Nutritional therapy is a way of using food and plant supplements to treat a large percentage of the body's health problems. Botanicals are included as part of nutritional therapy. Botanicals are plants or parts of a plant valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavor and/or scent. Herbs are botanicals.
Natural healing, using food and food supplements can be accomplished by:
- Correcting vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Detoxifying the body
- Balancing thyroid, adrenal, hormones and other gland and body functions.
- Healing and restoring healthy digestion and bowel function. Helping restore mental and emotional well-being.
To achieve the above goals, a complete medical history, family history and dietary history will be taken. Tests such as blood chemistry, hair analysis, hormone, bone health, food intolerance panels, parasitic and GI health tests can be ordered. In-house urine and saliva tests for dysbiosis, vitamin C status, zinc status, calcium metabolism, free radical assessment and many more can be done. All these tests along with numerous questionnaires and several clinical tests are all available to help us better understand your current health status and needs.
I have over 30 years experience using and recommending vitamins, minerals, whole-food supplements and herbs. He uses the most natural form of a nutrient and the purest herbs in his practice, avoiding synthetic substances whenever possible. Experience has proven that even a lot of those companies that sell only to physicians have products that are synthetic.
The company that I use and recommend (the leader in the field of natural organic whole food supplements for 75 years) is Standard Process, Inc.
In partnership with Standard Process is Mediherb, a medicinal herb company from Australia. These two product lines are now combined and are the primary natural supplements and herbs used by Dr. Vail.
Standard Process is unique in the fact that they have total control of their products from the time the seeds are planted until the products are shipped to the doctor. They use certified organic farming methods on their 1000 acres of farmland with the manufacturing facility right in the middle of the farm. They have the highest quality standards in the whole-food industry. The state government of Wisconsin (where Standard Process is located) and state universities send people to the Standard Process farm to see first hand what a quality organic farm operation is like.
Pharmaceutical Standard Manufacturing
A few years ago, when I first heard about Standard Process partnering with a company from Australia for their herb line of products, I was puzzled with why they didn't choose an American herbal company. I have been educated about the difference. I have used the products personally and, as well, have had the experience of recommending them to my patients. I have seen excellent results and I totally understand the reason for the choice. MediHerb is, in my opinion, the top herbal company on the planet.
In the U.S., herbal products are considered dietary supplements and there are no government regulation standards. The situation is very different in Australia, where herbs are considered medicines and are regulated by the federal government as medicine. MediHerb must comply with the same laws as pharmaceutical companies and the manufacturing plant has to comply with these standards, as well. All product claims must be verified by traditional knowledge or scientific evidence. What this means is that you receive a safe and effective product that has been manufactured to pharmaceutical standards.
Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamin Supplements
The average person taking daily vitamins (or a one-a-day vitamin) has no idea that the vitamins are very likely synthetic. The Organic Consumers Association recently announced a nationwide campaign called "Nutri-con: The Truth About Vitamins and Supplements." They have exposed the fact that 90% or more of the vitamins, minerals and supplements now on the market labeled as "natural" or "food-based" actually are spiked with synthetic chemicals.
Putting the word "natural" on the vitamin label is in most cases deception! Many misleading labels on supplement products take advantage of the ambiguity of the word "natural" to project a wholesome marketing image, even when the product is not at all natural. Whole-food supplements are those with labeled potencies derived from the plants themselves by exclusive manufacturing procedures. They are custom engineered to preserve the nutrients of the raw materials. Whole-food supplements contain all the essential trace minerals necessary for the synergistic operation of that product. Synthetic vitamins contain no trace minerals and must utilize the body's own mineral reserves!
When the body is saturated or overwhelmed with large amounts of synthetic vitamins or does not possess the cofactors necessary for utilization, the body will work to eliminate the synthetics through the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and other organs. Large doses (mega) of synthetic vitamins can cause serious health problems. Dr. Royal Lee wrote that "the biggest mistake made in the art of therapeutics or nutrition is in assuming that if a little is good, more is better."
He goes on to say vitamin B1 in small doses can cure herpes zoster (shingles) while large doses can cause herpes zoster. Thiamine (B1) has other disturbing toxic effects. Thiamine can cause fatty degeneration of the liver and choline or ipecac (ordinarily effective in preventing such changes) is ineffective in this case. Various physicians have confidently reported deaths in human patients from liver desease aggravated by thiamine treatment.
Commercial marketing of vitamins and minerals has created the myth that synthetic vitamins and inorganic minerals are the same as natural whole-food supplements and organic minerals. This is really far from the truth!
A beam of polarized light passing through a natural food supplement (natural vitamin) will always bend to the right (dextro) due to its molecular rotation. However, this same light ray passing through a synthetic vitamin will split into two parts, one part bending to the right and the other to the left (levo). Because the synthetic vitamin is half dextro and half levo, the letters "dl" often appear on labels at the beginning of the synthetic name. Example: "dl Tocopherol" (so called vitamin E). Only the dextro half can be absorbed by the body. A synthetic vitamin is like the image in a mirror. It looks like the real thing but doesn't function like the real thing.
Which would you rather have - the real food or the mirror image of the food?