You don’t have to go very far today to learn about the discovery of yet one more scary thing that can go wrong with the unique human body. In every magazine, newspaper and everywhere on-line you can find out more than you probably wanted to know. The ICD 10 guidebook of diagnoses (used by doctors, hospitals and insurance companies) actually has the definition of over 14,000 different diseases and syndromes and illnesses that can be diagnosed.
The media tends to focus on hype, and a lot of that tends to be negatively anchored because sensationalism and fear sell. People are often fearful of what their symptoms may mean, diseases that run in the family, a scary diagnosis that one of their relations just got. Most importantly, they can easily feel completely dis-empowered to do anything about these fears.
It’s so easy for people to feel that they’re simply going to get what their parents got in terms of a disease, or die of the same thing eventually, or be disabled in the same way, and that there’s not a lot they can do about it.
It’s just a matter of time.
It’s just in my genes.
It runs in my family.
If you start to acquire some inflammatory symptoms or some concerning dynamics in your body, you can easily start to feel overwhelmed.
One of the most important concepts that I find that I can explain to my clients to help calm them is this:
The vast majority of diagnoses are simply
a name for a collection of symptoms.
A state of dis-ease in the body may indeed be accurately named. However, being able to name something does not necessarily tell you anything about the actual root cause of the state of dis-ease in the body. It’s not necessarily telling you anything about what can be changed and unraveled in order to make the dis-ease state actually go away, versus just being managed or suppressed within the body in order to help you feel better.
Here is a diagram that indicates how people often see the path to illness or wellness.
You pick up stuff from your family (genes) and then there’s that blue box of biochemistry, which feels very technical and overwhelming and complex, and really something that only a doctor can understand. On the other side of that, what you get in terms of wellness or illness feel like more of a default. It’s just a matter of time. Be assured, however you actually have a lot of power over this first step.
Take a look a this revised diagram:
Your choices can make a huge impact on your actual experience of wellness or illness. In truth, our genes do not work how the vast majority of people assume they do. It is not a fixed code, like an old, old book that is simply being read by our bodies that is never changing.
In fact, our genome is astoundingly flexible and changing; an evolving instruction set for our body. Our ultimate experience of wellness and illness is about how our environment (ie: our choices) triggers our genes to behave. This changes our biochemistry and affects our life experience, our state of wellness. Of course, we have a huge amount of control over the environment we chose. Our environment, in this instance, is absolutely everything we do affecting our genetic expression. What we eat, what we drink, what we think, who we hang out with, how stressed we are, how peaceful we are, every experience that we have is input.
All that information given to the body is registered in our cells and turns on or off certain genes that then cause our life experience in our body.
You have a huge amount of empowerment!
There is no ‘disease’ in the body – only dis-ease.
The origin is unique – always.
~ Dr. Jeffrey Bland
There may be three of you reading this with cardiovascular disease, but the pathway, the unique set of triggering factors that eventually rendered the situation in the body that led to that diagnosis, is completely different.
- Person #1 may have an extremely stressful corporate job and is a VP of sales, and lives in a constant state of stress and high surging levels of epinephrine and nor epinephrine and cortisol, which is having inflammatory effects on the body.
- Person #2 may have a very calm and peaceful life, but that eats the standard American diet, with way too many refined, high glycemic carbohydrates. Because of heavy intake of those foods, they have developed insulin resistance, and high chronic blood sugar, and therefore has inflammation within the cardiovascular system, particularly along the linings of the blood vessels, which once it’s inflamed, can cause the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque, which is what can eventually lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
- Person #3 maybe has chronic inflammation within the cardiovascular system because of persistent H‐pylori infection or low grade mercury toxicity.
All three of these persons would have symptoms that would all lead to a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, but the steps to actually healing each of them would be extremely different and unique.
Really I want to leave you today with the comfort of knowing that a named diagnosis is just that….a name given to a set of symptoms, regardless of what might be causing them. Focus from a knowledgeable health practitioner who knows you, your lifestyle, your habits, your history can help you identify the root cause(s) and help you on a path towards a solution.
I would love to hear from you in the comment below. Did this touch a nerve for you? Did it spark any questions or concerns? Please let me know!