Anyone who knows T.J. Sharpe knows he is anything but average. Even during the most difficult fight of his life, he thinks of others, and tries to answer life’s most difficult questions. However, his health concerns, and search for nutritional answers, are common ones. My name is Dr. Michael Edenzon, and along with Dr. Anthony Carabasi, I run the South Jersey Health and Wellness Center. When I heard T.J.’s story, I felt compelled to help.
The notion that medicine alone can fix all health problems is a thing of the past. When medication doesn’t have all the answers to your issues, what can you do? Where do you start when you want to get healthy naturally? Trying to decipher a proper natural care path is where most patients have trouble, and often give up. Hopefully, this is where I can help.
The best nutritional guidance comes from an objective analysis, not supplemental guesswork. The most effective way to evaluate a patient is through a complete blood panel analysis. Most, if not all, nutritional answers can be found in the blood. This includes which foods are best and which should be avoided, evaluating dehydrating, and determining if one of your major body systems is working sub-optimally or even failing.
Once an analysis is performed, your natural care path should include guidelines for your diet, water consumption, exercise, and supplemental intake. Supplements are based on both your panel results and your weight, just like a prescription for medication. Results are individualized and tailored specifically for each patient, and are directly connected to your mainstream care.
Many patients ask about getting vitamins and minerals from food sources. In a perfect world, this would be the case. There is a mountain of evidence that indicates the amount of vitamins and minerals in our fruits and vegetables has decreased by almost 30% since 1975. In addition, if you are experiencing symptoms or have a medical diagnosis of an illness, then you are likely deficient in some important areas. It becomes nearly impossible to catch yourself up without supplementation. For example, if you have an infection and three grams of Vitamin C is recommended, then you have a choice: either take a supplement, or try to eat 60 oranges a day!
Choose your supplements wisely. Let your healthcare professional review them to see if what you take is beneficial, or has any synthetic elements. Most of these products will not help you, and some may even hurt or interfere with your body’s fight against disease and chronic illness. The supplement market is an estimated $28 billion/year loosely regulated industry, and lax FDA regulations make it difficult for the average consumer to know the difference between physician-supplied (which generally have higher quality control standards) and generic supplements that contain fillers and low-grade ingredients.
For example, many common multi-vitamins contain calcium carbonate, a poorly absorbed form of calcium, or dl-alpha tocopherol, a synthetic form of Vitamin E that is toxic to our liver. Natural Vitamin E will be listed as d-alpha tocopherol, d-beta, d-delta, d-gamma, or mixed tocopherols – the ‘l’ indicates a synthetic product. Calcium citrate or microcrystalline hydroxyapetite are higher quality and more easily absorbed forms. Read your vitamin labels, and make sure your multi-vitamin is natural!
The time for nutritional awareness is upon us. No longer should we be guessing which supplements are best for each individual. There is a standard for nutritional care that is objective and science-based. This analysis and care helps patients with all types of illness, including auto-immunities like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic disorders that include high/low blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, digestive dysfunction, anemia, and many others.
And just like all of us, I’m looking forward to seeing just how much it helps T.J.
Dr. Michael Edenzon is a dean’s list graduate of Rutgers College. He earned his Doctorate from NYCC, a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and a Diplomat from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. He was twice elected to its Examination Committee, which consists of only twelve doctors in the country. He is currently practicing at South Jersey Health and Wellness Center located in Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Edenzon has worked with T.J. to identify deficiencies in his body during his PD-1 treatment, and how to address them with diet and supplements.
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