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  Health Theory Evolution : Nutrient Balancing - Wellbeing Lifestyle 
By Walter Sorochan Emeritus Professor San Diego State University

Posted November 01, 2016; updated May 31 2018; June 22, 2018.  Disclaimer  The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice. The statements of this web-site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nothing stated here should be considered as medical advice for dealing with a given problem, or to diagnose / treat / prevent / cure any disease. This has been work in progress.

This new century is full of surprises; the revolt of the people against establishments  Zito: The Great Revolt 2018, new discoveries in medicine, renewed debate about fixing the health care system and high school students marching against gun violence in their schools. Such surprising events reflect new ways of thinking that give support to a proposed new theory of health .... the theory of Nutrient Balancing - Wellbeing Lifestyle.

As this author gathered information about food, nutrients and all the theories about the meaning of health, he felt that food as the core for defining health made a lot of sense. It had support from recent high-tech discoveries in biology, colon bacteria, nutrition and medicine.  As he muddled over putting the pieces of food together as a proposal for defining health, he realized that although nutrient balancing in the body was  programmed as a precise, accurate and complex technology .... that was still in its infancy with mineral balancing in spite of advanced exploratory research compared to other nutrients. Far behind in scientific technology in accurately evaluating nutrient balancing were other nutrients like vitamins, carbohydrates, amino acids, fats and food enzymes in general. We lack good scientific information about all aspects of food and especially nutrition. It is this author's conclusion, from reviewing all the related literature, that food gives us the best indicator for the meaning of health. 

Introduction:

Most persons are stuck with outdated ideas of what health is.  And most don't even know that their wellbeing [health] is somehow linked to food and how the whole body functions.

Everything is so synchronized inside the body that things happen without thinking. Indeed, the body has its own mysterious way of taking care of itself. The body heals secretly and, when under duress or stress, regularly sends signals of pain, inflammation, bloating, sore and watery eyes and other discomforts that most persons do not understand or do not interpret properly.

We grow up doing many things without thinking. For example, you breath air automatically. You feel hungry and get the urge to eat. You wake up from sleeping, open your eyes and react to the world around you. You hear sounds, interpret and recognize sounds that may be dangerous to you. You learned to talk when you were young and do so now instinctively. You can walk, breath and talk at the same time.

Somehow, you have all these abilities that happen without you having to think about them. Yes, you are an automated human being. Your body is a bio-chemical-electric, delicate, precise and complex machine. It works very well if it has the basic 4 essentials of life .... water, clean oxygen, good balanced nutrition and adequate sleep and rest.

But what happens when you break your wrist or leg? Now your body is reacting in a different way. All of a sudden you have pain and can't move like before. Or you begin to cough and sneeze when you get infected with the flu but can still function like answering the telephone or reading the newspaper? The body goes into a survival mode.

Previous health theories

So where does health come in to explain that you can or cannot do all these things?

Mankind has struggled for many centuries to explain what health is or is not. The Greek doctor of medicine, Hippocrates, and his philosopher friends, Plato and Socrates, were mystified about virtues, morals, values and life itself. But it was Hippocrates who tried to explain health and that food was our best medicine to attain wellbeing. That was more than 2000 years ago, long after man became a domesticated food grower.

For many centuries since then we have had many recorded communicable diseases like bubonic plague, yellow fever, smallpox and nutrient deficiencies like scurvy that may have been caused by poor diets. Many people in those times may have been sick but also had enough wellbeing to survive.  It took a few more centuries before mankind realized that there were small animals called germs that made humans sick. Humans began to realize that controlling pathogens and eating good food could help them survive and be functionally well.

Today, most doctors use disease as an indication of health while patients view their level of how they feel [wellbeing] whether they feel ill, or their function is impaired. Neither of these approaches really explain what health is or should be. Here we go again using the word "health."

Although the early concepts of wellness and health have been disappointing, modern medicine likewise has disappointed most people. American people and their governments have invested billions of dollars with very little to show in terms of better health and less economic cost. Health care systems in most countries are also not working as well as these should. US a care in crisis  US insurance crisis   Greece and Financial debt  France hea care in trouble  Although we spend a lot of money on health care no one seems quite sure what health is.

Health was not really explained by early medicine, and not even today. Yes, we have tools like medicine, chemistry, microbiology, nano-technology, nutrition and so on today, but health itself is still an elusive mystery. Although medicine attempts to explain how the body works and such attempts may help doctors understand how to perform surgery or how the heart works, people in general go about their business of doing things very much without being aware of how their body works and whether they are well, not feeling well or sick. And if they have a chronic disease, they are usually not aware of it until it is too late.

