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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

The Three Pillars of Health and ‘Dis’ease: In Simple Terms

Contributing Author: McFadzean, Nicola N.D.

Nicola McFadzeanDr. Nicola McFadzean is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, trained in both the United States and her native country of Australia. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Nicola works with a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from cognitive issues to digestive problems to hormonal imbalance. She can access a full spectrum of laboratory testing to assess imbalances in the body, while having the freedom to prescribe natural remedies and prescription medications when necessary.

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In today’s medical environment, wading through the myriad of information available and deciphering exactly what is involved in achieving optimal health is increasingly difficult.  Most Americans have some health problems, many of which are addressed through medication, but their root causes are not treated.  In other words, the symptoms are treated, but the underlying cause of disease is not.

My experience in working with a wide range of health issues has revealed to me that there are Three Pillars of ‘Dis’ease.  Investigating and addressing each of these three areas naturally resolves symptoms and replaces them with feelings of good health, energy and well-being.

The First Pillar: Nutrition

It’s no secret that the standard American diet sadly lacks nutritional value.  The situation is far more serious, as our diet is filled with substances that cannot be classified as foods, including pesticides, fertilizers, colorings, preservatives and other toxins.  Many of these are known carcinogens and disease-producing agents that pollute and deplete our air, soil and water.  Therefore, the foods grown and raised in our country lack nutritional value.

On top of that, we are fed foods with high allergy potential.  The biggest culprits here are gluten (found in wheat, oats, barley and rye), dairy products and soy.  Moreover, that issue doesn’t even address the amount of sugar, caffeine and alcohol we consume as a nation.

If this sounds like a drastic situation, it is.  There is no getting around it.  If you are ill, you need to adjust your views on nutrition and make some changes.  Will this be difficult?  Yes, most likely.  Will it be worth it?  Without a doubt, yes.  Making these changes may just save your life.

The steps to eating healthy are very simple, and include:

  1. Eat organic food and drink filtered water – this includes fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and wild fish, eggs and everything else you can possibly get that’s organically grown.
  2. Stop eating processed foods – learn to make smoothies, salads and stir-frys (each of these takes 10 minutes to make).
  3. Cut back on gluten, soy and dairy.
  4. Give up coffee (you’ll feel horrible for a few days but after that, you’ll have more energy than before, I promise).
  5. Take a food allergy and gluten intolerance test – the results will tell you which foods work well for your body and which will cause you problems.
  6. Recruit guidance and support – eating well is a learning curve, but it’s possible for everyone.

The Second Pillar:  Infections

Many health issues have infections as a causative factor, yet many such infections remain undiagnosed and untreated.  These infections may be viral, fungal, bacterial or parasitic in nature, and may have existed silently in your body for years.

Some infections, which are clearly linked to disease such as malaria or Lyme disease and may be regarded as the primary cause of illness, must be treated for you to experience wellness, and the other two Pillars must also be addressed.

For example, let’s take Lyme disease.  Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete (a type of bacteria) Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted through a tick bite, a mosquito bite, or in utero from mother to baby.  Chronic Lyme disease is disabling and can mimic chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and a host of other illnesses.  By the time Lyme disease is in its chronic stage, it will have caused major problems with the immune system.  Immune reactions to different foods start occurring, which ties in the nutrition component.  Co-infections (other “bugs” that like to live alongside B. burgdorferi) take hold, and mold and heavy metal toxicity often arise, which require detoxification programs.

Let’s look at a less obvious example.  Millions of Americans take antacids for reflux and heartburn.  Many more people experience burping, belching and a feeling of fullness, as if the food they ate is just sitting in their stomach.  A smaller but significant number of people report that they react badly to foods that they were able to eat in the past.  All of these symptoms are classic of H. pylori, a bacterial infection that invades the stomach.  H. pylori is the primary cause of ulcers, and has been linked to headaches and migraines, and in some cases, stomach cancer.  Therefore, taking antacids for years when an underlying infection may be causing the problems does not make sense, especially when that infection can be treated with a 14-day course of medicine or a 30-day course of herbs.

Another common type of infection is intestinal parasites.  Again, these are picked up by stool tests and are incredibly common.  Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort may all be caused by parasites, as can irritable bowel syndrome (no, it’s not all in your head!).

Candida, or yeast overgrowth, may cause a wide range of symptoms including bloating, fatigue, headaches and weight gain.  Yeast overgrowth affects many Americans, and is another cause that traditional medical circles often miss.

The Third Pillar:  Detoxification

I cannot overstate the importance of detoxification to health.  In our modern environment, we are bombarded with chemicals from air, water and the food we eat.  Many of the medicines we take also increase the toxic load in our bodies.

Heavy metals are one of the most significant groups of toxins.  Mercury enters the body through vaccinations, amalgam fillings, eating fish and simply breathing our polluted air.  Lead, aluminum and a host of other metals are also prominent in our environment.

Toxins in our body are neutralized by the liver and excreted through the kidneys (urine), bowels (stool), lungs (air) and skin (sweat).  By supporting these organs through detoxification and elimination, we can reduce the toxic load in the body and allow good health to occur.

There are three steps to detoxification:

  1. Reduce the amount of toxins coming in – eat organic food, drink filtered water, minimize taking prescription medications, avoid substances such as caffeine and alcohol and unnecessary vaccinations and replace amalgam fillings with composite material.
  2. Support the liver enzyme system – take herbs and nutrients to increase the conversion of substances from harmful to harmless forms.
  3. Open up channels of elimination – undergo helpful therapies, including far infra-red sauna, lymphatic drainage massage, ionic footbaths and intravenous infusions of vitamin C and glutathione.

Heavy metal detoxification requires special agents called chelators to help bind metals so they can be excreted.  Chelators may be given intravenously, orally, or as a cream that is rubbed into the skin.  Most people test high in heavy metals, which can contribute to lack of energy, brain fog and poor memory and concentration, cardiovascular disease, behavioral issues, Alzheimer’s disease and premature aging, to name just a few.

Summing up

A comprehensive approach to health that addresses these three major areas can go a long way to restoring health, even in the face of long-standing, chronic disease.  Potential for improvement always exists, even when conventional medical approaches have failed.  While these areas may seem complex, the central theme is the same – remove the obstacles to healing, be they infections, heavy metals or nutritional imbalances, and the body has the wisdom to heal itself.