“When you go to your Wellness clinician, they will look for clues that may be a tip off that your body is not at peak performance.”
A patient may come to me with all the signs and symptoms of a sluggish thyroid yet their family physician says everything is normal. How can that be? Let’s take a step back. Dr. Godo is trained to look for physiological imbalance. Standard physicians are trained to look for pathology or disease. We are looking for different things.
Traditional allopathic physicians are trained to use drugs which replace or dominate function. Some drugs are lifesaving and essential; however, many drugs are over used and can cause serious side effects. Dr. Godo, on the other hand, is trying to use food and nutrients to balance your body’s chemistry. So when you go to Dr. Godo’s clinic, he will look for clues that may be a tip off that your body is not at peak performance.
One effective method of screening used primarily by Wellness clinicians are referred to as “sniff tests.” The molecules that we can smell are called odorant molecules. Odorants dissolve in the mucus in our olfactory epithelium which is a tiny patch of tissue in our nasal cavity. A series of neurons provide a direct passage of information to our brain so what we smell has a neurological connection to our brain.
My thanks to Dr. Walter Schmidt for discovering and sharing this type of testing. Dr. Schmidt holds diplomat status in both Neurology and Applied Kinesiology. The concepts he basis his work on are staggering.
Imagine that our bodies are flooded with a noxious chemical that is being handled or down regulated slowly by the body. Let’s take alcohol for example. But if we consume too much alcohol, we may not be able to break it down fast enough and some of the normal byproducts can cause a temporary toxic overload. This chemical overload will cause muscle weakness and instability. We have all seen people who consume too much alcohol stumble and display slow neurological reactions until the body can catch up and reduce the temporary toxic overload.
Now let’s apply this principle to our sense of smell. If we smell a chemical substance that our bodies are struggling to download, our bodies will temporarily display muscle weakness; for example, our bodies are always struggling to maintain the balance between oxidation and reduction. Let’s take someone who is struggling to stay in balance and are in fact leaning more to the over oxidized side. If we have that person smell an oxidizing substance like bleach, which is a hypochlorite ion, they will experience temporary muscle weakness.
Clinically, we isolate and test a strong muscle, any muscle. We have the patient smell Clorox bleach, a good whiff, but not extended breathing and retest the muscle. If that previously strong muscle goes weak, we can assume that the patient’s antioxidant abilities are compromised. This is a temporary weakness and the muscle strength will come back in a few seconds after the smell is removed.
Here is the exciting part that Dr. Schmidt shares in his work. Just as smelling affects neurological pathways, tasting does as well. So tasting substances can also temporarily strengthen or weaken muscles, and we can use the body as the deciding factor of what strengthens or weakens. Continuing, we have the patient taste different antioxidants and then re-smell the oxidizing substance, in this case the bleach. By re-smelling the bleach with the antioxidant still in their mouth, we can identify which antioxidants counteract the effects of the bleach by observing which substances strengthen the muscle. So in effect we are indirectly testing for systemic oxidation and then testing to see which nutrient will correct the problem.
Truly our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. Here is another example of how we can use basic chemistry principles and screen for imbalance and use a combination of foods and nutrients to help our bodies return to balance. Dr. Godo will know which tests are right for you and can recommend a treatment plan that combines natural therapies and nutrients with healthy foods. Talk to Dr. Godo. You’ll be amazed at the possibilities.
Dr. Jason Godo, DC