Quality of Life: The difference that makes the difference

From general health advice to a personal specific program
Many clients comment: “All my blood tests are normal – so I am healthy” and in a way this is true. When we talk about preventing ill health however small variations can be important. It takes a ‘Health Detective’ to find where to start. General health advice can be useful – but to find the specifics that help the individual in their healing process is what really counts the difference that can make the difference. In the clinic and at our health resort in the Andalucian Mountains we base our work on a ‘Personal Health Profile’ (see below) that analyses the conditions and functions of the whole person in great detail.

The health paradox
One client in his early 60s came in after an acute gall bladder attack. He was very serious about his health, having had a heart attack and subsequent triple bypass operation the previous year, which had really shocked him. He was following the National Heart Association’s recommendations carefully: to exercise, no smoking, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and avoid fat. He took his heart and cholesterol medication daily. After all, he was happy to be alive, ‘to get another round in the circus’ as he described it.

We took a panel of blood tests, and he was surprised to discover his blood sugar was at the upper limit, while the total fat was too low. He had thought he was living a very healthy life!

Too much sugar and too little of the good fats
To explore the highish blood sugar level, we listed his daily sugar consumption:
His stay in Spain was a five month winter break and he enjoyed the plentiful fresh fruits, 4-5 a day. He also admitted to drink up to 6 glasses of wine or spirits daily. Wine and spirits are made of fast carbohydrates and count as sugar in our diet. If one glass translates as one piece of fruit, then he was consuming the equivalent of 12 – 13 fruits a day. Too many fast carbohydrates put a strain on our metabolism. This was news to our client who had thought that fruit was healthy and a little alcohol would aid the digestion!

Whilst cholesterol was fine thanks to the medication his total fat intake was too low.

By avoiding all fat in order to avoid arteriosclerosis, he was missing out on healthy fats, which can be dangerous. Healthy fats are an important compound of the cell membranes and protect the heart and the blood vessels from arteriosclerosis. Sex hormones are made of healthy fat – so if we want to stay healthy, vital and sexy – we had better get some of the good fats!
Normally gall bladder stone attacks are provoked by fatty food and sometimes excess alcohol. It seems to be increased alcohol intake and lots of sweet fruits were the cause.

Vitamin D for the heart – Another surprise in the blood test was low vitamin D, which according to new research is an indicator of heart problems. We immediately regulated that.

Knowledge is power – We made a specific food panel for him. To decrease his sweet tooth we suggested the minerals chromium, zinc and selenium. Some of his fruits we switched to vegetables, especially spinach, carrots and beetroots, which are rich in those minerals and help the body to prevent oxidative stress such as arteriosclerosis. In order to build in healthy fats we gave him a mixture of different phospholipids. When he had fish with healthy oils and plant oils – such as lecithin – the phospholipids took care of building these fats into cell membranes, tissues and hormones. These supplements were selected specifically for him and were given in small doses at first to avoid another gall bladder stone attack.

It is a pleasure to work as Health Detectives, finding the specific needs that make the difference. With better information about their biochemistry the client’s motivation increases. Our client is actively and happily implementing changes in his daily routines, and feeling the difference.

Personal Health Profile:
Heart and circulation including the quality of the blood
Brain and the nerves
Immune defense
Energy balance

Our tests allow us to identify the strongest and weakest factors and direct our intervention more specifically. As one client commented, ‘it is like you make a survey deep down into the layers of the earth.’

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Pernille Knudtzon, MD
Tel: 678 253 510

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