definitely diet is the foundation. regimens-f22/topic2489.html
"ime, elements of success re optimizing nutritional status include:
1) willingness to be proactive about one's own health (what a light bulb moment for me - the doctor is not the responsible party!)
2) willingness to learn about nutrition research and take the info on board going forward.
3) access to a cooperative health care professional, who is willing to use nutrition research and facilitate bloodwork.
4) a clear understanding of the distinct difference between 'normal' lab values and 'optimal' ones. your doctor probably won't get this
5) willingness to undertake a long term nutritional restoration project aimed at achieving healthy serum targets, using adaptive management and monitoring data to adjust one's regimen if and as needed, over time. this is very important. supplements at high doses can create imbalances of their own over time. you can't just start a regimen, especially a high dose regimen, and keep it up for years without testing its effects on other nutrients.
6) understanding that dietary supplements should not be used in place of biologically appropriate whole foods
7) recognition that while results may exceed expectations, a nutrition programme is not going to grow back any missing limbs, teeth, etc..
don't know if anyone else heard that news piece recently about the Canadian govt doing tests on Indigenous children, to see if they could live when only given supplements? terrible, shocking
Assembly of First Nations condemns nutritional experiments on aboriginal children
Resolution says experiments reflect a pattern of genocide http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/sto ... ution.html
Hungry aboriginal people used in bureaucrats' experiments
Food historian published details of nutritional experiments that began in the 1940shttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ ... anada.html
" 'It started with research trips in northern Manitoba where they found, you know, widespread hunger, if not starvation, among certain members of the community. And one of their immediate responses was to design a controlled experiment on the effectiveness of vitamin supplementation on this population.' ... They found people who were hungry, beggared by a combination of the collapsing fur trade and declining government support. They also found a demoralized population marked by, in the words of the researchers, "shiftlessness, indolence, improvidence and inertia."
The researchers suggested those problems — "so long regarded as inherent or hereditary traits in the Indian race" — were in fact the results of malnutrition.
Instead of recommending an increase in support, the researchers decided that isolated, dependent, hungry people would be ideal subjects for tests on the effects of different diets.
'This is a period of scientific uncertainty around nutrition,' said Mosby. 'Vitamins and minerals had really only been discovered during the interwar period.
'In the 1940s, there were a lot of questions about what are human requirements for vitamins. Malnourished aboriginal people became viewed as possible means of testing these theories.' "