bacterial life.
As we all know, oxygen plays a central role in the oxidation process, the intracellular creation of energy in the form of ATP. Oxygen is alkaline forming in the blood, while carbon dioxide - which is produced as a by-product of the oxidation process - is acid forming. The ratio between them is intimately connected with maintaining the optimal blood pH of 7.46, which is the primary goal of the nutritional protocols of Metabolic Typing. At this pH level, all of the systems of the body are encouraged to function harmoniously. If there is an excess of oxygen (or deficit of CO2) the blood will be overly alkalized. Conversely, if there is an excess of carbon dioxide (or deficit of oxygen) the blood will be overly acidified.
Bill Wolcott, who founded Healthexcel, and myself have founded a Metabolic Type Testing Program that can be tested for each individual as to which diet and supplements that are best for them. This did not happen overnight but took years of research and development on patients. After years of trial and error, we have surfaced with a testing procedure, which will give us a success rate of between 80 and 90 percent of all people we test. It also affords us the opportunity of helping people who could never be helped in the past by any medical protocol. Once we learn the imbalances of each person's make up, we can then began to address various systemic problems that they are encumbered with. We never treat the disease; we treat the person with the disease by correcting the imbalances. Doing this procedure alleviates the various disease systems. One of the most crucial imbalances we focus on is the oxidative and autonomic metabolic types. This particular imbalance is the granddaddy of all other imbalances. The acid-alkalinity of the blood has to be optimized so that micro and macro nutrients can be absorbed, assimilated and utilized into our tissues at the cellular level. After we balance oxidative and autonomic systems, we then look at balancing the electrolyte, anabolic, catabolic characteristics and the alkalosis acidosis imbalances in the tissues. This is very comprehensive testing, but once it is accomplished, then patients can achieve a higher level of wellness. I would like to give you an example of a little 15-year-old girl who went through our program. I have hundreds of examples such as this and in future newsletters I will include several case histories.