Many doctors, since 1800, have tried to explain the meaning of health and medicine. For example, two systems of medicine, one based on Pasteur's germ theory [ monomorphism ] and the other on Bechamp’s cellular theory [ pleomorphism ] laid the basis for medical practice. The practice of Western medicine today stems from belief in the germ theory and later from the Flexner Report published in 1910.

The Disease Paradigm

Pasteur's Germ Theory: "One school of thought [modern medicine and the monomorphic perspective] says most disease is caused by germs or some form of static, disease-causing microbe [the germ theory] from outside the body. In order to get well, you should KILL the germs. KILL the microbes. KILL whatever is making you sick with drugs, antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Bechamp's Cellular Theory: The other school of thought [which encompasses most other forms of the healing arts unrelated to mainstream medicine] says most disease is caused by some unbalance in the body. The unbalance occurs in some nutritional, electrical, structural, toxicological or biological equation. In order to get well, you need to re-establish balance in your body by working with your body, not against it." Cowan: Pleomorphism

Incidentally, the Flexner Report made recommendations, based on the germ theory, to improve the quality of medical education, and how medicine was to be practiced. The report does not mention health. The medical belief system has changed very little since then. Yes, we have had some wonderful advancements in public health, surgery and drug therapy. Despite all the self praise of the medical establishment, little progress has been made to bring chronic degenerative diseases like obesity, cancer and heart disease under control; much less researching about food. It is interesting that Flexner did not define health.

Since that early era, many astute scientists and doctors [ Enderlein, Rife, Reich, Livingston-Wheeler, Naessens, and more recently, in the U.S., Dr. Robert O. Young (San Diego) and Dr. David Jubb (New York) ] over the past 100 years have challenged the monomorphism theory and the medical practice of today.  Donohoe: New medicine theory 2007

The World Health Organization [WHO] in 1948 defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Thinking about disease has shifted as a process and this shift in thinking also happened with definitions of health.  WHO acknowledged health as being linked to higher levels than just physical being.  WHO Health definition 1948

wellnessIt wasn't until Delbert Dunn, MD, introduced the concept of wellness in his book, High Level Wellness published in 1961, that health was perceived as levels of wellbeing [ illustration on right drafted by Sorochan].  Dunn's level of wellness probably came close to defining health as a continuum of different levels of wellness from superb optimal wellness to death. It is “an integrated method of functioning which is oriented toward maximizing the potential of which the individual is capable, within the environment where he is functioning.”  Dunn: Book on line Dunn acknowledged in several hours of discussions in the mid-1960's with this author, that it is hopefully living to your highest potentials. Dunn did not separate or distinguish levels of health from wellness, disease, food, pathogens or other health influences.

Another version of the wellness concept emerged in the 1970s as health promotion. Health promotion got little support from the federal government and became a a wonderful idea. It has gradually been linked to lifestyle behavior.

High level wellness and health promotion have had many spinoff theories from WHO and Dunn's level of wellness; like Bill Hettler's Six Dimensions of Wellness and John Travis's 12 dimensions of wellness.  Miller: History of wellness 2006 The problem with these wellness theories as dimensions [social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional] has been that these were ideas or concepts that were theoretical, abstract in nature and had confounding and comingling factors that lacked substance, were difficult to isolate and were difficult to measure. Although wellness as an idea motivated many to aspire for better health, these versions of health have not been very effective in keeping the masses of people well, as evidenced by the chronic disease crisis getting worse since 1990. 

The current health care debate, since 1990, has also made understanding health much more difficult with the way doctors heal illness, injuries and diseases. Doctors treat symptoms with drugs but seldom relieve or fix the real causes of the symptoms. The thinking about health for most people is further complicated by the inefficiency of our health care system. Such medical approaches further muddy one's perception of health.

Aaron Antonovsky, a professor of medical sociology, proposed Salutogenesis as a theory of origins of health from 1979 to 1996.  Antonovsky: Salutogenesis  The term describes an approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease [pathogenesis]. More specifically, Antonovsky's "salutogenic model" is concerned with the relationship between health, stress, and coping ... and how people survive.  Antonofsky: Guide to health promotion 1996  Boruchovitch reviewed research about the health interpretations of all age groups but did not come up with an accepted definition of health. Boruchovitch: Meaning health/illness 2002

These early ideas about health are relevant for their contributions to thinking and research about what health really might be. Such early thinking about health stimulated more advanced thinking. Indeed, early ideas about health are important for these mirrors of the past allow us to go into the future.

Unfortunately, there are those who remain fixated on the past, such as WHO and wellness definitions of health, finding it difficult to re-examine, revise and move ahead with wellness or other theories.

