COMMENTARY: THE ROOTS OF DISEASE
1) Chronic psychological and emotional suffering, pain and stress.
At times, everyone experiences mental and emotional turmoil. For many it's a way of life. Chronic worry, heartache, loss, frustration and pain take a toll on the nerves and deplete vital force, depress immunity, disrupt hormones and biorhythms. Childhood stress, relationship stress, job stress... it all adds up and can take a whopping toll on your health. It's a fact, stress kills.
Ingested toxins, environmental toxins, metabolic toxins... by the millions. From the dry cleaners and lawn chemicals to the food industry and 'sick building syndrome', we're all exposed to more toxins than we can shake a stick at. This is in addition to the toxins our bodies create as a by-product of work, exercise and STRESS. Over the years the body's elimination of toxins may be insufficient to deal with the load. Disease can result when excessive poisons accumulate in our cells and block normal function. Most notably, we find that people suffer with toxic blood, lymph, intestines, liver, kidneys/bladder, lungs and sinuses.
3) Autonomic Dysrhythmia
Modern culture is 'sympathetic dominant'. This is a serious dysfunction that is practically ubiquitous, affecting even our household pets. No joke. Sympathetic dominance is present when the nervous system is dominated by stress and the classic fight/flight physiology. Volumes of Nobel Prize research stand as testament to the fact that an overactive sympathetic nervous system leads to accelerated aging and disease.
4) Oxidative Stress
A rusty nail, a browning apple, age spots on the hands... it's all the same. Free radicals have been the subject of extensive research and the evidence is clear that oxidative stress won't just rust your pipes, or spoil your food, free radicals do the same thing inside our bodies, essentially rusting our organs from the inside out. Laboratory testing on hundreds of thousands of individuals has demonstrated that oxidative stress is a very widespread and creates an internal environment favorable toward illness, disease and many of the outward signs of unhealthy aging.
Primary sources of free radicals: hyper or non-specific stimulation of the immune system results in excess concentrations of hypochlorite production, exposure to toxins (xenobiotics) which cause the liver and the adrenal cortex, reactions that involve the cytochrome P450 enzyme reaction system, exposure to radiation either electromagnetic or through ionizing, excessive stress which through neuro-transmitters and modulators force both the immune and endocrine systems to produce destructive radicals.
5) Killer Food
How can a nation notorious for overeating protein, carbohydrate and fat have so many people deficient in vital nutrients? The answer is that we are eating too many 'empty calories' from foods grown in depleted top soil, coupled with excessive processing and refining.
Americans, young and old, suffer from multiple trace mineral, macro mineral and vitamin deficiencies. Most common deficiencies include magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and various amino acids.
Additionally, the Standard American Diet causes blood sugar dysregulation, hormonal disorders, acidosis, and digestive system overload and weakness. The bottom line is that the average person's diet is killing them in more ways than one. Despite loads of media attention and books from our nation's top nutritional gurus, the majority of people in this country are still digging their graves with their teeth.
6) Chronic Dehydration
When we don't drink enough healthy fluids we become dehydrated. The problem is that it's possible to be dehydrated more or less continuously for many years and not even know it. This in turn creates chronic and severe hormonal stress that leads directly to pain and disease. Research indicates that a simple water deficiency afflicts many millions of Americans.
7) Touch Deprivation
Detachment style parenting, body issues, and neglect of the body promotes a condition known as 'touch deprivation'. For millions of people this is a condition to simply accept. However, the stress and pain that results is more than many people can bare and drives them to extreme and desperate behavior in an unconscious effort to remedy a touch deficiency. However, there is no substitute for touch. Without enough skin to skin contact human beings become extremely imbalanced, and mentally and physically diseased.
8) Tissue Oxygen Starvation
Ninety percent of Americans are oxygen starved and eighty percent of these don't even realize it. The cause for this widespread problem is twofold. First, few if any of us are actually taught healthy breathing habits, we simply ignore it all together. The second reason is due to a predominantly indoor (and sedentary) lifestyle. Living inside schools, offices, homes, cars, and shopping malls combined with unconscious shallow breathing creates hypoxia, and hypoxia is an anaerobic condition that breeds infection, cancer, heart disease, inflammation/pain and chronic fatigue.
9) Chronic Inflammation, Lesions and Restrictions
Most, if not all, people suffer with multiple inflammations, lesions and restrictions in their various membranes, connective tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons and organs. Not only do these inflammations and lesions limit mobility and motility, they also add substantially to the body's total stress load, and frequently become the site for accumulated toxins and future cancers. Preventing disease and creating optimal health necessitates that we locate and eliminate these physical problems.
10) Structural Subluxations
Gravity, injuries, sitting in chairs, bad shoes, and poor posture can all cause spinal and joint mis-alignment, which in turn leads to neuro-muscular, multiple organ and system dysfunction. Autopsy research indicates that in most cases, diseased organs are directly linked to subluxated vertebra. Subluxations of the cranial joints (sutures) have also been shown to cause serious dysfunction in body, mind and behavior. For optimal health and disease prevention, a