Three myths about Health and Aging ~~~
- “This dis-ease just appeared out of nowhere.”
- “I can’t do anything about this. It’s genetic.”
- “I’ll take medication for it. It won’t harm the rest of my body.”
We witness the belief in myths throughout our lives. Whether it is about faraway places, mystical stories, legends born from heroic feats, or commonplace ideas regarding our health and well-being.
Illness, dis-ease, and overall debilitation does NOT appear in our lives all of the sudden or out of the blue. It quietly takes hold of our bodies with each passing day. It is directly related to our choices or decisions regarding food selections, intake portions, movement, emotional support, and much, much more.
Most of us believe the myth that we are destined to follow in the footsteps of our family genetic code. Although we may certainly carry genetic markers on our DNA for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, IBS, cancer and many more ailments, we do not have to assume they are our wellness destiny.
Most genetic markers remain inactive unless turned on by various conditions. Let’s look at two very different approaches to the genetic marker for diabetes. Assuming person A and B both carry this genetic marker, it is not always “black and white” as to whether both, one or neither develops age onset diabetes.
Person A may not have developed the lifestyle habit of watching his food intake selections. Perhaps as a child, he enjoyed the carbohydrate-rich meals prepared by his mother. He could have developed the habit of calming down nervous tension with foods high in sugar content. Later in life, the sugar-ladened comfort foods may have been replaced with wine or beer. Person A may have developed the lifestyle preference of “hibernating” when stressed rather than incorporating daily movement to alleviate stress.
Person B developed the childhood habits of using whole foods throughout the day for intake. As a child, he enjoyed meals prepared with a variety of vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates. He developed the habit of using some type of movement when stressed rather than comfort food. Person B did not develop an emotion attachment to food or alcohol to alleviate stress, depression or anxiety.
These are two very polarized examples of people who carry an age-onset genetic marker. Practically thinking, it may be logical to assume that Person A might developed diabetes.
Genetic markers can be turned on (or off) by one, two or a multiple combination of lifestyle habits. Food quality and quantity are certainly two important factors. Movement or exercise is another. However, stress-related hormones and the chronic deterioration of the adrenals place high on the list of debilitating DNA encodements.
Therefore Person A and B are equally at risk throughout their lives. Certainly, Person A can over-tax his digestive and immune system and cause his body to attack rather than support the genetic marker. But Person B is just as much at risk. You see, food intake and exercise are NOT the only factors for longevity. Emotional stability, stress responses, adrenaline and cortisol balance are an important part in maintaining a healthy limit to inflammation. So both Person A and Person B are at risk if any one of the variables puts the immune system under attack from inflammation.
Inflammation can be brought on by poor food intake, lack of movement, emotional or mental stress, hormone imbalances (think menopause), adrenal fatigue and digestive issues such as leaky gut syndrome.
Although Person B may look less likely to develop diabetes “out of the blue” or blame his genes, it may have more to due with whether his food selections cause a sensitivity and/or inflammation response; whether the type of exercise he choses alleviates his stress or causes a more pronounced endocrine problem; and if he is truly a balanced individual that understands his emotional encodements.
Working to maintain a healthy body and mind is not “black and white” or “all this way or that way”. It is a blend of several things. These things are very important to the mental clarity, emotional balance and health of our bodies.
Follow medica’s blog as we explore the many aspects of physical health and mental clarity. In the weeks/months to come, medica will be offering more ways for you to participate online or at workshops. It is our intention to provide valid information so you can make informed decisions on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Inflammation is at the root of many medical myths It’s silent, it’s deadly and yet it is easy to control By understanding your personal body|mind connection, you can heal inflammation naturally.
And by the way — all medications, herbs and supplements have an impact on the entire body. It’s best not to ever need them. But if you do, please be aware of any side effects listed