Western medicine really has no definition of health!  Renton's perception illustrates this:

"Modern medicine has changed the fate of man, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, this magical new medicine is based on a very narrow scientific model of symptom, diagnosis and treatment (through surgery or medication). This model is so restricted that it blatantly ignores any alternative therapies and other entire medical systems. It [medicine] is highly applicable to the battlefields of 18th century Europe or the disease-ridden streets of mediaeval towns and cities. Critical care, where lives are on the line, solely relies on such a medical approach. It is the walking wounded that modern medicine forgot. It’s chronic disease, not life threatening injury, that plagues our society and drains public funds. For this eventuality, we are utterly ill-equipped and we are running out of options very quickly!" Renton: Pitfalls of modern medicine 2015

Well, we are not running out of options to define health.  Help may be on the way in providing a more functional and more precise definition of health.

There have been numerous attempts to update health definition to changing times.  Nevertheless, the definitions have not really changed that much from the World Health Organization [WHO] definition. Using WHO definition, if you were not suffering from an infection or a disease, you were considered healthy. Most definitions of health and wellness are medically oriented and do not deal with actual consumer health. As already mentioned, these focus on traditional, abstract definitions [physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual] that are difficult to measure, confounded, lack acceptance of wellness promotion in health insurance coverage and simply ignore the vacillating changes taking place in the body each day. 

We need a theoretical model of health that has substance, evolves from the body itself, can be measured, that everyday people can understand and use to attain better wellbeing. New research information since 2000 has provided many important medical and biological advancements that bring a change in our thinking about what health really is, how we can achieve optimal wellbeing and how we can foster a positive lifestyle.

These new changes are linked to food, disease, how our bodies function and include:

Supporting evidence: The proposed theory has supporting data that other health and wellness theories do not have:

1. Survival Essentials of life: The author previously mentioned that humans have all these abilities that happen without having to think about them. Yes, you are an automated human being. Your body is a programmed bio-chemical-electric, delicate, precise and complex machine. Although this machine works very well if it has clean water, clean oxygen, good balanced nutrition and adequate sleep, the body cannot function very well without the body having adequate amounts of all four. These four survival essentials lay the groundwork for all else that happens in life. Humans die without oxygen in 6 to 10 minutes, without water for three days, without food for 30 days and become disoriented and can die without sleep after two days. All other proclaimed dimensional functions, like social, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are given secondary priorities by the biological body. The first priority of the body is survival.  Sorochan Whole Body Wellness 2018  Oxygen and water are immediate needs every day and while food may have a longer survival time, food provides the simple energy to make breathing air and water circulation happen. 

Food is really an essential energy to inhale/exhale and drink water as it supplies the energy [fuel] for all body cells. Food sustains the functions of life! Without food, the body slowly begins to wither and not work very well. This is the rational for recognizing food and its nutrients as an essential and critical determiner of health. The other survival essentials depend on food providing them energy to function.

2. Balancing human body and life:

Balance implies the existence of a set of complementary opposites or perhaps several options or possibilities. These need to be weighed or otherwise assessed in order to bring harmony to the whole body.  Wilson: Balance and healing 2016  Wilson: Nutritional balancing science

The idea focuses on balancing ratios of mostly minerals, although not discounting that vitamins, carbohydrates, amino acids [protein] and their co-factors [helpers] are also part of the balancing act. When one mineral loses its balance, it affects all the other minerals and factors. This is why balancing nutrients is so delicate, precise and difficult. This viewpoint is further complicated by the knowledge that most nutrients may be destroyed anywhere from 70 to 90 percent in the digestive system, depending on the age of the person; causing additional imbalance.

Time out to explain the significance of balancing the dimensional factors in the human body and life illustration:

Below is a simplistic illustration of a balancing scale that displays how intervening factors may be linked together. This illustration displays a scenario when body and life are balanced ... a very rare occasion. The body is rarely balanced because of the constant need to balance the nutritional ratios and level amounts that are, in turn, changing most of the time due to the different foods we ingest and their changing nutritional content. The imbalance can be severe when most persons today are overweight or obese, or indulge in a lifestyle of eating sugar sweetened foods, processed foods and take out fast foods. Thus, food is considered to be the most significant, impact balancing agent.

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A few factors [helpers] in this balancing scale have been identified as immunity, balance of colon bacteria, balancing body pH, water, exercise, fine-tuning body enzymes and hormones, energy from sunshine, oxygen needs and sleep; not necessarily in that order. Additional factors like socializing may have been left out. When mineral ratios are altered even slightly, the balance of all the other cofactors or helpers is unbalanced [the body balance is tilted] and visa versa. It currently may take many months and even years to restore this delicate balance and even then for a short time. But such a balance may never happen for a long time, as daily food would change such a wishful balance every few minutes of the day.

