E-Class 37 – Minerals and Nutrition
Nutrition plays an integral part to health. There is continued emphasis in the media, in research and in all Health Therapies, on good diet, as well as the use of vitamins and minerals as important tools for staying healthy.
Nutrition is also one of the key causes to look to when there are signs of mineral deficiency.
Another place to look is for Drug induced nutrient depletion.
This week we look at the importance of Nutrition as a cause of mineral deficiency, and as a way of helping to address mineral deficiency, along with a healthy diet.
We also look at creating your niche. If your particular area of interest is Nutrition, as a Naturopath, as an Integrative Medicine Doctor, Chiropractor, or Nutritionist, or other therapy, then Tissue Salts can complement your practice beautifully.
Lets get started looking at:
- Nutrition and Tissue Salts
- Prescriptions dosages and contraindications
- Drug induced nutrient depletion
- Step 2 Building your Business – choosing a Niche
References – Additional Study Notes and Information Manual
- Administration of Mineral Therapies p3
- Drug induced Nutrient Depletion p4-6
The Institute of Biochemic Medicine notes that for many people nutritional supplements mean vitamins, however, a lack of minerals is more likely to be the problem.
If your particular interest is in nutrition, Tissue Salts work beautifully with teaching your clients about nutrition, and healthy eating, leading to a healthier life.
There are a whole range of topics that could be addressed in conjunction with nutrition.
- Junk food – 1st world Malnutrition in children and adults
- Healthy eating and Tissue Salts to address mineral deficiencies.
- Healthy eating and Mineral support for Busy Families
- Tissue Salts and healthy eating to aid recovery from illness
- Drug induced nutrient depletion
- Nutrition and Tissue Salts for specific ailments
- Detox program including Tissue Salts
Facial Diagnosis is a great help for determining mineral deficiencies. Working with Tissue Salts and nutrition can help resolve the cause of the deficiency and retrain your clients to healthy eating habits.
If you are interested in this topic, Gunther Heepen has a valuable section in his book 12 Minerals, about which foods contain each Tissue Salt.
Prescriptions and contraindications
There are not many contraindications for Tissue Salts, but it is wise to take precautions in some instances and follow the Directions for Contraindications below.
Potassium levels are important in the body. In particular I spoke about not giving Potassium (eg Kali Phos) after a cardiac arrest. Instead the recommendation from The Institute of Biochemic Medicine is to give Magnesium Phosphate instead.
The specific reasons for this are that when potassium levels are higher than 5 mmol/l in the blood, there is a small risk of an anaesthetic reaction, leading to cardiac arrhythmia. These levels may be considered unsuitable for elderly people undergoing surgery, or for someone suffering hypertension following a heart attack.
Consequently it is best to err on the side of caution and not prescribe Potassium minerals, even in Tissue Salt form.
Magnesium can increase the effectiveness of other medications. Hence it is very important to know what prescribed medications your clients are on.
The Institute of Biochemic Medicine recommends a simple procedure to ensure the correct absorption of prescribed medications, for example,
- Iron preparations
- Tetracycline (antibiotics)
- Digoxin preparations (used for heart disease)
- Sodium Fluoride
- And others
Wait 2 hours after the prescribed medication, before giving Magnesium.
For more information on this, review Magnesium Eclasses and Magnesium Book.
Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium can’t be used without Magnesium. Stimuli pass between eh cells through calcium ion channels. If there is a lack of Magnesium, the stimuli doesn’t activate and the muscles fail. Calcium also enables neurotransmitter signals. These help with positive moods and emotions for example.
Consider then, when prescribing, the possible need to balance Magnesium intake with Calcium. An example of using this in a prescription may be
5 x Mag Phos before bed
2 x Calc Phos before bed
I often get asked for clarification on Dosages. There is a guideline in the Additional Study Notes and Information on p3.
In acute cases, you can increase the dosage of tissue salts as there is a greater need of the body for the minerals. The body is using up the minerals in order to address the current infection, inflammation or need.
