In summary, last month I threw out a few alarming facts regarding our health as a nation. I’m not exaggerating the fact that we have too many sick people in America. The present system in America is focused on treating sickness rather than care and maintenance of the mind/body/spirit. I enlightened everyone on how important our nervous system (the master system) is to the quality of our health and longevity.
This month I want to expand on this topic because of it’s importance to mankind. So I would like to throw out four questions for all to ponder…(with some illuminating answers of course).
Question 1. Are we sicker today than our ancestors 50 years ago?
The answer is yes! We are much sicker than we were 50 years ago.
The statistics are alarming:
1.More than two-thirds of the adult population in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.
2.Less than 25% of Americans get adequate servings of fruits and vegetables or follow good nutrition principles.
3.More than 70% of the U.S. population fails to get enough physical activity to derive any health benefit.
4.The incidence of childhood obesity has tripled in the past 20 years.
I could go on and on but you get the bigger picture.
Question 2. So what has changed?
If you are thinking it’s our genes causing chronic sickness you are in the majority, but you are incorrect. The research doesn’t support this dogma. It’s interesting, if you study modern day healthy societies; the inuit in Greenland, the aborigines in Australia, the tribes in Papua New Guinea there exists virtually no cancer, heart disease, obesity, depression or any of the other chronic illnesses afflicting industrialized societies. Our genes have changed very little in 10,000 years yet our sickness levels have skyrocketed in the past 50 years. It can’t be our genes. I’ll get to the answer in a second but now on to the next question.
Question 3. Are we as humans genetically programmed for health or sickness?
We are genetically programmed for health! There is no evidence that supports the premise that we are programmed to prematurely decay, to suffer needlessly or develop chronic illness. The facts is we are genetically programmed for health. What causes humans to move away from health and towards sickness is how we move, eat, and think!
Question 4. What controls our genes?
Here’s a little secret. Genes do not control genes. A new field of science called epigenetics is now emerging as the cornerstone for longevity and health. It is the study of how the environment causes genes to ‘express’ themselves different ways. Genes are very passive. They will only ‘express’ themselves when an environmental stimulus is placed upon them. If you eat an apple, exercise and have high self esteem your genes will express health. If you are a negative person, a couch potato and eat a standard American diet you will express sickness. It’s that simple.
The evidence is clear. Your choices on how we move, eat and think really do matter. Future articles here will focus on lifestyle principles and healing coming from your inborn ability to be healthy and well if you just set the right stage.
Until next month, be well.
Daren Mazzone DC