1. Food: [at the top] in the diagram above symbolizes that nutrients, basically minerals, are the most important of all co-factors in helping to balance the body machine and wellbeing of the body.  If one were to attain optimal wellbeing, then the human body would be an interconnected chemical-electronic-resonating machine with all body parts and systems synchronized to each other. Body systems, like immunity, colon bacteria, enzymes, hormone systems and so on, are inter-connected with food and work as a whole body system. The intent of the illustration above is to show this.

2. Colon bacteria: After food, the next factors impacting wellbeing are probably immunity and colon bacteria. New research since 2000 has focused on bacteria in the colon. A good immune system comes from the balance of good [80%] and bad [20%] bacteria in the colon. You are no doubt aware that you are eating for both your body and the colon bacteria.  Eating junk foods, like processed and sugar foods, feed the bad bacteria and these can contribute to constipation, feeling bloated, leaky gut and other disorderly issues.  Recent information points out that the majority of the population may have some degree of leaky gut and not be aware of it. Leaky gut is important because of the many diseases and disorders that are linked to it, like autism, Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disorders, MS, chronic fatigue, arthritis, lupus, skin disorders, fibromyalgia and cancer. And eating good food, like fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts, a minimum of white meat and drinking an adequate amount of water provides food for the good bacteria and facilitates a soft bowel movement. Your food diet feeds the colon microbes that, in turn, affect other balancers of life.

3. Sunlight: Other factors in the illustration can also impact on total balance. When one of these is out of whack, then this distorts the delicate fine tuning of all the nutrients, much like a domino effect. The illustration highlights vitamin D with a sun background.  Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it is a hormone that comes from the sun's UVB [rays] that cause the cholesterol in the skin to eventually be synthesized into vitamin D-3.  But sunshine is a much overlooked and ignored contributor to optimal wellbeing. It has been given a bad rap for incorrectly causing skin cancer. Sunshine activates the pineal gland which has many functions not as yet identified by the scientific community.  But science does acknowledge the pineal gland as regulating night-day activities and regulating sleep.

4. Water:  The human body is 99% water. The human body is a water machine, designed to run primarily on water, amino acids and minerals. From a common sense point of view, if we are made up of plain water, then naturally the quality of the water we consume will have a very dramatic impact on our overall state of health. Every healing and life giving process that happens in our body happens through water!  Sorochan: Water as healer 2015

5. Exercise: in the balancing illustration, is critically important for many reasons, only a few of which will be covered herein. Exercise facilitates digestion and prevents diseases.  USDHHR: Exercise prevents diseases 2002 Exercise opens the lungs and bronchial tube where there is a lot of dead air that bacteria like to live in. Yes, exercise moves the dead air out and limits bacteria in the respiratory system, so important in preventing respiratory infections like pneumonia and colds; especially in senior citizens.  Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and also strengthens the muscular system. Exercise, like deep breathing, provides oxygen to the body that all cells need and especially the heart and brain. Bacteria die in the presence of oxygen.

6. Body pH & alkalinity:  Another aspect of the balancing illustration, Body pH of about 7.2, is important as an environment for nutrient balancing.  A red meat diet contributes to an acid environment that helps bad bacteria to flourish. Hormones determine the functioning of glands.  Inadequate diet not only undermines their functioning, but also causes disruption of a nutrient balance in the body.

The foods we eat determine the blood and body pH. The wrong food can evolve an acid body that, in turn, evolves excessive amounts of unstable superoxides. These superoxide's stabilize and become free radicals that are poisonous to our body. When free radicals overwhelm the body, the immune system is compromised and we acquire autoimmune, degenerative diseases and disorders. 

Fortunately, our body does have the mechanisms to get rid of free radicals. The body attempts to maintain a healthy body by removing free radicals. This is done by antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals.

Fruits_Veg.jpg Unfortunately, humans lose most of their ability to provide primary antioxidants or superoxide dismutase or SOD early in life. We can compensate for this innate loss by eating fresh fruits, vegetables, pH Foods illustrated  ground flax seeds and spirulina rich in certain antioxidants.  Choosing foods according to whether they are acid forming or alkali forming can have a major impact on one's ability to heal and maintain health. Healing works best when the body is alkali, its normal state.

But food antioxidants provide a very small amount of needed antioxidants.  Additional help in making the body more alkali is to eat less [red] meat. Sorochan: Alkalinity & colon bacteria 2015

7. Methylation, since 2005, is another new research related to food. It is a process taking a single carbon and three hydrogen atoms, known as a methyl group, and applying these to countless critical functions in your body; such as thinking, repairing DNA, turning genes on and off, fighting infections, bolstering the immune system and getting rid of environmental toxins. Methylation turns the genetic switches in either preventing diseases or activating health. B-complex vitamins are essential for methylation to work properly.  Methylation is a biochemical process that occurs billions of times/second in every cell in our body. It has augmented vitamins and minerals in explaining how the body works. Methylation is the commander of the body that synchronizes the entire body.  Cohen: Methylation & diseases 2014   Corey: Methylation & immunity 2015  Costello: Vit Bs & Methylation  2001   Richardson: Methylation & immune system 20   Syed: Methylation & air pollution 2013

8. The Whole Food Complex: supports this theory.  Sorochan: Whole Food Concept Whole foods: are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added salt, sugar, carbohydrates, or fat. Complex refers to the many individual substances [ often referred to as co-factors ] that are inter-related and help each other to function as a whole in a food or nutrient. Such a relationship is complicated and hence referred to as complex.

