One Disease – One Medicine
The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 11 – June 2012
Welcome to this month’s BioNews. We must learn to free ourselves from the control that others exert over us. As we learn we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self defense in wellness, I call “The Martial Art of Wellness.” And as we practice we become Wellness Ninjas.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Yet this is health: To have a body functioning so perfectly that when its few simple needs are met it never calls attention to its own existence.
-Bertha Stuart Dyment
That’s worth quite a bit
“ In 2003, a friend in Denver told me about something called BSF-BioSuperfood. I started taking it then and here’s the report: I haven’t had a cold or flu since, which has been 8 years! That’s worth quite a bit. “- Posted product review, Anonymous, May 2012
As most of you know by now, in the spirit of The Martial Art of Wellness, I am committed to demythifying either substances, supplements or certain concepts of health that I believe to be incorrect or just plain wrong. This month I am presenting you with food for thought about the big business “myth” that is medicine. In doing so, I hope to increase your awareness and free you from the constant and often misleading dogma and brainwashing that occurs on the television, on the radio, by doctors; natural and conventional, and in thousands of articles in print and on the internet. As wellness warriors, knowledge should come as number one in your arsenal. Only then will you be able to make the right choices for your wellness.
One Disease – One Medicine
The conventional medical model lists thousands of diseases and thousands of drugs for treating their symptoms. More than 40% of Americans take at least one prescription drug and one-in-six takes at least three. There are currently over 1000 approved cancer drugs. This allopathic approach has you taking a pill for cholesterol, a beta-blocker for high blood pressure, a calcium supplement for your bones, and so forth. In most cases like with diabetes or hypertension, drugs/remedies are prescribed for alleviating or controlling the symptom(s) while the initial causes of the disease are rarely addressed. Often, alternative medicine practitioners work allopathically as well when suggesting enzymes for poor digestion, saw palmetto for prostate support, vitamin C for preventing colds, etc. Within this model, not many try to make sense of the fact that improper diet, too much food, pollutants and stress are the causes of most diseases.
THERE’S ONLY ONE DISEASE = CELLULAR DISEASE
Let us demystify diseases. We don’t have to be scientists to remember that we are made up of hundreds of trillions of intelligent living cells, which in turn make up what we perceive as organs, bones, tissues, blood and brain. And with that in mind, is it not an obvious biological fact that diseases begin and reside at the cellular level, and that unhealthy cells lead to unhealthy organs which lead to deficient metabolic activities perceived as symptoms, which we call disease? It is safe to say that by the time a disease and its symptoms have been diagnosed, the cause(s) that led to the disease have been manifesting in the body’s cells for some time. We don’t “catch” diseases; we let them happen. Let’s walk through cellular disease in four steps:
- Cellular disease manifests over time due to a poor diet, pollutants in our food, water and air, bacterial and viral infections, uncontrolled stressors, lack of exercise, overeating and/or weight gain.
- Once symptoms have begun to manifest, most cells are already toxic, deficient in nutrients and energy, and likely less efficient at performing their metabolic functions: repair, detoxification, growth and regeneration. As a result, the organs are also less efficient at conducting their own metabolic roles. For example, in hypoglycemia the pancreas becomes sluggish at regulating blood sugar with insulin.
- The governing brain organs, particularly the pineal gland and the hypothalamic-pituitary axis (HPA), are also affected by this cellular disease and are thus rendered less efficient at controlling critically important metabolic functions such as maintaining blood sugar and blood pH (acidity/alkalinity) balance, and even the beating of the heart.
- After years and often decades of metabolic inefficiencies, the regulating cells and glands of the endocrine system have become accustomed to these negative imbalances, and now operate on a negative feedback pattern as if in a “healthy” state. For example, when the HPA becomes slow or doesn’t even attempt to regulate dysfunctional pancreatic cells, it results in a chronic condition that we call diabetes.
At this stage of a degenerative or chronic condition, the body suffers from cellular exhaustion (sluggish Krebs/ATP energy), poor assimilation of nutrients, insufficient detoxification and elimination, deficient protein synthesis, sluggish osmosis of water (dehydration), and/or deficient oxygenation (hypoxia). Due to inefficient flushing of mitochondria’s acid ashes, there is accumulation of debris inside the cells, cellular and blood pH is jeopardized. There is likely chronic acidity and resulting acidosis. These conditions will lead to chronic inflammation, infestations of micro bacteria and parasites (fungus, yeast, Candida), accumulation of the “bad” fats (high cholesterol), and crystallization of fats and other unassimilated debris into plaque and arthritis. Digestion and elimination are compromised. The body has lost its ability to rapidly detoxify, heal and regenerate itself, leading to a vicious cycle.
