THE ALL-ENCOMPASSING THEORY OF MODERN DISEASE
Some of this information is way oversimplified. Some of it is probably not quite technically correct. And you should be aware that the various steps in this cycle can be in a different order than I've shown, can overlap each other, or can be skipped altogether. Regardless, this model is accurate enough (and hopefully understandable enough) to get you in the ballpark as far as recognizing the roots of chronic illness. Just remember that in the same way that there is no SINGLE CURE for all physical ailments, neither is there a single cause of these ailments. However, this is great information that will give you something to think about if you or a loved one are struggling with chronic health problems.
LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO:
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STEP 1: INFLAMMATION
INFLAMMATION is the driving force behind almost every single disease processes and chronic health problem --- even many of those that people like to pawn off on "GENETICS". Contrary to popular belief, inflammation is not swelling, but is the collective name given to a group of immune system chemicals. Although these chemicals are good (even vital) in small amounts; in large amounts they promote a veritable Pandora's Box of health problems. Inflammation can be the result of many different things (GLUTEN, MOLD, YEAST, PARASITES, HEAVY METALS, THYROID or other ENDOCRINE PROBLEMS, etc), but is almost always tied to poor diet choices in some form or fashion. A couple blood tests that might tell you whether or not you have high levels of Systemic Inflammation are an increased Sed Rate and increased C-Reactive Protein. Either way, you need to be aware that Systemic Inflammation (large amounts of Inflammatory chemicals coursing through your blood stream) eventually leads to..........
STEP 2: LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
Although the first step in the process involves Systemic Inflammation, it almost always ends up leading to something called LEAKY GUT SYNDROME. I would guess that at least half the American population ---- maybe more, have some degree of this problem. Fifteen years ago, the medical community debated the very existence of Leaky Gut. Now you can find almost 10,000 scientific / medical studies on the subject. Just be aware that the medical literature will always refer to it as "Increased Intestinal Permeability".
Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when the Small Intestine's "tight junctions" --- the gaps between individual cells ---- become loose. In healthy individuals, these 'tight' cellular junctions are just big enough to allow fully digested food particles to get through so they can be absorbed into the blood stream. As Inflammation increases, it destroys the compound that holds the cells tightly together, allowing the 'tight' junctions between the cells get looser. Thus, the gaps between cells get larger. This, in turn, allows the Small Intestine to become "Increasingly Permeable" (leaky) to substances that should never be allowed to get through.
These things are then absorbed into your blood stream where your body recognizes them as 'foreign' and begins to make antibodies against them. These "foreign invaders" include everything from parasites, to partially-digested or undigested food fragments, to bacteria, to viruses, to yeast, to heavy metals, to chemical toxicity, to medications, etc, etc, etc. The process of getting sick causes even more Inflammation. Do you see the vicious cycle starting to churn?
ANTIBIOTICS CONTRIBUTE TO THE SITUATION:
When we get sick, doctors to prescribe Antibiotics. ANTIBIOTIC use, overuse, and abuse causes a disruption of the Gut's normal Flora. This imbalance of bad bacteria to GOOD BACTERIA in the gut is called DYSBIOSIS. Although Dysbiosis is caused by Antibiotics, it is fed by SUGAR & STARCHY / PROCESSED FOODS. Thus, Blood Sugar is a an absolutely critical issue for virtually all Americans --- even if they do not (yet) have Diabetes (HERE). Add this to the fact that we have known since the late 1990's that 80% of your entire Immune System is found in the SMALL INTESTINE (GUT) ---- much of it in the form of these 'Good Bacteria', and you have recipe for disaster ---- a perfect storm that will show up in the form of numerous chronic illnesses and health problems. But I am getting ahead of myself. The thing that most commonly takes everything to the next level is...........