9. Spirulina SuperFood:  This supplement has over 90 co-factorial nutrients and enzymes, making it a self-complete superfood.  It is touted to be a better complete supplement that nutrient supplements.  Blue-green spirulina has been recognized by World Health Organization as an excellent protein source for starving millions, and also adds support to this emerging theory. spirulina SuperFood: the perfect multi nutrient food

10. Viome:  Analyses the food one eats that, in turn, feed colon bacteria. It helps to balance the bacteria in the colon. Viome is an analysis and food prescription program that gives diagnostic feedback about trillions of colon microbes, metabolic activity in the body, preventive measures for a variety of health conditions and diseases such as infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, depression, obesity and cancer.  It can even prescribe diets to do all this scientifically. The company offers consumers a wellness service — home-testing kits and an app tool — that does in-depth gut analysis using artificial intelligence to evaluate complex biological data.  Jain: Viome & gut diseases 2018 The results are then translated into personalized and detailed recommendations for diet and healthy living. Powered by an app called Vie, the viome service gives users personalized wellness tips  and tracks their evolving health status. Loannou: Viome tracks their microbiome health. 2018

Most tests today fail to give you a full picture of everything that’s going on inside your digestive tract and how this is related to food. Fortunately viome uses a special technology that tests your complete microbiome, allowing you to determine what type of foods to eat in order to support your microbiomes. You can discover which bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungus or mold are present in too great quantities, which need to be replenished, and which markers of chronic inflammation are present in your gut. Adding spice to viome’s approach is Deepak Chopra, MD, world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine: "Knowing how your gut microbiome is doing will one day become as standard as taking your blood pressure."    Chopra: Gut revolutionizes wellness 2017

Although viome focuses on balancing colon microbiome, it overlooks precise nutritional balancing.

11. Nutrient balancing: food is another basis for the new proposed theory of Nutrient Balancing - Wellbeing Lifestyle. It includes fine tuning the ideas linked to health and life, food as essential for survival, mineral balancing and recent discoveries linked to how the body works.

"A primary goal of every nutritional balancing program is to replace missing vital minerals in our bodies. Everyone today is low in these important nutrients. One can say there is mineral starvation, no matter how many calories or how much protein one eats. Replenishing minerals is not that easy. Medical books say that to just replenish one mineral can take 9-12 months. We seek to replenish at least 25 minerals, so this is an involved process. However, there are ways to speed up the process. Some may sound unusual, but they work."  Wilson: Remineralizing body 2016

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Nutrition balance was coined in the mid 1970's by a medical doctor and researcher, Paul Eck. Dr. Paul Eck took Dr. William Albrecht ideas of mineral balancing in the soil to improve plant growth in the twentieth century. Eck established a link between foods grown on soil to mineral content in the human body and health. The mineral balancing system of the human body is very precise and much more complicated than in plants.  Eck found that he could identify the mineral content in the hair that corresponded to the mineral [nutrient] values in the body.  He refined the hair collecting process and analysis although hair analysis did not become a perfect procedure. But the idea was intuitively good and helped Eck to evolve nutritional balancing as a precise science.

Scientific information about Eck's nutritional balancing that has been overlooked for the past 50 years. Sorochan: Nutritional balancing 2016 

The theory focuses on balancing ratios of mostly minerals, although not discounting that vitamins, amino acids [protein] and their co-factors [helpers] are also part of the balancing act. When one mineral loses its balance, it affects all the other minerals and factors. This is why balancing nutrients is so delicate, precise and difficult. This viewpoint is complicated by the knowledge that most nutrients may be destroyed anywhere from 70 to 90 percent in the digestive system, depending on the age of the person.

Watts,Eck and associates explain nutritional balancing below by their illustration of a mineral wheel:  Watts: Mineral ratios & disease

NB meineral-wheel

Although the human body requires about 100 elements [minerals], this mineral wheel shows some of the most important elements needed by the body, and more importantly, it shows the interrelationships between the elements. This is the most complete wheel ever developed. The major minerals, electrolytic minerals, and many other trace minerals are represented here. Mineral ratios reveal not only the important balance between minerals, but also possible factors that can disrupt mineral relationships, such as diseases, diet, drugs, and glandular effects.

