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The cause of all disease

Genetics - Nutrition - Toxins

Is there such thing as the cause of all disease? Looking at what the body is - an incredibly complex chemical network of living cells - the answer appears simple: yes, the cause of all disease is a permanent disruption of the optimum body chemistry. But this "cause" is only the end result of either lack of substance needed for the optimum chemistry of life, or a presence of agents damaging to that chemistry - or, most often, both.

At any given moment in time, only about half of the body cells in an adult body is at their functional peak. About 1/4 is in the state of development, and the last 1/4 is dying (in young, developing bodies, more cells is developing than dying, and at the old age it is the other way around). Most cells die as a result of oxidative damage, with the second major cause being interruption of the cellular chemistry by non-oxidative agents.

Oxidative damage and chemical interruption don't necessarily kill the cell: they often "only" make it less efficient, more sluggish and vulnerable. When extensive cellular damage - or chemical interruption - takes place in a body organ, it leads to organ failure. For instance, oxidative damage to the epithelium (inner lining of the blood vessel) is the major cause of atherosclerosis.

  While body cells have highly developed capability to protect themselves from oxidative damage - if given sufficient antioxidants - they are generally less protected, and may be nearly helpless when confronted with other types of cellular disruptors, such as toxic metals, naturally occurring food toxins (like nightshade alkaloids), man-made xenobiotics in food, air and water, plasticizers (phthalates) or energy fields.  

Short of injury to the body, why would blood fail to deliver all of the needed nourishment? Why it would bring to the cells something harmful? There are only three possible reasons:

    inherited genetic malfunction
insufficient or unbalanced nutrient supply, and
    toxic contamination

Genetic factor is almost always present to some extent, but the inherited genetic malfunction is relatively seldom the primary cause of the blood plasma failure. In the majority of cases, the main culprit is either poor diet, or toxic body contamination - or both. In any case, cause of a disease

is never deficiency of prescription drugs.

What can make finding the origins of a disease daunting task is the enormous complexity of the human body, with many thousands of interrelated biological processes taking place in a manner that is specifically determined only on individual basis. Many diseases share similar symptoms, and any specific factor affecting the body can produce different symptoms in different individuals.

For that reason, the only way to find out what is causing a particular disease is to use

appropriate medical tests.

How to figure out what lab tests are appropriate? Specific symptoms, combined with personal and medical history, environmental factors, and the knowledge of possible triggers, give the first indication of where to look. This is why knowing where diseases originate from - even in a very rudimentary form - can be that vital piece of information for both, doctors and patients-alike.

Not less important is that it helps prevent diseases from developing in the first place.

So, let's say a few more words about these three disease factors - that is, genetic malfunction, nutritional deficiencies/imbalances, and body contamination by toxins or bacteria/viruses.

Genes and disease

In every disease, the efficiency of your genetic function is an underlying factor. While it usually plays the secondary role, some diseases - and quite a few of them - are directly caused by genetic malfunction. This malfunction can be either hereditary, or it can be caused by damage to the DNA, usually inflicted by toxins, free radicals and/or viruses.

Most people don't feel that they should worry much about their genes, but the figures don't support that notion. About 1 in 7 of us have some sort of hereditary disease, such as muscular dystrophy, hemophilia or cystic fibrosis. However, counting in diseases resulting from damaged DNA - in particular cancer - over half of the population is affected by gene-related diseases.

This highlights the importance of keeping the cells clean and functional by supplying them with needed nutrients, and keeping their toxic exposure low.

And with heredity being frequently significant component in many degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular, metabolic and cerebral, genetic function becomes even more a major disease factor.

Inherent genetic diseases affect the youngest most: they account for 1/5 of infant mortality, one half of miscarriages and 80% of mentally retarded children. It is very likely that significant portion of these diseases are not inherited from the preceding generations, but actually caused by a damage to the genetic function inflicted to either parents, or child after conception.

Nutritional factor

What your body needs for optimum functioning is optimum nutrition. That means a diet providing balanced intake of basic nutrients - proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and a variety of others - in needed amounts. Not too little, or too much - just right. At the same time, it should be as low as possible in harmful substances introduced by food processing and preparation, such are trans-fatty acids or food additives.

Obvious but, as we all know, easier said than done.

Keep in mind that even with good nutrition your body has its limitation in regard to its ability to handle physical and mental stress. The more inferior nutrition, the more severe limitations. Both, physical and mental stress drain body's supply of nutrients and unless you take a break, or find time to relax, your health suffers.

Nutrition is particularly important for two reasons:

(1) it is mostly in your control, and

(2) it directly and significantly influences how resistant - or vulnerable - you are to the other two major disease factors: genetic deficiency and toxic body contamination.

You can do little or nothing to fix genetic malfunction, and can minimize your exposure to toxins and pathogenic microorganisms only so much. This is why it is so important to put all that you can on the card that you can play with: good nutrition. If anything, it can make the difference between staying healthy and being plagued by a disease.

Toxic substances

What has become a major factor in the epidemic of degenerative diseases these days are toxic substances disrupting body functions. Some of them are naturally occurring, but man-made environmental contaminants are the main concern. These toxins are in the soil, air and waters; inevitably, they are in our foods, and in our bodies as well.

In addition, potentially toxic substances are purposely added to foods during processing: colors, preservatives, and chemical additives of all kinds.

All these are foreign substances either inherently toxic to our bodies - or at least those of sensitive individuals - or becoming toxic due to their excessive longer-term accumulation. They can interfere with body's chemistry, damaging tissues, organs and body functions, causing or contributing to any imaginable symptom or a disease.

Special form of toxic body contamination are infectious diseases, caused by small invading organisms - bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites and parasites. While trying to make home, or use of our bodies, these little critters can cause host of health problems. Most often, they cause diseases by contaminating the body with their toxic metabolic waste.

While symptomatic infectious diseases are relatively successfully diagnosed and treated, hidden infections, without clear-cut symptoms, often remain below the radar. With time, they can spread to vital organs, with serious, sometimes lethal consequences. They can also cause, or contribute to a development of degenerative diseases.

Probably the hardest to detect and avoid disease factor is power pollution. By altering body's bioelectricity, it can - and often does - exert toxic effect on body function. The more compromised this function, the more likely it will be further degraded.

This is why it is important to have efficient immune-system, which brings us back to the importance of good nutrition, digestion, detox system and the overall health. It is all related, and the body is only as strong as its weakest link.