After a Brief Illness

Have you ever heard about a person dying after a brief illness?

That’s what articles about Alan Colmes indicated.

He was only 67. And he died after a brief illness. I didn’t even know he was sick!

If you’ve never heard of him, Alan Colmes was a long-time radio and television personality from New York. He started his career as a stand-up comic and would become a political analyst and commentator on Fox News Channel and a Sirius radio station.

He was a proud liberal, married to the sister of a conservative commentator with whom he often debated. Respectfully, always.

But, what did he die from?

The only reference to that was that he died “after a brief illness.”

Odds are, he died from a chronic degenerate disease. These are the ones that make up the leading causes of death in the United States – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other autoimmune diseases, kidney and respiratory diseases, stroke, etc.

That’s why I have a problem with the description “after a brief illness” if, in fact, it was one of the above which took Alan’s life.

Degenerative diseases take years to become deadly, sometimes decades! While symptoms and a diagnosis might not happen until a few months, weeks, or days before the hour of death, chances are, the disease process was in the works long, long before that.

And, chances are, warning signs weren’t properly heeded or maybe symptoms weren’t properly addressed but, instead, covered up with little Band-Aids called pills.

As we age, the process of oxidative stress is happening every day whether we realize it or not. The oxidation of blood vessels can begin as early as our twenties. By the time one reaches 60 years old, a lot of damage has been done to cells and tissues and possibly organs all over the body.

When that damage starts to manifest into outward signs and symptoms, some will call their doctor or mention it at their next check-up. Then, they are likely to go down that path of ‘conventional’ medical treatment – prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, surgery, chemotherapy, or other interventions.

Sadly, for so many, it’s too late.

It become a race against time – and a disease long in the works. The disease had a head start. And the doctors and patients are playing catch-up.

It would behoove us all to understand, at least a little bit, the processes of chronic degenerative diseases. We don’t have to become expert in each and every disease, because the damaging processes are the common denominator that link almost all of them.

Cellular oxidation and chronic inflammation.

Address those issues even before you experience a single symptom. Address them when you are healthy. Address them in a way that heals the body and supports the immune system.

Trying to make up for lost time with methods of shock and awe usually only backfire. It might buy one some more time on earth but that isn’t exactly a picnic.

Sadly, I’ve watched loved ones go both ways – “after a brief illness” and “after a long battle.”

I hope we can all begin to understand they are usually one in the same. The battle is happening within, whether we realize it or not.

Do what we can, while we can, to support our health and our over-worked and under-appreciated immune system even when we feel great and Doc gives us a clean bill of health.

Every day I do something to kill the cancer cells inside of me, to keep my blood sugar level, to keep my blood vessels clear, to keep my brain cells fresh, and to keep my digestive juices flowing.

I am fortunate. I have no diagnosis (except weird stuff like tinnitus) and I take no medication. But, everyday, I’m in the fight against chronic degenerative disease, otherwise known as lifestyle diseases.

To me, it’s a lifestyle. And, sorry free radicals, I’m in it for the long haul.