The significance of this mineral wheel is that it can precisely identify the ratio between two minerals like calcium and magnesium Ca:Mg.  Should the ratio be 2Ca:1Mg or 4Ca:1Mg? Minerals usually have opposite reactions and functions.  For example, in the right ratio proportions, calcium contracts while magnesium relaxes. Pharmacologists and nutritionists need to use this mineral precision in evolving RDA supplementation which today is pure guesswork.

The main point of this mineral wheel is that it helps to explain the intricate and precise mechanism by which the human body can be fine tuned to prevent diseases and enhance optimal wellbeing. It goes beyond the knowledge that the medical establishment uses in adjusting drug medication to the needs of patients.

There are several key concepts that you should be aware of:

1. food is a major change agent, not drugs or medical interventions.

2. minerals are a major balancing phenomenon; acting as synergistic-antagonistic reactions.

3. end result of nutritional balancing is optimal wellbeing.

4. life style changes needed to support continuous wellbeing.

5. an unbalanced mineral affects all other mineral ratios and levels, that in turn, also unbalances other related vitamins and amino acids.

6. impact change of one factor affects the whole body.

7. body and lifestyle are seldom balanced. The balancing act, dependent upon food, takes place all the time.

8. an excess of one mineral may inhibit the bio-organic chemical activity of an opposing mineral(s).

9. Re-mineralization:  human beings can transmute some minerals nor elements into other elements. This can be very helpful to re-mineralize the body. Nutritional balancing programs help restore this ability of the body.  Wilson: Remineralizing body 2016

10. Wilson also refers to development of the whole person as the physical body evolving into other higher or extreme dimensions of optimal wellbeing.  He points out “that this does not occur often as human bodies are usually malnourished, and drug medicine and most nutritional programs do not provide the nutrients and conditions needed for high level maintenance.  Development implies continuous change, evolution and adaptation.”  Wilson: Introduction to NB 2016

Up to now, the author has laid the recent research data groundwork that provide validity for food as the foundation for the new theory. Food is linked to health as a common survival determiner in all cultures. The proposed theory has a basis for interpreting physical wellbeing and this is the next topic.

Related to all of the above discussion is the biological state or level of wellbeing. Most persons, unaware, are seldom optimally well and live in a continuous survival wellness mode. This is not the state of being medical doctors view their patients and they seldom measure survival wellness.

Survival health:

Most persons, especially those with chronic diseases, fall into this level. An interesting, as yet unexplained phenomenon of the human machine, is that the human body is able to adapt in mysterious ways like homeostasis and compensation, with no present signs or symptoms of mineral or vitamin imbalance.

Such adaptation utilizes amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and other minerals to fill in unknown gaps. And probably borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, as robbing bones for calcium or/and magnesium! Such adaptation will, in time, result in failed body systems. A person may go through his/her entire life nutritionally deficient or unbalanced and not know it; while enjoying social, physical, mental and emotional activities. During this seemingly well time, depending on the severity of or lack of nutritional balance, one may never become severely ill, while other factors are present that contribute to incubating the titter-totter stresses, like environmental toxins, contaminated and processed food, and so on and balance these out with overall low grade survival health. The classic nutritional deficiency example of the body being malnourished and able to survive, for several months, is that of sailor's on ancient sailing ships subsisting on a diet deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables [vitamin C], that gradually caused scurvy symptoms in sailors before vitamin C was discovered.

This new perception of uncertain health is very different from all the establishment theories [WHO] stating that health is a balance of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing and the absence of illness or disease. There is no balance! These were general theories that overlooked the precision and delicate balance of nutrient fine tuning or nutrient balancing; that, in turn, could result in optimal wellbeing or, if deficient, incubate disease states. It is safe to say that if there are no visible signs of disease, that most persons would assume such a person to be healthy. But in real life, a person appearing to be in good health and functioning is not necessarily well; the degree of wellbeing is hidden and medically undiagnosed. As long as doctors view the patient breathing and walking, the patient is pronounced as well.

Even astute nutritionists fail to grasp that nutrients work as a whole with other co-factors or nutrient helpers. When one or more co-factors are missing, then other nutrients may not be used and the body may not work very well if at all.  Medical doctors have been taught to fix a part of the body separately from the rest of the whole body. This would, for example, be an injustice to the patient recovering from surgery and on a hospital diet that especially lacks healing nutrients like organic sulfur, boron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium as well as vitamins A, B-complex, C, D-3, E, K and amino acids .... all that need to be nutrient balanced, fine tuned and essential to the healing process. Such a hospital patient would be in a delicate survival mode.

