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SUBJECT: METABOLIC IMBALANCES
(Effective Testing Needed--Why One Treatment Doesn't Fit All)
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So far, we know of ten basic ways that body chemistry can go out of balance. These imbalances are divided into five pairs. The first was discovered in the early 1900s, the last in the 1950s and 1960s. These imbalances are very common. Correcting them usually results in major improvements in health. For a more complete understanding of the subject of correcting metabolic imbalances, the book An Analytical System of Clinical Nutrition, third edition by Dr. Schenker is excellent.
Doctors can order the book at 800-736-4320. Patients can call that number to ask for the name of a doctor in their area who can do the test.
An Overview of the Imbalances
Testing for Metabolic Imbalances
An intake form, metabolic screening questionnaire (a symptom survey),
and a dysbiosis questionnaire (questions related to the damage that may
have been done to the person's normal intestinal flora) may be filled
out. A sheet of instructions for measuring the person's morning underarm
temperature (an indication of metabolic rate) may be given to them.
The oxidation index is calculated using the surface tension and two-digit specific gravity. The formula is specific gravity - ((surface tension -63)X3) so with a surface tension of 68 and a specific gravity of 15, you would get 15-((68-63)X3) or 15-(5X3) or 15-15, or 0. A normal oxidation index is near 0, or about -6 to +7.
The person being tested lies on their back for the next few tests.
This test is called "dermographic lines." Using a blunt instrument (the 5mm round ball on the top of a four-color Bic pen is just right - if any burrs are polished off first!) an "X" is drawn on the skin each side of the navel using firm pressure, and the time is noted. The lines may turn either red or white. If the lines fade and disappear in less than one minute, a zero is recorded. If, after one minute, the lines are white, "white" is recorded. If the lines are red, "red" is recorded.
The gag reflex is tested by sliding a finger (covered with a new latex glove) along the top and edge of the tongue half way toward the back of the throat to where the oral area narrows. A slight tendency to gag is a zero response. Either discomfort or lack of discomfort with no gag is a negative response. A gag is a positive response.
The person being tested is instructed to look up at the ceiling. The pupil size is recorded on a scale from -4 (very small) to +4 (very large). An average pupil diameter is about the same as the width of the white area (sclera) on either side.
The respiratory rate is counted and recorded.
The pulse is counted for 15 seconds, and the result is multiplied by 4 and recorded.
The reclining blood pressure is taken and recorded.
The person being tested is asked to stand. After waiting for 5 seconds the pulse is counted for 15 seconds and again for 15 seconds. Both numbers are multiplied by 4 and recorded.
The standing blood pressure and another pulse are taken and recorded. (There are now two blood pressures and four sets pulses recorded.)
The person being tested is asked to sit down. They are then asked to
"Take a deep breath, and hold it as long as you can."
The result, in seconds, is recorded. The respiratory rate rate-(breath
hold/5) is also recorded. So if the respiratory rate is 16 and the breath
hold is 60, we get 16-(60/5), or 16-12, or 4. This is the pH index (not
exactly the same as pH, but it is a number that you can easily calculate
and it gives you accurate information on the acid-alkaline balance of
the blood). The normal pH index is 7 a pH index of 8 or more would be
on the acid side. An index of 7 or less is alkaline. A ketogenic person
will often have an index below zero. This is opposite to pH which more
alkaline as the number goes up. The pH index is the only practical way
for most people to find out what their pH balance is. Urine and saliva
pH cannot give this information.
The imbalances are presented in decreasing order of importance - the most important are covered here first.
There are some general suggestions regardless of what imbalance may be found. For general dietary guidelines see the zone.
Avoid junk food - things made in factories. Chemically altered (hydrogenated) oils, or oils that have been heated to high temperatures, white flour products (like pasta), white rice, refined sugar, caffeine, and so on.
Water. If you have good spring or well water available, that is ideal. Tap water, in most places, is a major problem. Chlorine can easily be removed with a cheap carbon type filter. Fluoride is a bit more difficult. Reverse osmosis, de-ionization, and distillation are the main choices. Those processes take out most everything, so trace minerals such as Concentrace can be added back.
