Dr. Lee and Dr. Page
8-2-18. This article and other articles in the FOOD FOR THOUGHT series will be referencing the research of Drs. Lee, Page and other pioneers, to help practitioners have a better understanding of foundational issues and their root causes.
In the new blood chemistry manual Laboratory Interpretations, Desk Reference (due for release in November), Dr. Kaslow dedicates the first 70 pages to calcium metabolism and the calcium phosphorus ratio.
Over and over, Dr. Lee emphasized the importance of calcium metabolism and developed a whole range of synergistic products that supported the autonomic nervous system, pH and calcium phosphorus ratio. Dr. Page’s book Degeneration/Regeneration offers you an insight into the why of calcium metabolism, by looking at the autonomic nervous system, pH and calcium phosphorus ratio. (Pages 36-76).
When you read John Courtney’s narratives in the Clinical Reference Guide, you start to realize why whole foods work. We as human beings are part of nature, and foods need to be in their natural state to offer the support needed for the wide range of body systems. Balance is what we are talking about. If your body systems aren’t working together, you can’t create health or prevent disease, and understanding that balance is the key to your success.
Dr. Lee stated in 1957 “Calcium is one of the most important elements in the body and participates in some manner in practically all physiological action. Practically all of the vitamins are concerned with calcium metabolism, vitamin D and F complex in particular, with their counterbalancing effects upon the blood calcium levels”.
When we make a statement about the functional approach, or looking for the root cause with foundational nutrition, we are talking about understanding the body’s balance, and how those pathways respond back and forth.
The calcium phosphorus ratio gives you a picture, in real time, of the body trying to balance itself with blood chemistry. Think about what I just said.
The true markers of health and prevention reflect the body’s balance. The pH in the saliva, urine and blood, the autonomic nervous system with sympathetic and parasympathetic response, and the calcium phosphorus ratio all reflect one side or the other of that balance.
The functional approach (or foundational nutrition) is supposed to be helping you find the root cause of a problem. Drs. Lee, Page, Pottenger and Price always emphasized the root cause was based in sugar handling as the driving force (pancreas, adrenals and liver), poor digestion as the antagonist, and the lack of liver biliary function as the outcome.
They all believed the common denominator started with what you put in your mouth. If you don’t focus on correcting your patient’s diet and lifestyle, you will never get them truly well, with the end result being toxicity and disease. It’s as simple as that.
We have drugs and herbs that will force the body to perform, but the only way to get truly healthy and change the deficiencies is with real foods and whole food concentrates.
When we look at the autonomic nervous system in the Symptom Survey Manual, it recommends Organically Bound Minerals for support of parasympathetic activity. Organically Bound Minerals are alkaline ash minerals that are extracted from alfalfa and kelp. Alkaline ash minerals are predominantly potassium and magnesium, but this product also contains calcium and a number of other minerals in minute quantities.
Organically Bound Minerals are a particularly good source of magnesium, not so much in quantity, but in the support of function in the body. It is also an excellent source of potassium.
Potassium is a very significant mineral, important to both cellular and electrical functions. It is one of the main blood minerals called “electrolytes”, which means it carries a tiny electrical charge (the others are sodium and chloride). Potassium is also a mineral found in table salt, but that’s a poor choice because it is not very useable by the body. After all, table salt isn’t in its natural state. It’s been processed.
Now, if Organically Bound Minerals supports the parasympathetic side of the autonomic nervous system, what supports the sympathetic?
Phosphorus is Dr. Lee’s choice for an acid ash mineral which supports the sympathetic side. Acid ash minerals come primarily from meats and grains naturally. (It’s also found in the processing of carbonated beverages like soft drinks, which are high in phosphoric acid and usually high in sugar, making them more acidic.)
The autonomic nervous system’s sympathetic side works together with acid ash minerals – like an accelerator on a car to make it go faster. The sympathetic dominant patient, when pushed too far, tends to have a short fuse, be cross and irritable. But wait – aren’t those the signs of sugar handling issues with a possible vitamin B deficiency?
The autonomic nervous system’s parasympathetic side and alkaline ash minerals are like the brakes on a car, they slow you down. Again when pushed too far, a parasympathetic patient can come to a stop. They become lethargic, slow starters and have no energy, i.e. “couch potato”. But hold it – isn’t that a hypothyroid patient?
See, they are all tied together. If the patient’s body chemistry is in balance, their calcium phosphorus ratio will be 2.5, their morning urine pH is at 6.2, and their body is buffered and ready to go.
Their autonomic nervous system moves freely from the parasympathetic state in the morning, to a more sympathetic state on the freeway going to work. That is balance. Their system is in motion, moving in balance, back and forth. Urine and saliva pH will change and fluctuate in the mornings and throughout the day if the body is in balance. Blood pH has very little movement.
The patient that is locked into sympathetic mode will have an acid urine and saliva pH. They are usually suffering from stressed adrenals. So how do we check this patient?
First, we check blood pressure in three positions, or if we are a chiropractor this might be a patient that has one leg shorter than the other. Refer to your Clinical Reference Guide and find Ragland’s Test in the white pages from the Nutritional Exam and CCWFN course.
Wally Schmidt, DC, (who worked with Dr. George Goodheart) came up with another quick and easy test to check for sympathetic or parasympathetic responses: