Feb 05 2012
It has been a year since I started my journey with the GAPS diet (Gut & Psychology Syndrome). But, I have a confession. I only stuck with it for 3 months. I was doing it to see if it would help with hormonal issues, mainly adrenal fatigue and sluggish thyroid, but to also support my daughter, who was doing it with me. The main issue with her was related to speech, more specifically, disfluency and articulation. In the three months we did the diet, I did not see one single change in her speech or my adrenal health. However, my digestion was running very smooth. See my 8 week GAPS update for more details. I know what you are all going to tell me, we didn’t do the diet long enough, three months is too short! I agree. And, I would have stayed on the diet longer had I noticed *some* change with her speech, even small changes, but I didn’t. Which, was really disappointing, because here we are, a year later and we are still having speech issues and now seeing a speech and language pathologist. But, it did tell me that our gut dysbiosis was minor. It also told me that her speech problems had nothing to do with her gut bacteria, and same with my adrenal/thyroid issues.
The Missing Link
So, what could it be then? I wasn’t about to give up on trying to obtain better health for us. Prior to starting GAPS we were already eating a nourishing traditional diet. But, for some (read=most) the food we put into our mouths is just not enough anymore. With nutritional deficiencies and toxins passed down for several generations now, it is no wonder that food is just not enough to “fix” us. That is why if you are on the GAPS diet, it can take 2+ years to heal, and some may never fully heal. I have mentioned before that both my daughter and I have been on another program called Nutritional Balancing or Biochemical Restoration. I have been on this program since September 2010, and my daughter since February 2011. It is a lengthy and very involved protocol, but ultimately one I have come to highly believe in because I can see the changes through my hair tests as time goes on. I have now been on the program for about 18 months and I am anticipating being on it for another 18 months or so. Why does it take so long? Well, most people don’t realize that in the grand scheme of life, 1 or 2 years is really not that long to correct several generations of nutritional deficiencies and other toxicities. We are all conditioned to just take that magic pill and be healed. Sorry folks, it just doesn’t work that way! By the way, this program is hard work and full of frustration, amoungst many other emotions — but soooo worth it!
The beautiful thing about this program, unlike any other program out there, is that it is tailored specifically for you. The lab analyzes your hair and prescribes you a specific supplement protocol based on your results. There is no guessing what supplements you should be taking to bring you back into balance. You don’t need to be a detective and self-medicate! You are given specific nutrients designed to pull out heavy metals and work synergistically with each other. Most people assume that if they are anaemic that they should just supplement with iron, or supplement with magnesium if they have insomnia. But, do you really know what the consequences of doing that are? What are you putting out of balance by guessing? Are you creating other problems by trying to fix the original one? Did you know that just because the test shows that you are low in magnesium, it doesn’t mean that you need to supplement with magnesium! Make no mistake, I am a real foodie, as I’m sure many of your are, and I don’t like taking supplements. Well, on this program, it is their goal to have you off the supplements once your imbalances are corrected. Yes, supplements are necessary for a short while, but they should not be for life. In a perfect world, we would have never needed them to begin with.
I have been fortunate enough to work with a practitioner specifically trained in how to read the analysis and coach us on this journey in terms of supplements, detoxification, and lifestyle modification. Her name is Pam Killeen, from London, Ontario. Some of you may have heard of her because she is an author, who co-wrote The Great Bird Flu Hoax, with Dr. Joseph Mercola, and her most recent book called Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic. She is also an educator and nutrition consultant. She teaches classes on the work of the WAPF, and is a regular guest on 1290 AM CJBK, London ON. Pam will also be speaking at the WAPF Wise Traditions Conference in Santa Clara, California this coming November, 2012. Her seminar is titled “How To Fix a Broken Brain”. Please visit Pam’s website for consultation information. She can work with you via telephone, email, or Skype. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Nutritional Balancing Explained, By: Pam Killeen
Have you been struggling with a long-standing health problem? Have you spent thousands of dollars on a variety of remedies and not made any progress? If these questions apply to you, don’t despair. One of the most overlooked aspects of health and healing involves repairing one’s biochemistry using a very new and cutting-edge science called, Nutritional Balancing. Nutritional balancing addresses the underlying biochemical reasons why we get sick – both physically and mentally.
Nutritional balancing draws from many branches of science, including biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, stress theory, pathology and psychology. It is based upon the work of a Dr. Paul Eck, a physician and biochemist who spent many years studying the work of several health pioneers including, Hans Selye, MD, Roger Williams, PhD, Carl Pfeiffer, MD, PhD, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, Linus Pauling, PhD, and George Watson, PhD. Nutritional balancing involves a precise means of assessing and monitoring the condition of your body’s chemistry. It also includes an innovative new way to interpret hair mineral test results. Finally, it encourages the application of following a traditional foods diet (based upon the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration), targeted supplements, detoxification protocols, mental and emotional suggestions and more to raise one’s energy level and restore a more balanced chemistry.
Nutritional Balancing honors the fact that we are all individuals with our own unique metabolic blueprint. It involves a paradigm that is much different than traditional, functional, orthomolecular or naturopathic medicine. Standard medical and natural treatments are based on an allopathic model — the naming of a disease or a condition for which a remedy or treatment is then prescribed or recommended. With Nutritional Balancing, the label of one’s condition is not the focus; rather, the starting point for healing is the understanding of your biochemical imbalances and then repairing your unique chemistry.
* Renewed and Improved Health
* Improved Digestion
* Increased Vitality
* Attain a Better Quality of Life
* Improved Relaxation
* Healthy Weight Loss
* Correct Weakened Detoxification Patterns
* Heavy Metal Removal
* Learn improved lifestyle
* Restore Balance to your life
* Re-mineralize your body
* Reverse Aging Process
* Stronger Immune System
* Enriched Relationships
* Enhanced Athletic Performance
* Improved Concentration and Academic Achievement
What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?
Universally, a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is known as a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair. It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. An HTMA is a screening test for the level of 20 minerals and toxic metals in a sample of hair. A small sample of hair tells me the level of 20 minerals and toxic metals. It also provides me with a blueprint of one’s biochemistry (metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity).
Hair Analysis Can Identify
* Trace element deficiencies
* Trends for psychological and emotional conditions
* Heavy metal toxicity
* Cellular energy levels
* Glucose tolerance
* Kidney and liver stress
* Adrenal and thyroid activity
* Trends for over 30 health conditions
* Which nutritional supplements are right for you
Nutritional balancing involves a tremendous amount of work on behalf of the client. Patience is required as it can take several months for your biochemistry to restore itself. Depending upon their compliance, clients usually report significant improvements in their health within three months of starting the program. As you progress on the program, your biochemistry will gradually balance out even more; eventually, you’ll feel remarkable improvements in your overall physical and mental health.
Pam Killeen is a nutritional consultant, educator and public speaker. She is also the author of Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic and co-author of The Great Bird Flu Hoax. Her website is www.pamkilleen.com and email is email@example.com. You can find her on Facebook where she regularly posts health and nutrition updates.
In the next blog post, I am going to detail for you what my journey has been like thus far on this program, including examples of my hair analysis, supplements I am taking and the changes that are happening in my body! To read more about nutritional balancing, please visit Dr. Lawrence Wilson’s website. He is one of the leading experts in this field, having studied with Dr. Paul Eck.
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