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Food and Medicine:
Your Diet and Your Health

By Darcy Dane, DC, DACNB

Your diet does affect your health. Insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, over-weight, under-weight, autoimmunity, hormone imbalances, GI distress, learning disabilities, concussion recovery, and even vestibular disorders—all have unique dietary needs. Further, because every human being is unique, there is no cookie cutter diet for any of the above-mentioned conditions. Laboratory studies are imperative to build a proper diet to address health concerns.

Dr. Dane with the Carolina Brain Center’s therapy dogs, Doc and Ollie.

In general, the standard American diet is poor. The Internet adds to the problem. Dr. Google and Dr. Facebook have people chasing their tails most of the time. Fad diets and supplements may work for a small percentage of people, but are, at best, a waste for some and, at worst, detrimental to others. Diet is a huge money-making business!

More and more, you have people—not even physicians—setting themselves up as experts on thyroid, gut health, weight loss, etc., etc. And, because Americans are desperate to feel better, these self-proclaimed experts have a huge audience to pull from. Most have developed the “great” business model of selling tons of supplements and keeping people on them forever—or until they drop off because they feel worse or see no changes.

Instead of endlessly “treating” the problem, the goal should always be to fix the problem and educate the patient. The end result of fixing the problem? The patient does not need your help (or your products) any more! To me, that is the best model.

The Path to Change

As challenging as it may seem, you can change your diet—without a magic pill or miracle diet. And you don’t need to do it alone; enlist your doctor’s help in guiding and supporting you. Food diaries are great tool and a wonderful starting place! Keeping a journal of everything that goes into your mouth is extremely revealing and an invaluable resource to help your doctor—and you—identify good and bad habits. It will also help keep you honest when implementing dietary changes, especially tough changes. The diary along with a symptom dairy and subsequent lab work provides a huge window into what is or isn’t working so that your doctor can make necessary changes.

At my office, I describe myself as the doctor who is going to figure out what needs to be done and then, more importantly, I become the coach and teacher who walks alongside you for this journey to better health. That journey may be a short, three-month walk or a longer one, depending on the situation. But the bulk of the work—and people need to understand this—is on the patient. And make no mistake about it—changing from the standard American diet to a healthier diet is tough! I’d like to think I am a bit of a cheerleader, too, but I am also tough, so I think an “encouraging coach” is a more fitting title.

Buyer beware! Do your due diligence. Makes sure you are working with a qualified physician. Don’t believe everything you read. Don’t waste your money. Know that changing your health takes work, effort, and perseverance.