The ‘Why’ Behind my Thunderbird Creation
I have had a lot of positive feedback in relation to the phytonutrient packed ‘ThunderBird’ drink that I wrote about in my last Note. Some of the feedback has come indirectly via emails and some from those who attend our weekly Open House Evenings that had the delightful opportunity to sample the drink.
Most of my clients come to me asking what I can do to help them through their time with cancer. Frequently, one of the first things they ask is, “What supplements should I take to fix my cancer?” I have to explain that ‘fixing cancer’ is not a matter of taking “a pill for an ill.” Cancer is essentially a problem of poor diet and lifestyle choices. So, the first thing I do is run the various tests to determine the unique type of metabolism of the individual and their Unique Metabolic Needs. Most people with cancer are told that they are ‘too acid’ and they should eat ‘alkaline (residue) foods,’ This is not necessarily true, and some of them are ‘too alkaline’ and will do much better with less of the alkaline-residue foods. My next step is to make dietary and detox suggestions.
To enrich the nutrient content of their diet, I make alternative suggestions rather than starting with the manufactured, synthetic vitamin and mineral pills.
Your body needs not just minerals and the compounds called ‘vitamins’. It needs and benefits from hundreds of other compounds as well that are mostly obtainable from herbs, fruits and other plants. The best way to support your entire system; tissues, cells, organs and the various information and signalling molecules such as hormones and cytokines, is by eating the whole foods, or whole-food supplements. These whole food supplements should not only contain several hundred, or possibly thousands, of phytonutrients, but should also contain them in naturally and organically bound forms. One advantage of this latter is that they are generally well absorbed and well utilised, much more so than the synthetic manufactured supplements.
Furthermore, your body does not use just a few single nutrients. Just as a full orchestra can provide a much larger and richer sound than just two or three instruments, when you combine the multitude of nutrients found in natural organic whole foods, your body will feel all the richer for it. And just as it is important that the orchestra members all play together and not at different times, it is similarly important that you consume the various nutrients together in such a way that they can work together synergistically and constructively.
Synthetic and manufactured individual nutrients simply cannot provide you with all the benefits that you can get from the hundreds of co-factors, intrinsic factors and nutrient interactions found in whole foods. So, it is really important to understand that whole-food-based supplements are potentially going to offer dramatically more benefits than any lab-created or isolated nutrient.
I read recently that it is estimated that science has only discovered and examined 5% of the total number of nutrients found in whole foods and that we are still not sure how many of them are essential for good health. This does not surprise me. When I did my naturopathic training over forty years ago, zinc was not listed as an essential nutrient. We now know that zinc is a cofactor in several enzyme systems. Not only was selenium not considered to be an essential nutrient, but it was also considered to be so toxic that it was not, at least in Australia at the time, allowed to be present in any nutritional supplements. We now know that selenium is essential for health and protection from both cancer and heart disease.
Our horizons of knowledge are adversely affected by the present-day testing for nutrient benefits. It is more suited to testing the benefit or toxicity of single compounds, not the benefit of complex products such as are derived from whole foods.
The best way to support your entire body—cells, tissues, organs, systems and all—is by eating whole foods and by taking whole-food-based supplements that are loaded with micronutrients; both those that are currently known and the many, probably hundreds, that are currently not yet recognised. Whole-food-based supplements are going to offer dramatically more potential benefits than any lab-created or isolated nutrient.
Foods that have been eaten for thousands of years, are the most likely to give you the greatest benefit.
This is why I think that different combinations of whole foods that make up your own version of ‘The ThunderBird’ can form a valuable, and tasty, part of your dietary intake.
In my next note I will share some of the ingredients that I have found to be readily available from broad-thinking health food shops and suppliers, and some of the benefits they can offer.