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What are Symptoms?
Symptoms, in our context, are signs or indicators of a metabolic disorder or a potential onset of a disease.
A symptom is normally experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance.
At HairAnalysisReport.com, our program is not about symptoms. Our program is about whole system nutrition – a holistic approach.
Note: Are the potential symptoms in the photo the result of a vitamin, mineral, amino acid, fatty acid, or a combination of one, two or more?
What is symptomatic therapy?
Symptomatic therapy is thousands of years old and remains common practice today. In fact, almost every client that contacts us is concerned about a symptom.
As tempting as it may be, many attempt to self-medicate with foods, herbs, or dietary supplements based on symptoms. In many instances, this may be helpful for temporary relief. However, symptoms should be viewed as indicators that include:
- Multiple nutrient imbalances – subclinical malnutrition
- Consuming improper foods – not specific to your needs
- Consuming improper supplements, herbs, or other dietary aids
- Toxins, includes heavy metals, metabolic toxins, and chemicals
- Unhealthy lifestyle habits
If you are experiencing any symptoms, seek the advice of your healthcare professional.
Symptoms are complex
A symptom is an early indicator that something is not right. As you realize, when a symptom manifests, it is not necessarily a reliable source for medications, foods, herbs, or dietary supplements. In fact, you and many others continually suffer from clinically “unexplained” symptoms even though various medical tests don’t reveal any abnormalities.
From a nutritional standpoint, most industrialized nations no longer suffer single nutrient deficiencies. We tend to suffer from multiple nutrient imbalances and toxins. Unfortunately, a symptom doesn’t reveal whether it is the result of toxic elements, chemical toxins, or nutrient excesses or deficiencies. It doesn’t reveal whether it is manifesting from improper foods, supplements, medications, stress, or lifestyle habits.
For example, when the sailors in the 17th century were dying of scurvy, not all sailors suffered or died! Some did experience symptoms, some died, and others had no symptoms at all. Clearly, they were on the same boat, ate the same things, and yet we go from no symptoms to death. Scurvy was attributed to a lack of vitamin C but it also reveals the uniqueness of each person’s biochemistry.
Dietary Supplementation and Symptoms
This is very common and a most unfortunate situation in our society. Consuming dietary supplements for medicinal purposes can be fruitless and in some situations, even dangerous. In fact, improper supplementation can easily cause further imbalances between all nutrients. This can create more of a problem than it helps.
Keep these three important points in mind:
- You are a unique individual, with diverse nutritional needs!
- Your diverse nutritional needs must be addressed on an individual basis!
- It is important to quantify your nutritional needs – eliminate the guesswork!
In addition, keep in mind symptomatic approaches may have consequences that include:
- It does not address deeper nutritional imbalances.
- It may mask problems that are more serious.
- It may contribute toward further nutrient imbalances.
Let’s revisit vitamin C. For example, most people believe they can consume large doses of vitamin C without any adverse consequences. The common myth is that the body uses what it needs and excretes the rest. This isn’t so.
Overconsumption of vitamin C can actually contribute to anemia! Excessive vitamin C is antagonistic to copper and can cause a loss of copper. Copper is important to iron (and many other essential nutrients) and when copper is deficient, iron does not function properly. This can result in copper-induced anemia. This isn’t due to a lack of iron; it is due to the lack of copper. Imagine all this because of the overconsumption of vitamin C!
Let’s take another common symptom such as hair loss. Hair loss can be attributed to an excess or deficiency of many nutrients. For example:
- Amino Acids – arginine, cysteine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, valine
- Minerals – magnesium, zinc, copper, lithium, thallium
- Fatty Acids – linoleic acid (omega 6), most fatty acids effect skin and hair
- Vitamins – A, D, E, B vitamins, and many others under consideration
This is the short list of nutrients and doesn’t include toxins, stress, genetics, or lifestyle habits.
However, are any of the nutrients just mentioned in an excess or deficiency? If so, the only means to effectively balance an excess or deficiency is to factor the nutrient interrelationships to achieve a dynamic balance between all nutrients. The “short list” now becomes a potential long list.
For example, many symptoms can be associated with high arginine levels.
Arginine performs a multitude of functions in the body and is widely supplemented. If your arginine is in excess (high on an amino acid test), an initial supplement regimen to reduce arginine would include manganese, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, AKG, and additional amino acids as per the amino acid test results. Remember, this is just one nutrient involved in hair loss!
As you can see, with such a variety of potential nutrients involved, how do you choose which one or group of nutrients are needed.
The point is this: any symptom, from a lack of energy to weight problems to any other common symptom is complex and multifactorial.
This is why HairAnalysisReport.com is about whole system nutrition rather than symptomatic therapy.
How can hair analysis help?
A hair analysis provides a blueprint of your nutritional and toxic minerals. Based on mineral patterns and complex nutrient interrelationships, many essential nutrients can be addressed. This information is important for choosing healthy foods that include minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and fats.
In addition, a wide variety of potential symptoms may be inferred. These are not diagnostic! Inferred potentials or metabolic trends, result from complex mineral/toxic element patterns and the dynamic interrelationships between all essential nutrients.
Keep in mind, a hair analysis is not predicated on symptoms. A hair analysis reveals your current mineral imbalances that may help you restore a dynamic balance between essential nutrients and remove toxins. Consequently, if your symptom disappears, give credit to your Creator!
“You could probably switch the labels on all the vitamins and minerals being sold and probably few people would physically notice the difference. Some people would even get better! That’s how unscientific things are.” ~ Dr. Paul C. Eck The Healthview Newsletter, 1981
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