Oxygenic B is a basic multi-vitamin mineral that contains many nutrients in a balance that does not create imbalances or make them worse. (High dose B-complex supplements, for example, make certain imbalances worse, or can even create imbalances.) The adult dose is 1 tablet 3 times a day after meals.
It is important to retest the person after a week or so to make sure they are not being given too little, or even worse, too much of a supplement. It is also important that they understand that they should immediately stop the program if it seems to make them feel worse. Vitamins and minerals have powerful effects on a person's chemistry, and it is not uncommon for these supplements to push a person from one imbalance into the opposite imbalance fairly quickly.
Fine tuning of the supplement programs is too complicated to fully describe here, but but I will give the basics. For more information, see Dr. Schenker's Analytical System of Clinical Nutrition.
Supplements to consider for adults would be an Oxygenic B (basic multi-vitamin and mineral designed to supply nutrients without altering basic body chemistry) after each meal. Formula ES before each meal. Other supplements can be used depending on the other test results. (See Dr. Schenker's book.) The diet must be high in vegetables and low in sugars and polyunsaturated oils. No margarine or hardened shorenings of course. Olive and coconut oil are fine. Pure water - 1/2 ounce per day per pound of body weight if the kidneys can tolerate that much. If there is any question, the person is in poor health, or receiving medical care, they should ask their physician how much water they can tolerate. In any case, if increased water intake does not result in increased urine output, water intake should be immediately reduced and a physician consulted.
For more information on this subject, see the book Your Body's Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. The first 2-3 cups of water should be on an empty stomach before breakfast. Aluminum is a major cause of electrolyte stress and must be avoided. It is often found in table salt, antiperspirants, pop cans, cookware, many antacids, and so on. If the person wants to lose wieght, they can consider the zone diet.
Supplements to consider for adults are Oxygenic B (3 per day after meals) and Formula EI (3 per day after meals). The person may have to increase their salt intake (using Real Salt or similar unrefined product with no aluminum added). Salt, by the way, is not the "bad guy" that you may have heard that it is. The sodium level on blood tests gives an accurate picture of body levels. If the sodium is below the middle of the normal range, sodium is actually depleted from the body - a common but dangerous situation. There are a dozen other supplements that can be used depending on the oxidation index and other test results. Protein must be adequate and starches and sugars must not be excessive. Polyunsaturated oils must be avoided along with other junk fats such as margarine. Olive oil is fine.
Anaerobic (anabolic) Imbalance
Supplements to consider for adults include 3 Oxygenic B per day after meals, 1-3 Oxygenic A tablets per day after meals, Oxygenic A Plus in water before breakfast. Extra A Plus can be taken for pain. Taurine, methionine and tyrosine can also be added depending on symptoms. The person should avoid sugars, coffee, tea, chocolate, cola beverages and milk fat (butter, high-fat cheese and cream) and junk fats such as polyunsaturated oils and margarine. Olive oil and coconut oil are fine.
Dysaerobic (catabolic) Imbalance
Supplements to consider for adults include 3 Oxygenic B per day after meals, 1-3 Oxygenic D per day after meals and Oxygenic D Plus in water before the evening meal. Extra D Plus can be taken for pain. Glutamine, histidine, or glucosamine sulfate can be added depending on symptoms. The person should avoid junk fats such as polyunsaturated vegetable oils and margarine, deep fried and even pan fried foods, and canned meat and fish (because of oils heated to high temperatures in canning).
Glucogenic and Ketogenic Imbalances
The method developed by Dr. Guy Schenker is to compare the adjusted saliva pH (A-SpH) with the respiratory rate (RR), breath hold (BH), and fourth pulse (P4). This method works very well. You will need to see the book for details, but in general, a glucogenic person will have most of the following: High urine surface tension, a pH index (respiratory rate-(breath hold/5) of 8 or more (acid), a respiratory rate of 17 or more, and a breath hold of less than 50 seconds. A ketogenic person will have most of the following: High surface tension, pH index of 6 or less (alkaline), a respiratory rate of 15 or less, and a breath hold of 50 or more.
