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About Alex Vasquez D.C., N.D., D.O., F.A.C.N.
Director of Programs for the International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
Chief Editor, International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Nutrition 2013
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine 2010
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University 1999
Doctor of Chiropractic, University of Western States 1996
06:11 Genetically Modified Food: According to the Environmental Working Group, Americans eat their weight every year in genetically modified food. It is an experiment being done one the entire population. Almost no long-term health studies have been done on GMO foods. In order for us to make independent and autonomous decisions, we need to have GMO foods labeled as such.
09:31 Glyphosate: Glyphosate has been shown to be deadly to human cells. It suppresses the cytochrome P450 detoxification system. It could be associated with the increased incidence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance and other food allergies. In another study, in a low concentration, glyphosate caused DNA damage in human tissue cultures.
10:57 Functional Inflammology Protocol and Paradigm: Mitochondrial dysfunction is a component of that model. One of the components of mitochondrial dysfunction is endoplasmic reticulum stress. One of the contributors to this is xenobiotic exposure, along with fuel overload and microbes. Xenobiotics are foreign chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. Endoplasmic reticulum stress leads to the unfolded protein response, a pro-inflammatory response that contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial dysfunction creates a vicious cycle that feeds back into endoplasmic reticulum stress, additional oxidant stress and inflammation. Mitochondrial dysfunction is considered to be a pivotal component of sustained or chronic inflammatory disease.
12:36 GMO Prevalence: GMO foods were introduced to Americans around 1996. Genetically modified soy beans are nearly 100% of the soybean market in the US. The same holds true for cotton, and BT corn and HT corn are close to that number. Our environment has become contaminated with agricultural chemicals. A study conducted in Mississippi, showed that glyphosate and its degradation product AMPA were detected in more than 75% of air and rain samples. We drink and breathe a chemical soup. Farm animals and humans are showing an accumulation of glyphosate. Trade agreements can force farmers in other countries to use genetically modified seeds.
17:05 Glyphosate and TN20: These chemicals together aggravate mitochondrial damage and induces cell death either by apoptosis or necrosis. Glyphosate has a certain level of toxicity, but when it is combined with other chemicals, it is even more toxic than any of the individual chemicals. The American Medical Association has come out against labeling GMO foods.
27:00 Complicating Treatment Protocols: Dr. Vasquez recalls that effective treatment protocols of years past were simple. We are seeing more complex conditions and more and varied treatments are needed.
28:44 Combating GMOs: We all need to be more informed and more politically active, as well as more socially active, not just FaceBook activism. We used to change things with our votes, but that does not seem to be working any longer. We need to financially support public initiatives for GMO labeling. Get off your butt. Support your own health and the health of everyone else.
36:14 Functional Medicine’s More Global Role: At its inception, functional medicine was about preventing disease, supporting healthy environments and having a healthcare model that would provide more effective care at less cost. Some doctors are running boutique practices with expensive treatments, not how functional medicine was designed. Functional medicine needs to be more than giving supplements and telling people to meditate and drink green tea. The human experience is an integrated multi-dimensional experience, then we need to pay attention to those facets in our patients. The world is so toxic that we have a responsibility to the population.
38:41 What Can We Do To Treat Exposure? Treating it at the cause means stopping our exposure. Eating an organic diet is not enough. Dr. Vasquez feels that we are self-selecting for rich people because poor people will not have the option to eat organic, have water filters and afford supplements. Exercise is important because many toxins, like BPA, are eliminated through sweat. Support phase 1, 2, and 3 detox. Support phase 1 with vitamins and minerals. Support phase 2 with proteins, amino acids, congregating agents, and glutathione. Make sure that people are not on drugs or have microbial exposures like SIBO, that block phase 1. Make sure that mitochondria are sufficient to support phase 3. Bind toxins in the gut with cholestyramine and chlorella. Americans have a great deal of chemical and pesticide toxicity, so maintenance using these two compounds is not unreasonable.
45:48 Dr. Vasquez’ Elevator Pitch: The only healthcare models that support sustainability of healthcare systems and life in general, are the functional medicine model and/or the naturopathic medicine model. Things are getting bad quickly. Accept reality. Agree that we need to deal with it. Get in some different opinions that have perspectives that are sustainable. Why are the people who are leading the FDA and in control of the nation’s food supply tied in with corporations? Why aren’t they nutrition experts? There is no simple answer.
Biographical sketch (long version): Alex Vasquez DC ND DO FACN, Director of Programs for the International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine: The founding Program Director of the world's first fully-accredited university-based graduate program in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Dr Alex Vasquez holds three doctoral degrees as a graduate of University of Western States (Doctor of Chiropractic, 1996), Bastyr University (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, 1999), and University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2010). Dr Vasquez is the author of many textbooks, including Integrative Orthopedics (2004-2012) Integrative Rheumatology (2006-2013), Musculoskeletal Pain: Expanded Clinical Strategies (published by the Institute for Functional Medicine, 2008), Chiropractic and Naturopathic Mastery of Common Clinical Disorders (2009), Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine for Chronic Hypertension (2011), Migraine Headaches, Hypothyroidism, and Fibromyalgia (2012), Fibromyalgia in a Nutshell (2012), and Selected Topics in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (2013). “DrV” has also written approximately 100 letters and articles for professional magazines and medical journals such as TheLancet.com, British Medical Journal (BMJ), Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Nutritional Perspectives, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Original Internist, Integrative Medicine, Holistic Primary Care, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), Dynamic Chiropractic, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Arthritis & Rheumatism, the Official Journal of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr Vasquez lectures nationally and internationally to healthcare professionals and practices in Oregon as a naturopathic physician. Dr Vasquez is the Founding Editor of International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine www.IntJHumNutrFunctMed.org and the Conference Director for The International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine www.ICHNFM.org.
Check out Alex Vasquez's Books
Functional Inflammology: Volume 1: Introduction to Clinical Nutrition, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Pain Management for Disorders of Su
Dysbiosis in Human Disease: Pathogenic and Therapeutic Considerations in Diseases of Sustained Inflammation
Mitochondrial Nutrition and Mitochondrial Medicine for Primary Care Conditions: Text and Presentation Slides 2014 March