THE 5 PRINCIPLES OF OPTIMAL HEALTH
“The composition of the body must remain in balance.”
I often like to compare the human body to the soil. Quality soil is composed of water, microbes, and varying levels of elements of the periodic table. When the soil has the proper balance of these components, it supports life fully. If one component gets out of balance, however, it can begin to threaten life. Our body must have a proper balance of these components as well, or it will not be able to function as designed. Balance within the body can be maintained through proper nutrition, hydration, and minimizing exposure to toxins.
“Disorder and dysfunction begin with irritation.”
Irritation is anything that causes trauma to the body at any level. This could be blunt trauma, such as physical damage to the body. It could be toxins within the body, such as eating a diet full of processed foods, or, being exposed to harmful chemicals or molds. Or, irritation could be caused by stress or an imbalance of components as discussed in principle one.
No matter what the cause of the irritation is, the body always responds with inflammation. Swelling is a protective response that can act to “splint” an injured joint, or dilute toxins, and is beneficial in the healing process as long as it remains temporary. If the irritation is not addressed, the inflammation remains to protect the area and becomes chronic. Any part of the body that is chronically inflamed is opening the door to infection.
Consider what would happen to a bucket of clean, distilled water that has been left on your front porch for two weeks. It would get stagnant and start to grow nasty bacteria and parasites. The same concept applies to your body. When joints or tissues are wet (inflamed) for too long, they become breeding grounds for infection. Understand the word infection is being used as a general term that could indicate disease of any sort, not just a bacterial infection. Irritation leads to inflammation, which leads to infection. I call this process the Three I’s.
“The body will either adapt or accommodate the Three I’s.”
The body has one of two choices when dealing with irritation, inflammation, or infection: adapt or accommodate. The natural design of the body is to adapt to harmful situations and overcome them—or heal. When the body can adapt and overcome any of the Three I’s it becomes stronger and more capable of dealing with a similar situation in the future. When the body cannot overcome the situation, it accommodates the irritation by remaining chronically inflamed, creating a constant environment ripe for infection and dis-ease. The only way to eliminate accommodation is to enable the body to resolve the irritation that began the process—and the resolution must occur in a very specific order.
“The healing process must occur in the following sequence: Stabilize, Detoxify, Fortify.”
The process for the body to heal disease is no different than to heal any wound. When you cut yourself on a rusty nail, the first thing you need to do is stop the bleeding—or stabilize the injury. Next, you have to clean dirt and rust out of the wound. A dirty wound will never heal. It can’t. Finally, you can fortify the healing process by covering the wound, keeping it clean, and applying some antiseptic salve. Compare this to the process of healing disease in your body.
First, for your body to heal, you must stabilize the environment by reducing toxic intake, clearing elimination pathways of the body, and increasing nutrition. Next, you must clean the buildup of toxins that have accumulated over time through detoxification. Remember, no dirty wound, or body can heal. Third, you must fortify your body by eating a nutrient-rich diet and taking supplements that help your body’s detoxification pathways to work optimally.
“Diligent maintenance of the healing process is critical.”
You are always moving toward health or away from it—never still. Once you have regained strength and recovered from illness, you must stay on a course of maintenance that will sustain recovery. If you “fall off the horse” and allow irritants to be accommodated, your condition will most likely return. You must continue to work to maintain the balance you have (principle 1), or the healing you have achieved.
These five principles are the foundation of my belief about healing. I learned many years ago that my job as a physician was not to treat symptoms, but to support the body in its healing process so it can operate as designed. This is the only way to restore health when the body is out of balance.
This philosophy drives my clinical approach to heal a body, regardless of what that body may be suffering from. Whether you see me in person or only hear me speak online or read one of my books, my approach will be the same. If this approach resonates with you, then I invite you to take action today and begin your journey to health.