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What Recommended Dietary Allowance Really Means March 5, 2012

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Optimal nutrition is key to slowing biological aging and preventing disease. This is exactly why you may want to ignore the Recommended Dietary Allowance or RDA.

You may not know this: the majority of public health education comes from the marketing departments of Fortune 500 companies.

You see a 3-second commercial for a nutritional supplement indicating it has 100% of the RDA. The consumer says, “Great! I can get everything I need in this one pill! It says it has 100% of the RDA!”

The RDA guidelines are both right and extremely wrong.

What is RDA?

The RDA guidelines, created by the FDA, defines the RDA as “the daily intake level of a nutrient that is considered to be sufficient to meet the requirements of 97–98% of healthy individuals.” This is correct, however, the language here is extremely misleading because it uses “to meet the requirements” to cover up it’s true meaning.

What the RDA really means is the minimal daily intake level of a nutrient to relieve deficiency symptoms of that nutrient.

The RDA has NOTHING to do with optimal health.

This is why you see 100% RDA on vitamin packaging at Walmart or GNC, two large companies that sells nutritional supplements but knows nothing about health. If you look at supplements the professionals offer, you will see that the amount of nutrients are hundreds even thousands of times the RDA. This is because the professionals who highly educated in nutrition know that specific amounts of nutrients are needed to achieve OPTIMAL health for individuals.

Ask Yourself: How do I Know How Much Nutrients to Take?

The answer to this questions is…it depends.

Everyone has very different nutritional needs and different amounts are needed to reach optimal levels. The easiest and most effective way is to run a NutrEval test. This test gives a very detailed analysis (and recommendations) on everything from vitamins and minerals to proteins and Omega 3 needs.

True Health Labs not only offers this test to the public but also gives a one-on-one results review at no extra charge. Learn more

Remember, optimal nutritional needs are very different from the minimal RDA. A one-a-day pill does not cut it for most people. Optimal nutrition is key to slowing biological aging and truly preventing disease.

Have you taken this test, made specific changes and seen improvements in your health? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

Dr. Brady Hurst

Ask Doctor Brady LIVE! | Answering Health Questions LIVE! October 21, 2010

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Most of us have health concerns. Whether you have questions about disease prevention or healthier options for current health issues, getting useful information can be difficult. Why? It’s because most doctors do not TAKE the time to educate you. We have a current healthcare model that geared towards symptom suppression and not health promotion. Therefore, we have millions of people who fall into this pill-popping model even if they don’t want to.

I am doing my part to help change this. For 45 minutes once/twice a week, I hit the internet video airwaves to help guide and educate you with

your specific health concerns in focus. Our new program, “The Doctor’s In LIVE” is a place for you to come ask me your pressing health questions live via video chat. Since our model is a Functional Medicine model and not a pharmaceutical/symptom suppression approach, my clinical opinions will be geared towards helping you dig deeper into the cause of your health concerns.

The Doctor’s In LIVE is free for everyone so make sure you send the sign up form to your friends and family.

How It Works

  • The date and time of the next Q&A will be sent out via email only (sign up now).  Make sure you mark it in your calendar.
  • Go to “Ask Doctor Brady LIVE“.
  • When Dr. Brady’s status becomes “live”, click the “chat” button within the video window. Type in your first name (press enter) then yourquestion (press enter).
  • He will answer questions on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you still have questions and would like to speak with Dr. Brady, you may schedule a FREE 5 minute consultation with him.

If you can not attend the scheduled Q&A session follow these steps:

  1. Submit your questions beforehand.
  2. Return to “Ask Doctor Brady LIVE” page on your own time.
  3. Click “More” within the video box and review the Q&A session you missed.

Again, the goal of the Q&A session is to help you better understand the root causes of your health concerns and give you tips on how to address them. “The Doctor’s In LIVE” has already been a huge success with over 800 attendees in just a few short months. Bring you family, friends, and your questions to our next session. I hope to see you there.

To Your Health,

Dr. Brady Hurst
Clinic Director

Functional Medicine- Redefining Healthcare as we know it January 28, 2008

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Exciting New Updates!

New! Take a look at our new TeleHealth System– Affordable nationwide care without the travel!