Supplements and Diet for Glucogenic and Ketogenic Imbalances
Supplements to consider for a ketogenic imbalance are 1 Oxygenic
B 3 times a day after meals, and 1 Oxygenic K 1 to 3 times a day after
meals. Other supplements can be added depending on symptoms and other
test results. The ketogenic person should avoid foods which make
their imbalance worse - junk fats such as polyunsaturated oils and margarine,
sugars, fruit juices, meals which are mostly starch or sugars, organ meats,
shrimp, lobster, clams and peanuts. Protein intake (meat, poultry, eggs,
cheese) must be adequate. Olive oil is fine. Their supplement speeds up
carbohydrate metabolism. As the chemistry corrects, the person's pH will
move toward normal. (In this case, more acidic!) This means that their
respiratory rate will increase toward normal and their breath hold time
will decrease toward normal.
Supplements to consider include 1 Oxygenic B 3 times a day after meals and 1 Complex P 1-3 times a day after meals. We try to use Complex P the first half of the day. Other supplements can be added depending on symptoms and other test results. The person also needs to keep their protein intake adequate. They need to avoid sugars, fruit juices, large amounts of fresh fruit, and meals that are mostly starches or sugars. Polyunsaturated oils and margarine must be avoided. If they have asthma, they almost certainly have parasympathetic stress even though they may test sympathetic due to their medications or stress caused by the illness. In this case, use Complex P regardless of test results. They may also appear to have respiratory acidosis. This must never be treated as this would make their plight worse.
Supplements to consider include 1 Oxygenic B 3 times a day after
meals and 1 Complex S 1-3 times a day after meals. We try to use Complex
S after noon. Other supplements can be added depending on symptoms and
other test results. It is important to eat lots of vegetables
at 2 meals a day, and avoid sugars, caffiene (coffee, tea, chocolate,
cola beverages, etc.) and soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid (such
as colas). Junk fats such as polyunsaturated oils and margarine must be
avoided. If they have asthma, they actually have parasympathetic stress
- the sympathetic stress is almost certainly caused by their medications
and must not be treated.
Acid imbalances are usually a result of imbalances discussed above. In acid imbalances, the respiratory rate is generally 19 or more. The one exception is with resperatory acidosis with high blood pressure where the respiratory rate may be reduced. The breath hold tends to be 40 or less. When the breath hold is divided by 5 and the result is subtracted from the respiratory rate, (wht I am calling the pH index) the result is usually 10 or more.
With metabolic acidosis, the adjusted urine pH is usually 5.9-, adjusted saliva pH is usually 6.8+. The first pulse is usually 75+, and the pulse increase from pulse 1 to pulse 4 is usually 10 or more.
With potassium excess acidosis, the adjusted urine pH is usually 6.3+, adjusted saliva pH is usually 6.8+. The pulse increase from pulse 1 to pulse 4 is usually 10 or more. It is interesting that we can have an acidosis with an alkaline urine - the kidneys are dumping excess potassium and thus save hydrogen (acid). So we have an acid condition with alkaline (high pH) urine!
With respiratory acidosis, the adjusted urine pH is
usually 5.9-, adjusted saliva pH is usually 6.6-. The first pulse is usually
75+, and the pulse increase from pulse 1 to pulse 4 is usually 10 or more.
Alkaline imbalances are usually a result of imbalances discussed above. In alkaline imbalances, the respiratory rate is generally 13 or less. The one exception is with respiratory alkalosis where the respiratory rate may be increased. The breath hold tends to be 65 or more. When the breath hold is divided by 5 and the result is subtracted from the respiratory rate, the result is usually 5 or less.
With metabolic alkalosis, the adjusted urine pH is usually 6.3+, and the adjusted saliva pH is usually 6.6-. The first pulse is usually 67-.
With potassium depletion alkalosis, the adjusted saliva
pH is usually 6.8+. The first pulse is usually 67-. The urine can be acid
(low pH) in this alkalosis, by the way, because there is a potassium shortage,
and the kidneys save potassium and dump hydrogen ions (acid) instead.
