What is the Specific Cause of
by Don Bennett,
All bodily dysfunction, dis-ease,
and disequilibriums have multiple causes... it's rarely one thing.
All of these causes contribute to less-than-optimal
health, which increases the probability of a diagnosis of something
serious at some point in our life. Some causes are more primary
than others depending on the specific issue, but they all play
The problem is that we
as humans have a tendency to focus on one thing in particular;
we're looking for something to concentrate our efforts on... looking
for the thing to place the blame on; looking for the villain.
But this is not an all things considered approach,
which I advocate. When taking a whole-istic approach instead of
looking at an issue through a narrow lens, your odds of success
increase greatly... and here, "success" can mean never
going to the hospital unless you're visiting someone.
The list of contributing factors
to ill health is long, but here are the major players, in no particular
order (and by-the-way, how well you age depends on how well you
pay attention to them)...
Nutrient insufficiencies and
Too much protein in the diet
Too much fat in the diet
An acidifying diet (caused by meat and grain
A diet containing additives, chemicals, damaged
substances from cooking
Exposure to environmental toxins (chemicals
in water and air)
Exposure to mold, parasites
Exposure to harmful levels of ElectroMagnetic
Radiation (cell phones)
Too much unmanaged emotional stress
Not enough loving relationships and support
Too little physical activity
Too much physical activity
Too much misinformation (and disinformation)
Now let's examine how the subject
of contributing factors can be misrepresented.
Some health educators like to talk
about "the main category that contributes to ill health."
The two categories often mentioned are insufficiencies
and excesses. And many educators contend that it
is the excesses that are mainly responsible for ill health. Some
even assign a number, for example 95%. The fact that an educator
assigns a specific number to such an indeterminate issue should
suggest that we should take what the person says with a grain
of salt. I maintain that there is no way to place a number on
these two generalized categories of causes, or to even suggest
that one is more contributory than another. They both
play a role in ill health, so we should combine them into one
category, and then pay equal attention to all the items in that
category... that's if you want the best odds of regaining lost
health and attaining and maintaining optimal health.
Other educators say something similar;
that recovering your health has more to do with what you stop
doing than with what you start doing. Again, I disagree.
This is too broad a statement. If in reality a person's health
issues are caused primarily by severe nutrient deficiencies, it
doesn't matter what they stop doing, it matters what they start
doing. Even people who were eating a typical Western diet who
had health issues improved when they added worthwhile nutritional
supplements to their diet. Sure, their improvements would have
been greater if they also stopped eating the foods we're not best
suited to eat as our primary, thriving diet, but you get my point.
Bottom line: The more things
you address from that list above, the greater your chances of
recovering lost health, vitality, and longevity, and of living
to your health and longevity potentials. (Note: You can't do anything
about the genetics you were born with, but you can keep from "poking
the bear" regarding any genetic predispositions you have
by living as healthfully as possible, and in this way, you can
do something about the genetics you were born with).
Don Bennett is an insightful,
reality-based author, and health creation counselor who uses the
tools in his toolbox logic, common sense, critical thinking,
and independent thought to figure out how to live so you
can be optimally healthy. More about Don's first book, which has
more delicious food for thought, at health101.org/books