New! Ask Dr. Brady your tough health questions LIVE! The Doctor’s In LIVE TM systems allow you to join a LIVE video Q&A session with Dr. Brady. Times will be announced to Dr. Brady’s FaceBook and Twitter fans, so make sure you follow.

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Download: What is Functional Medicine?

Today, as over 110,000 people a year are dying from adverse drug interactions (now the 4th leading cause of death in America, right behind stroke deaths), more and more people are turning away from the traditional medical care model and gravitating toward alternative healthcare physicians such as specialized Chiropractors and Doctors of Naturopathy to take care of them and their families. What they are finding is that these doctors are able dig to the root of health problems and find answers by using laboratory test to evaluate function rather than strictly looking for a disease. This, model unfortunately is not being applied to today’s mainstream healthcare system. Instead, we have developed a “Sick-care” system, a system where you are considered either “healthy” or “sick” based on a group of symptoms not how well you’re body is able to adapt to it’s environment. Normal Function→Dysfunction→Disease: True “Health”-care is keeping people in normal function and not letting them continue on the path to disease.

I am asked daily, “Does this alternative natural stuff really work for people with chronic health problems?” I answer them simply, “Yes”. The reason why it has worked for millions of people is that it makes use of personalized supplements and lifestyle changes, to give the body support while it heals itself.

As many of us know (and the many who don’t) pharmaceutical medication work by suppressing biological function rather than balancing it out. A great example is the commercial where you see dam inspectors looking at a hole they find in the dam. The guy pulls out the piece of gum from his mouth and plugs the hole and says, “That should do it”. Abnormal pressure builds behind the dam and the dam explodes and destroys everything downstream. Our body works the same way. Be cautious and ask questions the next time you hear your prescribing doctor say “Take this, that should do it.”

This is where specialized physicians, like myself, who practice what is called Functional Medicine, come to the forefront of healthcare. Functional Medicine practitioners gather detailed information about the individual. This includes specialized laboratory findings, in depth medical and personal histories, and detail exams in order to see how the patient is able to adapt to his/her environment not just to determine if the patient has a disease.

One example is assessing the risk for breast cancer. Rachel and her daughter (18 years of age) came to my office following one of my lectures on breast cancer. Many of their family members either had or currently have breast cancer. After getting detailed information about her lifestyle, I decided to run an Estronex™ test. This simple urine test measures to see if her body is breaking down the hormone estrogen correctly. We know from the professional literature that waste products of estrogen breakdown (4-hydroxyestrone and 16-x-hydroxyestrone) are very toxic to breast and cervical tissues and can play a major role in the development of cancer. The good news is that another breakdown product of the same estrogen (2-hydroxestrone) had anti-cancer properties. Rachel’s daughter was not pumping out much of this “good” estrogen but did have large amounts of this “bad” estrogen. Because of her dreadful lifestyle and her “genetic individuality”, her body was not able to make enough of these good estrogens. We made changes in her lifestyle habits and used strong supplements that have been shown in the literature to promote “good” estrogen production. Then, four months later we re-tested her and not only did she feel like an entirely new person, we were able to see through the laboratory test that she was producing larger amounts of “good” estrogen. True, she did not have cancer at the time I first saw her, however, I knew that her risks of developing cancer within 20, 30, 40 years were very high. We focused on restoring health to her broken system not just determining if she had cancer or not (current healthcare model). Rachel’s family now knows the importance of having a doctor of Functional Medicine monitor their health.

Many MD’s are great at treating people in emergency situations and using drugs to relieve short term symptoms, however, fails to adequately determine if the person’s ability to heal itself is quality or not.

I say this because all doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, “If you can not do good, at least do no harm.” This oath is being extremely ignored by many of today’s healthcare professionals because of being only symptom focused.

Functional Medicine practitioners who specialize in long-term optimum health directives and give serious attention to complex chronic diseases are the doctors who people, like you, are reaching out to for help. These are the doctors that you hear other people travel across the country to see because of their success rates.

True Health: Center for Functional Medicine is located in Atlanta, Georgia. We help patients from all over the country, restoring their hope when faced with a chronic condition and bringing them to and keeping them in their realm of vitality and optimal health.

Welcome to my Blog and I know it will supply you with life changing information.

To schedule a face-to-face or phone consultation with Dr. Brady Hurst, call 678-701-3368 or send an email to Schedule@TrueHealthDC.com.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health: Functional Medicine



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