Nutrition and Medical Practice
By Joan McDaniel July 11, 2012 Updated December 6, 2013
Nutrition – The story of food is the story of energy, whether we are looking at the process by which solar energy provides nutrients for the body , or how that energy, in the form of fossil fuels, is used to bring energy, in the form of food, to our tables.
In Current nutrition, the amount of fuel or energy in a food is measured in terms of calories, which basically tells us how much energy may be released as heat when the food is metabolized. There are 9 calories in 1 gram of fat and 4 calories each in 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbohydrate. The human body needs nutrition and calorie counting to control diet requires a great deal of caution. Only calorie counting may not present the complete picture for a diet must also met your body’s nutritional requirements. The bodies nutritional requirements do not depend only on calorie counting. Your body needs Fats, Cholesterol and Salt to function.
Allopathic medicine – refers to the practice of conventional medicine that uses pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions. It was coined by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843), a homeopath in 1810. Although “allopathic medicine” was rejected as a term by mainstream physicians, it was adopted by alternative medicine advocates to refer pejoratively to conventional medicine. Allopathic Medicine doesn’t have much to do with nutrition. Doctors do not have any education in nutrition, it simply is not part of their training. Food is food and is translated into calories. Calorie counting and the restrictions the Food Pyramid or Food Plate pretty much covers about all of the knowledge or rules needed for the Standard American Diet and your standard American doctor or hospital.
Also Known As: mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, biomedicine
Holistic Nutrition – Holistic is the analyzing the whole system of beliefs rather than simply its individual components. In the treatment of illness, consider all factors, treat the complete and total illness such as physical, mental, and social conditions. This approach covers total long-term healing with complete health and nutrition. Nutrition is given total and complete attention. The whole system of both the human body and all kinds of food is considered. Food eaten by one person may not work the same as when eaten by someone else. The whole person is treated not a particular disease or ailment.
Homeopathy – is a form of alternative medicine. Practitioners treat patients using highly diluted preparations believed to cause symptoms in healthy individuals similar to the undesired symptoms of the person treated. Orthodox medicine considers homeopathy as no more effective than a placebo, yet homeopathy had been successfully used all over the world and ‘in America before the 1930’s and David Rockefeller influence. German physician Samuel Hahnemann first stated the basic principle of homeopathy in 1796, known as the “law of similars.” In opposition to mainstream Allopathic medicine, Holistic or Naturopathic are also herbal medicine practitioners, They both can diagnose and recommend treatments. Natural remedies are vitamins, minerals, herbs which homeopathicsused as tools for assisting health. Nutrition is not of high total importance when practicing homeopathy.
Naturopathic Doctors N.D. – Craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health. A holistic or Naturopath are also herbal medicine practitioners, and can both diagnose and recommend treatments. Training at a four year Naturopathic Medical School recognized by the Department of Education is required. Although NDs are able to prescribe certain medications in licensed states, it is our preference to first utilize natural methods of healing, including bio-identical hormones, herbs, homeopathy minerals, nutrition, and vitamins.
Naturopathic medicine – is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. The core philosophy of Naturopathic doctors(NDs) operates under the principle that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism, and that the job of the doctor is to identify the underlying causes that have contributed to health imbalances and work to remove those causes while at the same time supporting the self-healing mechanism. Nutrition, your body type, and how you feel is very important to a Naturopathic Doctor. Note: on this site’s BLOG ROLL, there is a link to American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)