Enjoy a Long, Happy, Healthy, Vibrant, Disease-free and Active Life - PART 3.
Part 3. The Cause of all Chronic Disease !
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame,in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” - Thomas Edison
A Chronically Diseased Society
Its scary to think that eight out of ten of us will suffer from a chronic, degenerative disease in our lifetime and die prematurely. According to the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) in the US, they claim that 80% of all “seniors” in the USA have at least one chronic disease and 50% have at least two. It also seems that most of the others, who don’t have a chronic disease suffer from aches and pains. The trends in the UK look pretty similar.
Just so we all understand, this includes all of the killer diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity.
Although “seniors” are the worst affected, don’t think that younger people aren’t affected. More and more children and young people in there 20’s and 30’s are suffering from lifestyle diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and of course obesity.
This definitely wasn’t the case fifty years ago. So what’s changed ?
The question is why and what is causing theses aches, pains, chronic diseases and premature death ?
In a nut shell, its all about the modern lifestyles we live, what we eat and drink, and often what we don’t eat. (nutritious food). Combine this with what we breathe and what we absorb through our skin from the environmental pollution where we work and live, and the stress we experience in our day to day lives, then its no wonder we have become a generation of chronically diseased people.
In this article we want to make you aware of what causes the aches, pains, chronic lifestyle diseases and premature death that have become so common, and help you identify the “toxic killers”.
One of the main causes of aches, pains and disease is “Acidosis”. To prevent disease we must focus on two critical areas – “toxicity and inflammation”.
“ACIDOSIS” is the increased acidity of the blood causing a pH imbalance caused by what we eat and drink and the polluted environment we live in, resulting in toxic poisoning of the bodies tissues and cells, and internal inflammation.
This is the primary cause of ALL modern lifestyle diseases today and it is preventable.
Its quite likely that you have never heard of “acidosis” or “toxicosis” and its even more likely that your doctor doesn’t understand it unless he is a “natural health” practitioner.
So if you are serious about your health and wellness, now is the time to take control of your own health and wellness by becoming fully informed of the realities of disease and premature death. This could save you and your family a lot of pain and heartache.
Cells – The marvel of creation
Each of our bodies started with one single cell and developed into a human being - a marvel of creation. An adult body has between 75 and 100 trillion cells that make up every fluid, tissue, gland, muscle, bone, organ and the 11 integrated systems of a human being.
Every life process takes place in the cells. Life starts in the cells and life ends in the cells, regardless of the disease.
Our health relies on these trillions of cells repeatedly performing billions of specialized functions primarily activated by the miracle of enzymes.
Every cell is phenomenally complex and has a specific function to carry out in the body. Each cell has an independent “power plant” to generate the energy (electricity) necessary to carry out its own functions.
To produce this energy, the cells must be fed the right “groceries” (nutrients) to maintain the very delicate mineral balance necessary to fuel the cell pumps that generate the cellular electricity.
In addition the cells must also be able to process and excrete the toxic waste resulting from “acidosis” and the processing of the “groceries.”
Each cell is tightly bound by a blood vessel and a lymphatic vessel with space between the cells being maintained in what Dr Samuel West, DN, ND, Chemist and Lymphologist called the Healthy “Dry State”, in his research into the “cause of disease.”
Dr West’s extensive research over 30 years established that life and death is controlled by the blood stream. In layman’s terms, blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells to enable them to function effectively. However, because of our modern lifestyles, blood proteins and toxins become trapped around the cells, blocking the circulation and upsetting the chemical balance in the cells, which produces the conditions that cause loss of energy, aches, pains, disease and finally death.
He calls this the Diseased “Swamp State”, which is explained in detail in his book The Golden Seven Plus One. (available here).
The Critical Elements
Life, disease and death are governed by four critical elements: air (oxygen), water, macronutrients (proteins, fats carbohydrates, glucose) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and trace elements).
It is said that you can survive for 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water but only 3 minutes without oxygen.
The reason being that oxygen and glucose are absolutely essential to generate the cell energy to enable it to process the nutrients to achieve all body functions. Without oxygen or the necessary nutrients, cells will stop functioning and affect the associated organ, resulting in disease and death.
The Healthy “Dry State”
In the healthy “Dry State” the blood vessels feed the cells with oxygen, glucose, water, macronutrients and micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes and trace elements, to keep the cells performing at peak levels.
The lymphatic vessels extract the normal waste and toxins resulting from the cell processes and recycle it into the blood stream to be cleansed by the Kidney’s and the Liver and excreted from the body.
While this process is working normally, it keeps the body free of aches, pains, lifestyle diseases and premature death.
