The key ideas of the D4 model are:
(1) Persistent major deficiencies in essential nutrients lead to mortality.
(2) Persistent major deficiencies in accessory (V3) nutrients lead to morbidity [This is a problem with the artificial animal chows in scientific experiments.]
(3) Persistent minor deficiencies in essential nutrients lead to morbidity.
(4) Persistent minor deficiencies in accessory nutrients lead to malaise (lacking vim, vigor and vitality, not being up to par; not feeling right; unexplained aches and pains; delayed healing, etc. Malaise is non-specific, [idiopathic] morbidity)
(5) Most deficiency symptoms are reversible, if reversed before the point of no return, but it can take a very long time, if components with a long half-life must be turned over and replaced with more functional structures.
(6) Excesses exert their deleterious effects primarily by creating deficiencies. Excess zinc creates copper deficiencies. Excess copper creates manganese deficiency. Excessive protein creates calcium deficiencies. Excess alcohol creates numerous nutritional deficiencies. Excessive toxins like alcohol also have deleterious side effects.
Excess calories create deficiencies in…
Two relevant anecdotes are documented in Joe Cross’ film “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.”
1. Joe Cross beat urticaria by doing a 60-day juice fast, followed by 60 days of eating right. Consistent with the idea that deficiencies of micronutrients (any nutrient [essential or V3] required in microgram quantities or less – documented examples include chromium and selenium. More speculative examples might include boron and arsenic) lead to imbalances in our systems, in this case the immune system (immune system dysregulation).
2. Phil Staples beat High Blood Pressure (HBP) after only 30 days on the juice fast, when he had lost only about 60 pounds – he still weighed almost 370 pounds. HBP, a blood pressure imbalance or blood pressure dsyregulation, is PRIMARILY due to micronutrient deficiencies. Supply them and proper regulation is eventually restored. All of the excesses that led to Phil’s having been so overweight were neither here nor there. Phil’s weight was still excessive, yet the HBP was gone. Obviously, excess weight does not cause HBP. In addition, in principle, there is such a thing as “a healthy fat man” – he is a man who habitually over-eats healthy food, or a man who once over-ate unhealthy food, then corrected his deficiencies before the point of no return, and adopted a healthier lifestyle, even if he continues to be over-weight from over-consumption of nutritious food.
After a 60 day juice fast and 8 months more of healthy eating and exercise, Phil lost 200 pounds and was off medication for uticaria.
Of course these data are also consistent with other models, particularly the psychosomatic illness models. The experiments bear repeating with more participants, square meals, juice, and sufficient calories to prevent ANY weight loss – would be a cleaner “demonstration” that deficiencies -and not excesses per se– are the primary drivers of degenerative disease. Eventually, it would validate the healthy fat man concept.