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What's Trending? Chronic Degenerative Disease
Nature - Nurture Genetics, Lifestyle & Environment
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The 20th Century saw much progress but it has come with a heavy cost. Now, we are suffering the consequences with rampant disease.
Toxins in our environment, clothing, toiletries, cosmetics, medications, and food increase free-radical activity and oxidative stress, major factors in chronic degenerative disease.
For good health, we must limit our exposure to toxins, reduce emotional stress, exercise, sleep, and make sure we’re getting enough nutrients which help the body function properly.
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Nutrients essential to good health
The War Within Things aren't always as they seem
Oxidation Free-Radical Damage
While chronic degenerative diseases all have names of their own – breast cancer, lung cancer, hypertension, stroke, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, Parkinson’s, etc. – they all develop from the same physiological processes. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
Oxidative stress of human cells, tissues, and organs is a consequence of aging and free-radical damage. Toxins, emotional stress, and malnourishment increase and accelerate oxidative stress that leads to premature aging and disease.
Wrinkles are red flags of internal cellular oxidation. Instead of trying to “hide” wrinkles with toxic creams, address the root cause. Because if your cells are damaged from oxidation, smile lines will be the least of your worries.
Inflammation acute vs chronic
Remember as a kid when you fell and scraped your knee? It may have hurt, turned red, swelled up, and/or felt warm to the touch. If it was your knee or elbow, maybe it felt stiff for awhile. These are signs of acute inflammation which can be caused by injury, pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi), chemotherapy, radiation, and diseases. The suffix -itis is known to indicate inflammation. For example, dermatitis is inflammation of the skin, colitis is inflammation of the colon.
Inflammation is the effect of the immune system’s response to an injury or invader. As long as the root cause remains, the immune system will attempt to attack any invaders and damaged cells or tissue. When a problem persists too long, inflammation becomes chronic and begins to add to the problem, often leading to autoimmune conditions. Almost every chronic degenerative disease is accompanied by chronic inflammation. It’s like expecting fire-fighters to put out fires for weeks, months, years, even decades without any breaks. It’s a recipe for disaster.
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S.A.D Standard American Diet
Bad Advice It's Not Your Fault
The last quarter of the 20th Century spelled doom for the health of millions of Americans. Look at photographs from the 1970’s. No one is overweight! It was at about this time, ‘experts’ started demonizing dietary fat. Low-fat and non-fat became marketing slogans. The USDA joined in (or led) the “Fat is Bad” chorus and pushed carbohydrates – 6-12 servings per day. There was no distinction between a carrot and a bowl of spaghetti. Carbs were carbs. There was no distinction between “Good Fats and Bad Fats.” Even bananas and avocados were poo-pooed for having high fat content. While protein consumption remained unchanged, carbs (mostly in the way of highly processed foods with toxic fats!) increased and healthy fats disappeared from American diets. Chickens have returned to roost.