According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer among men and women in the United States; 600,000 deaths, or one quarter of total deaths, are due to heart disease. Although we continue to make medical advances, there is still a lack of understanding of how nutrition plays a role in disease. It is a complicated system of knowledge; theories, misunderstandings, agendas, politics, and biochemical individuality all co-mingle.
Cardiovascular disease is endemic among U.S. citizens. Even with so much research, the way culture has synthesized that information may be misleading. Multiple sources — doctors, the media, dietitians, friends and family — are telling us what we should or should not eat to save ourselves from the dreaded heart attack or devastating stroke. Like a broken record, these sources have preached for years that a low-fat diet, with reduced intakes of saturated fat in particular and cholesterol, will be the fail-safe against such debilitating — even deadly — events. Given the proliferation of this belief, it seems counter-intuitive that more and more people are suffering and dying from heart attacks and strokes, comprising a nation of obese, sick people eating a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet it is told by the “experts” to eat. As a society, experts and laymen alike now face the possibility that they have been told is plainly wrong. Heart disease was nearly unheard of when the ancestors of the world we know now ate what they hunted and foraged. While other dangers from that era that led to early death fortunately do not exist today, the fact remains cardiovascular disease is still one of the most prolific killers in the U.S.
As a practitioner, understanding the research, the disease process, and the individual is vital. Also, understanding that having disease in the family does not automatically doom you to the same fate. Genetics is a small piece of the puzzle but our genetics don’t dictate our outcomes. We have the ability to modify gene expression through the foods we eat, exercise, environment, stress, lifestyle choices, etc. This is called epigenetics.
My job is to help your body find that balance. Through testing, food modification, and lifestyle alterations, we can find your best place of health. Functional testing is key to understanding who you are at a deeper level and dealing with deficiencies or imbalances that are creating your frustrations. Functional testing can be performed through blood, saliva, fecal, breath, or urine tests. They are simple and take away much of the guesswork. This allows me to work with you as an individual instead of guessing what might be best for you. In time, this saves time, frustration, and money. We get to the root cause in a much more expedient manner which brings you closer to your best health.
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