The "Few" possible causes of disease
One has control over each of the causes.
If disease were a "natural" consequence of life, we would all experience essentially the same ailments at about the same times of life. After all, we all follow roughly the same pattern of progress in our development: we teethe, learn to walk and talk, turn into a "terrible two," and suffer through the anguish of puberty at approximately the same ages. Although there are minor variations in the timing of the onset for each of us, the pattern is pretty consistent. The development of disease, however, isn't consistent. Heart disease, arthritis, or cancer, for example, can strike at any age.
Even the ravages of "old age" are inconsistent. The process of aging isn't as neat and tidy as the process of developing from infant to adult. There appears to be no particular "natural progression" from young adulthood to old age. I have patients in their forties, who are "old." They think, feel, and act "old." And I have patients, in their nineties who have more vigor and vitality than others in their fifties.
Aging and disease are individual processes that are affected by lifestyle. Your external, visible lifestyle is controlled by choices made within personal boundaries of values, geography, and economics. Your internal health determining lifestyle is controlled by your personal Toxicity, Timing, and Thoughts. This [book] is about Toxicity and how the food you eat contribute to the buildup of toxins in your body. Toxins are poison-like substances. They can come from the air we breathe, liquids we drink, things we eat, or substances we inject into our bodies.
that goes into your body must be dealt with in some way. Your body must
use it, store it, or lose it. No "foreign" substance in your body can
be ignored, and until food is processed and assimilated it is a "foreign"
body is alkaline by design and acid by function. Although your cells
live in an alkaline environment, they produce acid as they function.Acid
must be either neutralized or eliminated. Acid produced by cells is
"natural," and self-made acid is easily eliminated through the lungs,
the urine, and feces.
substance that interferes with the natural workings of the body
is a toxin -food included.
second villain that undermines health and is a major cause of pain is improper internal timing. Your
body synchronizes an amazing number of functions. It simultaneously
keeps the blood coursing through your veins, digest foods, assimilates
nutrients, eliminates unusable parts of foods, tracts and relaxes muscles,
processes chemicals, repairs itself - the list goes on. You stay relatively
symptom-free as long as all of the natural physiological functions work
smoothly. That's Intelligence.
To convert that analogy to your physiology, when you exercise hard, your heart rate increases. This is a natural, and necessary function to increase the oxygen supply to your muscles and to remove the waste products from them. If your were not able to increase its rate when needed, you would not have survived your first chase around the playground. However for your heart to continue to beat at the faster rate after you rested is inappropriate; if it does, your body is experiencing a timing problem.
Most of my patients come to me for relief of symptoms brought about by incorrect timing. Muscles that should be relaxed are tense. Of course, if we could not tense our muscles, we would not be able to move. However, when a patient is lying on an examination table, he should be able to consciously relax his voluntary muscles. A muscle that is continuously tense eventually becomes painful. Pain can be brought on by a perfectly proper physiological response that occurs at an inappropriate time.
You may wonder why the body would do something at the wrong time if its internal intelligence never makes a mistake. Doing the right thing is never a mistake-inappropriate maybe, but not wrong. The body does not judge an event good, bad, or appropriate. It just responds normally to all stimuli without judging whether or not the time is appropriate to execute the response. The information available to your control center serves as the data base for patterns of response to every situation. The brain (your brain, your thoughts) that directs everything that goes on in the body works with the information recorded there. Information recorded yesterday, last month, twenty, thirty, or sixty-years ago is equally as usable as information recorded now, twenty, thirty, or sixty seconds ago.
The response pattern is similar to retrieving data stored on a personal computer's hard disk. The computer doesn't care when the information was entered. It's either there or is not there. When the computer gets a particular sequence of commands (the stimulus), it will retrieve the data associated with those commands (response). The body (like the PC) does not evaluate the appropriateness or potential long-term consequences of responses to stimuli. The body (like the computer that doesn't give a tip about health) does not consider health or disease. The body responds to stimuli from a data base (memory bank) that is programmed for survival at the moment. Pain and health problems arise when your body responds to stimuli from past conditions that no longer exist: obsolete programming.
I have seen thousands of examples of this over the years. A patient (we'll call him Jim) comes to me complaining of back or neck pain. He had been in a minor accident several weeks earlier. He may have been in a car that was rear-ended with only enough force to damage the bumper. Or he could have merely moved a dining room table. Or perhaps he just bent over to pick up the morning paper and he couldn't straighten up again. Whatever the incident that caused the pain, it wasn't an earth shaking event. But here he is, weeks later, still hurting.
examination shows nothing torn, nothing broken, nothing dislocated-just
activity-restricting, sleep-disturbing pain. It doesn't take long to recognize that Jim's body is still physiologically
primed to handle the bumper-thumper, or lifting the table, or bending
over. When he is lying on the treatment table "consciously relaxed,"
his muscles are more tense than they should be. Although the need for a physiological "alert" pattern is long gone, Jim's body
is responding to the obsolete messages. All that is necessary
for Jim's muscles to relax is to update the messages his subconscious
mind is sending his muscles. With dated signals, his muscles can relax.
When this is done, pain is relieved. Jim can go on about his business,
and his body can retun its non-emergency mode of function instead of
the crisis/survival mode it had been maintaining.
He was in a stressful situation. His body was responding in precisely the correct manner; however, the emergency showed no signs of letting up. Even though neither he nor his family was without food or shelter at the time, he was anticipating with strong feelings of emotion all sorts of dire consequences: defaulted mortgage, cars repossessed, major reductions in the trappings of affluence, personal embarrassment, and worse. And his body was ready for the physical fight that would never come.
Your body reacts to negative mental and emotional stress brought about by thoughts exactly the same way it reacts to "real" threats of physical harm. To the subconscious that governs physiology, stimuli from ideas are just as "real" as stimuli generated by being the target of a marauding street gang. Thoughts are things that can stimulate physiological responses-some appropriate for the occasion, some inappropriate. Physiologists have found that thoughts are so influential that all you have to do is anticipate exercise for the sympathetic nervous system to stimulate cardiac output.
Timing, toxicity, and thoughts are closely ineteroven. Rarely do I see a patient who doesn't have a problem with at least two of these factors, and most come to me with a combination of all three. Over time, any one of the three can force the body to adapt the way it functions, which in turn, leads to exhaustion, lowered resistance, and, ultimately, disease.
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