LPWC divides nutritional medicine into two main sections: Glandular therapy and vitamin/nutrient therapy. Many of us may think of this section as merely changing the diet. While a proper diet is imperative, for our purposes here, diet is separate from nutritional medicine.
Glandular Therapy can utilize the same global statement that homeopathy makes, that "like heals like." However different uses of the phrase apply, glandular therapy is essentially helping the ailing organ or tissue by feeding that same tissue; if an organ is faltering, giving the nutrients contained in a healthy organ of the same type should help it heal. For instance, if we have a feline with kidney failure, we place that cat on a supplement that contains specially processed kidney.That kidney is likely to be from cow or pig, but since most mammals' organs work in similar fashions, they all need many of the same nutrients. These nutrients may range from the fatty acids, minerals, or amino acids that the healthy organ needs. There have been arguments that the body digests whatever is ingested, and the molecules are not utilized in the form contained in the glandular product, but that they are destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract. However, studies have shown that this is wrong, and that the body gets the molecules where needed to benefit ailing tissues.
The next member of nutritional medicine is vitamins and nutrients. This is not using glandular medicines, but perhaps using specific sources of vitamins, minerals, or amino acids that benefit the organ in need, or to even support the body as a whole, during a healing process. This may be to help with an organ's function, with its ability to clear toxins from the tissues, or antioxidant properties. Using fatty acids in our kitty with kidney failure might be a prime example. The fatty acids may have several roles, with one being a mild anti-inflammatory property to the cells of the kidneys (it is likely that there are few cells in the body that don't benefit from fatty acid administration). Additional B vitamins, which are lost from the body in higher amounts through the urine during kidney failure, could help support energy levels, appetite, heart function and more.
Grimm undergoes IV Vitamin C Therapy
Nutritional medicine works fantastically with almost any other type of medicine, whether it be alternative or conventional, with virtually no contraindications and few side affects in most individuals.
The goals of nutritional medicine are to feed the ailing organ as to get the remaining cells present to stay as healthy as possible, to slow the progression of any organ failure, to increase the quality of life of the patient, and to hopefully play a role in a cure whenever possible.