STEP 3: FOOD SENSITIVITIES, INCLUDING GLUTEN
Ten years ago, hardly anyone had heard of Gluten. Now, practically everyone has heard of Gluten, and just about every grocery store has an entire section devoted to "Gluten Free" foods (most of which I am not a fan of --- instead of eating these foods, go PALEO). There is a reason that this is happening. Although science has not figured out the exact mechanisms (HERE are several hypothesis), the bottom line is that it is now common (even, 'the norm') for people's Immune Systems to recognize Gluten (or GLUTEN CROSS-REACTORS) as foreign invaders, begin to attack them, and to make antibodies against them. This process is possibly the most well known mechanism in developing............
STEP 4: AUTOIMMUNITY
Once people's immune system begins making antibodies to Gluten; for reasons that are not yet clearly understood, these same immune systems begin making antibodies to self (HERE). This is called AUTOIMMUNITY. Unfortunately, once a person is Autoimmune, they are always Autoimmune. Autoimmunity leaves them susceptible to a whole host of ---- you guessed it ----- AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES ---- diseases that tend to travel in packs like wolves. In other words, if you have Psoriasis, you are 'Autoimmune' and will likely end up with many more of the diseases listed in the previous link if you do not get the situation under control. This is because, as strange as it may sound, your problem is not the disease itself, it's the fact that your body is making antibodies to itself and will continue to make antibodies to itself until you dry up the source of Inflammation and fix the Leaky Gut. Fixing a Leaky Gut will take anywhere from 1-2 months (in some cases longer) and require real effort on your part as far as what foods you eat and supplements you take (HERE is an example of someone who followed our advice to the letter and did it with a condition widely considered "uncureable").
Unfortunately, you cannot simply go "Gluten Free" and think that this will solve your problem. You have to do it in a very systematic manner (HERE), and you must understand GLUTEN CROSS REACTIVITY. Sorry, but simply walking up and down the 'Gluten Free' isle at the grocery store and throwing whatever tickles your fancy into your shopping cart is not going to get it done for most chronically sick people. I repeat. You have to go about "Gluten Free" the right way. However, the cool thing is that if you require more proof than an Elimination Diet, there are now some new and very accurate diagnostic tests available that tell you whether or not you have a leaky gut, how bad it is, and which cross-reactors are a problem for you (Cyrex).
You have to be aware that many of the standard (i.e. behind-the-times) medical tests for Gluten Sensitivity are actually tests for Celiac Disease. Keep reading so you understand how you can be incredibly Gluten Sensitive, yet have none of the standard symptoms associated with CELIAC DISEASE.
STEP 5: ONCE YOU HAVE REACHED THE POINT OF AUTOIMMUNITY, ALL BETS ARE OFF. YOU NEED INTERVENTION AND YOU NEED IT NOW!
For instance, we now know that between 80% and 85% of the American population carries the gene for Gluten Sensitivity. And despite the fact that your doctor is not telling you any of this, there is an abundance of research in the biomedical journals on the topic.
Cyrex also has several brand new test arrays that look for numerous general forms of Autoimmunity. It is absolutely critical to realize that despite most people thinking of Gluten Sensitivity in terms of Small Intestine or "Gut Symptoms" (bloating, gas, diarrhea, etc), the majority of Gluten Sensitivities will manifest as NEUROLOGICAL / ENDOCRINOLOGICAL problems --- many of which show few (or even no) overt digestive / GUT SYMPTOMS. One of the best examples of this phenomenon is the outlandish number of Americans dealing with THYROID PROBLEMS.
GLUTEN SENSITIVITY AND NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS:
This is where the whole model starts getting nutty. As crazy as it sounds, there are many medical experts who believe that things like PARKINSON'S DISEASE and other neurological problems are the neurological manifestation(s) of Gluten Sensitivity. Instead of calling this phenomenon 'Leaky Gut', it is currently being touted as 'Leaky Brain'. I recently attended a seminar where the instructor, a distinguished Functional Neurologist trained by both Dr. Carrick and Dr. Kharrazian (Dr. Steven Noseworthy) stated that (I am loosely quoting him here), "Celiac Disease is what the average doctor thinks of when they think of Gluten Sensitivity. This is not really accurate. Celiac is the manifestation of Gluten Sensitivity as seen in the Small Intestine. But Gluten Sensitivity manifests very differently in other tissues and organs. For instance, in the Brain and Nervous System, Gluten Sensitivity / Toxicity manifests as the group of symptoms we refer to as Multiple Sclerosis, or ALS, or Parkinson's, or Alzheimer's, or Seizure Disorders, or Neuropathy, as well as NUMEROUS OTHERS). In other words, Celiac Disease is simply the name we have given a specific autoimmune situation going on in the small intestine. You can have all sorts of problems equally related to Gluten (and equally as autoimmune and severe as Celiac) without actually having Celiac. Unfortunately, most doctors do not believe this (HERE). Gulp!
