Well after 14 months of research I believe I arrived at my Eureka moment, a moment when I started to put all the pieces of the puzzle into place. If you’ve read any of my blog posts before you may have realised that I am on my own personal health journey I have now come to a point where all I have learnt is making sense and coming together and it really is very simple, but very VERY worrying for the state of your health. Everybody needs to take responsibility for their own health as we are all gradually damaging ourselves and conventional medicine is only geared at treating the symptoms not resolving or preventing the cause .
If you are overweight that is inflammation that is unhealthy you are damaging yourself, if you have any sort of health condition say Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Crones disease, Heart issues etc.. that is caused by inflammation. If you keep forgetting things and getting Dementia type symptoms that is inflammation. If you have any health condition diagnosed or not that is probably inflammation.
So what causes inflammation?
Inflammation is caused by the expression of your genes. Your heath starts at inception where 20% of your health becomes programmed by your genes 80% by your environment. OK that figure has been quoted in a number of publications but I can’t see how that ratio was arrived at but go along with it as it’s probably close to the truth. Think of your genes being like keys on a giant keyboard and as you live your life your environment plays a tune with your genes switching them on and off, get your environment factors wrong and a bum note is played and the bad genes get the on key pressed. Play that wrong note too often and the keyboard gets out of tune your bad genes get switched almost permanently on. This is obviously a very simplistic interpretation but hopefully it gives you the idea.
So what causes your Genes to be expressed?
Keep on playing the note wrong and the note can’t be pressed anymore its damaged it stays on and needs to be re tuned. You have ended up with a issue maybe a disease as your genes have been expressed. Your environment, your lifestyle, your eating choices, your geographic location, how much sun exposure you have (D3 levels), how much chemical exposure you are subject too and how much exercise you get plays the gene keyboard. Basically you cause your own health problems by not providing the optimum environment for your body to thrive and play the correct tune.
It’s not really that simple!
Unfortunately our modern lifestyles and diet causes amongst other things some of the poor environmental factors. Your body cannot recognise foods that are processed they often have dangerous fats, they are missing vital minerals, or the minerals have been corrupted. Processing extracts minerals from foods or at least changes the constitution of minerals so your body does not recognise them, so your not getting the nutrients your body needs. This all leads to your body storing fat as it thinks your starving its why you can’t shed that weight. Genes will end up getting expressed and you will become ill. It all takes a long time building so you aren’t going to notice the inflammation response building up, that is why you still go on doing the things that are damaging you.
The processed food industry knows all about this yet they do nothing about it except package more processed foods under new ‘healthy’ labels, though it’s still the bad stuff but more attractively packaged you only have to read the labels properly to discover this for yourselves.
But that’s not all, the thing/s that actually controls the whole process is our microbiota. The following taken from Wikipedia:-
All plants and animals, from protists to humans, live in close association with microbial organisms (see for example the human microbiome). Up until relatively recently, however, biologists have defined the interactions of plants and animals with the microbial world mostly in the context of disease states and of a relatively small number of symbiotic case studies. Organisms do not live in isolation but have evolved in the context of complex communities. A number of advances have driven a change in the perception of microbiomes, including:
- the ability to perform genomic and gene expression analyses of single cells and even of entire microbial communities in the new disciplines of metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
- massive databases making this information accessible to researchers across multiple disciplines
- methods of mathematical analysis that help researchers to make sense of complex data sets
Increasingly, biologists have come to appreciate that microbes make up an important part of an organism’s phenotype, far beyond the occasional symbiotic case study
When I say above that your body cannot recognise processed foods it’s really your microbes that you are confusing. If your Microbes don’t recognise something they may treat it as a threat and try to eliminate it, who knows how your genes will be responding to something that they don’t recognise, they may cause a rash to form, they may cause you to be sick to get rid of what they don’t like, they may cause a serious illness. The reaction will probably be different in each of us we are all unique. So make the right environmental choices mainly but not only with your diet, basically if you want to stay healthy you need to look after your microbiota your own internal community. If you eat a lot of the bad foods you are feeding the bad microbes they will crowd out the good microbes and cause issues. Maybe they will cause a food sensitivity like Gluten or Wheat intolerance or you already have this sensitivity and don’t realise it, we are not all the same it may manifest itself differently in you who knows. The first thing to think about is your gut health, if you are not having a bowel movement 2 or 3 times a day you have an issue.
Take control you are the worlds greatest expert on you. Maybe the microbes will cause a child to get acne but maybe in the case of a very young child the lack of the correct microbes will develop into autism – as an aside here the latest research seems to prove this – over use of antibiotics in the very young and infants has been proved to cause autism. If you were born by cesarean and not breast fed you will be at greater risk, as natural birth ensures the infant inherits the optimum microbes from their mother. If you take broad spectrum antibiotics you will be killing the good as well as the bad microbes you are probably doing just as much bad as good.
