In a previous post I mentioned how animals in captivity have shortened lifespans and a whole slew of other problems. Today we’re going to delve into the guiding principles of health, and why the oneswe’re currently using don’t work.
The human body is designed to respond and adapt to the stimuli with which you provide it. That stimulus can be either genetically congruent, or it can be genetically incongruent. Whether you believe in evolution, creation or any mix of the two, this guiding principle applies to you.
So what type of stimuli am I speaking of, that are causing you to adapt? The stimuli I’m speaking of includes everything from where you are, to what you do and think. To avoid chaos and bad science we need a guiding principle, to direct the stimuli you experience and to help us make intelligent choices with regard to those experiences. How about evolution for a guiding principle? If we use consider the things we do in life, are they consistent with the actions we have evolved to go? Genetics appears to be the new culprit for poor health, but do you think that over the millions of years of our evolution that poor genes that made us sick were more successful at being passed onto the next generation than healthy genes? Would it make any sense that your body was directed through tens of thousands of generations to sabotage you when you least expect it? This is what we’re being taught and exposed to all day everyday. Many drug companies claim that they are only indicated when other forms of treatment have not worked. Lately it appears that step has been skipped over, and we’ve all assumed it won’t work. Adusting your lifestyle is the ONLY thing that will make you healthier. Taking medications will change your symptoms or lab values and you and your MD can celebrate those values, but you aren’t any healthier, that’s for certain.
For just a moment, let’s pretend that you are the proud owner of the perfect genes. If you were consuming a diet high in processed carbohydrates, vegetable oils, and grain fed meats. You didn’t have any physical activity for the day, and you sleep poorly. Do you think that your perfect genetics are making a mistake when they decide to upregulate the genes that lead to increased LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol, increased triglycerides and a down regulation of the proteins responsible for producing the insulin receptors on cells? Or is your DNA just responding to the stimulus that you’re providing it?
If you believe it isn’t a mistake, and that it happened for a reason – would it make any sense to you to take a drug that prevents your body from being able to react to the stimuli you provide it?
I’m willing to bet you said “no” to that question. But that’s what we’re doing with our current health and wellness model. High cholesterol? Who cares WHY it’s happening, continue to eat crap and take statins. Little to no midline stability? Forget correcting posture and how you move, do crunches until your face goes numb. Depressed? Don’t worry about changing your lifestyle, it has nothing to do with you, it’s serotonins fault!
We are stuck in the one cure for one ill model, and we’re slowly being convinced that any inadequacies in our lives have nothing to do with us! I’m sorry to tell you this, but you aren’t as unique as you think you are. As homo sapiens we have the same genes as our ancestors from 40,000 year ago. They’re all in there. What we do with our lives is what affects how they’re expressed. The diversity of people on the planet is a good example of the many different ways our genes can be expressed. Can you think of anyone that exercise is BAD for? That eating high quality, organic, free range food would be bad for some people and good for others? That getting adequate sleep would be bad for some people? That smiling and laughing is bad?
How can there be things that are good for EVERYONE? Because we’re all designed to be healthy, happy, successful humans. Full stop. Your body can’t help but express crap if you feed it with crap. It also can’t help but express excellence if you provide it with excellence. Too much sitting is just as toxic as too much gluten. Proper diet is just as important as getting exercise and sleeping well. We need to give up the “I have this problem that requires that solution”, and embrace the, “am I living in a way that will best allow my DNA to express health?”.
What are you providing your body? Are you feeding in crap and expecting excellence? Take stock in what you’re doing well for yourself and celebrate it. Acknowledge what you aren’t and plan a way to address it. There is always a better you out there, waiting to be experienced. Don’t get lost among the shiny promises of the one problem-one solution people!
Dr. Adam Ball