Bone Broth & Health! How does this fit into Restorative Medicine? What does the Science say?by Dr Illona E Wilken
When we talk Health, we do NOT mean an absence of disease. When we talk WellBeing, we talk about a person that is a HumanBeing (not a “human doing”) that is well in spirit, well in soul, well in mind and a person who is also enjoying physical and mental health. A person who is happy, experiences joy in life and who enjoys living life to his/her full potential, fulfilling his/her purpose in life, who nurtures and enjoys symbiotic relationships and, who is experiencing meaningfulness, living his/her purpose and calling in life.
Some people and authors equate Health to the absence of disease, and conventional medicine that follows a “pop-a-pill” philosophy for every symptom, further prescribing another “pop-a-pill” to counter the side effects of the first pill, starts a downward spiral that eventually leads to disease and chronic illness. Pharmaceutical drugs are known to suppress symptoms instead of assisting the body to heal itself.
The Radical Results approach to Restorative Medicine means, the client is educated (Doctor means educator/teacher) and facilitated through natural protocols to assist the body’s own healing mechanism to “kick-in” and to restore the body on the WellBeing Continuum back to Optimal WellBeing.
What could these Natural Protocols include?
1. Lifestyle changes are the most important.
This includes what you eat and what you do not eat, when you eat, how often you eat, what you drink or do not drink.
It secondly means what you think, what you feel, what you believe in terms of many topics and subjects, and how you emotionally regulate.
How you address stress and change, which are constants in today’s life. These are priority and critical lifestyle changes. Do you have the practical tools to implement and prevent these stressors from having a detrimental effect on your body, your mind, your health, your relationships and your holistic WellBeing? Radical Results provide the solutions and practical tools.
It relates to how you move your body, and exercise versus being sedentary. It also relates to a benefit adding exercise programme, and not just doing exercise for the sake of exercising.
Lifestyle changes also include smoking habits, alcohol, drug, steroid or other energy or mood boosting habits.
It also means your level of mindfulness.
Symbiotic relationships and the nurturing of healthy relationships form a critical component of lifestyle changes.
Lastly, but not least, it specifically refers to work-life-balance.
2. Supplements you take or do not take.
All supplements are NOT equal! If the name on the product says Magnesium of Vit C, or whatever, you are not guaranteed that the product container contains bio-viable (meaning that a human being’s body can actually absorb and metabolise it) vitamins or minerals. The product description may be legally correct, but as an example, the human body was never designed to and cannot absorb Magnesium derived from limestone, or even finely ground carcases that were obtained free of charge from an abattoir.
Further, if the container proudly states “organic” or “natural”, one cannot assume the product is safe for human consumption or that it is a natural food. Legally “organic” means, the product must contain one carbon molecule, and “natural” legally means it must be a natural raw material. Well, petroleum derivatives are both organic and natural, but is not meant for human consumption. Using such terms loosely is a marketing spin to brainwash you into believing you are doing the right and healthy thing, exchanging your well-earned money, for actually worthless, and God forbid, harmful to the human body, products. Many, especially the cheap vitamin products, are petroleum derivatives put into a capsule, and you believe you are taking a healthy vitamin supplement ☹. It may, at best, create expensive yellow coloured urine ☹.
Real good quality supplements (that helps the body restore) may be made from herbs, edible plant sources, or at best, made from real food such as vegetables or fruit. Of course, such products, and depending on the real scientific research that goes into such a product to test for bio-viability and integrity nutritional value, will be more expensive.
3. Homeopathic, Naturopathic or Physical Treatments such as products that address Viruses, Fungicides, Chronic Inflammation, and for example Pain Treatments with for example, Coherent Light & UltraSound Treatment, also form part of Natural Protocols.
These are not all-inclusive Natural Protocols but make up a large part of Natural Protocols that may be used in Restorative Medicine.
In terms of Restorative Medicine that focuses on the Systems and Functions of the Body versus symptoms, (also called Functional Medicine), does not believe that for example High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol are diseases. High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol (see another post on Cholesterol and the Myths relating to Cholesterol), are mere symptoms of other functions not working properly in the body. Restorative Medicine Health Practitioners will always do root-cause analysis, and they will always address the cause of the problem or symptom.
Causes may vary drastically, but causes could include (this is not an all-inclusive list) nutritional deficiencies, a breakdown in the immune system, heavy metal, EMF or other toxins in the body, external or internal stressors that are causing the stress system to work overtime, and that can eventually lead to burnout (another future post will address this topic of stress in more detail), pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungicides, negative thinking, etc.
Bone Broth is one of the sometimes called “miracle cures”. One can purchase very expensive prepared or off-the-shelf Bone Broth (if your budget can afford it), but one should be discerning that other ingredients such as flavourings, preservatives, refined and hidden sugars, MSG, too much sodium, etc. are not added to the Bone Broth and that the Bone Broth is actually made with bones, cartilage and real fresh vegetables, NOT to defeat the health benefits thereof ☹.
Homemade Bone Broth (made from good quality and fresh ingredients) is an evidence-based and important component of natural protocols and Restorative Medicine.
Many people question the health benefits of real, good quality, easy to make, homemade Bone Broth. Recipes are available all over the internet, but make sure you understand what healthy ingredients are and what are not. The Radical Results Food Pyramid assists clients with factually knowing what is really healthy, and what is not.
Below is a video that explains some of the science behind promoting the health benefits of Bone Broth. Enjoy the video clip, and then enjoy the benefits to health found in high quality, healthy Bone Broth.
Bone Broth is a credible Natural Protocol in the Restorative Medicine practice.
Bone Broth and Health. A Look at the Science.