It is important to note that unlike the bloods circulatory system that has the “heart” to pump the blood around the “96,600-kilometer-long” pipeline of arteries, veins and capillaries, the lymphatic system doesn’t, and relies on muscle expansion and contraction to move the lymph through its one way system back through the Thoracic duct into the blood stream. This is mainly achieved by two critical key activities – “proper breathing and specific exercise”.
The Digestive System
The gastro-intestinal tract is the key to optimum health.
It is important to understand that the digestive system is the vehicle that processes and delivers what we eat and drink to the blood stream through the intestinal walls, once it has been digested. The blood stream then delivers the life sustaining “groceries” from the food to every cell in the body.
If, however, we eat and drink modern lifestyle meals including, fast foods, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, excessive sugar, alcohol, fizzy cold drinks, coffee, etc, then the blood delivers “toxic waste” to the cells, resulting in “acidosis”, the toxic poisoning of the bodies cells.
This excess toxic waste slowly, over time, overloads the extraction capability of the kidneys, liver and the Lymphatic System, creating the Diseased “Swamp State” around the cells which, depending on the severity, results in loss of energy, aches, pains, chronic disease and eventually premature death. This slow build up is the reason why so many “seniors” have chronic diseases.
To fully understand the impact on the body, of “what we eat and drink”, we need to be aware of another amazing feature of the human body. This is one of the most important health discoveries ever made. Acid-alkaline pH balance.
The acid-alkaline balance of the body has an enormous impact on a person’s health and is very seldom consciously managed or even taken into consideration, even by conventional health practitioners.
We have seen that healthy cells are critical to enable the body to perform at maximum efficiency and to remain in a healthy state. We have also seen that cells require oxygen and the right “groceries” to perform optimally. Unfortunately most of what we eat these days is highly acidic and toxic, which if allowed to poison the cells or if not extracted from around the cells, causes the cells to malfunction and die.
So how does the pH of the body’s fluids affect the cells and the overall health of the body ?
The pH balance of our bodies fluids, blood, saliva, urine and the fluids in and between the bodies cells are absolutely critical to our health and wellbeing. For optimum health, wellness and longevity the body must be in a slightly alkaline state.
Bear in mind that water makes up a large percentage of the body, on average, 55% for women and 60% for men. Its interesting to note that a new born baby has about 78% water.
What does a “slightly alkaline state” mean ?
pH (potential hydrogen) is a measure of the “acidity” or “alkalinity” of a solution.
The pH scale is from 1 to 14 with 7 being neutral and 1 to 7 being acidic (low on oxygen) and 7-14 being alkaline (high on oxygen). Remember oxygen is critical to the well being of the cells.
In our case we are specifically interested in the pH of the blood, which is extremely critical and should always be slightly alkaline.
To fully understand pH balance and how your life is totally dependant on it we have dedicated a whole section to it. Link to pH Balance
The Acid Generators
Nobel Laureate and discoverer of Vitamin C, Albert Szent-Győgyi, once noted, “The body is alkaline by design, but acidic by function.”
The bodies natural metabolic process produces vast quantities of acid, however the bodies cells and tissues require a slightly alkaline environment.
We have seen that “acidosis”, toxicity and inflammation are the prime cause of lifestyle diseases, but where does all the acid come from, and how can we maintain alkalinity ?
No surprise there – our modern day lifestyles are prolific “acid” and toxin generators.
Most of the acid and toxins comes from what we eat and drink, but also from what we absorb through the skin and breathe from polluted air. Another source that is often overlooked is “stress” and emotions, like anger, fear and jealousy, which, unfortunately together with smoking and alcohol are also prolific internal generators of acid and toxins.
By the way in contrast, meditation, prayer, peace, kindness and love are alkaline forming.
So as they say in the Caribbean “Don’t Worry, Be HAPPY mon”.
Lets stop for a moment and look at what most of us eat and drink.
Virtually everything we put into our mouths other than raw vegetables and some fruit, which are lacking in most peoples diet, are acidic forming. (Sometimes referred to as “acid yielding”)
Let me first explain that the key word here is “forming”. Take a lemon; in it’s normal state it is acidic, but once it has gone through the digestive process in the body and is absorbed into the blood stream, it is very alkaline. This is what is meant by acid or alkaline “forming”.
It is recommended that we consume a diet of 80% alkaline forming and 20% acid forming foods while we are trying to correct “acidosis” and heal the body, and 70% alkaline and 30% acid to normally maintain a healthy acid free body.
Contrary to current medical rhetoric and “modern medicines” perverted claims, the cause of cancer is easy to understand and is readily preventable and reversible without the dangerous “modern medicine” therapies used as standard treatments in most countries – surgery (slash), radiation (burn) and chemotherapy (poison).
Nobel Prize Winner Dr Otto Warburg, established in his research that cancer only lives in an “acidic” (low oxygen) environment like most bacteria. Every time Otto Warburg lowered the oxygen level by 35% in a healthy cell, it became cancerous.
