We are an association of researchers interested in solving the health problems falling under the umbrella of chronic inflammation.  These include atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), metabolic syndrome, and related degenerative conditions using nutritional and lifestyle changes.  If you are interested in joining our efforts please send an email to info@balancepointinstitute.org.

Goals and Objectives

Goal #1

 

To play a significant role in the development, testing and implementation of preventive health care measures based on non-pharmaceutical interventions and lifestyle changes in the areas of diet, including the Institute's dietary protocol, exercise and stress management.

 

Goal #2

 

To make all information the Institute develops related to the medical benefits of preventive health care measures available to the medical community, to organizations and companies implementing such measures and to the general public through its publications, programs, web site, presentations and conferences.

 

Goal #3

 

To develop a comprehensive database of nutritional information of foods, lifestyle changes, compliance methodologies and tools, exercise regimes and other information that achieve the Institute's goal of viable, effective, preventive health care.


Future Research Programs

 

Areas of interest include:

  • A full clinical trial, which expands on the pilot dietary program discussed in the paper referenced above.  This trial would initially compare the results of 3 diets:  the National Institute of Health DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension): the Mediterranean Diet, and the BalancePoint dietary protocol.  The participants would be monitored from baseline through  2 week, 1 month, 6 month, and 12 month intervals using a series of bio-markers to determine the effectiveness of the various diets on the participants' health.


  • The protocol  that the Institute formulated has been very effective at rapidly improving cardio metabolic risk.  Having something that works is a first step, but lifestyle change is not easy and staying compliant is hard work.  The institute would like to study the issue of dietary compliance - what are the practicable applications of lifestyle changes that are necessary to assist individuals to embrace healthy dietary changes and to stick wit them.  This research will explore the social and community -based structures that are proving to be powerful incentives for sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. 


  • Although one's genome, or genetic blueprint, defines the individual, it is gene expression that makes the proteins which do the work and actually express the person's health.  Clinical trial to evaluate a dietary or other lifestyle components can take years to evaluate.  BalancePoint Institute is interested in evaluating proteomics, the large scale study of proteins, as a way to much faster evaluation of dietary lifestyle change, starting with establishing a healthy baseline for reference.


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BalancePoint Institute,  Patagonia, Arizona
info@balancepointinstitute.org