Too much sugar will grow your colony of bad microbes you will be feeding the inflammation that will cause elevated blood sugar levels – Diabetes. The added sugar that all processed foods seem to have is dangerous and highly addictive if you can’t get rid of body fat its because your building up the inflammation by eating the wrong diet. With processed food full of sugar each mouthful is feeding the inflammation response in your gut microbes. Sugar is just one factor there are quite a number of potential inflammatory things but we are all different and it’s not always going to be obvious, it could be Gluten or Wheat or Dairy it could be that you live close to roads and a breathing in exhaust fumes it could be that you are a heavy user of cleaning products and are breathing in the fumes, it could be the air freshener that your are breathing in. You could be killing your good bacteria by using anti bacterial products in your home killing microbes so causing your children not to build up any natural immunity to good bacteria so thus getting allergies or asthma it could literally be anything in this modern society. People in the past did not have the modern day diseases that we are all getting. We are causing our own health problems by living in this modern world and we have to start making changes ourselves or we will just be adding another person to the increasing health problem. Stop treating all germs and bacteria as a problem some are really good friends to you.
You need to discover what sets off any immune response in your body by gradually working through your diet and lifestyle and making changes.
No supermarket meats they are damaging as they fast grow animals using antibiotics though banned in the UK they can still be in the food chain from muck spreading as fertiliser and the source of the processed foods may be from a country that has less stringent rules on production .
Supermarket meats are using animals that have been mass produced and feds grains to increase the size of the animal, note if the animal was getting fatter, eating that animal will make you fatter. Eat only grass fed meats preferably organic. Know where your meat comes from.
No processed foods or foods where you can’t clearly understand the ingredients on the label.
No antibiotics unless in desperate need and if used followed up by a quality recommended course of pre and pro-biotics. I find a good source of supplements to be Amazon by reading the reviews, as long as there are sufficient reviews to give you an indication of whether it is a quality product, it’s the easiest way to get supplements and probably cheaper than health stores as you can also shop around on price.
No antibacterial cleaning products your killing the good guys. Watch out for cleaning products especially if you find you have a wheat or gluten intolerance as these guys are often in many non food products and listed under different names.
Eliminate stress as much as possible or at least manage it better
Get as much sleep as you can.
Get your D3 blood level tested and start supplementing if your results show you under the current recommended optimal vitamin D level of 50-70 ng/ml. Though if you are treating cancer or heart disease, you should try to get the level as high as 70-100 ng/ml. If you live in the UK then supplement up to 20,000 IU’s a day for an adult. The D3 supplement will mention don’t go over a much lower amount don’t worry it wont kill you. If you go over 20,000 IU’s add K2 to your supplements to prevent hypercalcification. Read the book from Jeff T Bowles about his self experiment with D3 and follow his advice in the book. A D3 blood test is a critical test that your doctor is very probably ignoring. I myself have supplemented 100,000 IU’s a day for a month and then 200,000 IU’s a day for a few days and I’m still around but currently now on 60,000 a day. I am following the Coimbra Protocol. Dr Coimbra is a Neurologist from Brazil who is reversing MS symptoms he has had a 95% success rate on over 25,000 patients and totally curing Crones disease and other diseases with D3.
No farmed fish products – wild caught Atlantic fish seem to be the least polluted but there is no guarantee so only eat once a week. Farmed fish are fed grains and not being a natural diet it affects the fish in a detrimental way, so it will have a detrimental affect on you.
Eliminate products with added sugar. The latest research on Alzheimer’s labels it as type 3 diabetes so keep on eating and drinking sugary products you know where you’ll be heading.
Always filter tap water researchers found adults with high levels of dichlorophenol – a chemical by-product of chlorine – in their urine, were up to 80 per cent more likely to have a food allergy see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2242094/Chlorine-tap-water-linked-increase-number-people-developing-food-allergies.html
There are a million and one things that can be added to this list but you must make and own your own health journey.
There is a great book that looks at our bacteria from birth and what manipulates our development thereafter. It explains in great simplistic detail what’s happening in your microbiota.
Alanna Collen is a science writer with degrees in biology from Imperial College London, and a PhD in evolutionary biology from University College London and the Zoological Society of London
Can inflammation be reversed once its manifested into a disease?
Maybe it depends many things can be reversed you only need to look at YouTube you’ll find videos of individuals who have cured themselves from cancer by dietary changes. Dr Terry Wahls reversed many of her Secondary Progressive MS symptoms through the Paleo Diet. I’m reversing many of my MS symptoms through D3 supplementation and diet changes but then again it depends we are all different and you need to be very disciplined in your approach, but anything is possible and the research is out there if you go looking.