The Roots of Disease

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If you do a search on the internet for the leading causes of death you will find heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. So how do these chronic diseases manifest? Yes, heredity plays a role but what about lifestyle? Think of heredity as a spectrum of potential versus a definite expression of a given disease.

I propose the root causes of disease are:

– Industrial toxins in food, water, and air, both at home and at work.

– Poor nutrition consisting of highly processed foods containing lots of #1.

– Stress, though not all stress is bad.

– Disconnection from the natural world and,

– Lack of purpose and meaning (this one is last on the list but huge).

Think of how creating a healthy internal ecosystem would impact the function of your immune system, organs and which genes will be turned on and off. Now consider the opposite. Using the analogy of an engine, how will a car function with dirty spark plugs, oil and filters? I imagine that car is going to break down sooner than one which is properly maintained.

With regards to #1 above, in your home, you’ve got biggies like formaldehyde in furniture; particleboard; adhesives in most inexpensive wood-based products and carpet; vinyl chloride, the new car smell from PVC plastic; home cleaning and personal care products with solvents; and disinfectants, found in antiseptics, perfumes, mouthwashes and air fresheners. Though the biggest exposure is not through touch as you would think but rather inhalation of  vapors when chemicals off-gas.

Additionally, in your home, there are pesticides, herbicides, radon, carbon monoxide and EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies). This list is enough to make you want to live outside in a natural fiber tent. Even in cities with very bad air pollution, indoor air quality in new efficient (tight) homes can be more toxic than outdoors.

The number of industrial chemicals with the FDA stamp of approval is staggering, well over 80,000. Yet a vast majority of these remain untested for their negative impacts on human health, both individually and when combined with other chemicals.

Below, you’ll find a list of conventional practices that on the surface seem benign but when you look deeper, are malignant. By limiting these practices, you will reduce your exposure to industrial toxins, the leading cause of disease.

  1. Fluoride (F) in water and toothpaste. F calcifies the pineal gland (third eye), the center of intuition and inspiration. F is considered a hazardous waste by the FDA. Healthy gums and teeth are a function of good oral hygiene and diet.
  2. Chlorine (Cl) is a poison diluted and used in hot tubs and swimming pools. While the skin allows Cl into the body, breathing Cl vapor in an indoor swimming pool or hot tub can increase exposure hundreds of times.
  3. EMFs from wireless devices, not a chemical but a known carcinogen. Put phone on speaker mode, never carry on body or place near bed unless on airport mode.
  4. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in conventional food, also not a chemical but produce pesticides in the lining of your gut. GMO symptoms include: allergies, chronic fatigue, rashes, and digestive issues. While many countries have banned GMOs, a vast majority of the food consumed in the US contains GM corn, soy, and canola.
  5. Vaccines include the toxic chemicals: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG to name a few. Yet we inject into developing young children. Vaccines have been associated with autism, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), auto-immune diseases and the very diseases vaccines are designed to protect against. There has never been one double-blind placebo study done on vaccines, the hallmark of good scientific research.
  6. Pesticides in conventional farming and thus your food and home pest control. They leech into the water supply during rains and irrigation.
  7. Herbicides in conventional farming and thus your food and lawn where your children play. These also leech into the water supply.
  8. Fire retardants in furniture off-gas. These chemicals include PBDEs, boric acid, antimony, and formaldehyde.
  9. Conventional body products are chock full of chemicals. If there are more than five ingredients and they have chemical names, choose a healthier alternative. Same with food products.
  10. Conventional cleaning supplies are loaded with chemicals. When you use Lysol in the bathroom and then take a hot shower, you are breathing in chemical vapor which goes directly into the blood stream.
  11. Off gassing VOCs: in new cars, offices and homes. Avoid plastics with the 3, 6, & 7 inside the triangle.
  12. Antibiotics (overuse) create imbalance within the natural pro-biotic bacterial environment of the gut. Anti means against, biotic is life.

Over the years, we are slowly being poisoned by toxins in our diets, homes, cars and offices. Cancer is the result of this long-term exposure to chemicals and will impact 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women.

The two most effective actions you can take to improve your long-term health are to reduce your exposure to industrial toxins and increase your intake of organic foods, with moderate amounts of cooked meat and lots of vegetables.

Yes, organic and non-toxic foods and products are often more expensive than conventional alternatives but aren’t you and your family worth it? You can either pay now for healthier products and practices which protect the body and the earth or you can pay later with pollution, species extinction and escalating disease rates, happening now across the globe.

Moment of truth: We need to stop complaining about the high cost of health insurance and create positive change in our lives. Premiums are high because we don’t take care of ourselves and, as a result, are a sick nation of people who often opt for the quick fix of chemical medication and advanced medical intervention. We also keep people alive well beyond their time, often with a poor quality of life.

As my wife shares from time to time, “I don’t want to live past my time. I desire a high quality life and then want to depart with a bang.” This isn’t a pro-gun statement but rather a desire to live a good life and then exit quickly and dramatically.

What if rather than holding on to a life filled with “if I only would haves,” we made daily choices bringing alignment, balance and connection (yoga of life) into each day we’ve been given?

What if rather than being hypnotized by symptoms like a dog chasing its tail, we got real about the root causes of disease?

Eaden Shantay owns True Nature Healing Arts® in Carbondale, CO with partner and wife, Deva. True Nature is dedicated to supporting individuals in discovering and living their life’s purpose. TNHA is a socially responsible company offering yoga, an organic cafe, conscious and sustainable retail and spa services.