The body can heal about 97 % of all chronic diseases by itself, if you just let it. Knowing how to adapt your lifestyle to the modern world to become and/or stay healthy is the key to a higher quality of life!
Over the course of the last few decades, chronic diseases have reached a level never seen before in the history of mankind. Diseases have been discovered in the elderly, as well as in children and infants, that were unknown 100 years ago–diseases that are not found in other species on this earth. Every field of medicine has a number of experts, all of whom are trying to find a solution to the health problems of our time. However, the different disciplines rarely converge and do not combine their knowledge and capabilities to provide practical guidelines to people seeking a holistic and scientifically-based package that can help them in their lives. This book is designed to give the reader insight into several areas, all of which have a major impact on health and disease, and to show where causes can be found and, at best, eliminated to reduce symptoms and move back toward a sense of well-being. It does not describe the usual approaches propagated through the media and by allopathic physicians. This book will discuss other possibilities, causes and solutions that are often not mentioned and may be completely unknown to most people. All facts presented are based on scientifically published studies and are supplemented by physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths as well as other scientists based on experience gained with patients. Increasing exposure to environmental pollution, increasing antibiotic resistance, ingestion of medications, a changing agricultural economy, the mechanization of society, and the forgotten knowledge of several important sources of disease are all presented in this book. Over 20 years of education and experts from various fields have contributed to the knowledge summarized in this book. For the most part, it is knowledge based on science, supported by studies. However, in part it is also empirical data that is not (yet) fully supported by studies.
Science is making ever greater leaps in an attempt to reverse diseases, increase quality of life and decipher the fountain of youth for humans. The latest scientific findings from the fields of nutrition, biomechanics and naturopathy will be examined and integrated into an overall structure that is intended to give the reader a way to take control of his or her own health.
We need only to take a look around: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, cancer and other chronic diseases seem to be continuing their inexorable rise, regardless of all attempts to develop drugs to stop them. At the same time, an increasing number of children are affected, which is certainly not conducive to the future of our species. Other human cultures manage to live long, healthy lives with virtually no chronic illnesses, despite (or maybe even as a result of?) having no health care system. The Hunzukuc (Hunza), Okinawa Japanese, the Yao in Bama, Sardinians, and other peoples have a higher than average proportion of people over 100 years of age who seem to be spared chronic illness. Something has happened in our modern world that is obviously detrimental to the nature of humans and therefore to their health as well. It’s hard to imagine a herd of zebras suffering from problems like Crohn’s disease, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome or tinnitus. We would certainly wonder what these animals were doing wrong, what they were eating, and what environmental influences they were exposed to. However, the number of people affected can hardly be adequately cared for, yet we are not asking ourselves what is going wrong, but rather what drugs and surgery techniques can be developed or offered for this purpose. Many are afraid of growing old. The reality around us shows us that growing old means being in pain, no longer oriented and giving up one’s independence. But is that what we are all destined for? Is it inevitable? How did we get into this situation? When buying a car, most customers are well informed about technical details, such as the fuel consumption, seating configurations and many other specs. When it comes to health, there is a great deal of ignorance and half-knowledge, which increases dependence on the health care system and doctors. Dr. Google is omnipresent, and what “knowledge” reaches the patient afterwards is twisted or even completely wrong.
It was recently discovered that the oldest man-ape that walked on two legs lived in the Allgäu region in Germany about twelve million years ago. After twelve million years of evolution, the result is disease and pain? Genetics is there to ensure that a species adapts better to its environment from generation to generation, so that each is stronger than the one before it. Is that the case in our society? In the U.S., there are predictions of a generation emerging now that, for the first time in human history, will not outlive its parents. Current figures from the CDC in the U.S. show that 6 in 10 adult Americans have one chronic condition and 4 in 10 have two or more (1–4). 54% of U.S. children have a chronic disease and 21% have developmental disabilities. Annual cancer diagnoses have hit 1.6 million with 600,000 resulting deaths in the U.S. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise every year. One in four people die from heart disease, one in ten have liver disease, one in twenty have depression, 12% have thyroid dysfunction, 40% are diabetic, and 74% have chronic intestinal dysfunction! We as a population are expected to accept this, just as we are expected to accept drug treatment without addressing the causes. In 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon launched an initiative called “The War on Cancer”.
