Integrative Medicine refers to healthcare services and education not often found in traditional Western medical centers. The OSU Center for Integrative Medicine incorporates the art and science of caring for the whole person – body, mind and spirit – to treat and prevent disease, encouraging patients to create a condition of optimal health.
Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio.
The Center, located at 2000 Kenny Road, provides an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to holistic health care. Some of the services include:
- Traditional Western Medicine
- Whole Alternative Medical Systems
- Mind-Body Medicine
- Biologically-Based Practices
- Manipulative and Body-Based Practices
- Energy Medicine
Driven by the mission to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, OSMUC saves lives and improves the quality of life by rapidly translating the latest discoveries from the research lab to the bedside. It educates a large percentage of the region’s physicians and provide advanced training and continuing education for clinicians.
Here are some vital statistics and information on “how our nutritional errors affect our health (both mind and body). This is a known fact and nobody can ignore these. This has been shared by Dr. Glen Aukerman, MD, who is the Medical Director of OSMUC. Worth reading it.
“It’s not just a matter of following food pyramid guidelines anymore, not plain and simple.” The 1992 food pyramid originated in 1991 by the USDA based on the 1980’s general knowledge about nutrition but highly influenced by agribusiness interest groups.
The 2005 pyramid embodies the 1980s nutritional errors with little adjustments of food groups, but did add an exercise base to the pyramid from the fitness interest groups, but does not fix the negative nutritional impacts of today’s available foods on our human immune system of:
- Gluten imbedded as filler in most manufactured or processed foods
- Soy imbedded from prenatal lattes, to infant nutrition, to fitness and health promotion companies
- Flax which worsens the toxic omega-6 levels (is only, 0.2% converted as an omega-3)
- Latex-like proteins in foods out of season/out of region due to ethylene gas ripening process
- Deficiencies for 6 nutrients documented by the USDA food data base (published Dec 2004)
- Loss of Magnesium and Calcium from water supply, city, bottled, soft and reverse osmosis
Today’s food pyramids do not account for nutrition impacts of 5 new fields of knowledge:
- Human Genomic Project provides understanding of the power of nutrition on health
- Pharmacogenomics which looks at the impacts on genes of foods(grapefruit juice) on drugs
- Nutrigenomics which studies the impacts of nutrition on the gene and organ functions since food must provide complete nutrients for genes to manifest as healthy functions phenotypically
- Nutrigenetics (USDA)which restores food base crops to their full 1950 nutritional content
- Integrative Medicine, integrating Genomic Nutrition into Health, Prevention and medical treatments by understanding that the underlying cause of most chronic modern diseases begin in the immune system from the Nutrient-gene mismatch of the Food pyramid eating and our ‘casual grazing’ brought about by hurried lifestyles and the agribusiness fast-food marketing
Top opportunities and ways to help us live longer and manage stressful lives:
- Realize that the real cause of most modern chronic illnesses, including stress and fatique, begins with our food’s nutrient gene mismatch affecting the immune system,
- Consult an Integrative Medicine specialist for a Personalized Genomic Nutrition Intake and Evaluation which addresses and corrects the negative nutritional impacts of today’s available foods on our human immune system by correcting the;
o Gluten imbedded as filler in most manufactured or processed foods
o Soy imbedded from prenatal lattes, to infant nutrition, to fitness and health promotion companies
o Flax which worsens the toxic omega-6 levels (is only , 0.2% converted as an omega-3)
o Latex-like proteins in foods out of season/out of region due to ethylene gas ripening process
o Deficiencies for 6 nutrients documented by the USDA food data base (published Dec 2004)
o Loss of Magnesium and Calcium from water supply, city, bottled, soft and reverse osmosis
o Addition of missing nutrients per USDA food database analysis(calcium, vit C, phosphorus
Reduction of the 20-30 times excess of omega-6 plant oils in the western diet by reducing:
- Poultry and farm-fed fish, due to being corn-fed
- Nuts and nut based products like nut butters
- Chips prepared with omega-6 plant oils from seeds like canola, sunflower etc
- Excessive Corn Products, tortillas, nachos, breads
- Flax, Soy, Trail-mix, grain-based snack products and bars, granola-like
- Garbanzo bean, hummus
From our upcoming workbook, Getting to Your Genomic Diet Plan
For the many who visit the OSU CIM, Integrative Medicine represents the hope for regaining their health. Many believe it stopped their ravages of premature aging, disease and death. Many patients ask me daily at their office visits, on reporting-in phone calls, at our community education lecture series, at the grocery stores, in restaurants, health food stores and even in the parking lot, “Doctor, Why am I not well? What is wrong with me? When / how did I get sick? How can I ever regain the health I had as a child?”
This collection, in addition to the OSU CIM CORE Series of lectures and daily personalized-care research help each of us by “Getting to Your Genomic Diet, Where Everyone has Health” Glen Aukerman, MD
“Why I Am Not Well” is all about the silent food nutrient deterioration, and its Nutritional Impact.
In the beginning with Creation or over time with Evolution (depending on one’s belief system) the very narrowly fixed nutritional requirements of our human genome, its DNA, RNA, and the metabolic enzyme systems were set by foods of those times, leaving little variability in nutritional content of diet (monthly or annually) if one is to be truly healthy, disease free and fully functional today, tomorrow and beyond.
