How Do We CREATE (CAUSE) Disease And Dysfunction?

lived-700x476Most people think of disease as something we “CATCH.” The flu, chicken pox, sinus infections, are a few examples. Then there are diseases that are non communicable like diabetes, obesity and cancer. Dysfunction is a term that applies to the loss of muscle, vital organs (ex. heart, liver, gastrointestinal tract, etc…) joint, tendon or ligament function. These are the basic causes of health complications we contend with that affect the quality of life we live.

Many of you probably think of disease and dysfunction as a “NORMAL” aging process. It is commonly believed that “LUCK” determines who will suffer disease and dysfunction and who will remain healthy.

It is because of this FALSE BELIEF that I write this article!

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screen-shot-2013-06-11-at-9-23-22-am-500Creating disease doesn’t mean placing your head in a vat of viruses and breathing deeply. It means CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT within the BODY and MIND that is so weak and compromised, that mere exposure to a foreign substance (ex. “germs”) allows the body to succumb to disease. How do we create this weakened environment that compromises our natural defenses? This is best explained with an analogy showing the relationship between a car engine and the immune system.

Let’s pretend we use a LESSER quality oil in our car (often containing contaminants in the oil mix) to PROTECT our vehicle’s engine from damage.ย  Let’s pretend we don’t change it as frequently as recommended. Let’s pretend we drive the car “HARD (ex. don’t give it a chance to warm up, yet accelerate and decelerate frequently and suddenly.) Let’s pretend we avoid checkups and servicing and ignore the residue accumulating in the engine because the car is running without any problems (SYMPTOMS.) Ultimately the manner in which we drive, the accumulation of residue and the change in oil viscosity (thickness and flow) will cause increased wear and tear on the engine requiring a professional mechanic to service and repair the engine (as well as check and service any collateral damage resulting from the abusive treatment of the vehicle.)

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Let’s change the story from a car engine to a person’s immune system.

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Let’s pretend we use a LESSER quality source of FOOD (often containing contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, mercury {and other heavy metals,} hormones, antibiotics, dyes, preservatives, etc… to provide the nutritional needs to PROTECT our bodies from damage (disease and dysfunction.) Let’s pretend we don’t follow the recommended types of foods, quantities of foods and frequency of supplying these nutritional needs to the body. Let’s pretend we work the body “HARD” (ex. living stressful lives, VOID of necessary and restful sleep, VOID of adequate hydration, VOID of exercise necessary for maintaining healthy heart and lung function, etc…) Let’s pretend we avoid checkups and ignore the residue accumulating within us because our bodies are functioning without any “problems” (SYMPTOMS.) Ultimately, the manner in which we LIVE will cause increased wear and tear on the BODY requiring a professional health care provider to “service” and help REPAIR the compromised immune system resulting in disease and/or dysfunction (as well as check and service (TREAT) any collateral damage (ex. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux disease, cancer, etc…) caused by this self abusive behavior.

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LIFESTYLE IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF DISEASE AND DYSFUNCTION!

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Aging, shifting weather patterns through the seasons and everyday “germs” ARE COMMONLY BLAMED (INCORRECTLY) for the diseases we succumb to and the physical and mental dysfunction that impairs our ability to enjoy an active recreational and social agenda . It is NOT simply “bad luck” in most cases. It is the result of years of self abusive eating, drinking (sodas and alcohol), sedentary living, environmental toxicities and the continued willingness to maintain this lifestyle.

I hope this analogy simplifies just how important a role LIFESTYLE plays in determining the chances of acquiring communicable diseases {ex. flu, chicken pox, sinus infections, etc…} and non communicable diseases{ex. diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cancer, etc…} as well as local or systemic dysfunction {ex. loss of muscle, organ (heart, liver, gastrointestinal tract, etc…) joint, tendon or ligament function.}

The good news is, if we are capable of CREATING Disease and Dysfunction, we are also capable of PREVENTINGย  IT (in most cases.)