The kicker is that Dr. Noseworthy did not say this in a half-cocked fashion like I might have done. He used out-takes from dozens of scientific papers from the most prestigious biomedical journals on the planet to prove his point. To be honest with you, it was shocking seeing it in print. And although this idea has not gone completely mainstream yet, it is currently being touted by some of the world's most brilliant doctors ---- particularly Functional Neurologists / Functional Endocrinologists / Functional Immunologists.
STEP 6: RECOVERY & HEALING
I want you to think of sickness, ill health, and disease in a new way. Imagine that the process listed in the five steps above as a huge volcano ---- a churning mass of hot lava that you cannot see because it is underground. Your body has the ability to squelch this growing mass of lava if you do the right things. Or the mass can be allowed to churn, bubble, and boil until it blows its top, spewing ash and rock, and overflowing lava all over the place. Just remember that the spewing rock and overflow of molten lava is merely the symptom (the visible manifestation) of what is going on below the surface. If you do not figure out a way to dry up the source of this volcano, it will continue to erupt, causing a diverse array of seemingly unrelated problems.
If you want to begin addressing some of the root causes of your health problems, you can start by reading HOW TO CURE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. The great thing is that no matter what is wrong with you, there are universal steps that must be taken by everyone in order to dry up their volcano and get well. Fortunately, some of you will be able to do much of this on your own. Be aware, however, that depending on the severity of your particular situation, you may need to see a physician who is versed in Functional Medicine. Yes; this means you'll have to step out of the box.
WHY IS A HILLBILLY CHIROPRACTOR LIVING IN THE OZARK REGION OF SOUTHERN MISSOURI INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC?
Firstly, I truly care about helping sick people get well. And if you are honest about it, you have to realize that the new paradigms of health and disease have bypassed the medical community and left them in the dust. The problem is that most of them are so far behind the curve that they do not even realize it's happened. They are still using the "Better Living through Pharmacology" model (HERE). Unfortunately, this model is not only not helping most of our population's chronically sick people get well, it is often times a significant contributing factor to the development / propagation of Leaky Gut / Leaky Brain Syndrome. But hey; it makes a heck of a lot of money for a heck of a lot of people.
There is not another profession on the planet with a wider gap between the scientific research community and the professionals in the field (HERE). These two groups are often 180 degrees opposite each other. This Blog Post should more than alert you to this fact. Just more proof of the myth of EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE. What does it all mean to you? Only that if you care about your health and the health of your family, you had better do some simple research into what it takes to get healthy and stay healthy! I realize that it's a tough revelation to swallow, but the truth is, it's all up to you. Unfortunately, Obama's steady stream of a promised utopia will ring increasingly hollow. You may not have figured it out yet, but our government is beyond broke. One day, "free" healthcare for everyone is going to look more like that "free" healthcare I've seen firsthand in Ethiopia.
Secondly, many of you are aware that I do a great deal of SCAR TISSUE REMODELING here in my clinic. The underlying cause(s) of chronic health problems are of great interest to me because when I see patients who have symmetrically bilateral problems or problems at multiple sites all over the body, I have to begin wondering if Autoimmunity is playing a role (HERE). No matter how well I do my job, it may not be enough to overcome some of the underlying health issues discussed in this post.
It doesn't really matter what kind(s) of health problems you struggle with. You will begin dealing with all of them in similar fashion. If you found this useful, please help us reach more people by telling others about our site or liking us on FACEBOOK.