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Background
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Author information
Bibliography
Technique
Theory

Related Terms
  • Adequate protein diet, Barry Sears, carbohydrate, diet, fat, low carbohydrate diet, protein.

Background
  • The Zone diet is an unproven dietary regime, which has been popularized by Dr. Barry Sears through sales of his 1995 book, The Zone. Despite claims made in the book, there is little available research to support its overall benefit.
  • The Zone diet is a calorie-restricted diet that provides adequate protein, moderate levels of carbohydrates, essential fats and micronutrients spread through three meals and two snacks that approximately maintain the protein-to-carbohydrate ratio throughout the day.
  • Proponents believe that the Zone diet promotes optimal metabolic efficiency in the body by balancing the hormones insulin and glucagon. Insulin is responsible for converting, in the blood, incoming nutrients into cells. Glucagon regulates glucose in the liver. Overall, the Zone's food plan consists of a dietary intake of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat.
  • Under this diet, recommended foods include fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen), oatmeal (whole grain), protein powder (e.g. soybean isolate), chicken, turkey, lean beef, fish, low-fat cottage cheese, soy food, nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, macademia, pistachios), extra virgin olive oil, natural sweeteners, such as fructose or stevia.

Safety




Author information
  • This information has been edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com).

Bibliography
  1. Cheuvront SN. The zone diet and athletic performance. Sports Med. 1999;27(4):213-228.
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine.
  3. Sears B. The Zone Diet and athletic performance. Sports Med. 2000;29(4):289-294.

Technique
  • Zero Balancing is different from other types of bodywork because it focuses on both body structure and energy flow at the same time.
  • During zero balancing, the client fully dressed. With the client seated, the practitioner first evaluates the torso. Then the patient lies in a supine position on a padded table, similar to those used for massage and physical therapy. The touch used during zero balancing is called "interface," and has been described by clients as pleasing, gentle, and relaxing.
  • During a session, the practitioner works on finding places where energy fields may be obstructed or otherwise disrupted. Zero balancer practitioners pay particular attention to the skeleton, which they believe holds most of the body's energy. Their practice focuses much attention on the spine, shoulder blades, pelvis, hips, sacro-iliac joints, legs and feet, as they systematically travel up the body. After treating the upper body, the practitioner usually progresses again to the lower body for a final look.
  • Practitioners use a technique called fulcrum, which involves using the arms and hands in a specific geometry to help access energy fields and bring the skeleton and joints into balance. Clients generally feel the touch as lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, sliding, and rotating.
  • One session usually takes 30-40 minutes. Practitioners typically recommend at least three sessions, followed up with regular maintenance visits every 2-4 weeks. Zero balancing sessions range from $50 to $100 each.
  • Certification is available for healthcare professionals who complete a combination of education and practice with the Zero Balancing Health Association (ZBHA).

Theory
  • There is a lack of available scientific data on the Patrician Kane (PK) protocol.
  • The Haverford Wellness Center, located in Haverton, Penn., where Domenick Braccia, D.O., formerly worked in partnership with Patricia Kane, Ph.D., refers to the PK protocol as a safe detoxification system that works through a combination of targeted nutrition and intravenous (IV) therapy. Targeted nutritional intervention is a relatively new approach, used by some to treat Down syndrome and autism. It involves giving patients nutritional supplements that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is not clear why IV therapy is used to deliver these nutrients.
  • Some secondary sources suggest that the PK protocol may work by supporting cell membranes in the body, although this theory has not been confirmed.
  • Oxidative stress is thought to play a key role in cell dysfunction in some disorders, including ALS. Oxidative stress may lead to the loss of motor neurons, although the mechanism is still unclear. Researchers are looking for ways to prevent oxidative stress in the hope of stemming motor neuron damage.
  • Glutamate is an amino acid that acts as a messenger between nerve cells and organs. Researchers theorize that glutamate may send prolonged messages that overwhelm the nerve cells, causing toxicity, and that this malfunction may hold a key to understanding ALS.
  • Researchers are also investigating whether immune-inflammatory responses contribute to ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. There is some evidence of a link between microglial activation and immune response.

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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