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32 comments

  1. Exactly right. This coincides perfectly with my description of our bodies as organic machines. As such they require constant care and attention just like the machines we live with like our cars and refrigerators. The good news is that unlike mechanical machines, our bodies can mend themselves with the proper food and exercise. We can restore our own good health with a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. Well stated Tony. We can “repair” IF we commit ourselves to achieving a healthy BALANCE in life.

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  2. Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100 and commented:
    This is a perfect description of the phrase “organic machines” which I use to describe our bodies.

    Tony

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    1. Thank you Tony. I’ll head over to your site and check out your article. I like the description, “organic machine.”

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  3. I’d like to point out that not all dysfunctions are caused by poor lifestyle choices. My husband has a pituitary disorder most likely caused by a concussion as a child. BUT we both know he could be a lot worse off if we didn’t live the lifestyle we do – minimally processed foods, regular exercise, toxic free environment, etc. This disorder causes increased cardiovascular risk, increased mortality, increased risk of obesity, reduced quality of life, etc. A lot of people with the disorder are a lot worse off and use this disorder as their excuse for their poor overall health. If you have a disorder, whether you caused it or not, proper diet and exercise should be your number one priority. It is the one thing you do have control over in regards to your health.

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    1. I completely agree with you. That is why I specifically wrote the words, “IN MOST CASES” at the end of the sentence. I have treated patients long enough to have the experience to know that patients are not responsible in every case for their malady.

      You and your husband are wise to approach his disorder by following a healthy lifestyle. Providing the body with the tools it needs maximizes its ability to function as well as possible. I wish the two of you many happy fulfilling days ahead.
      Thank you for reading this post and adding your comment. Different opinions adds to the pool of knowledge that helps all of us make better informed decisions.
      Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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  4. I loved you made a remark “… in most cases”. Considering it, absolutely agree with you!

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    1. I understand your sentiment. It would be naive to suggest “ALL” cases of disease and dysfunction is preventable. In my posts you will usually see comments like, “in most cases,” “in my opinion,” etc… I do NOT have all the answers. I am open minded and eager to read different perspectives to learn new “truths” to help expose people to new viable options if they choose to seek them.

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  5. I love this. So profound and true.

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    1. Thank you so much. Hopefully it will encourage a little introspection and help people overcome their challenging obstacles.

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  6. I had never heard that initial quotation before – but I don’t think I will ever forget it.

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    1. It very cleverly speaks the truth; a truth many do not want to accept. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      1. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

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  7. Caught me on a few of those things. This is a great post highlighting that taking care of our bodies/health is an ongoing process.

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    1. I was hoping people would be able to understand the needs of the body better by demonstrating the similarities with a vehicle’s engine people can relate to.

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      1. Yes, that is a great comparison. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Great article. Great definition of the life cycle.

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    1. Thank you Tessa.

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      1. You are welcome.

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  9. One of my favorite statements of the Dali Lama…..working on keeping the diseases at bay….great post….kat

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    1. Keep up the good work. You keep too busy to have any spare time to be sick! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. thanks…happy Thanksgiving to you and your wife…

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  10. I am applauding you, right now !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Lynne. I appreciate it.

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  11. The idea that the artificial world we have created for ourselves (commutes, desk jobs, 24 hour instant everything) is the root of modern chronic disease is one that I relate to clients on an almost daily basis. The only thing worse than the impact of “convenience” is our attempt to correct it with the pharmaceutical approach. Sadly, it is news to many that lifestyle creates (and has the potential to recreate) our level of health and well-being.

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    1. People’s self perception is often tainted. No one likes to think of themselves as “diseased” or “dysfunctional.” By accepting the concept that pharmaceutical intervention “makes people healthy,” people are more accepting of their own unhealthy behaviors. When the side effects of drugs cause ENOUGH negative symptoms, people are more willing to accept the need for self RESPONSIBILITY and ACTIVELY pursue healthier lifestyle choices.

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  12. You aree very right dear, tahnk you so much for sharing
    kisses

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    1. Always appreciate your comments. Thank you for validating these ideas.

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  13. Really a good post and I love the one by Dalai Lama ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. His words are truly priceless. They speak volumes!

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  14. Well said. I tweeted you on that!

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    1. Loved your tweet comment.

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