50 years have passed since then, and the result? Today, more people are getting cancer than ever before. The WHO even warns that cancer incidence will double by 2040! How often do we hear news of being on the verge of a breakthrough in cancer treatment? Yet another new drug that is supposed to bring us a little closer to a cure, but ultimately disappoints. Americans today are now the sickest species in the history of our planet, and there are reasons for this. However, they are not genetic as we are so often led to believe. Even if the numbers in Europe are still lagging somewhat behind, we should at least be aware of the consequences our lifestyle has, not only for the individual, but also for society in general and the future of our species. If we adopt adequate measures, a long and healthy life without chronic diseases, medication and prolonged suffering is possible even for Central Europeans and Americans. But before we get into the causes of diseases and their solutions, first a brief digression into the history of medicine that paints a picture of how we came to our present-day conception of disease, health and medicine.
For about 120 years, our health care system has been dominated by allopathic medicine, which teaches that the human body will eventually get sick, wear out, and that drugs, surgery, or other examinations/interventions are necessary to keep symptoms at bay. It is reductionist, which means that it only sees and treats the symptom, not the cause, which is a big difference from a holistic view of human physiology. There is hardly a person alive who remembers the time before “modern” medicine. In the 19th century, people were treated primarily by homeopaths, “herbal witches”, magnet healers, shamans, etc. For the most part, they had a respectable reputation and, through their way of practicing medicine, had the goal of relieving people of their illnesses, thus possessing healing intentions. At the end of the 19th century, osteopathy and chiropractic were developed into a real doctrine and applied to people structurally, even if sometimes under bizarre circumstances (the first chiropractor credited a dead man with introducing him to the practice). In the U.S., it was considered a career leap for doctors at that time to study in Europe, especially in Germany, and to join and learn from the experts known at the time (Robert Koch, Paul Ehrlich, and Louis Pasteur). Upon their return to the U.S., lucrative positions in various offices or private practice with higher earning potential beckoned.
In the wake of industrialization, billionaires like J. D. Rockefeller and A. Carnegie had to deal with the socioeconomic benefits of their wealth. Both invested philanthropically in social projects aimed at promoting and preserving labor for the labor market, thus benefiting their own capitalist thinking in the long run. Among other things, they invested in science and research because the status of medical schools did not meet modern standards at the time. The goal was to bring the U.S. out of the shadow of the Europeans, to promote research and teaching in medicine, to remove competing types of medicine from mainstream thinking, and to establish the medicine we know today as the only recognized type of “healing practice.” This allowed allopathic medicine to take hold during the first decades of the 20th century, which was then divided into different specialties by the further development of technology. For example, only doctors with considerable experience could use an ophthalmoscope and accordingly interpret and treat changes in the ocular fundus. The result of this increasing specialization meant that medical practitioners dealt with smaller and smaller sections of the human body and integrated less and less of the whole person into their evaluations and treatment, but their salaries and standing among the population continued to rise. The mood among the various groups practicing medicine became increasingly aggressive. As more and more states, under the leadership of the AMA (American Medical Association), granted licenses to practice medicine only to physicians with medical degrees, chiropractors were sometimes thrown in jail on charges that they were practicing medicine without a license. This kind of aversion, and sometimes even aggressiveness, towards competing healing professions has persisted to this day. Chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy or clinically verified medical nutritional science are neither taught in medical school nor in residency training, yet many physicians make judgments (often negative) about the various groups and pass this opinion on to patients, even though they do not know what the individual treatment looks like or how it works. Only a few doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, environmental physicians, and some therapists have the knowledge of these natural ways of influencing health, because they took it upon themselves to further their own education.
Time and again, patients notice that fasting, Ayurvedic cures, acupuncture, chiropractic or high-quality nutritional supplements can improve their symptoms or, in some cases, make them completely symptom-free. All over the world there are reports of “miracle cures” of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases, Parkinson’s and others. But mainstream medicine remains steadfast, does not ask questions, and does not integrate natural medicine into existing standards. For the most part, the population does not find its way to so-called “alternative medicine” despite increasing dissatisfaction with medical care of chronic diseases. Osteopathy and acupuncture have acquired a certain acceptance among the population, although the understanding of the physiology behind them is largely lacking, both among patients and many physicians. Whether or not the patient is advised to pursue these options often depends on the opinion or feeling of the physician, who has no personal knowledge of these treatments. How could they? After all, these are not covered in their education. In the U.S., chiropractic and osteopathy are studies comparable to classical medical studies. The only difference is that all manual medical techniques are also taught in seminars and thus contain even more learning material than a medical degree. Like medical studies, both programs end with a doctorate. Furthermore, chiropractors have almost twice as many hours of physiology and anatomy classes as medical students. Notably, chiropractors are taught far less about pharmacology and thus are not allowed to prescribe medications, although there is currently a trend in the U.S. to integrate them into the pharmaceutical business in order to weaken the naturopathic base.
