Recently, doctors Alan Gaby and Jonathan Wright presented their Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice course in Phoenix, Arizona at a symposium given by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). The doctors have been teaching nutritional therapy together to other physicians since 1983. The point of the course is to provide the most current information on the use of diet, nutrients, herbs, and other natural substances in medical practice. The conference is geared toward medical practitioners, not necessarily laymen and women. But there were some tasty tidbits gleaned from the conference that are appropriate to share with everyone.
For instance, conference goers learned that magnesium can treat a host of other ailments besides heart disease. Doctors Gaby and Wright noted that magnesium is known to play an important role in energy production. A high dosage of magnesium (up to 2000 mg in some cases) administered intravenously with zinc and vitamin C gives relief to many of their patients suffering from insomnia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. So be sure to take a multivitamin that contains magnesium, vitamin C, and zinc in order to avoid a deficiency.
The doctors are all for eating eggs because of their phospholipids which keep brain-cell membranes healthy, but they cautioned against frying or scrambling eggs because of the oxidation process that eggs go through when exposed to air and cooked at high temperatures. They recommended eating poached or boiled eggs instead. Be sure to chew those eggs thoroughly before swallowing, along with all the rest of the food you eat. Their research has shown that many foods are better digested by saliva (especially foods like pasta and bread) than stomach acid. And chewing tougher foods like meats and nuts helps the stomach acid break down the food further, allowing the intestines to glean more nutrients from the proteins. If you’re over 40, your stomach may be producing inadequate amounts of acid, so supplements of hydrochloric acid and pepsin (given under a doctor’s supervision) will help to digest protein. Impaired digestion can to memory loss, insomnia, and weak muscles.
It turns out that while eating cranberries is still effective in preventing urinary tract infections of all kinds, blueberries are more effective in preventing certain kinds of urinary tract infections (those caused by E. coli infections), according to doctors Gaby and Wright. So while cranberries and blueberries were validated as healthy food choices, cow’s milk was not so lucky. The doctors like to say that cow’s milk belongs in little cows and not in little people. Drinking cow’s milk may increase the risk of developing insulin-dependent diabetes. And they suspect that homogenized milk is a cause of atherosclerosis, independent of its fat content.
High-fructose corn syrup has been vilified for its effect on blood sugar, but the doctors discovered that it’s biggest vice can be used for good. They showed that high-fructose corn syrup can be used to inhibit insulin production in people with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
And they gave these cooking tips: 1) a few drops of liquid potassium iodide—you can find this at Whole Foods markets—added to the water of beans during soaking will help make the beans more digestible and reduce their ability to produce gas. 2) If you must fry food—they prefer you don’t—use coconut oil or olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Vegetable oil can form dangerous lipid peroxides when heated to a high temperature. 3) Low and slow is the best way to cook meats since animal fats produce more toxic byproducts when cooked at high temperatures. So keep the heat low and cook meats for a longer period of time—no grilling or broiling.
The Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice course went on to cover specific conditions and how they can be treated using diet, hormones, and other supplements. For those of you interested in learning more about the course or reading its accompanying textbooks (directed to medical professionials), visit http://www.wrightgabynutrition.com/gaby/page4.html .
The doctors have also written a book directed to consumers called Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The Patient’s Guide to Health and Healing. According to Christiane Northup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause, the doctors’ book is “destined to become a classic resource for all who seek effective, non-toxic solutions to their health problems.”