Several years ago I bought a book called, Biochemical Individuality, by Roger Williams from 1956. Yesterday, I searched for this book in my library only to find it missing, but that’s not what’s important here. There is a new era of individualizing nutritional supplementation that I believe will eventually become the norm. There is no “one size fits all” prescription for what each individual needs in terms of nutritional support. I may need a certain amount of Vitamin E, and you may need something totally different.
I just googled Biochemical Individuality ( wow! The power of the internet) and found the book on Amazon. I had this book in my library for all these years, but did not understand what the author was saying. Now I am beginning to get it. We know we are all unique, but how many of us have thought about our nutritional needs being unique?
I am taking a few excerpts from a “look inside the book” found on the Amazon website. “Dr. Roger Williams, world renowned biochemist, told us forty years ago that biochemical individuality – the differences in anatomy and metabolism from person to person – influences our health. For optimal function we each have unique nutritional needs and specific environment requirements. This message is even more timely today than when it was originally put forth in 1956.” (I was still in grade school in 1956, but per my previous blog, I was very much intending to be a physician.)
Biochemical individuality explains why:
• Some of us are better at detoxifying drugs and chemicals
• The harmful amino acid homocysteine may or may not cause heart disease
• Cancer genes respond in different ways to diet and environment
• Low fat diets cause some people to gain weight
• One person needs higher levels of a nutrient than another to be healthy
According to Jeffrey Bland, PhD ( a leader in Functional Medicine): “This book should have an honored place among the principle reference books of anyone interested in health and nutrition.” (From the Amazon website “look inside” this amazing book.)
I must make a confession: I received absolute “zero” education in nutrition while I was in medical school. “Zero.” Not just insufficient, but “zero.” And I can assure you that even most of your younger doctors have had “zero” instruction in nutrition. That should cause most people to become alarmed. Well, I am doing my best to rectify this lack of nutritional education by studying, researching and investigating everything I can about the absolute essential role nutrition plays in our overall health and well-being .
That brings me to a very important point: After many years of research, some of us in the medical profession are finally realizing that most of our chronic illnesses could be abated and healed with the right nutritional program. At Healing Unleashed® Health Services we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best information and healing modalities that will support them in greater wellness.
We have recently discovered a metabolic test to access the inner metabolism of the individual. This is mostly based on urine testing to ascertain which nutritional supplements: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients an individual needs to correct and maintain homeostasis. We are so excited about the promise of helping our patients achieve greater health. I believe this kind of approach is the wave of the future. No longer do you need to go to the vitamin store to try and guess what your body needs, but now you can have confidence, based on your individual test results, that you are using the right nutritional supplements for your own unique needs. The supplements are made just for you. Isn’t that exciting?
If you have questions, give me a call at 303-986-0492. The direction of health care must be to a more individualized approach. You have unique fingerprints and brain waves. So, why shouldn’t your metabolic needs also be unique? More about this in future blogs.
Wishing you a health, happiness, inner peace, and JOY!
Wanda Bedinghaus, MD