Focusing on the patient and their routine, finding the deficiencies of essential nutrients to improve their quality of life: this is the great paradigm shift that the doctor Alejandra Rodríguez Zía hugs. Clinical physician received at the University of Buenos Aires and a specialist in Endocrinology, after 30 years of experience in conventional medicine, she came to orthomolecular medicine to prevent other pathologies, thus forming the ISOMEM, the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine and Nutrition. Together with María Teresa Ilari and Mariano Arnal wrote Seawater: Seawater in metabolism.
In an interview by Carolina Balbiani within Let’s read experience, Rodríguez Zía spoke about how biochemistry applied to medicine works. The orthomolecular medicine was developed in the 1960s by the biochemist Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize for Chemistry and Peace: it is about seeing the human body from nature, biology, biochemistry and physiology. With this approach, Rodríguez Zía said, the patient is thought differently: “if he has heartburn, the doctor will no longer think of an antacid, but will focus on why this discomfort was generated, he will reach the origins of the pathology, and will try to reverse it ”. There are many edges to achieving a positive result, he explained, but at the end of the day, what orthomolecular medicine is all about is giving the body the own non-artificial molecule that it needs and that it had lost. In Linus’s words, “the right molecules, in the right amount.”
“Sugar is a poison for our brains,” said Rodríguez Zía, which produces electrical impulses, both in the cortex and at the base of the brain. “When we eat sugar, we soon have an insulin spike. This insulin introduces sugar into our cells as well as lowers it from the blood. That causes the brain to become electrified. Not for nothing, he added, one of the fathers of orthomolecular psychiatry said that between sugar and cocaine the difference is the syringe.
The job is to change the eating rites. The taste buds have receptors capable of adapting to the food that one chooses to maintain. “To the Eskimo,” he said, “the raw seal’s eye looks like candy!” At the end of the day, for Zía, it’s all about habit.
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