Nutritional Counseling

Our Approach to Nutrition

In addition to being self-evident, it is a fact supported by hard, scientific evidence that the human being is beautifully created and evolved to live, thrive and reproduce in a normal Earth environment. Therefore, if human beings are generally having a difficult time surviving, thriving and reproducing, there must be something wrong with the environment. This forms the basis of our nutritional approach: return the environment, as closely as possible, to an optimal state and let this beautiful entity called the human body, mind and spirit, perform its magical, healing process.

It is a fact that we are beset with bad air, bad water, bad food, bad thoughts, and too much stress. It is not easy, but it is amazing and hope-inducing to know that most of these factors can be significantly modified, if not eliminated. Oh, it's true that our food has been largely destroyed by greedy and unscrupulous people, ranging from farmers to corporations to the government – and that might be the cause of the bad thoughts and excess stress, just saying. But there are ways around even these devastating misfortunes. The obvious ones are political in nature, beyond the scope of this website, but, thank heavens, there are still private gardens in which to grow fertilizer-free and pesticide-free, non--genetically modified, wonderfully nutritious vegetables. You might be surprised to see how small a garden is required to take care of the nutritional needs of the average family these days. Because of some of the above factors, many of today's families have few or no children, partially because of monumental interference with our reproductive systems, largely the result of petrochemical pollution interfering with the proper expression of our hormones. Then there are other forms of food-based supplementation, methods of increasing internal chelation, clearing liver obstructions including gallstones without surgery, rebuilding the adrenal glands after they have been completely fatigued by stress, and many other methods that we employ routinely to restore natural quality of life to our patients. Our methods are time proven over thousands of years, safe and effective but surprisingly unknown to the general public in this day and age. If you have questions about your particular situation, give us a call at (850) 769-3602 and arrange for a short, 15 minute consultation, either in person or over Skype. I do not charge for this short consultation, since I do not believe in charging people to tell them I cannot help them in the rare instance that I cannot. This allows you to ask, without cost or obligation, the questions that will allow you and me to understand if you are a candidate for our approach. Additionally, you can watch the short video on the home page of this website – Ralph's story – which will give you a pretty good idea of what we do here.

INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTATION FOR THEIR BONES

It may be intuitive to conclude that if the problem with "brittle bone disease" (osteoporosis) is a lack of calcium in the bone matrix, then what you need to do is supplement with calcium.

However this is not only dead wrong but hazardous to your life. Among many studies involved with women who take calcium supplementation to avoid osteoporosis, research published in April 2011 in the prestigious British medical Journal reported a study that concluded that "women who supplemented with calcium to prevent osteoporosis are at a higher risk of atherosclerosis (formation of calcium plaques in the arteries), heart attack and stroke than those who don't." At least three studies confirm that "for every bone fracture calcium supplementation prevents, if precipitates two potentially fatal cardiovascular disease events."* The real answer, of course, is a physiologically correct intake of the oil-soluble vitamins: A, D3, and K2, correct diet, exercise, stress reduction, avoidance of steroids, and a properly functioning gut (no heartburn or esophageal reflux, no Nexium(TM) or Prilosec(TM), etc.) – don't worry, it's doable.

A NOTE ON VITAMIN D3 AND VITAMIN K2 SUPPLEMENTATION

it appears that we can finally say that most doctors and even most patients are aware of the multitude of benefits (many of which are still unknown) of vitamin D. However, I still see many patients with prescriptions for vitamin D2 – so much so that is it important – perhaps vitally important, as you will see – to have a discussion about this "wonder vitamin." First, the vitamin we're talking about is vitamin D3 (25 – OH vitamin D), it is NOT vitamin D2, so be very careful to select the correct supplementation and do not allow your doctor to prescribe D2 (this is completely unnecessary anyway, since vitamin D3 is available over-the-counter and if you are reading this you already know you need it). Where your doctor fits into this scheme is that he/she can and should do a blood test to check your D3 levels, which should be between 65 and 75 mcg/L.

Second, the explanations I get from many of my patients, as well as advertisements on products such as milk "fortified with vitamin D" are that "vitamin D3 puts calcium into the bones." Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, though vitamin D3 has many, many benefits, supplementing with D3, without corresponding supplementation with vitamin K2 and vitamin A, is a recipe for osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and sudden cardiac death. That is because vitamin D3 facilitates calcium's transition from the gut (stomach and intestines) into the bloodstream, leaving it to circulate around the body's vascular system, fully capable of contributing around 20% of the matter that comprises cardiovascular plaque – the stuff that causes heart attacks.

"Arterial calcification is an active process mediated by bone building cells that cause calcium to accumulate within plaque at a consistent ratio, and is a better predictor of heart attack than age."* It is actually vitamin K2 – not to be confused with vitamin K1, which is a whole different animal, principally involved with blood clotting – that takes the calcium from the bloodstream and puts it into the bone where it belongs, not vitamin D3. I find it extremely interesting that, under a microscope, atherosclerotic plaque appears to have bone fragments in it; sometimes one can even discern marrow formations, indicating that plaque is to a large extent ectopic bone formation. Studies indicate that Vitamin K2 is the star here because it not only guards against this misplaced bone formation but, under the right circumstances, can actually reverse calcium content in atherosclerotic plaque by 50% within six weeks.*

Also, understand that "Warfarin (Coumadin), "blood thinner" induces deficiencies in both Vitamin K one (associated with blood thinning) and vitamin K2 (associated with calcium metabolism), causing a gradual calcification and narrowing of their aortic valves."*

*Thanks to Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, B.Sc., N.D.

–Dr. Robert Copp, D.C., B.S., (med H.B.) C.Acu.
Chiropractic Physician