Disease result of a deterioration of normal physiology that occurs when a particular organism with its unique set of genes is exposed to a certain unfavorable environment. More specifically, health or disease will manifest itself by the interaction of nutrition, lifestyle and the influence of environmental contaminants that ranges from hydrocarbons, heavy metals to EMF radiation and even medication. Therefore in the 21st century, a complete clinical assessment needs medical history, physical examination and comprehensive laboratory testing that should include whole genome sequencing, inflammation, immune testing, nutrient, heavy metals, xenobiotics, nutrient, food intolerance/sensitivities and metabolic panels.
Medical research and education has given us a glimpse on how multiple diseases arise from poor nutrition and a toxic environment and yet the medical guidelines are directed toward using synthetic compounds to alter our response to the conditions in order to treat the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of the disease. It is important to remember that deficiencies, insufficiencies, allergies, sensitivities, intolerances, toxicities and biotic imbalances can all cause diseases. The therapeutic use of nutrition and scientific supplementation as explained by the concept of Metabolic Correction needs serious consideration by our health system.
The increasing cost of medication and related morbidity and mortality (MM) in ambulatory patients in the USA has been documented in various studies. This cost increased from 76 billion dollars in 1995 to $177 billion in 2001 [6
]. At this rate the medication related morbidity and mortality is estimated to surpass 700 billion dollars in 2015. Medication induced morbidity and mortality is also related to its adverse effects. Some of which are an extension of the pharmacologic effect, such as allergies, some are related to the direct toxic effects of the drug or its metabolites and some of are related to the drugs nutrient depletion effect.
Some scholars that study pharmaco-economics have postulated Pharmaceutical Care (PC) as a method to improve health care and reduce cost [8
]. However, PC models as proposed so far do not include the concept of metabolic correction. Metabolic correction is the use of a synergistic combination of micronutrients and cofactors in the proper active forms and doses that maximize the function of metabolic enzymes in most individuals [9
]. Metabolic correction actually compensates for drug induced nutrient depletion as well as for the nutrient depletion from environmental toxins.
The expenditure per capita in health care in the US is by far the highest in the world, but its effect on life expectancy is not among the top 20 nations [11
]. The high level of medication use and technology in the US are not enough to produce the desired results.
When a diet is abundant in refined carbs, added sugars and is low on vegetables, it provides too many empty calories and too little metabolic enhancing micronutrients. This, along with food additives, environmental toxins and the over utilization of medication eventually cause depletion of certain necessary micronutrients. The most cost effective way of improving health is providing quality and quantity of nutrients required while avoiding harmful compounds and facilitating their elimination. Metabolic correction is a concept that supports health maintenance and promotes the healing processes in an effective and safe way by improving the body’s biochemical mechanisms providing the necessary cofactors to balance metabolism.