In acute cases you may prescribe one tablet frequently. We spoke of doses every 15 minutes or half hour. But you may in some cases prescribe every 5-10 minutes.
In chronic cases you may prescribe 7-10 tablets per day
All other cases
One tablet every 2 hours.
Children 3-=12 years
Half the adult dose stated above
Infants 1-3 years,
One quarter of the adult dose
Or as state by your practitioner.
Throughout the course I have given you ideas of dosages that have worked for me and for other practitioners, or as advised by The Institute of Biochemic Medicine.
As a practitioner, it is always your job to prescribe based on the signs and symptoms, and what you see, hear and observe in front of you. Follow up with your clients so that you can reassess and adjust as required.
Some clients will need more frequent follow ups based on the severity of their conditions, or the level of reassurance required. Others are more self managing. Your treatment protocol may vary depending on the support needed for different clients.
Drug induced nutrient depletion
Read the notes on Drug induced Nutrient Depletion p4 Additional Notes and Information.
Use this section in conjunction with facial diagnosis and your client history including which medications they are taking.
I have often worked with clients having medical treatments that have changed their facial signs significantly. I have given the appropriate Tissue Salts and we have often seen a highly reduced side effects from medications and drugs in these circumstances.
If you aren’t sure whether a drug is the cause of the mineral deficiency, then use this handy reference to work out possible causes.
Steps for Building your Business
Last week we spoke about the steps to building your business. I am hoping you are starting to see from today’s eclass, that if Nutrition was your niche, you could really tailor your message to your clients, and adapt a program to use nutrition and Tissue Salts to meet your clients needs and wants.
Choosing your Niche is an important part of building your business. As I have said before, it makes it easy to define who your clients are, to find your clients, and to refine your message to really meet the needs and wants of your clients.
How to Choose a Niche
To help you with this I have created some business building tools to help you work out your niche. You can download them here, and also find them In <tools and resources>
Steps to choosing a niche
Step 1 – Brainstorm your idea
Brainstorming is an important process of considering anything that could be a niche, and letting it be in the list.
Use this checklist to test your idea, and adapt it if required until it meets each of the requirements.
The best niches to build a business include people
- with a high need for information or support in a topic, or
- who are passionate about a particular topic,
- Who prioritise their spending to that topic.
I often get asked about the last point on regulations. Regulations are barriers to entry. In other words, if you don’t meet certain criteria then it is not easy to run a business in that area. However, when you meet those criteria, the barriers to entry are reduced.
In the health industry, you cannot claim to cure cancer, or cure diabetes, however you many have a treatment that helps alleviate the symptoms.
If you have specific experience or expertise in an area, you can create a niche in an area that most other people would consider too difficult. For example:
In Australia, some massage therapists specialise in Oncology massage, a particular treatment which is specific in the type of touch used for cancer patients. Some of these practitioners have created protocols which allows them to practice with cancer patients in hospitals and hospices and now teach their system to other practitioners interested in this niche. This is an example of working with the regulations and the barriers to entry and creating a system that other practitioners may also follow to treat a specific group of clients.
You may have specific skills or expertise that make the barriers to entry for a particular niche easier for you. Often you may not even realise that you do because it is just part of what you do. This is why the next step is also important.
Step 3 – about you
- What are your hobbies activities and things that you love to do?
- What do you love to read about?
- What are your greatest achievements?
- What are you most proud of personally or in your work?
- What are your most challenging experiences?
When you have answered these questions, take a look at the responses. These indicate areas of success or experience that are unique to you. Your experience of these things is one factor to consider in choosing a niche.
It is much easier to build a business around something that interests you as you are more likely to remain motivated through the hard times. And more excited to build on the good times.
Use this checklist to hone your ideas, and choose a niche for your business.
Exercise 1 – step 2 Choosing a Niche
Use the niching tools, and follow the process to create a short list of niches. Click here to download
Choose one niche to start working with.
More on specific niches, and how you can adapt your business to them.
See you soon