Good to Know:
Synergy of Nutrition and Herbs

Enjoy the latest installment of Dr. Lowell Keppel’s “Good to Know” series for practitioners.

The interaction of elements that, when combined, produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements. This is synergy.

Chiropractic plus nutritional support is synergistic. Acupuncture plus herbal therapy and nutrition is synergistic. But nutritional therapy is foundational. In the Lectures of Dr. Royal Lee, Volume. I, Dr. Lee says, “Good nutrition is the foundation of health. What we eat today becomes our body of tomorrow” (p. 202).

However, nutritional therapy does need two partners—herbs and homeopathy—in addition to primary care therapies. It is evident from his Standard Process formulas utilizing echinacea, licorice, and other herbs that Dr. Lee understood the synergy between nutrition and herbs.

I have observed practitioners who quickly jump to the MediHerb line achieve less than optimal results because they did not establish the nutritional foundation. Understand, I am not knocking MediHerb. If it were not such a wonderful company, Standard Process would never have teamed up with them. They happen to be the finest herbal company in world. But our job as doctors and providers in holistic healthcare is to help patients quickly and efficiently. That’s why Dr. Lee considered the synergy of foods along with herbs in his formulations. The synergy of Standard Process and MediHerb will propel your patients to maximum healing.

The variety of modalities is a tool in your toolbox. Let’s say that nutrition (Standard Process and diet) is one of the most essential tools, the hammer. It can shape metal, crush rock, drive nails into wood and pool them back out. Now let’s say that MediHerb is the pliers. A useful tool that can grip, twist, cut, and perform a combination of other tasks. Different tools have different functions. But when you put these two tools together, you can build amazing things.

If you jump straight to herbs as your only tool, you hamper your ability to build quickly and efficiently. You must ask yourself: Did I lay the foundation of nutrition? Your stealth pathogen protocol may be less effective if you did not give the body ionizable calcium and whole food vitamin C complex (aka Calcium Lactate and Cataplex C). You cannot force the body to attack germs if you do not have the foundation of calcium, signaling phagocytosis, and the Cataplex C serving as the poison tip of the spear.

When you see your next patient, don’t contemplate whether to use Standard Process or MediHerb. Take a minute and think. Do you have the foundation—nutrition from Standard Process and diet—in place? Only then should you determine the MediHerb products that synergistically support your nutrition protocol. Over time, your toolbox will eventually grow into a toolchest of successful protocols.

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Dr. Lowell Keppel

Dr. Keppel received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1983, following an associate degree in science from Southwestern Michigan Community College. He became certified in Neuro-Emotional Technique in 1999, having studied directly under the program’s founder, Dr. Scott Walker. He has undertaken a variety of further training, including herbology, spinal rehabilitation, and ongoing nutritional education.

Dr. Keppel knows there is always some seminar, book or journal that might deepen his knowledge or contribute one more bit of information that he can directly translate into an effective treatment. He gives sound advice from the perspective of clinical experience and years of practice.

More recently, Dr. Keppel has been teaching seminars for Standard Process West. He has become their in-house chiropractor and is recognized as a mentor for other practitioners throughout the greater Denver area.

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