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Let Food By Thy Medicine and Medicine By Thy Food

By Justin Pearce D.C. | Millpond Wellness Center

Let Food By Thy Medicine and Medicine By Thy FoodThroughout my professional practice, I’ve had the opportunity to care for people struggling with a variety of injuries, ailments and conditions, many of them occurring simultaneously. It has sometimes been challenging, but it has always been rewarding, to help them to better health. I am constantly studying, researching, and thinking about how to do the right thing – the best thing – for my patients.

At Millpond Wellness Center, many of our patients have chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, poor circulation, neuropathy, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and autoimmune disorders. All too often, they have been unable to find relief from their suffering through traditional medicine. Their family doctors and specialists have offered them pills and lifestyle changes, counseling and support groups, with only minor improvements in overall health.

The reason? Patients aren’t listened to and considered as the complex individuals that they are. Chronic health problems cannot be solved in four 10-minute visits over the course of a year. American medicine relies too heavily on pharmaceuticals. Care isn’t personalized – it’s generic. But each of us is unique. The way our bodies react to toxins in the environment is different. The way we experience pain is different. What each of us thinks, feels and believes is different.

One of our commonalities: Food. It’s the fuel that allows our bodies to do all of the things we demand of it. Walk, talk, think, work, exercise, care for ourselves, care for others, create new life, celebrate, mourn, hope and dream.

Do you know what happens if you put diesel fuel into a gasoline-engine car? The engine might start and run, but it will sputter around, run rough and have no pep. Eventually, the fuel lines, injectors and filters will clog up and the engine will die. The same is true for your body. Give it the wrong fuel day in and day out, and you’ll run rough, your body will have trouble performing correctly, and you will lose years off your life.

What’s the right fuel?
Although we all look pretty similar on the outside, the way our bodies process food, the nutrients we need to function properly, and our reactions to foods are determined by a number of factors, including DNA, gut microbiome, physical activity, overall health and environmental exposure to toxins and irritants.

The diseases I mentioned earlier – diabetes, heart disease, IBS – those are all caused by inflammatory responses, primary caused by the foods we put in our bodies. When we fuel the body with foods that irritate it, inflammation occurs. Inflammation is the body’s way of trying to heal itself – of saying WOAH, that’s not good!

Here’s the scary thing – 95 percent of Americans consume foods every day that cause inflammation. We can make general statements about the foods that are right for your body. We know highly processed foods aren’t good for us. We know that we need to limit sugar intake. We’ve heard about the dangers of trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. At Millpond, we take things further, with individualized food sensitivity testing that can pinpoint the specific foods that affect you.

When I say specific foods, I’m not talking just about lactose intolerance, peanut allergies, or difficulty processing gluten. Working with Immuno Laboratories, we test for nearly 200 different types of food sensitivities. The results are amazing. Once patients know what foods are making them sick and start removing them from their diet, they really begin to see a difference in the way they feel.

This is an important tool, but it’s not the only one we employ. We focus on improving gut health, stopping leaky gut and reducing inflammation throughout the body. This holistic approach has allowed us to help hundreds of patients find relief and a whole new life.

With his doctorate in chiropractic medicine, Justin Pearce, D.C. has used his expertise to change his patients’ lives over the years. He has a certification in nutrition and metabolic testing; therefore, he is able to successfully assess dietary needs and impediments that may be impacting his patients’ health. As a managing partner and founder, his passion is providing care for the many patients who enter the Millpond Wellness Center.

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