THERE’S ONLY ONE MEDICINE = CELLULAR MEDICINE
How do we prevent this cellular degeneration and restore cellular health? In our culture, there is a powerful reliance on using external medicine to treat diseases and ailments. Yet this is far from the reality that our cells themselves are the medicine. But for cells to conduct their healing functions, energy is needed and that energy can only be derived from food. Our cells perform a myriad of voluntary and involuntary activities. There is not a single moment when our cells are at rest and do not require energy. Even when resting (i.e. during sleep) energy is required for involuntary processes of the cells to support digestion, respiration, circulation, etc. This energy is supplied from carbohydrates, proteins and fats derived from foods. If we provide our cells with energy, each cell will perform their functions of self-creation, self-regulation and self-healing. As opposed to the interventionist model, I call this approach “getting out of the way of health”. Let’s walk through the way to regain cellular health from this energy perspective:
- First, do no harm. Begin by limiting causes of cellular toxicity and burden. Greatly reduce the misuse of food. Consume less and consume only high-quality proteins and sugars, avoiding dead, toxic and depleted food and beverages. Choose wisely; ask yourself before you eat or drink, “Is this conducive to health or to disease?” Since all substances carry energy that will either raise or lower your own energy level, avoid pollutants and toxins of all kinds, including mental and emotional negativity.
- Nourish your cells. Eat a high-energy diet of fresh, organic, colorful fruits and vegetables with little meat and fish. We are energy beings; we do not live off the food we eat, but from the energy we derive from it. Look for the “energy” in foods such as fresh and organic fruits and leafy vegetables which are natural, unprocessed sources of minerals, trace elements, carbohydrates, and chlorophyll.
- Support increases to cellular efficiency. Beyond avoiding harm and eating good foods, other factors are critical to cellular health. Oxygenation and detoxification can be vastly increased with movement and aeration. Here are a few means to achieve this:
- Fasting is as important as eating. I call it “getting out of the way.” Fasting has been used as a means to regain health since the beginning of time. When an animal is sick, it stops eating until it gets better. During the fasting phase of the night, our liver is given a chance to perform myriads of biochemical processes. Give your body a chance to heal itself by introducing regular, safe and short fasting periods in your life.
- We must exercise in order for our cells to respire and not oxidize (“rust”). Shake every cell in your body with daily exercises like walking, running, yoga, rebounding, etc. Your brain, lungs, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems will all benefit. This will increase your pulse and your temperature, kill viruses, remove toxins and balance fats in each cell of your body.
- Natural wellness literature tells us that 50% of toxicity within our body may be caused by negative emotions or state of mind. Maintain your spiritual and emotional balance with various exercises: yoga, qigong, tai chi, deep breathing, prayer, meditation, etc.
- Support the reprogramming of the governing organs of the brain. With degenerative and chronic conditions, the dietary and lifestyle changes recommended above may not be sufficient to reprogram the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis (HPA). I propose a diet rich in nutrients that are known to be frequently deficient in the brain: minerals and trace elements, green, blue, and red pigments (chlorophylls, carotenoids, and other phytonutrients), and fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9, gamma, and alpha lipoic acid). In addition, exercises and other energy-restoring activities like yoga and meditation are also known to restore brain balance.
- Introduce superfoods to increase brain energy. In addition to the above, I recommend consuming brain superfoods daily to radically increase your chances of reprogramming the brain’s governing organs. Brain superfoods are shortcuts to brain health as they have many nutrients that are able to reach the brain more abundantly and efficiently than normal foods. There, they act to restore cellular health to the body’s most critical cells. There are many superfoods with these properties including the green and red micro-algae, leafy greens, colorful berries and small fruits. These superfoods contain thousands of nutrients that are both nutritive (proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll) and protective (EFA’s 3, 6, 9, GLA, pigments, and carotenoids, with extraordinary anti-oxidative ability). These nutrients will not only nourish your deficient cells, but will also feed those more difficult-to-reach brain cells, restoring their energy and critical metabolisms. This in turn increases the performance of the HPA and pineal gland, accelerating a return to homeostasis and energetic coherence resulting in rapid restoration of endocrine balance and metabolic functions of the organs.
EAT TO LIVE vs. LIVE TO EAT
Our bodies were made with sensitive systems that prompt us when to eat and when to stop eating. We were designed to eat to live. It is when we disregard these systems that we overeat. Living to eat can lead to obesity, which can also lead to a myriad of other unwanted effects such as heart disease and diabetes. While our individual situations may not always favor eating to live, we should still try to adopt this practice, as it will lead to longevity and improved quality of life. Eat to live rather than live to eat, applying consciousness and efficiency to your selection and consumption of foods.
- Small meals are better than large meals: There is no doubt that a small meal is less of a burden than a large meal on an already fatigued or diseased organism. The metabolic energy required for digestion, utilization and elimination of a large meal is underestimated.
- Frequency trumps volume: In partnership with the small meal approach, it is much better to eat small meals frequently then a few large meals infrequently. Think of meals as fuel for your 100 trillion cells each equipped with 2000 engines (mitochondrion) requiring fuel/energy to perform their metabolic functions.
- Diversity over quantity: Eating a large variety of food and changing your choice of foods frequently will decrease deficiencies and increase your chance of obtaining rare and important trace elements and phytonutrients.
- The whole is greater than the sum of its parts: Eat only whole foods. An apple contains more than 500 known nutrients and you receive energy from eating it. Isolating, separating or replicating a few of these 500 nutrients would not give you one ounce of energy.
- Small foods are best: Eat the smallest foods within the various food groups as they often contain more nutritional density than the larger ones, and frequently have other nutritional properties. For example, the small berries within the fruit family have significantly more anti-oxidative nutrients than watermelons and red lentils have more density and less fat than lima beans. We know that certain micro-algae are the most efficient food on earth due to their nutrient density and unequal energy transfer properties.