In order to understand how this concept has evolved, it is necessary to become more knowledgeable in how the body functions, how many illnesses are created, and how they can be prevented.
By self-education in the physiological processes of the body each person can then make more responsible choices toward prevention of illness or creating good health.
Any illness, regardless of its name, location, or varying symptoms, is the bodys warning system that something is wrong.
Health and illness are not static but are constantly fluctuating, depending on a multitude of external and internal conditions.
Picture a ladder with the top rung representing maximum health; the bottom rung represents death. Between these two rungs, you will find a gradual progression from health down through sickness and, finally, to death. Two of the levels between health and death represent the level of poisons and the level of toleration of those poisons in the body. The location of these rungs on the ladder will be different for each person.
The level of poisons represents the accumulation of waste products in the body from both natural and unnatural sources. Under normal circumstances in the healthy person, the body will discard these wastes as fast as they are produced. This can be done through urine from the kidneys, gasses from the lungs, and a few wastes through the skin in perspiration.
However, if a person should become overstressed or weakened, for example, by lack of sleep, overeating, excessive mental or physical tension or fatigue, the body will become enervated, experience a depletion of normal nerve energy, and this loss of energy will cause the elimination of these waste products to slow down. This slowdown of elimination will, in turn, cause the level of poisons (toxins) in the body to rise.
When the level of toxins reaches beyond the bodys level of toleration of those poisons, the body will respond with symptoms of illness or disease, an indication that it is trying to reduce or eliminate the excess accumulation.
This level of toleration will vary with each individuals level of health. The healthier individual will have a lower toleration point, and the person with decreasing health will be able to tolerate more poisons in the body, because of a lessened availability of energy to eliminate them. In other words, the healthier you are, the faster your response.
If you understand your bodys reactions to this internal poisoning and allow it to eliminate this buildup of toxins by not interfering with the process, the body will continue its elimination until the level of poisons has been reduced to a level the body can cope with, and health will be restored.
The process of creating nerve energy and eliminating wastes from the body is called metabolism. This process also is responsible for building up, storing energy, and repair of the cells. Metabolism consists of all the chemical reactions inside all the living cells in all the tissues of the body. Necessary to this process are air, water, food, and sunlight.
Research in metabolism and nutrition has shown that the effects of all excesses are cumulative. Any substance, oxygen, water, chemical, or nutrient, can be poisonous if it is present in excessive quantity.
There are many stages in the rungs down the ladder from health until an irreversible disease occurs. This is not something that happens overnight but can take many years to reach. Using the stomach as an example, the first indication that a level of toleration has been reached may be minor discomfort or pain from an irritation to the stomach lining.
This might be caused by eating spicy foods, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, or stress. There are many possible causes. If this irritation is ignored, it will eventually be followed by an inflammation of the stomach, in particular the mucous membrane, and this will be diagnosed as gastritis. This, in time, may eventually lead to an ulcer.
However, this disease called an ulcer is nothing more than a continuation of the original symptoms of discomfort and pain. The ulcer can be removed, but if the cause of the problem is not recognized and eliminated, the symptoms of inflammation and pain will continue and the level of health will continue down the rungs of the ladder until, finally, cancer will appear. This is an example of the chain of symptoms with cancer at the end and, yet, in no way the cause of the first symptom.
Any ailment, whether it be a cold, pneumonia, headache, etc., represents the bodys effort to eliminate wastes when the normal channels have been overloaded. Any treatment which interferes with this effort will only hinder the body in its self-healing efforts.
As soon as the overload is brought under control, the symptoms will disappear, unless an organ has been degenerated through too many crises of overloading. Even then, it can still often be overcome by changing the lifestyle and eliminating the cause.
Another example of the stages from health to disease can begin with excessive elimination through the mucous membrane of the nose. This is called a cold. If this form of elimination is repeated for too many years, it can eventually close up the nasal passage at which point, hay fever or asthma may develop.
Or, if the throat and tonsils or any parts of the respiratory passage become involved, it may develop into tonsillitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, or pneumonia. All are symptoms of the original problem of an overload of poisons in the body.
The foregoing examples can be applied to any organ of the body. Any organ that is enervated from stress or habit, from work or worry, from injury or from whatever cause may become the location of a crisis. Symptoms will vary according to the location.
Every chronic disease starts with such a crisis which is repeated until an organic change or degeneration takes place. This chain of symptoms simply represents the cumulative effects of these crises.
We must look within ourselves for the cause of infection or disease. If we live abnormally in any regard, we can expect a departure from normal health. The major diseases in the U.S. today are related to over nutrition, high cholesterol, saturated fat, salt, tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, and lack of exercise.
If our consumption of food is inadequate, either in quantity or quality, we will create deficiencies of various nutrients necessary for proper body functions. If we are subjected to too much stress, the adrenal glands will secrete more of certain hormones which suppress the functioning of the bodys defensive systems.
If we do not get enough rest, our organs of elimination, the liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin, cant get rid of excess food materials as well as they should. As a result, we may experience unnatural forms of elimination such as vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing, coughing, fever, etc.
Discarding unnecessary nutrients and waste products is an energy-demanding activity that weakens the bodys nerve energy. Stimulation of the body with caffeine, vitamins, and even some medications may give the impression of renewed energy, but it is actually accelerating the use of energy and degeneration of the cell structure. In other words, stimulation will accelerate aging.
Health is not just the absence of symptoms of illness; it is the presence of complete nerve energy which comes from protecting the body from excesses. Disease is a friend, warning us that it is time to stop and look at what we are doing to our bodies, warning us of danger.
It tells us to stop the abuse and clean house. Pain is natures way of saying we still have the ability to heal ourselves. To ignore this and continue the habits leading to the pain is ludicrous.
If we deal not with the disease but what created it, we can eliminate the cause, and health will be the effect.
To insure a higher level of health, it is necessary to adopt a lifestyle that raises the level of available energy and eliminates the introductions of poisons into the body. It may not be possible to eliminate all the poisons we are exposed to, but we can exercise control over what we eat and drink. A diet that places emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables will provide the best nutrition possible.
We can try to provide ourselves fresh air and pure water. It is not always possible to make a complete change in environment, but be aware of the quality of the air and water that you are exposed to each day. You can try to avoid the areas where air pollution is the greatest, and there are sources of good drinking water available to everyone.
We can exercise the muscles of our body, one of the most important sources of the nerve energy we require. For example, aerobic exercise, increasing the pulse rate for a certain length of time, on a regular basis will circulate the blood more efficiently, improving the supply of nutrients to the cells and eliminating waste products more effectively.
We can check up on our mental health to see if we are overstressed or unable to handle our emotions as well as we could. We can take some time each day for quiet and meditation. We can see that we get some form of relaxation or play, along with the proper amount of rest each day.
In other words, we can examine our lifestyles and search for the sources of our own internal poisoning. We can choose to eliminate these sources. We can choose to be healthy.
That very wise man, Thomas Edison, has been quoted as saying, The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, diet, and the cause of prevention of disease. The doctor of the future is here, now the dynamically wonderful you! Wayne The Mango Man Pickering, N.D., Sc.M. = THE AMBASSADOR for HEALTH! Author; Nutritional Performance Coach + Life Management Consultant;Professional Speaker, Award Winning Triathlete & Double Nominee for The Healthy American Fitness Leader Award www.wayne-pickering.com 800-325-DIET(3438) -or- (Local#) 904-441-4487 We Get Sick
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