The Wallach RevolutionThe Citizens Committee for Better Medicine is proud to present “The Wallach Revolution – (An Unauthorized Biography of a Medical Genius)”. The book is now available and chronicles the challenges, successes, and unique perspective of Dr. Joel D Wallach, a true pioneer in the field of science-based, clinically verified medical nutrition. (No portion of the content on this site may be exhibited, used or reproduced by any means without express written permission of the publisher.) Click HERE to get your copy of this brand new book!
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The Naturopathic Way
Wallach also bucked conventional wisdom in finding cholesterol levels above those set as safe by the National Cholesterol Program to be not only safe but essential for healthy metabolism. Wallach understood cholesterol to be critical for healthy metabolic function. He therefore finds obsession over levels of cholesterol without regard to any other biological risk factors (ie inflammation, trans fat, heterocyclic amines, acrylamides) of vascular disease to be misguided and extreme. For him, cholesterol is but one marker and not a very good one at that, because medically acceptable cholesterol levels (i.e., those below 200) produce Alzheimer’s, low-T, erectile dysfunction and early menopause. He looks to all physiological evidence of the existence of cardiovascular disease before he concludes a person to be ill or at imminent risk of atherosclerosis. In any event, he finds dietary modifications and nutritional intervention, assuredly the safest and most effective means to prevent and help eliminate vascular disease.
As with all ingestible substances, dose and form determine toxicity. Wallach understood well these factors and, so, formulated products containing forms of nutrients that were bioavailable, that were a part of the diet ordinarily because they were present in human food sources from time immemorial and were known to be safe, and that were at dose levels for which there was no evidence of human toxicity. He also chose liquid rather than solid pill forms of delivery in many cases to help those with trouble ingesting solids and pills, to improve bioavailability of the nutrients, and to encourage daily ingestion necessary to maximize results. A significant portion of his book Epigenetics explores these factors and explains why all 90 nutrients are essential to optimize health through healthy cell, organ, and organ system function.
Repeatedly critics will challenge Wallach based on a false paradigm that has become law in foreign jurisdictions and is viewed favorably by the FDA and the state of California. That paradigm, the so-called Precautionary Principle, takes the position that we should presume harmful any ingredients if at some dose level it is known to be toxic. By this logic, everything, including water, is a toxin. Under it, governments condemn as unsafe every substance unless industry proves it safe at a specific dose level. This shifts power from the individual to the government by creating an economic obstacle to the marketing of the very things people through decades, if not centuries, of experience know to be safe.
There is an alternative to this dubious thinking and that is what toxicologists have followed for centuries, the so-called Paracelsian Principle. A Swiss physician, botanist, and alchemist from the 16th Century, Paracelsus is known as the father of modern toxicology. He famously wrote, “Dosis facit venenum.” That means the dose makes the poison. In other words, dose determines toxicity. So, all substances we ingest are toxic at some dose level but that does not justify the conclusion that they are inherently toxic. Rather, the very same substances are ordinarily safe at customarily consumed levels and, quite often, at much higher levels. In fact, the nutrition science literature of the past seventy years has confirmed repeatedly that nutrients we consume often carry with them therapeutic properties greatly beneficial to prevention of chronic disease and optimization of healthy cell, organ, and organ system function at levels higher than those necessary to avoid nutrient deficiency diseases. Acutely aware of the reality of these facts from the science and the practice of naturopathic medicine, Wallach is quick to cut through the false paradigms and illogic that often become the subject of passionate debate among critics who lack wisdom or who are driven by an anticompetitive economic motive.