The 3D Effect by Dr. Louis Ignarro, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology

3D Effect

The 3D Effect!! What exactly is the 3D Effect, and why does it matter to your health? According to Dr. Louis Ignarro, the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology, these three Ds are the three stages of Nutrient Deficiency Syndrome (NDS), a continuum that can have devastating effects on the human body.

Nutrient Deficiency Syndrome is the progression of what most people recognize as “disease.” Looking at it in three stages allows us to track NDS as it advances, while clearly showing that what most people call disease is not a state but instead is a process. During that process, the body lacks the correct levels of some of the nutrients it desperately needs in order to function optimally; as a result, the body gradually breaks down at the cellular level.

Eventually, seemingly out of nowhere, a person displays symptoms. Only then does she think, “I’m sick.” But, in reality, the process that led to those symptoms almost certainly began years earlier.

The three Ds, the building blocks of Nutrient Deficiency Syndrome, begin to occur when the body does not receive enough of the essential nutrients it needs. Unless the body gets the particular nutrients it lacks, one D will inevitably progress to the next. The three Ds are:

  1. Depletion—Depletion occurs when the body’s intake of one or more essential nutrients fall below the level that one or more of its systems need to function optimally. An example of depletion is the body’s level of coenzyme Q10, which is vital for heart muscle health, dropping below the level needed for total well-being, due to dietary shortcomings and the demands of a stressful life.
  2. Deficiency—Deficiency occurs when the chronic depletion of one or more essential nutrients begin to cause the breakdown of body systems at the cellular level. An example of deficiency appears when the heart muscle cells begin to show signs of damage after being deprived of sufficient levels of coenzyme Q10 for 10 years.
  3. Dysfunction—Dysfunction begins when such significant cellular damage has occurred that previously invisible harm begins to manifest as symptoms. An example ofdysfunction is a person beginning to experience shortness of breath and chest pain, following 10 more years of cellular breakdown due to deficiency.

~ Credits: Dr. Louis Ignarro, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology