The “In’s and Out’s” of Digestion

To continue with our discussion on digestion I would like to focus on an ancient, time-honored test called Urinalysis.  Records from ancient China and India mention observations of urine from 1,000-2,000 BC.  In 500 BC, Hippocrates recorded his observations of the changes in urine in health and sickness.

Urinalysis is no less important now than it was back then.  Up until the 1970’s, the use of chemical tests for examining urine was a standard part of medical testing.  Unfortunately, modern technology has now taken precedence over these well-established tests.  Today, only procedures that can be done quickly with a dipstick are routinely performed to screen for serious diseases like diabetes, liver and kidney disease, and urinary infection.

The chemical tests have not been discarded because they are invalid, but because science is interested in measuring disease processes and many of these older chemical tests take longer to perform and merely measure the maintenance of normal body process.  This makes them perfect for monitoring health.  Since these tests are not routinely requested in hospitals to diagnose disease anymore, many health care practitioners are no longer familiar with them and may not immediately recognize their value.  However, all health care practitioners recognize that the urine reflects the food and drink intake of the patient.

How it all works:  Health is the result of being able to maintain certain constant conditions within the body.  Your body must do whatever it can to maintain these conditions.  In other words, it will hoard things it is deficient in, and it will discard things it has too much of.  Since the chemical tests for calcium, salt and many others have been well researched for over 150 years, it is easy to recognize some dietary excesses and deficiencies before disease process get started.

The body filters the blood through the kidneys and uses the formation of urine to cleanse the blood.  It discards excess acid and alkali to maintain a normal pH balance within the blood.  This filtration also maintains a proper balance between water and salt in the blood, discarding the excess in the urine.  Waste products and toxic substances, such as drugs and alcohol are removed.  Before disease processes develop annoying symptoms such as allergies, headaches, and fatigue can result when any of the functions are not adequate to the task.

The 24-Hour Urninalysis will begin to answer these important questions:

  • Are you digesting the food you eat?
  • Are you absorbing and using the nutrients you’ve digested?
  • Are you getting rid of the body’s wastes?

Testing Procedure:  The 24-Hour Urinalysis is done at a certified laboratory and provides valuable information for me, your practitioner, including the following:Screening procedures:  the testing procedure begins with the same standard screening tests performed in hospitals to recognize disease.  Diabetes, liver and kidney disease, as well as urinary infection or inflammation, are first rule out before proceeding.

Physical tests:  Physical tests for color, cloudiness, volume, and specific gravity are recorded.  They are used to recognize abnormalities, including the kidney’s ability to clean the blood.

Chemistry tests:  complicated chemistry tests are performed, including an indican evaluation to measure the presence of food in the colon that is putrefying; this creates irritants and toxins which cause pain and inflammation.

Digestion tests; the urinary sediment is evaluated for excessive crystal formations which can indicate problems with digestion or excessive consumptions of protein, sugar, or fat.

Other tests that give me helpful information include measurements for pH, calcium, and vitamin C.

Benefits: There is an unmistakable connection between the importance of proper digestion and the occurrence of many recurring and nagging health complaints such as allergies, migraine headaches, and digestive disorders.

This screening procedure is the best early warning system available today.  Identify the reasons behind the symptoms –  don’t just cover them up.

  • It gives me biochemical evidence of what food(s) your body is having a difficult time digesting and assimilating.  Your diet plays an enormous role in how you feel and how you maintain health.
  • You will be able to readily modify your diet according to your body’s needs.  Individuality is the corner stone of this program.
  • You will find out the reasons why you feel the way you do.

Urine Collection: I will give you specific instructions and a collection kit.  Remember you MUST eat and drink the way you usually do while you are collecting to provide the most accurate information.

The 24-Hour Urinalysis Interpretation was developed by Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr. to further aid the health care practitioner in obtaining objective results to correlate to patient’s symptoms.  A random sampling of urine will only give me a limited view of a day in your life.

 A 24-hour sample is a more accurate picture of what you ate and drank and how it affected your body.This test is an excellent complement to the Loomis System as it biochemically confirms what may be found with the Palpatory Diagnostic Response and Homeostatic Challenge Test.

