Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: holistic | heart disease | vitamins | malnournished

Importance of Nutrient Balance

Friday, 13 April 2018 04:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Early in my career, I bought into what I was taught in medical school. I remember telling my mother-in-law, Shirley, that all her vitamins were doing nothing but giving her expensive urine.

At that time, Shirley was reading books by Adelle Davis and other holistically minded healthcare professionals. She repeatedly tried to get me to read them, but I wasn’t interested.

The turning point came when I decided to try treating my father — who had a 25-year history of heart disease — with natural, bioidentical testosterone and natural thyroid hormone. In a short time, his heart disease disappeared.

After seeing the changes in my father, I remember thinking: “I wonder what other natural therapies are out there.”

That began a quest to re-study biochemistry and search for safe and effective natural therapies that treat the underlying causes — not just the symptoms — of illness.

I started by checking my father’s nutrient status. I found he was severely deficient in many essential nutrients, including vitamins B1, C, and D. Each of these deficiencies is associated with heart disease.

I had been taught that vitamin deficiencies only father didn’t appear to be malnourished. In fact, he was obese.

What I didn’t realize — what I had never been taught in medical school — was that obese people can be malnourished. In fact, many obese people are so malnourished that their bodies fight back by storing fat to survive the hard times that seem to be occurring.

Many obese patients, my father included, have a much easier time losing weight once they correct their nutrient imbalances.

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