While over the last 10,000 years since our modern human genome is believe to have become fixed, there have been major shifts in the agriculture and the foods available to our ancestors, it now appears that the most devastating changes have occurred in the last 500 years since the Western hemisphere-based foods began to be introduced to the Eastern hemisphere-based sub-populations (European, Mediterranean, Asian, African, etc.) for whom corn, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts, and coffee had no genomic experience. Similar nutritional genetic chaos began with the introduction of foods from those Eastern hemisphere regions (wheat, barley, rye and condiments) to the native sub-populations of the Western hemisphere for which they have no genomic experience. While the prior minor sub-continental food exchanges are likely to have occurred many times over the preceding thousands of years, most were likely mere samplings of new-to-the-genome foods and unlikely to have been consumed in amounts large enough on a continuous enough basis to produce the devastating genomic metabolic illness or impacts evidenced in modern day.
Onset of the industrial revolution, agribusiness and expanded commercial shipping, the genomes of the entire planet became exposed to increased dietary complexity issues, toxicity of latex in foods, and the fabulous fakes of the food industry (MSG, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings, and flavorings). Starting in about 1909, the food industry began to incorporate ever increasing amounts of omega-6 plant oils (soybean oil at first, then a cascade of other plant oils) into the increasingly complex food base. Only recently have we known that the three essential oils need to be in a 1:1:1 ratio for optimal health, omega (n)-3 from animals (fish, lard, and butter), omega (n)-6 from plants (canola, soybean, corn, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, and coconut) and omega (n)-9 from trees (olive oil). Alterations from this ratio are known to lead to most modern chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, depression, etc. and even acute conditions such as panic disorder, pain, fatigue, cancers, diabetes, etc.
Loss of Magnesium in Food and Water since the late 1950 as we shifted from the use of animal-based magnesium / trace minerals-rich fertilizers from the manure of animals eating grass for food-crops to mineral deficient commercial fertilizers. This loss of natural magnesium in the soils has led to an increasing deficit of magnesium in the current grocery-based food supply, compounded by shift of western populations’ food sources from the magnesium-rich home garden to become dependent on grocery-based magnesium deficient produce and fruits. Concurrently, western societies have moved away from the magnesium, potassium and calcium rich well-water to magnesium, potassium and calcium depleted city, softened and bottled water which appears to be a major contributing cause for conditions such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, gastroesophageal reflux disorder, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, headaches, insomnia, arthritis, constipation, fatigue, and enhanced pain disorders.
The USDA reports declines since 1950 in Nutrient Content of All 43 US Garden Fruits / Vegetables
- Protein – 6%, leading to protein calorie malnutrition,
- Calcium – 16% / Phosphorus – 9% leading to osteoporosis, osteopenia and muscle bone weakness
- Iron – 15%, leading to anemia,
- Riboflavin decreased by 38%, leading to beriberi symptom complex known at chronic fatigue, irritability, memory problems, insomnia, fatigue, depression, nausea, dermatitis, muscular pains, sleep disturbances, impaired coordination, naso-lateral seborrhea (rosacea), glossitis, pellagra with diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, growth failure, cheilosis, angular stomatitis, beriberi, polyneuritis, and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome,
- Vitamin C – 15%, leading to immune deficiency disorders / lowered resistance to infections.
These deficits in nutrient content are due to changes in cultivated varieties between 1950-1999, a trade-off of greater yield for less nutrient content, leading to large percentages of the world’s population suffering from deficiency disorders with symptoms of B vitamin deficiency that are devastating to quality of life.
Since Geneticists estimate that we take 10,000 years to adapt our genome to new food introductions.
Here are seven steps to Improved Health and Longevity – by eating more like our ancestors ate:
- Answer is to move toward those original foods available when the genome became fixed which allowed our ancestors to be healthy enough to survive, flourish, and become our ancestors.
- Select Original foods match the foods that were responsible for our specific genome surviving, the foods fit for our genome, allowing our DNA and mRNA to work optimally for health and longevity.
- Avoiding the fabulous fakes of the food industry such as MSG, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings, and flavors we have less to be detoxified by our liver.
- Limiting foods entering the food system in the last 500 years (corn, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts, wheat, barley, rye, condiments and coffee). Reduce gluten, soy and avoid flax products completely.
- Avoiding and limit extracted omega-6 plant oils of the last 100 years, such as canola, soybean, corn, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, coconut oils.
- Avoid and limit foods that accumulate omega-6 corn oil (chicken, turkey and farm-fed fish)
- Avoid fruits / vegetables (picked early out of season / out of region) = Latex exposed to ethylene gas = increased latex-like injury protein in our fruits and vegetables, even by organic suppliers >1959
Dr. Glen Aukerman M.D.
Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine
Glen Aukerman – A biography
Dr. Aukerman, M.D. is a tenured Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University and Medical Director for the University’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
Glen Aukerman has served as a professor in the OSU School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine since 1995 and as chair of the department from 1995-1998. He was one of four OSU Family Medicine practitioners named to Best Doctors in America in 2003-2004. He also serves as interim medical director for The Ohio State University Managed Health Care System.
Among other positions, he has also served as chief medical officer at the National Practitioner Data Bank and as deputy director and chief medical officer in the Division of Quality Assurance for the Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Md.
Dr. Aukerman’s other areas of expertise include managed care and medical quality assurance. He served in 1993 on the White House Health Reform Task Force Speakers Panel and is a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has served on many steering and development committees addressing managed care issues.
- US replaces food pyramid with “healthy plate” (beinghealthyhomeandaway.blogspot.com)