Government scientists meet periodically to decide the levels of the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of nutrients. The main criteria is the amount needed to prevent deficiency diseases. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy, vitamin A deficiency causes night blindness, and vitamin B1 deficiency causes pellagra.
While this approach is fine as far as it goes, these recommendations have little to do with optimum health. One of every two Americans will contract cancer and 50% of the population by age 40 will have developed a chronic illness. In theory, most of these people meet or exceed the RDA's for nutrients.
The theory of the RDAs ignores more subtle aspects of nutrition such as the effect of vitamin C or zinc on tumor inhibition. This is much harder to measure, so it is ignored. At Analytical Research Labs, however, we consider many subtle nutrient effects, which are reflected in our recommendations.
For optimum health, one needs different concepts of nutrition. One of these is biochemical individuality. The term was coined by Dr. Roger Williams to describe his research finding that nutritional needs vary tremendously from person to person.
From this perspective, averages and standards mean very little. We use hair mineral analysis to assess each person's oxidation rate, stage of stress, trace element levels, toxic metal levels, digestive adequacy, state of the immune system and other factors that can be identified on the test.
We also take into account each person's age, sex, weight and health conditions including pregnancy and acute or chronic illnesses. All these affect one's nutritional requirements.
Orthomolecular nutrition is related to biochemical individuality. The term was coined by the late Dr. Linus Pauling. It means to give the amount needed of a nutrient, not some average or standard amount.
Our recommendations differ from those of many orthomolecular physicians in that we use foods and nutrients not just to address symptoms, but to balance body chemistry. For example, a person in an alarm stage of stress requires more calcium, copper, magnesium, choline and inositol.
By properly combining nutrients and taking into account mineral levels, ratios and patterns, our programs are more precise and correction is deeper and more permanent.
Many pesticides are deadly chemicals that severely tax the human system. Some contain lead, arsenic and other toxic metals that slowly accumulate in the body unless and until one follows a health program designed to remove them.
Our laws currently allow sewage and factory sludge to be sold as fertilizer that contains significant quantities of toxic metals. These add greatly to our toxic metal burden and require extra nutrients to help remove them from the body.
Refining sugar cane to make white sugar removes 99% of its magnesium and 93% of its chromium. Polishing rice removes 75% of its zinc and chromium. Canned food may be quite old. Frozen foods are nutritionally better.
As a result of eating refined, low-quality food loaded with additives, most people's digestion is impaired. This further impairs nutrient absorption and increases nutritional needs. This is why we generally recommend a digestive aid for everyone who is suffering from any health condition.