The Disease of our Time
As you sit reading these words, there are 6
septillion (that’s a 6 with 24 zeros) biochemical/physiological
events taking place in your body. That’s more than there are stars
in the universe.
Fortunately, the “things” controlling these
biochemical events are few. The brain could not possibly handle all
of them and still have enough "brain power" left over to do some rational
thinking; those things the brain does control are handled below a
conscious level, such as digestion, breathing, etc, all occurring with
your brain on “auto-pilot.”
The controlling mechanism of these 6 septillion
events comes from diverse genetic
programming. Events in our cells are all programmed according to the
genetic codes in each cell. Above that coding are hormones.
Hormones are messengers that transports signals
from one place (cell) to another (cell).
The importance of vitamin D that science has
discovered in the past few years (and keeps on discovering) almost
seems to overshadow the one overall consensus that vitamin D could be
better described as a hormone.
When our ancestors were hunter/gatherers running
about nearly naked, vitamin D levels in their bodies were optimal.
Few realize that when vitamin D is created by the sun, it sits on
our skin for about 24 hours before it is completely absorbed by the
body. Today, because we shower daily, absorption of any vitamin D
from the sun is much less than optimal.
So this brings us to a basic thesis in this
discussion, which is the differences between early humans (hunter/gatherers)
and modern humans (cubical/keyboarders). One salient point here is
that these differences are not within us but without (on the
Our bodies have not evolved much since we were
hunter/gatherers. We are still very much that hunter/gatherer.
hunter/gatherers, we got a lot of sun, a wide variety of
raw, fresh foods, and lots of exercise.
The first great change to our food supply
came about some 12,000 years ago when we went from being a hunting
society to an agrarian society. Agriculture seems to have taken
place around the globe during this time; China constructed their
first rice paddies, animals became domesticated in the Middle East,
natives in Mexico
began growing squash
(though they would have to wait nearly 6,000 years before they
would raise corn on the cob).
Agricultural societies made room for cities to
pop up as reliable food sources became available. Though there were
grains in our pre-agriculture days, suddenly they were much more
abundant, producing the greatest change in the human diet ever (or
till post WWII industrialization).
The next great changes came during the Napoleonic
wars with the invention of canning and food storing. Refrigeration
later allowed large quantities of vegetables to be shipped far and
wide as we switched from eating locally to consuming foods that had
thousands of miles on them.
In early agricultural societies, our exercise
patterns changed, but still, most labor was done manually, and
farming required a lot of manual labor. Most workers got enough
exercise working in the fields, while, at the same time, sport became a
part of the human experience. We were still hunter/gatherers, and
the needs and psyche underpinning the hunter/gatherer had to be
channeled somewhere after we’d become “citified,” thus the
development of sport (and now you know how the NFL came about). When
you consider that the only other channel for this physical
competition would be war, dangerous sports (which many were back
then) were the more civilized option, though sadly, war has never been
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution,
the greatest change to our food supply, as well as to our exercise
habits, came following World War II.
Suddenly, because of excess bombs left over from
the war, we had a surplus of nitrogen that could be used on our
fields. Nitrogen was nitrogen to the profiteers. Mechanization and
the assembly line cut the amount of energy expended by workers, and
limited their movements due to specialization along that assembly
line. It would take medicine nearly 50 years to recognize repetitive
Processed foods started filling up the
supermarkets. Heck, supermarkets began filling up our large cities.
Organic chemicals infiltrated every aspect of our lives and showed
up in our foods to protect them, preserve them, color them, flavor them,
make those foods irresistible. I should point out that “organic
chemicals” and “organic foods” have totally different meanings.
Desk jobs sprung up, then cubicles and instant
communication, and suddenly the only exercise workers got was
walking to and from their automobiles (or commuter trains).
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that a new
illness cropped up that took a few years to label. Can you name it?
If you research Metabolic Syndrome, you’ll find a
number of definitions and varying criteria for its diagnosis.
Let us make our own definition: obesity, leptin
and insulin resistance, and inflammation.
Influence by the pharmaceutical industry has
pushed the World Health Organization and the American Heart
Association to add high cholesterol levels to factors resulting in
metabolic syndrome, but this is the big lie behind the 9 billion
dollar a year Statin drug fraud.
I need only reference this article:
World Renown Heart
Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease.
I could reference our book
Bypassing Bypass, or
even the Cardiovascular articles at our site, but it’s simply perfect
to get confirmation by a “world renown” heart surgeon, even when we
published this stuff some 10 years earlier than he did.
So, before we move on, let us summarize where we
Because our bodies are still those of the
hunter/gatherer and we still need the diet and exercise of the
hunter/gatherer; modern society, our food supply and lack of
exercise has led to Metabolic Syndrome that is the foundation of
those chronic degenerative illnesses insuring early death by stroke,
heart attack, and cancer not to mention a host of illnesses that
diminish our quality of life.
Which Came First: The Chicken or the
There’s a term I’ve heard in my research called
“obesity-related inflammation.” Apparently, this is what’s killing
us. In our article on
Chronic Inflammation, I point out that modern medicine has
recently concluded that most all illness begins with inflammation. I
also point out that that’s all the deeper they’re going to go
because they have drugs for that.
Recently obesity has been declared an “illness,”
and though I would tend to agree with the authorities, I also want
to fight this trend because every time modern medicine
declares a new illness, they bring out a drug to fight it.