So we have an alkalosis with an acid urine!
To correct acid imbalances drink plenty of pure water, eat lots of vegetables, avoid junk fats such as polyunsaturated oils and margarine, sugars, carbonated beverages, fruit juices, large quantities of fruit, and meals that are mostly starch or sugars. Many combinations of supplements are used for acid imbalances. See the book for details.
To correct alkaline imbalances, drink plenty of pure
water. Protein intake must be adaquate at every meal. Avoid junk fats
such as polyunsaturated oils and margarine. Avoid excess sugars, starches,
and fruit (especilly juice). Antacids make this imbalance worse. Various
supplements combinations are used. See the book for details.
Introduction: There is considerable evidence that obesity is a glandular problem. We all know people who can eat very large amounts of high calorie foods and stay slim. Others gain weight on 700 calories. But obesity does not appear to be just a thyroid problem. The real culprit is high levels of insulin. A diet that includes refined carbohydrates (white flour and sugar) is known to raise blood sugar levels in many people. Insulin levels must then go up to try to deal with the excess blood sugar. Eventually, the person may become insulin resistant, and normal levels of insulin are no longer able to control blood sugar levels. Now the pancreas produces excess insulin when any carbohydrate foods are eaten, and insulin levels are higher than normal. And we know that most overweight people do produce too much insulin.
Insulin is a storage hormone. Above normal insulin levels get you at least four ways. First, excess insulin forces blood sugar into storage as fat. Second, excess insulin prevents the utilization of stored fat for energy. Third, excess insulin can increase hunger. Fourth, high levels of insulin are also associated with coronary artery disease. You have probably figured out by now that an abnormally high level of insulin is not in your best interests!
Dr. Barry Sears has researched the insulin problem, and has come up with a program that lowers insulin levels by using a specific ratio of protein to carbohydrate. For a fuller account of his research, see his book Enter the Zone. (Note: If you are a diabetic, are pregnant, or are being treated for any serious illness, you should consult your physician before making dietary changes.)
Find out your lean body weight. Enter the Zone tells how to do this. If you do not have the book, use your approximate ideal weight.
Figure out how much protein you need per day. Take your lean body weight (or your approximate ideal weight if you don't know your lean weight) and multiply it by 0.0714 if you are sedentary, by 0.0857 if you walk some, by 0.1 if you exercise for 30 minutes 3 times a week, and by 0.114 if you exercise an hour a day, 5 times a week. Round this number off to the nearest whole number to give you the number of protein units you need per day. One protein unit is one ounce of lean meat or cheese, one large egg, one and one-half ounces of fish, one cup of milk, one-half cup of yogurt or one-half cup of cooked dried beans, split peas or lentils. (Each protein unit actually has about 7 grams of protein.)
Add one unit (actually 9 grams) of carbohydrate to your daily requirement for each protein unit. Best carbohydrate units are: One cup of cooked non-starchy vegetables, one-fourth cup of cooked dried beans, split peas or lentils, one-half cup cooked onions, two cups of raw non-starchy vegetables, one cup of tomatoes, one-half cup of unsweetened fruit, or one-third cup of cooked oatmeal. Some carbohydrate units that can be used less often are one-fourth cup of winter squash or corn, one-third cup peas or potatoes, one-half cup cooked carrots, one-third of a banana, one-fourth cup of fruit juice, one-half slice of whole- grain bread, one-fourth cup of whole-grain pasta, one-fourth pita pocket, two cups of popcorn, one-fifth cup of rice, one rice cake, or one-half tablespoon of honey. For a lot more ideas, buy the book or a carbohydrate gram counter.
Add one unit of fat (1.5 grams) for each protein unit. There are many possibilities, but a few are one-third teaspoon of oil or butter, one-half teaspoon of nut butter, two tablespoons of avocado, or three olives. This fat, by the way, is in addition to the fat that is in your other units.
Do not eat large servings of protein or very large meals. Large servings of protein or any very large meal will raise insulin levels.
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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