Knowing vs. Doing

Knowing vs. Doing

Taking Action

Paul A. Goldberg MPH, DC, DACBN, DCBCN
Founder and Consultant to The Goldberg Tener Clinic
Chronic Disease Reversal

Each of us have our own biological blueprints. When the sperm of the Father with eight million chromosomal combinations, combines with the egg of the mother with eight million chromosomal combinations, the result is sixty-four trillion potential unique genetic variations. No two individuals are alike.

The enormous genetic/biological variations that exist from person to person requires us to carefully individualize the health restoration programs we create for each of our patients who consult with us regarding their chronic disease issues. Their requirements for nutrients, their abilities to eliminate toxins and a myriad of other factors make each patient very different from the next. Download our article, “Infinite Variety: What Makes Each Patient Unique”, which discusses this in further detail.

Beyond genetics, there are also enormous variations in the way each person has lived over the years. These variations are referred to as “epigenetic” factors, i.e. those factors added to or on top of the genetic makeup of the individual. The millions of liters of air they have breathed, the thousands of gallons of water and other liquids they have drank, the tons of food items ingested, drugs they have taken, emotional upsets they have gone through, exposure to diverse toxins, the amount of sunlight exposure and other variables of their years of living all further form and influence the genetics they were born with, which in turn can literally turn genetic components on and off.

It is also true that we, as members of the same human species, have needs in common with each other. These include the need for nutrients, sunlight, air, sleep, rest, avoidance of toxin exposure along with diverse emotional needs. At the Goldberg Tener Clinic we refer to these as Foundational Needs or The Essentials of Health.

Some patients see these Foundational Needs as being too simple and therefore not important. On the surface, while they might appear simplistic, the proper application of them and the way they affect the body are critical and complex.

Fifty years of being involved in health care has taught me that each of these essentials of health needs to be applied in an individual manner based upon the patient’s age, health status, genetic makeup and lifestyle.

The media inundates us with general health recommendations such as drinking eight glass of water per day, sleeping eight hours each night, eating a certain number of grams of protein based on age and weight, consuming a certain amount of daily fiber and other advice. Such broad ranging recommendations, however, are far too general to be applied to a population of people who have dramatically different biochemistries, lifestyles and variances in their health and disease situations.

Prior to arriving at the details of each patient’s program e.g. digestive issues, cortisol levels, hormonal imbalances, blood glucose issues, heavy metal  toxicities, pesticide residues, endocrine disrupters, food and environmental allergies and other specifics, we address basic health essentials that are out of balance.

Knowing Vs. Doing!

Knowing vs. DoingWe sometimes run into some pushback with the occasional patient when we address the fundamentals that need to be worked on. This can take the form of the patient telling us that they “already knew that”. Our concern, however, is not if the patient knows the foundational steps needed for good health but rather if they are implementing them in a manner consistent with their health status. When a patient tells us that “I already knew that” it indicates that they have heard about a particular health essential or behavior but as it usually turns out, have not employed it.

The complex biochemical/nutritional/toxicological/microbial/endocrine/digestive issues we uncover as part of our clinical investigation are critical to a patient’s successful journey back to good health. Likewise, implementation of Foundational Measures such as adequate sleep, sunlight, activity, fresh air, etc., are also vital to recovery.

All the knowledge in the world means nothing if we don’t act on it. It is important to not confuse knowing for doing. Knowledge plus action gives us the power to make constructive, positive changes in our health. Knowing and not doing gives us the same results as not knowing. Disregarding foundational health behaviors leaves a gap in any health program that academic training and clinical experience alone, on the part of the doctor, cannot substitute for.

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