Based on his work he found that cancer cells cannot survive in high levels of oxygen (alkaline pH) and that increased amounts of oxygen prevented the spread of cancer cells and will eventually cause them to die.
Subsequently, Robert Barefoot established that at a pH slightly above 7.4 cancer cells become dormant and at a pH of 8.5 cancer cells will die.
This is covered in his book - The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth by Robert R. Barefoot, and Carl J M.D. Reich.
Cesium Chloride, one of earth's most alkaline elements, has been used to raise the pH of the body as an alternative or complementary cancer treatment for many years. As mentioned above Dr. Otto Warburg’s research showed that cancer thrives in anaerobic (without oxygen) or acidic, conditions. Research by Keith Brewer, PhD and H.E. Sartori has shown that raising the pH, or oxygen content of a cancer cell, to 8.0 creates a deadly environment within and they soon die and are disposed of by the body.
To find out more about this and many more natural cancer treatments i suggest you visit the amazing site that Webster Kehr has put together, www.cancertutor.com
Alkalize or Die
As you have seen, “ACIDOSIS” is the prime cause of all disease. It is important for you to fully understand the process of alkalizing your body and the critical role a properly alkalized body plays in restoring and maintaining your overall health. Everything in our bodies, from cells to organs only function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels in our system.
Dr Theodore A. Baroody makes the following point in his remarkable book – “Alkalize or Die”.
“The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause……. Too much tissue acid waste in the body !”.
Sang Whang, the author of “Reverse Aging”, an exceptional book covering a topic that is close to most peoples heart, provides convincing information about why we must focus on keeping our bodies slightly alkaline.
This is what he had to say about lifestyle degenerative diseases in his book.
“In general, degenerative diseases are the result of acid waste buildups within us. When we are born, we have the highest alkaline mineral concentration and also the highest body pH. From that point on, the normal process of life is to gradually acidify. That is why these degenerative diseases do not occur when you are young.”
The Main Culprits
Although we will cover the serious toxic affects Personal Care, Cosmetic and household cleaning products have on the body in a later Part of this Article, the main “acid” culprits, unfortunately are commonly found in most of our daily diets. These incorporate a number of products from the grocery shop, including breakfast cereals, margarine, bacon, red meats, canned fruits, pasta, fizzy cold drinks, diet drinks, sugar laden sweets, cakes and biscuits, coffee and artificial sweeteners. Then add to these, fast foods, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, trans fatty acids, hydrogenated oils (silent killers) and alcohol, all of which are acid forming, you can see just how “acidic” and “toxic” our diets are.
Lets look at an example of one of the worst “acid forming” culprits – “fizzy cold drinks”. On average a soft drink cola has a pH of 2.5. This means it is very acidic and would need 32 glasses of water (neutral pH 7) to counter act the acid forming affect on the body. In addition each can of cola has an average equivalent of 13 teaspoons of sugar, and most diet drinks contain aspartame, a highly toxic substance. You can see that this is a toxic disaster and a certain precursor to obesity, diabetes, ADHD and a number of other chronic diseases.
Its no wonder that when these drinks are combined with fatty fast foods and sugar laden goodies, more and more children, teenagers and young people in their 20’s and 30’s are suffering from disorders (ADHD) and chronic disease at a younger age.
The Toxic Revolution
The cancer rate 100 years ago was one in 8,000. Today, it is one out of every two persons. This correlates directly with the increase in the use of toxic chemicals.
It is not only cancer that is caused by toxicity. There are hundreds of problems related to toxicity such as migraine headaches, fatigue, allergies, asthma, ADHD or ADD, learning disabilities, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, lack of brain function such as clarity of thinking, confusion, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, and the list goes on and on.
The BIG Question ?
We should all ask ourselves – “are we unknowingly, or worse still, knowingly poisoning ourselves and our children with acid, poisonous toxins and dangerous chemicals ?”.
The Answer !
It is Time to become Aware and Take Control of Your Own Health and Wellbeing.
No one Else Cares !
First and foremost, become informed to enable you to take every possible action to limit your exposure, and that of your family, to excessive acid foods, poisonous toxins and dangerous chemicals.
What Next ? - Read Part 4. Which covers “Why YOU Should Care ?”
As we now know, “Acidosis, Toxicity and Inflammation” are the cause of all metabolic and degenerative diseases. We virtually live in a toxic wasteland, surrounded by poisonous toxins and dangerous chemicals and we have turned our bodies into “acid” processing factories by feeding ourselves with “modern” processed toxic and acidic foods.
There are however three other “toxic enemies” we have not yet mentioned that you must also be aware of.
You might be very surprised, becuase you use many of these products everyday of your life.
Find out more in Part 4.