Nutrition and modalities for healing patients suffering from toxicity via a phase angle formula for improved patient health
This is the last of a three-part series on Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) and a phase angle formula to apply to patients, including supplementation and modalities for improving patient cell membrane fluidity.
Can a patient supplement to improve cell membrane health and phase angle? If a patient does not eat eggs, liver or bone marrow, and struggles to get enough fresh fruits and vegetables due to lifestyle, job, etc., a foundational supplementation program should be utilized.
I have several options for my patients to choose from in my office.
Here’s the beginner’s program:
- Get a phase angle test performed
- Eat from a choline-rich food list
- Start a daily walking program (especially after meals)
Do this for four weeks while also fortifying the cell membranes and supporting the whole cell and mitochondria with DHA, micro-minerals, B-100 complex, vitamin C and plenty of hydration. Retest the phase angle in four weeks. If that doesn’t work, put the patient on charcoal filters for 2-3 weeks, then retest the BIA.
If the nitric oxide test results show the patient is depleted or low, I have them supplement with a pill or powder drink that contains nitric oxide-rich foods (arugula, celery, beets, spinach, etc.). If the zinc taste test is low, supplement with a phase angle formula containing zinc, magnesium, copper and manganese (over a few weeks repeat the phase angle test).
Some patients may need extra supplementation too, in the form of:
Carnitine, L-taurine, D-ribose — These support energy production and drive EFAs into the mitochondria. Carnitine improves neuropathic pain and is used for memory and brain issues. L-carnitine may help energy levels for athletes and regular patients by helping to transport fatty triglycerides to the mitochondria to be burned as fuel.
CoQ10, PQQ, Creatine — These are for mitochondrial function. Supplementing with creatine can help our body to make more use of ATP by recycling used ATP (ADP) back into a useable form — though this is likely of more interest to performance athletes.
Fat-soluble antioxidants — Like tocotrienols, vitamin C, CoQ10, and lipoic acid help protect cell membranes.
Protein/BCAAs — Support brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
Vitamin D — Protective of so much, especially the immune system and nerves.
Probiotics — Support the gut-brain connection.
N-acetylcysteine: Supports glutathione, which is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides and heavy metals.
These can be delivered by one to two capsules of certain formulas.
Supporting mitochondrial function
Mitochondria and cell membranes are exquisitely sensitive to electrical changes inside the cell, and when exposed to a toxin or an infectious agent, there is a drop in the cell millivoltage, and the mitochondria usually react by shutting down the cell membranes so that the infecting organism can’t do anything with it. It’s an intentional shutting down.
Most patients with a higher percentage of extracellular water than intracellular water are toxic (i.e. mold, virus, other toxic conditions). They may not methylate very well because the mitochondria signal the cells to stop methylating.
For example, a virus can’t replicate unless it hijacks your methylation chemistry. So what do we do? We shut it down so that the virus can’t do what it wants to do — get in the cell and take it over. My experience is many patients with mitochondrial dysfunction (post-COVID-19 patients, CFS, FMS, etc.) will appreciate low-dose photobiomodulation laser therapy and Peripheral Electro Magnetic Frequency therapy (PEMF).
Specific modalities as part of a phase angle formula for patients
I have had the experience of asking patients to not change anything in their diet or lifestyle while I do a course of treatment performing laser only, or acoustic pulse wave therapy only, or PEMF therapy only, or lymphatic therapy only, or microcurrent therapy only.
Each one of these therapies can improve phase angle. I’m also very excited by my personal results from the use of blood flow restriction (BFR) devices. Without any other changes in my diet or workout, just using the BFR device during 20 minutes of my usual 45-minute workout time, I improved my phase angle by 0.8% and I gained five pounds of lean body mass within 45 days.
I really like laser, pulse wave therapy and PEMF to influence and boost or maintain the proper ATP pathways and electrical charges on the surface of cell membranes as well as support the cells’ structural integrity. Properly energized cell membranes help protect cells from toxins or other foreign substances. At the same time, the transport systems of nutrition into the cell and waste products out of the cell are supported by photobiomodulation laser and PEMF.
In a properly charged and nourished state, via energy, hydration and dietary intake, cell membranes retain the electrical charges of calcium, magnesium and potassium ions. From a cell’s point of view, this is like having a charged car battery. The modalities I’m using are highly attracted to the phospholipid-rich structure of nerve membranes (like the myelin sheathing); this helps boost nerve cell integrity and support the energy needed for normal electrical nerve conduction (phase angle readings). Improving nerve transmission and blood vessel health are treatment priorities to me.
We have learned that too much stress and various forms of wear and tear take their toll on blood vessels and nerves. However, we are also learning that short bouts of stress through PEMF, cold showers, oxygen changes, high-intensity exercise bouts, fasting, etc. can all positively influence the body’s cell membranes and be monitored by the phase angle.
If you can help patients via a phase angle formula to improve cell membrane health and create durable mitochondria, you can help them build strong blood vessels so it is difficult for viruses, bacteria, toxins, mold and chemicals to create disease.
JEFFREY TUCKER, DC, is the current president of the ACA Rehab Council. He practices in Los Angeles, Calif., and can be reached at DrJeffreyTucker.com.