However, acquiring at least a rough understanding of various physiological processes and treatment options gives patients a way to emancipate themselves from dependence on the health care system to some extent and take control of their own health.
This book is intended to provide the reader with a thorough (albeit not complete) insight into external and internal influences that can lead to illness, and to show ways to positively influence them. The background of the mode of action from the central nervous system and clinically verified nutritional therapy will be highlighted in order to show how the right approach can stimulate the body to heal, regardless of the disease. It may surprise some how quickly and effectively several chronic diseases can at least be improved with this approach. The word “holistic” has become overused. Holistic means understanding and treating the patient’s emotional, chemical as well as physical stress. Those who fail to make an effort to do so may not call themselves holistic. Reducing these three forms of stress inevitably leads to increasing patient recovery. Day after day, people with chronic pain, limited mobility, cardiac arrhythmia with feelings of anxiety and significantly reduced quality of life hope that medication and surgery can take away their illness. However, a symptom-oriented approach to treatment is generally used in these cases, and thus the cause remains untouched. A different approach is needed here, as treating only the symptoms and ignoring the cause will not bring any benefit in the long run. No matter how cleverly thought out the drugs and how sophisticated the surgical techniques, they neither increase our life expectancy nor make us healthier.
Do you suffer from knee pain because you haven’t had enough surgery? Do you have high blood pressure or get headaches from taking too little medication? Is the cause of cancer a lack of chemotherapy and radiation? The answer is a resounding: NO! In this day and age, we rely on scientific studies to show us new ways to reclaim our health. This was especially true during the 2019–2021 “Corona Pandemic”. Scientific studies were looked to again and again to justify the actions taken. But how far can our trust in science go when the editor-in-chief of one of the most important medical journals in the world, “The Lancet,” announced in 2015 that by now only half of the published studies, if any, are credible. The rest are manipulated, falsified, influenced by interest groups or simply invented. This fact should make you think, because this “science” is the basis for decisions that impact all our lives.
Read on and be guided into the wonderful world of the human body. Learn about the fascinating connections, the healing power of the central nervous system and the power of emotions. Discover environmental influences and how you can positively influence them. No one should have to engrave “I told you I was sick!” on their tombstone.
The Central Nervous System
It should be a well known fact that our central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, which are located in our skull and spine respectively. With its estimated 80 to 85 billion cells, the brain controls all metabolic processes of the human body, be it joint metabolism, heartbeat, digestion, hormone secretion, etc. The entire process is so incredibly complex that it is questionable whether we will ever understand the details in their entirety. However, it is sufficient in this case to know that the brain is our central computer that has control over our organs, joints, muscles, hormonal glands, posture, and the processing of our emotions. It communicates with the respective end organ via the spinal cord and the nerve roots branching from it between the vertebrae. This communication goes in both directions, so that the brain is also constantly informed about the metabolic state of every area. This connection is essential for health, which seems logical, but plays practically no role in the treatment of diseases. But more about that later.
The central nervous system is built up of different components: the brain, the spinal cord and the autonomic nervous system.
The brain is our central command, the all supervising and omnipotent center. It is from here that all signals are transmitted to the respective areas of the body, and it is here that all feedback from these regions is received. The positions of each muscle and every joint are immediately registered and calculated to the degree precicely and, if necessary, counteracted to ensure the most upright posture and specific coordination. The release of each hormone is precise down to the microgram and is increased or decreased depending on the amount of stress. All sensory inputs are transmitted at lightning speed and processed both logically and emotionally. Memories and feelings arise, and the vegetative nervous system reacts with increased heartbeat, altered digestion, adjustment of breathing and much more. At the “temporal lobe” of the brain, there is a large furrow that divides the anterior and posterior parts of the lobe. The anterior part (precentral gyrus) is divided in its cell portions according to body region and is used for motor control. Motor signals are sent from here and terminate directly at the muscle, which executes the corresponding commands. Behind the furrow is the postcentral gyrus, which is also divided by body region and is responsible for sensitivity, as well as serving as the target of signals sent from the periphery to the center of the brain.