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Benefits of Utilizing Nutrition in a Subluxation-Based Practice

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We know that given the proper flow of energy, the body holds innate wisdom to heal itself. Why, then, do we witness such disparity in patient response? Is correction of subluxation the only means at our disposal to assist our patients in achieving health and healing?

Throughout the early years of my practice, I saw this disparity many times. Patients with identical symptoms and identical subluxation patterns, showed an amazing diversity of response to treatment. So I asked myself, what else was impeding or interrupting the innate flow through the body? After years of practice, I found one of the answers—nutritionally incompetent cells.

Nutrition in the form of whole food nutrition and energy are symbiotic to the healing process. For healing to occur, the human body requires energy and the building blocks for tissue repair in order to generate new cells and thus reestablish proper function. Consider this in other terms: If you rebuild the engine of a car but neglect to install the accelerator, the engine will have no way to respond, despite its rebuilt state. Conversely, if you replace the accelerator in a car with a non-functioning engine, no amount of depressing that pedal will cause the engine to respond.

In terms of the human body, an organ can receive all the nutrition it needs to be healthy yet never achieve optimum health without a freely flowing, subluxation-free nerve supply. But an organ with a freely flowing nerve supply has little vitality and cannot function properly if it is suffering from “malnutrition.”

What is whole food nutrition?

In this context whole food nutrition is defined as the nutritional quality of a food source. With the “evolution of modern agricultural practices” our food has become a mere shadow of what it once was.1 Consequently, much of our food lacks the nutritional quality necessary to sustain our health. I have read that if you ate one cup of spinach in 1954 the amount of iron you would receive is comparable to eating 60 cups of spinach today.2 To ensure as best as possible that foods are “whole” certain agricultural methods have to be employed.

Why whole food supplementation?

During the time when I first became interested in nutrition, I was given whole food supplements. I did very well on them. But in order for me to be “sold” on the idea of whole food nutrition, I wanted to look at other available alternatives. I started reading the many conflicting theories on nutrition, which suggested “what would be good for what.” Within three months I was thoroughly confused. Fortunately my background led me to look at the subject from what I already knew. Through my training and through validation in practice, I knew the body’s innate intelligence was far greater than mine. My function as a healer was to assist the body in healing itself.

Therefore we emphasize whole food supplements. These are defined as, “that which has been derived from whole food nutrition in a fashion not to adulterate the constituent parts.” These “parts” are vital to our health. It is difficult to know if we have identified which of the constituent parts are the essential ones, since the components of whole foods have not been completely identified, nor the bio-active components characterized even with the most sophisticated biochemical methods. In contrast, many of the vitamins sold are just fractional parts of the complete vitamin and lack the essential factors that are necessary for the best functioning of the body.

At this point, I believed I just needed to teach people to eat well, because foods heal. So I studied diets recommended for particular deficiencies. In theory, this approach seemed plausible, but problems arose. The acquisition of foods of the necessary quality and the rigorous preparation of these foods made these dietary changes impractical for many of my patients, even those committed to implementing this new regime into their lives. Some patients did manage, but their small number rendered this approach factually exclusionary since I was searching for an approach to help as many patients as possible.

So I narrowed my parameters. In order for supplements to be a viable compliment to diet alone and for the body to recognize and utilize the nutrition, the supplements had to be food—whole food concentrates, not synthetic fractions of the nutrition. Finally I had come full circle, back to the use of whole food supplements, which had originally worked very well for me.

How to Integrate Nutrition into Your Practice

How do you know what nutrition tissue really needs? Herein lies the beauty of whole food nutritional supplements. Whole food nutrition is as close as possible to what nature intended. Its intention is to nourish the tissue with its natural nutritional components so that innate can do its magic through it. Supplements are made for specific tissue of the body, making appropriate choices easier for the practitioner.

Following these steps will ease your transition into utilizing nutrition in your practice.

  • Implement nutrition into your practice slowly.
  • Initially, work only with patients with whom you feel comfortable.
  • Start with familiar health issues.
  • Address one area at a time.
  • Become familiar with additional nutrition slowly and progressively.
  • Develop simple methods to communicate to your staff what supplements are recommended for the patient.
  • Make sure that your staff knows both billing procedures and policies regarding nutrition.
  • Always have your patients pay for the nutrition at the time they receive it.
  • Always pay for the nutrition sent to you by COD.
  • Never claim to cure anything.
  • Know that this is another way to facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself.
  • Never attempt to use supplements with warnings or side effects, or those involved in any controversy.

The easiest way to accomplish this is to use select whole food nutrition.

Benefits to Your Patients

By offering nutritional supplements in your practice, you patients receive quality nutritional supplements that only a licensed health care provider can provide. Your patients receive guidance on what nutrition they need. It is estimated that people spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter vitamins. Marketing rather than quality motivates the majority of purchases.

Many patients respond to whole food nutrition. The direct benefit is that a patient’s health can be revitalized. Hope can be restored. Despair and the belief that poor health will be a lifelong burden can disappear.

Nutrition can reinforce the paradigm that our bodies are self-healing organisms, and use that knowledge to make healthier choices.

Benefits to the Doctor

As experience with nutrition increases, doctors realize the benefits to their patients.

Nutritional practitioners draw from a larger potential patient base. Many people recognize the need for nutrition to better their health and are looking for doctors who will advise them.

Nutrition develops a non-linear source of income. Implementing nutrition into a practice can provide a means to transition to a cash-only practice.

After more than 20 years of practice and more than nine years of nutritional practice, I have found incorporating nutrition into a chiropractic practice to be a sound, highly advantageous aid in healing. Through simple steps and the use of whole-food nutritional supplements, every practitioner can learn the basic skills required to enhance healing by combining chiropractic and nutrition.


1 Frost, M. Going Back to Basics of Human Health ( 1997 )
2 Jensen, B. & Anderson, M. Empty Harvest (1990) Garden City Park, N.Y., Avery Publishing Group Inc.

Dr. Marc D’Andrea graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1980. He implemented nutrition into his Dunwoody, Ga., practice in 1994.

Last Updated Wednesday, 21 December 2011 22:01
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