The response pattern is similar to retrieving data stored on a personal computer’s hard disk. The computer doesn’t care when the information was entered. It’s either there or it’s not there. When the computer gets a particular sequence of commands (the stimulus), it will retrieve the data associated with those commands (response). The body (like the PC) doesn’t evaluate the appropriateness or potential long-term consequences of responses to stimuli. The body (like the computer that doesn’t give a rip about health) does not consider health or disease. The body responds to stimuli from a database (memory bank) that is programmed for survival at the moment. Pain and health problems arise when your body responds to stimuli from past conditions that no longer exist—obsolete programming. We have a survival instinct that has served mankind well. In order to withstand threatened attacks, the body goes into what we call defense physiology. You may not be consciously aware that your body is responding to events of the past, but these buried memories may keep your body in defense physiology without you knowing it. In time, you will begin to experience pain and develop symptoms of illness, all because your memory patterns are keeping your body in an uptight survival mode rather than allowing it to respond to the stimuli of the moment. Your body is in a defensive state and accumulating more acid than it can handle effectively. Thoughts exert the most powerful influence on your health, and negative thoughts are the # 1 acid producer in your body. Your body reacts to negative mental and emotional stress brought about by thoughts exactly the same way it reacts to “real” threats of physical harm. To the subconscious that governs physiology, stimuli from ideas are just as “real” as stimuli generated by being the target of a marauding street gang. Thoughts are things .that can stimulate physiological responses—some appropriate for the occasion, some inappropriate. Physiologists have found that Thoughts are so influential that all you have to do is anticipate exercise for the sympathetic nervous system to stimulate cardiac output.’ Timing, toxicity, and thoughts are closely interwoven. Rarely do I see a patient who doesn’t have a problem with at least two of these factors, and most come to me with a combination of all three. Over time, anyone of the three can force the body to adapt the way it functions, which in turn, leads to exhaustion, lowered resistance, and, ultimately, disease.
In our society, one of the principle sources of physiological toxins is too much protein. Excess protein doesn’t have the immediate poisonous effect of strychnine or cocaine. However, when you eat more protein than your body needs to function optimally. A series of physiological changes is initiated it’s those changes that can lead to all manner of complaints. The second villain that undermines health and is a major cause of pain is improper internal Timing. Your body synchronizes an amazing number of functions. It simultaneously keeps the blood coursing through your veins, digests foods, assimilates nutrients, eliminates unusable parts of foods, contracts and relaxes muscles, processes chemicals, repairs itself—the list goes on. You stay relatively symptom-free as long as all of the natural physiological functions work smoothly. That’s Intelligence. Sometimes, however, the timing of one of these functions isn’t appropriate for the conditions of the moment. The concept of inappropriate timing can be explained by an illustration from daily life. Brushing your teeth is a “correct” action. It helps to preserve your teeth, keep your mouth clean, and avoid the pain that comes with dental neglect. However, brushing your teeth during a job interview isn’t appropriate. There’s nothing wrong with the activity itself—but the timing can be inappropriate. To convert that analogy to your physiology, when you run or exercise hard, your heart rate increases. This is a natural, normal, and necessary function to increase the oxygen supply to your muscles and to remove the waste products from them. If your heart weren’t able to increase its rate when needed, you wouldn’t have survived your first chase around the playground. However, for your heart to continue to beat at the faster rate after you have rested is inappropriate; if it does, your body is experiencing a timing problem. Most of people feel relief of symptoms brought about by incorrect timing. Muscles that should be relaxed are tense. Of course, if we couldn’t tense our muscles, we wouldn’t be able to move. A muscle that is continuously tense eventually becomes painful. Pain can be brought on by a perfectly proper physiological response that occurs at an inappropriate time. You may wonder why the body would do something at the wrong time if its internal intelligence never makes a mistake. Doing the right thing is never a mistake—inappropriate maybe, but not wrong. The body doesn’t judge an event good, bad, or appropriate. It just responds normally to all stimuli without judging whether or not the time is appropriate to execute the response. The information available to your control center serves as the database for patterns of response to every situation. The brain that directs everything that goes on in the body works with the information recorded there. Information recorded yesterday, last month, twenty, thirty, or sixty years ago is equally as usable as information recorded now, twenty, thirty, or sixty seconds ago.
how the food you eat contributes to the build-up of toxins in your body. Toxins are poison-like substances. They can come from the air we breathe, liquids we drink, things we eat, or substances we inject into our bodies. Anything that goes into your body must be dealt with in some way. Your body must use it, store it, or lose it. No “foreign” substance in your body can be ignored, and until food is processed and assimilated, it is a “foreign” substance. we should have a new perspective on how your body must adapt to take care of the elements in food that cause toxicity. Many food elements, such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, are essential to health. However, excesses of even some of these beneficial elements can cause toxicity.