Body systems:

The human machine is made up of about 37 trillion somatic cells. In humans, there are about 200 different types of cells, and within these cells there are about 20 different types of structures or organelles [overlooking the trillions of microbes]. All these cells communicate electronically and resonate with each other. These different cells make up 11 medically recognized body systems.  All 11 body systems participate in the healing process at the same time. And for healing to take place, the body needs building materials, like nutrients [food], to do so! This is why many scientists now recognize that the human machine has the ability to heal itself, slowly if need be [providing it has all co-factors and nutrients].

When an injured body part is healing, the effects upon other parts of the body are called “adverse effects” or “side effects”.  Life extension: Medication side-effects 2003  It is a fragmented approach, compared to whole system thinking. By contrast, whole system thinking does not cause side effects and is not about symptomatic remedies, which are “parts thinking”, not whole system thinking. Renton: Pitfalls of modern medicine 2015

However, medical science is making progress. For example, pharmacists do try to balance drug dosage as part of the therapy. The big problem in prescribing medications to patients is that most pharmacists, dealing mostly with medications, often ignore the impact foods have on patients taking medications. Another problem is that doctors do not have accurate laboratory tests to determine whether the prescribed dose is actually delivered to the intended cells or organs. Yes, doctors have blood tests but blood tests do not validate complete cell delivery. Such complete bioavailability - biochemical individuality is lacking!

Nutritional Balancing [NB] will mean different things to different people.  At a basic level, its meaning in all instances has to do with providing the body with the nutrients it requires, in balanced ratios and level amounts, in order to enable the body's optimal functioning. We have been lead to believe that medical science has most of the answers to our personal health.  However, we can ingest food and nutritional supplements, but, in spite of being alive, really do not know whether these nutrients are adequately absorbed from the digestive system or are doing us any good; for we lack the lab tests to prove that nutrients are delivered to somatic cells in adequate and proper amounts.

But the human body is smarter than medical lab tests. Mother nature has created a programmed, precise, delicate and complex human machine that gives you feedback every second of the day. When you feel good, your body feedback is a clear skin, feeling happy, full of energy and positive thinking. When you are sick or infected or disease ridden, you feel pain, inflammation, bloating, swollen broken limbs, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, headache, sore muscles, coughing, sneezing, sore eyes, and itchy skin.  These are signals that your body sends to you as important warnings that something is not working very well in your body. You don't need a series of lab tests to confirm this. This is your body talking silently to you. All you need to do is interpret these signs or symptoms, become a body detective and find the cause of your problem! This is natural human body science!

Presenting this new theory does not mean that it is ready to be used as a 'perfect ready to go' theory. 

A few things like our environment, belief system and life style hinder our ability to attain optimal, total body  wellbeing. What available information about balancing minerals and nutrients tells us is that there is a lot more to know about nutrition and the human body than we have been lead to believe! The human system needs dozens of nutrients daily --- and two-thirds of those nutrients are minerals that function in a precise, delicate and balanced manner! Minerals participate in nearly every one of the thousands of biochemical processes that occur in our bodies.

A few more examples of how our way of life may also hinder wellbeing. Most persons eat food to their heart's content and assume that the food they are eating is good for them and that the amount [serving portions] is also proper. Nutritionists try to get more specific by recommending daily allowances for vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, proteins, carbohydrates and water. Most medical doctors do not believe that food is our best medicine and hence, pay little if any attention to what their patients eat.  Almost everyone believes that they are experts when it comes to food, nutrition and their health, for they have been eating all their lives and that is why they are still alive. We have also been led to believe that when we get sick, all we have to do is go to the doctor and the doctor will fix our health problem. A few scientists, researchers and even medical doctors have been questioning how much we really know about nutrients, medicine and how the human body really functions to use food in the body.  Renton: Pitfalls of modern medicine 2015

Complexity of Life:

The theory of Nutrient Balancing - Wellbeing Lifestyle.

At this time, the proposed theory does not have a perfect nutrient balancing-wellness paradigm, due to lack of scientific research. However, many new advancements, viome and nutrient balancing all focus on food, adding credibility that food is the most important game changer in theories about health.

Things to fix:

There are several inconsistencies in the Eck-Wilson approach. For one, their protocol requires patients to eat boiled food.  Boiling vegetables destroys the natural enzymes in raw vegetables that allows digestion to start in the stomach.

Nutritional balancing system in the past relied on getting feedback from hair analysis. Hair analysis, while doing its best, is slow and very crude at the molecular level. The turn around time from hair analysis to balancing the patient's nutrition and lifestyle can take 9 months to years. Wilson: Remineralizing body 2016 This limitation in itself somewhat grounds this technology science!

