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Bio-individual Optimal Nutrient Ratios. The principle of bio-individuality holds that we are all unique bio-individuals with varying nutritional needs based largely on our genetic inheritance as well as our life situation. This principle is powerfully stated by nutritional pioneer, Roger Williams, Ph.D., D.Sc., in his book Biochemical Individuality:

“If we continue to try to solve [nutritional] problems on the basis of the average man, we will be continually in a muddle. Such a man [average] does not exist.”

Varying Needs

Dr. Roger Williams introduced the concept that people have a genetic need for certain types of food and varying ratios of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. He also demonstrated that people respond differently to the same vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional co-factors.

What this means is that we can no longer just simply prescribe – in an across-the-board, general way – any particular nutrient for a specific disease. We must first discover the bio-individuality of the person who will be taking the nutrients. Contrary to this is the fallacy of “allopathic thinking” which, as a rule, does not address the person’s underlying biochemical individuality. The allopathic concept of “one diet for everyone” is based on the false assumption that every human being’s metabolism is the same and that there is one kind of nutritional approach and specific supplement regime which works for everyone and every disease.

The future of nutrition is based on continuing to discover the principles that determine metabolic bio-individuality. The practitioner’s role will be to assist individuals in creating diets that match their unique metabolic and physiological needs.

Allopathic Thinking

At present, the shortcomings of allopathic thinking have permeated the health marketplace. Dietary systems with opposing philosophies and practices have thousands of thankful testimonials, their adherents shouting from the rooftops that their diet is the “right way” for anyone who would just “try it,” whether it be cooked-food macrobiotics or raw foods; the low-protein vegetarian Fit For Life Diet or the high-protein Atkins Diet; or the McDougal-Pritikin high-complex-carbohydrate diet or the popular Sears Zone diet. How can all these different systems be right for everybody?

Simply put, they’re not. If we look closely at the people who follow these diets, we find a very curious phenomenon. All these diets do seem to work…but only for about one-third to one-half of the people!

Those for whom it works are the ones who give the glowing testimonials. We do not hear too often from the ones for whom they do not work.

Why do these diets work for some and not for others? The answer to this puzzling “controversy” can be found in biochemical individuality. Different physiological types require different fuel mixtures in order to enter “the zone,” or the right conditions to have maximum cellular energy and expression of health. A racing car requires a different fuel mixture than a jeep, and the same principle operates when it comes to human metabolic type.

Lucretius, the Roman philosopher, put it nicely when he said, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” When we give our body the correct balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for our own physiologic pattern, we enter our personal “zone.” This is the homeostatic state we achieve when maximum energy is created from the food we eat.

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References:

  1. Bieler, Henry, M.D., Food is Your Best Medicine, Random House, 1965.
  2. Kelley, William Donald, D.D.S., Self Test for the Different Metabolic Types, College of Metabolic Medicine, 1999.
  3. Lucretius, De Rerum Natura. iv. 637.
  4. Pottenger, Francis M.D., in 1919. In Symptoms of Visceral Disease, Mosby, 1919.
  5. Watson, George, Ph.D., Nutrition and Your Mind, New York, Bantam Books, 1972.
  6. Williams, Roger, Ph.D., Biochemical Individuality, McGraw Hill Professional, 1998.