Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Conkus of the Bonkus

I first heard this term used by my colleague Dr. Steve Nugent. Dr. Nugent is the Chief of Alternative Medicine for a nutritional research and development company.

Give a name to a symptom and call it a disease.

Conventional medicine has long taken the position that if you have a symptom, there is probably a disease associated with it that has either a Latin or Greek root.

Here are a few examples: Rheumatoid Arthritis, "The name is derived from the Greek. Rheumatos means "flowing", and this initially gave rise to the term 'rheumatic fever'. The suffix -oid means "resembling", i.e. resembling rheumatic fever. Arthr means "joint" and the suffix -itis, a "condition involving inflammation". Thus rheumatoid arthritis was a form of joint inflammation that resembled rheumatic fever."

Diabetes Mellitus, "The term diabetes (Greek: διαβήτης) was coined by Aretaeus of Cappadocia. It is derived from the Greek word διαβαίνειν, diaba�nein that literally means "passing through," or "siphon", a reference to one of diabetes' major symptoms-excessive urine production. In 1675 Thomas Willis added the word mellitus to the disease, a word from Latin meaning "honey", a reference to the sweet taste of the urine. This sweet taste had been noticed in urine by the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, and Indians. In 1776 Matthew Dobson confirmed that the sweet taste was because of an excess of a kind of sugar in the urine and blood of people with diabetes"

So our medical system takes a symptom and gives it a fancy word. Or better yet, we have disease conditions associated with the doctor who "discovered" a particular set of symptoms and seeing no other name for it, used their own name. Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Crohn's, etc.

So then Conkus of the Bonkus can mean, "hit upon the head".

That is what I wish I could do with those in control of our so called "health care" system - hit them upside the head! They just don't get it, and unfortunately many of you don't either. This is why America ranks 37th in the world for health care.

Somewhere along the line of learning the marvelous wonders of our body, scientists and doctors forgot one important fact. The body has the innate intelligence to heal, repair, restore, defend, cleanse, feed, regulate, and regenerate itself, without the need for toxic pharmaceuticals. If we provide the body with what it needs, the body will do the rest.

So what do we need? Food, fresh wholesome food in abundant quantity that has all the nutrients we need, adequate amounts of naturally induced sleep, clean water, clean air, exercise, and no stress.

Obviously we do not live in an optimal world so we need to address the areas that we can change.

Let's look at our food supply first. Over 90% is processed with chemicals that have never been evaluated by the EPA or FDA for safety. They want to eliminate vitamin companies but the bigger threat is our food. Vitamins are relatively absent in our food supply so companies attempt to "fortify" our food with synthetic vitamins and minerals that have about as much a chance as being absorbed and assimilated as does the Rock of Gibraltar. Food is grown in nutrient deficient soil with chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides added. I'll pass thank you. Water is often contaminated and the air is so dirty you can't see mountains 5 miles away. All of our fruits and vegetables are harvested "green". This means they are harvested prior to the necessary nutrients even reaching the part of the plant we eat.

This resulted in the AMA in 2002 publishing an article in JAMA that stated it would be prudent for all American's to take supplements.

The problem then is, what supplements do I use? The ones that have what your body is missing!

Nutritional companies for the most part focus on one area for the most part. While a particular exotic juice may have several fruit extracts, our body needs more than just sugar and flavonoids.

We need to address our immune system. This can be seen by all the autoimmune conditions we see. In the 1940's we had only 4 autoimmune conditions. Now we have over 80. Better science? Perhaps. Poor food supply? Definitely.

Cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, etc.

We need to address our endocrine system. We have an estimated 87 hormones in our body that controls and regulates many of our body's functions. Sleep, moods, sexual drive, reproduction, metabolism, healing, digestion, etc. While we use 17 for the reproductive system, the other 70 are crucial for optimal health.

Contrary to popular belief hot flashes are not caused by a deficiency in Premarin (manufactured from horse urine).

We need to address our defense mechanisms from attack of free radical damage, a result of oxidative stress. Cancer, cardiovascular conditions, etc.

We need to address our digestive system through proper intake of probiotics, enzymes, essential fatty acids, a natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as amino acids.

We need to address our total lack of vitamins and minerals. We need a supplement that is food sourced, plant based, that can provide absorbable amounts of what is required.

But more importantly than all the above, is that our cells have to have the proper structural configuration to utilize what we ingest. Improper structure means improper function. Improper function means we get to go the doctor and get a fancy name attached to our symptoms and then get a drug to mask the symptoms.

Glyconutrients therefore are required for complete cell to cell communication to facilitate proper structure and allow other supplements to be bioavailable.

So it becomes apparent that there is no one supplement that addresses all these areas. There is no one exotic juice, or shake, or pill, or potion that has it all.

Part 2 of this series will detail glyconutrient technology followed by anti-oxidants, immune support, digestive support, vitamins and minerals.

For detailed science prior to part 2 being published, please contact me and I can provide you with resources.

"Doctor, do I have Conkus of the Bonkus?"

Dr. Tom has trained thousands in lifestyle improvements over the course of 9 years. As a Lifestyle Adjusting Coach Dr. Tom takes what you bring him and helps you to see the potential of your health and wealth.

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