TURNING BACK THE CLOCK
If you had any doubt that chronic disease is the biggest health care challenge facing society, a quick look at the statistics is likely to eliminate any uncertainty. Chronic disease accounts for 90% or more of all deaths in Australia and New Zealand, with the big four killers being cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes. The Majority or our population is overweight or obese. Diabetes incidence has increased 6-fold since the sixties. 25% of the population is predicted to be aged 65 years or older by 2051, a doubling of current levels, meaning that the rise in these age-related diseases shows no signs of abating. Yet while the federal government spends more than 75% of its healthcare dollars caring for people with chronic disease, less the 0.5% is spent to prevent these same diseases from occurring.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION OR A POUND OF CURE
So why is the health care system seemingly overwhelmed by the chronic disease issue? Understanding the problem requires an understanding of the medical model and its origins. The medical system which evolved to deal with the historically predominant threats of infection and trauma become a system which focuses its energy on acute treatment of distinct, specific diseases, seeking to eliminate a single causative agent, with the patient as a passive recipient of the "cure". We can see how this approach is mismatched with the new wave of chronic disease. Instead, these patients require long term management, of multiple, overlapping states of dysfunction, driven by numerous causative factors, with the patient being required to take the primary role in their own risk reduction.
Contrast this conflict of principles with the Naturopathic model. As a Naturopath, it is common to ask the question- "what is the cause of the chronic disease, and how can we solve this epidemic"?. At its core, the answer is likely to be quite simple - along the lines of eat better, exercise more, reduce stress and eliminate toxins. At its foundation, a Naturopathic care focuses on prevention, It teaches that if we follow the laws of nature, disease cannot prosper. Naturopaths do not primarily administer remedies, they teach the principles of health, and when the patient presents with disease, they do not treat the disease, but the cause. This simple preventative model is the key to the change in health care that is sorely needed now and into the future. Naturopaths are ideally positioned to be chronic disease specialists and to change the face of healthcare.
THE MEDITERRANEANS, THE HUNTER-GATHERS OR THE ESKIMOS - WHO IS THE HEALTHIEST ?
While a return to nature is the answer, which type of nature is the next question?. Even my most well-informed patients are often overwhelmed by the conflicting dietary and lifestyle advise available on how to stay well. Comfortingly, there seems to be many correct answers to the question.
Humans are remarkably adaptable omnivores, and have long been known to thrive on widely varying menus. Compare the Eskimos, and the Solomon Islanders, for example. While the Eskimos thrived on a diet of animal flesh calculated at a daily intake of 377g protein, 59g carbohydrates and 162g fat, the Solomon islanders traditionally subsisted on a diet containing 85% sweet potato. Despite their widely varying diets, both populations demonstrated almost non-existent rates of civilised diseases such as cardiovascular disease or obesity.
What these lifestyle and those of many other cultures have in common, however, is adherence to some key principles. Foods are chosen from fresh, local, season produce. Lifestyles, incorporate high amounts of physical exercise, well managed stress, social and spiritual connections, with adequate rest, relaxation and recreation. In fact, when researches of the "Blue Zone" book examined the lifestyles of individuals in areas with the most long-lived populations in modern times, they found it was these same principles which were preserved in the community.
MY RESEARCH BASED ANTI-AGEING/DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM
There is much research today suggesting detoxification is still the pillar of Natural Medicine and any scientific anti-ageing program. It is now well understood that calorie restriction for a period of time, coupled with the consumption of cleansing foods that are nutrient dense is the cornerstone for a well designed anti-ageing program.
My program has been designed using many peer-reviewed research papers that have focused on slowing the ageing process and the regeneration and rejuvenation of the body .
It is for seven days, in which the client follows a nutritional program and undertakes two colonic irrigation sessions, one at the start and one at the end of the seven day period.
The following is a guide to a very simple anti-ageing detoxification using Thermo-phase essentials and G-tox express, both of which are Metagenics products. This will provide the minimum nutrition needed for detoxification and regeneration, this can be done for 7 days
1/2 cup frozen or fresh berries
2 Tbsp L.S.A.
1 scoop thermo-phase detox essentials
2 scoops G Tox-express
Soy, almond or rive milk to blend into a smoothie
Vegetable juice made from 1-2 cups of vegetables o 2 handfuls of salad vegetables or 1-2 cups of steamed vegetables
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 scoop Thermo-phase detox essentials
2 scoops G Tox-express
Soy, almond or rice milk to blend into a smoothie
As per morning tea
2 Tbsp healthy oil, such as olive
1 handful leafy greens
2 handfuls of vegetables
1 serve of your choice of protein (chicken, fish, beef etc) 1 serve is 150grams or 1-2 cups of tofu
Lemon juice, tamari, herbs, spices etc to taste