Early Detection and Treatment of Digestive Disease with Dr. Scott Freeborn, ND – Part 3
What you Eat = Gut Health = Overall Health
Out of curiosity how many hours of nutritional science did you receive in your training as a Naturopath Doctor?
I would have to go back and check, but it was on the order of at least 120 credit hours.
Are you aware of how many hours of nutritional science MDs receive in their training?
Virtually zero – unless they decide to take an elective of 5 to 10 hours! I have old syllabi from John Hopkins, Mayo Institute, Harvard and Stanford Universities and nutritional science was not mandatory for any of them.
It hasn’t changed since you were in school. I recently asked a final year student of Radiology how many hours of nutritional science he received in his program and his answer was 5-10 hours.
MDs learn about saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats in biochemistry, but then that is it. From that point on, basic physiology and chemistry goes out the window and becomes irrelevant. I can’t tell you how times cancer patients of mine have been told by their oncologist, “It doesn’t matter what you eat; eat whatever you want”. Any individual who has had basic physiology and chemistry ought to be able to discern that of course it matters what you eat, given you eat three times a day every day of your life! As the most prevalent and constant source of external input in everyone’s life, food is the most pervasive and powerful substance you put into your body – whether for long-term health or disease. Organic, ripe, fresh, nutrient-rich food is the medicine of the future just as Genetically Modified (GM), chemical- and antibiotic-laden, processed, nutrient-poor food is the underlying source of today’s degenerative disease.
The vast majority of people need to focus on parasites, candida, adrenal exhaustion, heavy metal toxicity, and lifestyle factors. Most of us push our bodies way too hard. Many feel they should be able to go 18 hours per day at 100 miles per hour; if we aren’t then we should drink Red Bull or take some form of speed.
If a person who is struggling with their GI tract wants to take prophylactic measures, then they must first and foremost change their diet. They may not have ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, or duodenal ulcers, but they may experience some level of constipation and feel burpy, gassy, and bloaty, all of which are indicators of imbalance and stagnation in the GI system.
Eating properly is not convenient, fast, or easy and requires spending time in the kitchen prepping and cooking food. Taking control of what we eat by preparing our food ourselves is a priority for straightening out GI issues, but problematically most people are only allowed 30 minutes for lunch. Many people want breakfast and dinner to take only 10 minutes. Since nearly all disease starts in the GI system, eating becomes the most important activity of the day. Stuffing one’s face with a TV dinner while sitting on the couch watching TV will not provide the nutrition the body requires for maintaining health and preventing disease.
Digestion begins the second you place food in your mouth; being present with eating, tasting and properly chewing one’s food aids in digestion along with not drinking too many fluids during one’s meal that can dilute the digestive process. If the transit time from eating a meal to excreting waste is too slow or takes too long then matter begins to putrefy and rot. Rotting matter in of itself adds a toxic load to the body, an added strain. The target transit time is 18 hours from the time something is eaten to the time it is pooped out. If a person eats dark red beets, they should see those beets come out in their stool in less than 24 hours. Transit times longer than 24 hours indicate stagnation because of innervation or blockage of the peristaltic nerve action in the gut, which can be a side effect of heavy metal toxicity, a lack of good bacteria, an overgrowth of yeast and fungi, too much food reactivity and inflammation in the gut, or a combination thereof. When something is swollen from inflammation, it doesn’t want to move – it’s the same with the gut.
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