How the Body Heals and Recovers
- Medical case studies show the body’s bio-engineering and potential for healing is unsurpassed
- Targeted changes to nutrition, rest, and lifestyle unlock powerful healing processes
- Such targeted changes are specific to each individual’s needs
Summary for Patients:
Cell division and tissue replacement & repair are a continuous process. While the body you see in the mirror appears to be unchanging, if you could look more closely under a microscope, you’d see that the cells of your eyes, face, and other tissues are actually being constantly rebuilt. Fortunately, the body can use a proper balance of nutrients to rebuild once it has become damaged or sick.
In the time it takes to read this sentence, the body will have analyzed, synthesized, restructured, and utilized thousands of nutrient molecules. It splits proteins, burns sugars, pumps minerals, exchanges gases, and transfers electrons to continually fuel activity, detoxify, and rebuild tissues.
How well one’s body is rebuilding and replacing its tissues determines the extent of one’s health. And what one ate a few days and weeks ago will affect how they feel today and in the days ahead, as the nutrients consumed each day are the body’s only source of raw materials for the thousands of chemical reactions that occur each second in the body, every second of life. Each chemical reaction occurs in a step-wise sequence and depends on the daily availability of raw materials. A shortage of any nutrient can shut down the “assembly lines” that are your body’s biochemical manufacturing pathways.
The body is amazingly adaptive and can often function for long periods of time even though particular biochemical “assembly lines” are closed down. Eventually, however, small nagging symptoms can progress to become diseases that can destroy the quality of life or even life itself. However, as long as one is still living, metabolic testing can usually help accurately determine what nutrients are needed to help recover.
Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are the building materials and fuel for your physical engine. Vitamins and minerals are the “spark plugs” that catalyze activity in the body. The body needs high quality building materials & fuel and the ability to “fire on all cylinders” in order to achieve optimal health. An automobile can run with misfiring spark plugs, but only for so long, and not very well. And it won’t respond quickly or efficiently to an emergency demand for more power. The stress of living in our fast-paced world demands that kind of emergency power from our bodies on a daily basis.
Think of other nutrients as protective agents. Just as your car has additives and devices that protect the body, engine, and driver, nutrients serve to protect your heart, brain, and other critical organs. Just as a car’s gauges warn the driver of potential problems, your body has certain chemical indicators that can alert you to potential problems. Early warnings can help you make diet and lifestyle changes that can both extend and enhance your quality of life, and metabolic testing and analysis now allows doctors and patients to effectively monitor all this activity.
Modern laboratory methods let us measure essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids to see if your body has adequate reserves to meet the demands of your lifestyle and to support your tissue needs for healing.
We also look for the presence of specific “marker” chemicals that signal special needs or dangers. For example, methylmalonate is a vitamin B12 marker. If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, methylmalonate levels rise because the vitamin B12-dependent reaction that converts methylmalonate is inhibited. In this case, you may need vitamin B12 supplements to maintain the health and proper function of your body.
We also look at the balance of key nutrients relative to one another. For example fatty acid testing will show whether your current food intake makes you more prone to a wide range of conditions, from excess inflammation, arthritis, and/or potential for stoke and thrombosis, to enhanced potential for the development of certain cancers and /or neurological disorders.
In addition to nutrient markers, we also measure markers that assess intestinal health, neurotransmitter activity, and detoxification demands.
No two people are exactly alike. In addition to your unique outward appearance, the way your body functions inside is very much dependent on individual genetic and environmental influences, particularly the individual food choices you make. You need dietary nutrients that maintain healthy tissues and fight the processes of disease, degeneration, and accelerated aging. Some people need certain nutrients many times higher than the “normal” dietary intake to allow for the restoration of health. If you don’t need them, however, using doses of nutrient supplements can cause other imbalances.
In summary, nutrient imbalance(s), and/or a lack or excess of physical and/or mental stress, can disrupt other nutrient balances and/or cause blockages leading to degeneration and disease. Eliminating such problems has helped most of Paragon clients regain full health. See Medical Case Studies.