Although we drastically need Nutritional Balancing [NB] to be functional, NB cannot succeed with all the nonsense apron strings attached to it at this time. We need to move from today's complex dream-state empirical science Nutritional Balancing to a realistic scientific medical-wellness survival model. A model that harnesses nano-technology with analog computer programs to provide instant feedback from the lab to instantly balancing nutrients of patients and eventually helping patients acquire optimal wellness. Once these initial steps are accomplished, then nutrients can easily fall into place. Nutrient balancing is very similar in concept to viome in dealing with food as a common thread. The programs are different but both use food to determine wellbeing.

Research  ... we desperately need research!  This new health theory aspiration may seem like a far off dream, but it is a step closer with viome and is very doable now that viome is an accepted medical program, and because food is the single core dimension and its pieces of nutrients can be measured in precise terms. 

Here is a simple analogy between the human body and car engine and the importance of nutrient balancing [food].  The engine needs gasoline as fuel to work.  Likewise, the human body needs food as fuel to function.  Once the engine starts then there are other factors, like the carburetor that mixes air with gasoline in a finite ratio amount to help make the engine run better and transmission to get the car to move and travel. The car emits dangerous gaseous exhausts. But without fuel the car engine doesn't start and the car does not work. Likewise with the human body and food, other dimensions of the body [mental, social, spiritual] come into play after the body has food. The body digests food and gives off wastes like the car engine. This is the common sense logic behind focusing on nutrient balance as the basis for a single dimension theory.

Using nutrient balancing is an essential part of the new theory!  Ack, Watts and Wilson have done the much needed exploratory ground work that may lack some science and speedy technology behind it, but their final end idea is sound and has merit. We just need scientists to step out of the "medical box", approach thinking about health [not medicine] from a different angle and streamline lab analysis, interpretation and application. We desperately need research on food and nutrition, especially nutrient balancing, and human body function! We need to expand nutrient balancing from precise mineral balancing to precise vitamin, carbohydrate, protein and fat balancing.

The Nutritional Balancing - Lifestyle Wellbeing theory has merit as it recognizes the human body as a delicate, precise and complex nano-tech machine that has trillions of cells and bacteria communicating with each other. Nutrient balancing has the advantage of being measureable, since the nutrients, in this case minerals, work in precise ratios. It is much more complex as an electro-chemical-resonating physiological body than medical science acknowledges. This theory can deal with the numerous diseases and disorders that have mushroomed since 1970. While such a theory is in its infancy today, this author advocates such a theoretical model. 

The new integrated theory of wellbeing would provide a guiding light to further change the practice of medicine, the entire health care system and way of life in all countries. People would have a working theory of health that they could relate to, successfully change their lifestyles, and dramatically lower health care costs.  More important, health care providers would provide quality health care and we would have a healthier society. All such possibilities are based on people having a grasp of what health really is and what it means to them. Spending money researching on this project to explore and fine tuning nutrient-balance would be a much more rewarding investment than spending money on drug research or on a failing health care system. The big prize is better health for the entire world.

Conclusions:

The author has proposed a new evolving theory of health, Nutrient Balancing - Wellbeing Lifestyle, and provided supporting data giving food top priority over lifestyle behavior. The earlier theories had proposed previous dimensions of health .... mental, emotional, social, spiritual dimensions and other confounding determiners of wellbeing that arise from our inner body state. The proposed theory recognizes that our body state is in continuous adapting change, as with blood pressure or insulin adjusting sugar levels; that can change from one minute to the next, causing many persons to live in a survival mode. Although we may be asking too much to forge a measurable theory of wellbeing when measurable levels vacillate many times during the day, focusing on nutrient balancing brings some reality to the meaning of health.

Using nutrient balancing is an essential part of the new theory! Ack, Watts and Wilson have done the much needed exploratory ground work that may lack some science and speedy technology behind it, but their final end idea is sound and has merit.

The theory is based clearly on food that feeds colon microbes and becoming aware that most of us are in a continuous survival wellness state. Concentrating on just one factor, food, makes defining a theory easier, cleaner and clearer. The database for this proposal, incomplete as it is, gives the theory a theoretical foundation for future research and application. Focusing on food reunites Hippocrates's observation that food is man's best medicine.

We desperately need research on food and nutrition, especially nutrient balancing and human body function! We need to make nutrient balancing more transparent, and vitamin, carbohydrate, protein and fat precision balanced. Focusing on food reunites Hippocrates's observation that food is man's best medicine.

The new integrated theory of wellbeing would provide a guiding light to further change the practice of medicine, the entire health care system and way of life in all countries. People would have a working theory of health that they could relate to, successfully change their lifestyles, and dramatically lower health care costs. More important, health care providers would provide quality health care and we would have a healthier society. All such possibilities are based on people having a grasp of what health really is, what it means to them and how their bodies work.

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