The Homeostatic Digestive Challenge Test


Now there’s a mouthful!!  Most of us are familiar with colic, a digestive problem associated with babies.  Babies cry because they are experiencing gas, bloating, and abdominal pain.  Adults also experience these symptoms but instead of crying and asking to be burped, we usually buy an over-the-counter remedy to relieve the symptoms.

What we usually don’t realize is that there is increased muscle tension associated with these symptoms.  Each digestive organ shares a common nerve supply with specific muscles.  This means that when the organ is stressed, the muscles contract.  For example, if the problem is in the stomach, then increased muscle tension can be felt below the breastbone.  If the problem is in the small intestine, as it usually is during colic, the tension can be felt around the belly button.  If the problem is associated with the biliary system, then the increased muscle tension can be palpated under the front of the right rib cage.

Health care practitioners use this phenomenon to correlate their knowledge of neurology and biochemistry with a physical examination for increased muscle contraction.  The Homeostatic Challenge Test was first used in 1986 and is now employed daily by hundreds of health care practitioners trained in clinically applying natural-occurring food enzymes in their practices.

Findings from a fasting exam are compared to an exam done about 45 minutes after eating.  The findings, often used in conjunction with interpretation of a 24 hour urinalysis, can usually pinpoint the true cause of your digestive symptoms and improve the benefits you derive from your diet.

In order for enzyme supplements to be most beneficial, they have to be specific to the individual.  Compare this method with the over-the –counter method of relieving the symptoms without addressing the cause of the problem.

A surprising number of people have problems digesting their food.  The annual sales of antacids are now in the billions of dollars.  Watch television for an evening and you’ll notice just how many drugs are advertised to help relieve symptoms.  These products do a good job of relieving symptoms, but do nothing to improve digestion or eliminate the cause.

By palpating, or “feeling’, your abdomen before and after a meal, I will be able to determine what happens to your organs when they are presented with food.  Can these organs do what nature designed them to do?  Which ones are being stressed?  What dietary changes can be made to alleviate the stress and what enzyme supplements can be used to normalize digestion?  The Homeostatic Challenge Test is a useful technique that can answer these questions and many more, such as;

  • If you can digest fatty foods and are therefore able to use fat soluble vitamins like A, E, and D.
  • If your liver and gallbladder is functioning properly so you can have a bowel movement every day.
  • If your pancreas can digest all the sugars in your diet so you do not have bouts with diarrhea.
  • If you can break down carbohydrates and use the sugar for energy.
  • If you can digest protein so you are building up body tissues, not tearing them down.
  • If you can digest protein so your body can carry calcium to its tissues.
  • If you can digest vegetables and fruits without excessive bloating and gas.

You must be able to digest your food, break it down into the appropriate components, utilize those nutrients, and then be able to eliminate the waste so your immune system is not overworked.

Many conditions that seem to be making news lately are actually related to the kind of food we eat.  Have you ever looked at those conditions in relation to how your body might handle the food you are putting into it?

When proper digestion does not take place, there can be negative health consequences.  For example, if you have trouble digesting protein, you may experience:  constipation, arthritis, anxiety attacks, premenstrual syndrome.  If you have trouble digesting carbohydrates, you may experience:  diarrhea, fibromyalgia, attention deficit disorder.  If you have trouble digesting fats, you may experience:  constipation, gallbladder problems, and heart disease.

The body is one large system with all of its parts doing their job to maintain the whole.  The bones support your body; the muscles flex to allow you to move around; the nerves carry electrical signals; and your digestive organs break down food into nutrients that are useable to the body.  If one of these parts is having trouble doing its job, you will experience symptoms, whether those symptoms are acute or just a general feeling, such as fatigue.

How you feel is in direct relation to what you eat and, more importantly, how your body handles the food and drink that you put into it.  Digestion is key!  Here’s an important point; just because you eat a certain food, like a vitamin-enriched cereal, does not mean that your body can digest and further utilize those vitamins.  Digestion does not just happen.  If a key digestive organ cannot do its job properly, digestion will not occur.

Vitamin deficiencies are acute and quite obvious whereas enzyme deficiencies tend to sneak up on you over a period of time.  The terrific news about enzyme deficiency is that diet modification along with enzyme therapy will get you back to a state of health and well-being.

If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to address your digestive needs please contact me. 

 If you are interested in learning more or would like to have urinalysis testing, please contact me.

This information is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. It is meant as information only. For any health concerns you have, please consult with the trained health practitioner of your choice.