All illness begins with our diet and lifestyle
(of course, with a few exceptions). It is our diet and lifestyle
that lead to inflammation. We live highly coagulable and
inflammatory lives. (The coagulable refers to our sticky blood.)
But now get this: we know that weight gain can
lead to inflammation, but did you know that inflammation can lead to
weight gain. So, really, which came first, the fat or the
With the discovery of
leptin, fat is now seen as a
major endocrine organ. If you have fat, you are producing leptin.
Produce too much leptin and not only will you become leptin
resistant, but you increase the pathways to inflammation that result
in chronic degenerative illness. However, leptin resistance causes
us to eat too much, lowers our metabolism, and leads to weight gain.
In a study called:
Obesity and leptin
resistance: distinguishing cause from effect,
I came across this statement: “Moreover,
the induction of cellular leptin resistance by obesity complicates
efforts to distinguish the mechanisms that predispose to weight gain
from those that result from it.”
They are saying, in other words: which came
first: the chicken or the egg?
When you are leptin resistant, you are insulin
resistant. But which comes first? Leptin resistance or insulin
In his book,
Fat Chance, one of the pioneers in the field of leptin
resistance, Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatrics,
expounds a whole new scientific theory: “Professor Lustig believes
insulin resistance triggers leptin resistance, and, crucially, he
has discovered that by reducing insulin levels it is possible to
improve ‘leptin signaling’ (the brain’s ability to read leptin),
stop cravings, put the brakes on food consumption — and trigger
(Excuse me if I don’t stand and applaud. This is
the dietary foundation behind my book
Rapid Safe Weight Loss which was
first published two years prior to the above article being
Somebody stab me in the brain, please!
If you will allow me this slight digression:
science is sometimes a bit bi-polar. On one hand we have Golden Calves that everyone
bows down to. Today’s Golden Calf is “cholesterol causes heart
disease.” The industry makes about 9 billion dollars a year off of
this golden calf.
On the other hand, science, in an
attempt to be perfectly accurate, tends to be redundant.
From this ongoing study
http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01268696, I found the
following statement: “The exact mechanisms of the complex pathways
of metabolic syndrome are not yet completely known.”
If you Google that sentence, you will find dozens
of websites (including Wikipedia) that have published this ongoing
research paper verbatim.
It goes onto say:
The pathophysiology is very complex and
has been only partially elucidated. Most patients are older,
obese, sedentary, and have a degree of insulin resistance.
Stress can also be a contributing factor. The most important
factors are weight, genetics, endocrine disorders (such as
polycystic ovary syndrome in women of reproductive age),
aging, and sedentary lifestyle, (i.e., low physical activity
and excess caloric intake). [we have removed the references]
Bipolar! We have both Golden Calves and Rigorous
Investigation into the obvious.
Golden Calves are subject to collapse. For
example, we assumed
for years that eating fruit would raise our blood sugar faster than
processed carbs (taco chips) or starches (potatoes, rice), but when
tested, sure enough, that Golden Calf fell. Another Golden Calf was
erected because cancer doesn’t like an alkaline environment,
therefore tumors must be acidic. Once tested, it was found that the
cores of tumors were actually alkaline.
After the discovery of leptin, it was assumed
(another Golden Calf) that obese people were low in leptin. After
testing, it was found that they were brimming with leptin, their
brains just didn’t know it.
So, why do I call science redundant?
Because it’s as plain as the nose on your face
that metabolic syndrome is caused by humans being hunter/gatherers
who neither hunt nor gather, eat processed crap filled with
chemicals never meant to be inside the human body, and live
sedentary lives (as the piece says above).
"It's as plain as the nose on me face,"
Sure, the exact pathways are unknown, but the
average person couldn’t care less. I love science, but I won’t waste
a moment of my time reading the conclusions to the studies that will
find the exact pathway to metabolic syndrome because we all know why
we’re here and how we got here.
So, the answer to: Which came first: the chicken
or the egg?
Ultimately it’s the inflammation that is killing
us. I don’t care whether my fat cells caused the inflammation or the
inflammation caused my fat. It’s the inflammation that is killing
We know we must modify our lifestyles or live
shorter, low quality lives. We know we have to move our bodies. We
know we have to keep our insulin from spiking.
We know (from numerous studies) that once we
lower inflammation, all our numbers start to improve: insulin and
leptin resistance improves, triglycerides improve, and even
cholesterol numbers improve.
So here is my challenge: first read, or print out
and put in your kitchen our article on
(I’ve spent the past six months updating it).
Additionally, we know from multiple studies that
leptin resistance increases with C-Reactive Protein (CRP). Something
you'll see in the article
Chronic Inflammation is a product I've
recently put on my favorites list: Cardia-7. It alone can cut your
CRP in half in a very short time. To read about it alone, go here:
Heart Healthy Anti-Inflammatory.
Make sure that each meal consists of something
anti-inflammatory, and, if you need, start supplementing with
Keep your insulin from spiking, because that
seems to start the whole process moving.
Stop outsourcing your meal preparation. Take back
your kitchen. Make it the warmest room in the house.
Disease begins on the end of your fork and the
path to wellness, wholeness, begins in your kitchen.
Who cares which came first? Get rid of the
inflammation and you start to heal. Duh.
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