When we talk about “toxicity,” we are talking about the condition of your cells. The cells in your body, liver cells, pancreas cells, heart cells, and all of the rest, use glucose for energy; yet each type of cell has a specific function to perform. The function of the heart cell is contraction; the function of a parietal cell in the stomach is secretion of hydrochloric acid. Every type of cell has a different function, but each uses the same fuel, glucose, for energy. If the cells become toxic and are not capable of functioning and utilizing that energy, disease begins. Cells become toxic when they and their environment become too acid. Most of the fluids in your body where your cells are operating are supposed to be slightly alkaline. Your body is alkaline by design and acid by function. Although your cells live in an alkaline environment, they produce acid as they function. Acid must be either neutralized or eliminated. Acid produced by cells is “natural,” and self-made acid is easily eliminated through the lungs, the urine, and feces. Acid from foods is handled quite differently. There are intricate systems to neutralize dietary acid (more about acid, alkaline, and neutralization later). The body can handle reasonable quantities of dietary acid. However, too much acid-producing food overloads neutralizing mechanisms; the environment of your cells deteriorates; and your body becomes overly acid—it becomes toxic. Too much acid is termed acidosis. ACIDOSIS = TOXICITY!
Any substance that interferes with the natural workings of the body is a toxin—food included! As we have know, toxins are sometimes eliminated by natural, periodic cleansing procedures we call colds and fevers. You don’t “catch” a cold or “come down” with a fever; you earn them. The body is getting rid of toxins. When you realize that colds are beneficial physiological processes, you can then understand why science has been unable to find the long sought-after cure despite the megabucks poured into research. If you can’t get rid of toxins from foods through natural processes, your body adapts the function of some of the cells. Sustained necessary adaptations reduce a person’s resistance and set the stage for disease.
Toxicity, Timing, and Thoughts—the three causes of any disease no matter what label you put on it. You should have control over each of the causes. It is entirely possible that you may view this concept with a bit of well-entrenched skepticism. These apparent causes, plus many more, are merely character actors in the disease scenario. They are not the stars. They are among the “bad guys” that appear to be the culprits. However, they are not the back-to-square-one causes of disease. The stage has to be set for any of these dissidents to begin to make their effects known. They are the “terrorists” of the body that strike when there is no resistance. They may be present in a well-tuned, healthy body, but they are powerless against the impenetrable security system of the internal intelligence that maintains our resistance.
If disease were a “natural” consequence of life, we would all experience essentially the same ailments at about the same times of life. After all, we all follow roughly the same pattern of progress in our development: we teethe, learn to walk and talk, turn into a “terrible two,” and suffer through the anguish of puberty at approximately the same ages. Although there are minor variations in the timing of the onset for each of us, the pattern is pretty consistent. The development of disease, however, isn’t consistent. Heart disease, arthritis, or cancer, for example, can strike at any age. Even the ravages of “old age” are inconsistent. The process of aging isn’t as neat and tidy as the process of developing from infant to adult. There appears to be no particular “natural progression” from young adulthood to old age. people in their forties who are “old.” They think, feel, and act “old.” people in their nineties who have more vigor and vitality than others in their fifties. Aging and disease are individual processes that are affected by lifestyle. Your external, visible lifestyle is controlled by choices made within personal boundaries of values, geography, and economics. Your internal health-determining lifestyle is controlled by your personal Toxicity, Timing, and Thoughts.
Remember when you were nothing more than a fertilized egg looking for a place to attach yourself? Of course you don’t. There is no conscious direction involved in the development of an embryo. Neither you nor your mother had any conscious control over when it was time to install blood vessels, select eye and hair color, or generate fingernails for you. So if neither you nor your mother devised a production schedule or supervised the project, which was in charge? You had to develop either by plan or by randomness; there are no other choices. If each of us were a random proliferation of cells, even members of the same family would bear no resemblance to one another. We would see more variations among populations than just color of eyes, hair, and skin, or differences in size and shape. If there were no consistency in human development, some of us might have eyes on our shoulders, others a nose on each of five kneecaps, and some with an ear on one of the three fingers that bent backwards. No, you didn’t develop by random proliferation of cells; you developed very systematically according to an established plan. Intelligence infinitely greater than the conscious mind of man has been in charge since before you were born, and, I might add, has done a masterful job.
Purpose is not to go into whom or what devised and implemented the plan for developing the human body; it is to acknowledge that we develop in a very specific manner. The same plan of embryonic development guided each of us. There is an innate intelligence in every person that keeps physiological processes on schedule from the very beginning. Each of us has an internal intelligence that coordinates and synchronizes all of the functions of the wonderfully and incomprehensibly complex human body. The abilities of this intelligence dwarf the, capabilities of the most sophisticated supercomputers. The systems—coordinating skills of electronic “super brains” that can dispatch and return space probes or send the stock market into an economy-rocking tailspin are cumbersome and primitive compared with the natural orchestrating talents of our built-in body wisdom. Under the direction of this sophisticated intelligence, the billions of bits and parts that constitute a unique individual can hum along for decades in fine-tuned harmony.The same infallible director that brought each of us into existence from the union of sperm and egg oversees postnatal physical growth and repair. Throughout your life, cuts heal, broken bones knit, and hair and fingernails grow. The body’s internal intelligence orchestrates these and thousands of other repair and replenishment activities without you’re giving them a single thought. Ordinarily, we aren’t at all conscious of the continuous intricate physiological symphony that plays within our bodies from conception to death. However, when something is wrong, we become acutely aware of the discord.