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Health and Disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When people are asked what good health means to them most would believe that it is the absence of any symptom they can complain about. To me this definition seems somewhat shortsighted and open to manipulation. After all a symptom is fairly subjective and suggestions such as from pharmaceutical ads can lead people to believe they fall into the category of the described symptoms the medication is supposed to help with. According to the AMA (American Medical Association) a heart attack on average takes 43 years to develop. For many of the people the heart attack is the first symptom they notice and for about half of them it ends in death. It should be obvious that one can't die from a heart attack and have been in great health up until the day before. Another example is a toothache. The moment one gets a toothache is not when the problem actually started. It started 18 months earlier with a cavity but, unless it was detected earlier by a dentist, you probably won't notice it until you start feeling the pain. The bottom line is that disease is a long process. It starts long before the first symptom.

 

Western medicine is not really focused on optimal health. Instead of identifying what is good and helpful for the body they only focus on what is wrong. All medical tests and diagnostics aim at identifying some abnormality that can then get treated. There are so many specialists in the medical field that focus only one a certain part of the body or on the treatment of a certain disease. However, none of those specialists has a good understanding of the whole person or what is going on in that person's life at the time the symptoms started to appear. The reliance on science has led to the standardization of all biological processes. If your values deviate from what has been defined as normal the medical system defines that as a symptom or disease and, for the most part, it has a predetermined treatment plan to follow. Rather than dealing with the cause of the problem/issue (which doctors readily admit they don't know) they prescribe medications that will suppress the symptom without really curing the underlying cause. If you look at drug commercials on TV you can see how the pharmaceutical companies are trying make you want their drugs because your life wouldn't be complete and happy without them. It should be fairly obvious that your health is not their primary concern. Since they are for profit corporations their mission is to sell as many drugs as they can for the highest price possible.

 

So what exactly causes disease? Traditional Western Medicine doesn't really have an answer for this. They tried with the genome project to analyze all the human DNA because they believed that understand the building blocks of all the human cells they could trace the cause for any disease to some faulty gene. However, the scientists found out that the human DNA doesn't have enough genes to account for all the different proteins in a human body. While there are certain defective genes that science has been able to identify and the medical industry has tried to profit from the vast majority of diseases does not have its cause in defective genes. As Bruce Lipton laid out in his ground-breaking book “The Biology of Belief” it is the environment that is the actual cause, not some defective gene. The changes in the environment over the last 100 years have been tremendous and, as a result, stress levels have risen exponentially. These high stress levels and our diminishing resistance due to our lifestyle (increased pollution, sedentary lifestyle, processed foods, fear of terrorism, economic worry, etc.) are breaking down our bodies and end up causing ever increasing rates of diseases.

 

One downside of the realization that the environment is causing us to break down is that every one of us has a lot more responsibility for his/her own health. It is much easier to believe that one's genes are defective and that a doctor and his medications or surgeries will correct the problem for you. While we can't control everything in our environment there are many things we do have control over that will increase our resistance against the external stress. We can control what we eat and drink, whether and how much we exercise and how long we plan to sleep. As consumers we should be informed about what exactly is in the food or drinks that we buy and how those ingredients can affect our health in a negative way. Lastly and most importantly, we need to be aware of how our thoughts and emotions affect our health. Many of the thoughts and emotions are not necessarily conscious but they have been stored away in the subconscious mind. Eliminating those negative thoughts and stored emotions is fundamental in reaching a good state of health. Alphabiotics and B.E.S.T. are able to have a positive effect on the mental and emotional state in addition to the physical effects.

 “One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take the medicine.” William Osler, Father of modern medicine

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