How much do I want to read more? 6/10
I always had a good health myself, thanks to my parents thinking "out of the box", and I was wondering if the ideas in this book were heading in the same direction.
I found similarities, like: "medicine has a poor understanding of disease and relies on suppressing the symptoms of disease rather than addressing its true causes.", and like the concept of being responsible for one's own health.
The book is clear, rational, simple, and embrace much more concepts than the "think positive to feel good and get healthy".
Here is the main idea:
"Your body is made of cells. When a large number of your cells malfunction, body systems become disrupted, leading to the one disease: cellular malfunction. Cellular malfunction has only two causes: deficiency, cells not getting what they need, and toxicity, cells poisoned by something they do not need. Finally, six pathways exist between health and disease through which the health of our cells can change for better or worse. We can become healthy or sick (i.e., deficient and/or toxic) through the following pathways: Nutrition, Toxin, Psychological, Physical, Genetic, Medical."
As the author says, you cannot expect a good health if you get good in a few of the six pathways and sacrifice the others, you need to get "the whole picture".
And, "at any point in time", ask yourself, "in which direction you are going along", "toward health or disease".
Each contribution, no matter how small, is still significant.
There are not thousands of different diseases, but only one disease: malfunctioning cells.
Put simply, if the cells that make up your body are healthy, then you are healthy.
Take care of your cells by providing them with all the nutrients they need, keep them free of injurious toxins, and disease will not happen. That concept is what this book is all about.
Rather than being a game of chance, health is a choice. Whether we realize it or not, the daily choices we make have a direct impact on the health of our cells.
Modern medicine has a poor understanding of disease and relies on suppressing the symptoms of disease rather than addressing its true causes.
In fact, I was too weak even to lift my head from the pillow. At age forty-eight, at the peak of an international business career, I found myself on the brink of death.
My doctors expected me to die.
I chose to live.
I saved my own life.
I took some fairly simple steps, but I also took one profound leap. I made a powerful discovery: Almost all disease can be prevented or reversed. As a result, health is a choice and no one has to be sick.
The two causes of disease, the two reasons that cells malfunction, are deficiency (insufficient nutrients) and toxicity (excessive toxins).
These two causes work through six areas of daily life: the six pathways each person travels toward health or disease. If you take care of your body’s needs along these six pathways, you give your cells what they need and you avoid what is toxic. You will not become sick.
If your cells are healthy, your body will not become sick. If your cells do not receive what they need or if they are damaged or poisoned, they will stop working right and you will become sick. (You may be surprised to discover what is toxic to your cells.) Cells that receive what they need and avoid harm can function well and provide for healthy life, regardless of your age, the genes you have inherited or the “germs” to which you have been exposed. Healthy cells refuse disease; no one with healthy cells has any reason to become sick, not even to contract a cold.
People alive today are far sicker than most of us recognize, and they die decades sooner than their genetic potential.
This book describes how to keep your body—all your cells—truly healthy. Understanding the six pathways toward health and following them in the right direction will change your life. You will learn things about nutrition that you have probably never heard before, including how the way you shop, the way you cook or the foods that you combine at a meal spell the difference between health and disease.
people often pay more attention to maintaining their cars than themselves. People feel they just don’t have the knowledge or medical training to figure out what is wrong with their own bodies or how to heal. The truth is that knowledge and power are within one’s reach.
The quality of your health is determined by the positive things you do for your body minus the negative things you do to your body.
Your body is made of cells. When a large number of your cells malfunction, body systems become disrupted, leading to the one disease: cellular malfunction. Cellular malfunction has only two causes: deficiency, cells not getting what they need, and toxicity, cells poisoned by something they do not need. Finally, six pathways exist between health and disease through which the health of our cells can change for better or worse. We can become healthy or sick (i.e., deficient and/or toxic) through the following pathways:
- Nutrition - You are what you eat. Learn how to select and prepare the types of foods that will enable your cells to function at their best.
- Toxin - A toxin is a substance that interferes with normal cellular function, thereby causing malfunction, which is disease. Learn where toxins are found and how you can avoid them.
- Psychological - The body and mind are inseparably connected; they are one and the same thing. The way we react to life events and respond to our thoughts and emotions directly affect our cells.
- Physical - Our cells and bodies need physical maintenance, like an automobile. Do you have enough exercise, rest, sunlight and fresh air?
- Genetic - Genes affect our cells, but not nearly as much as modern medicine would have us believe. Learn how to optimize your genetic potential and avoid genetic damage.
- Medical - Modern medicine kills and injures millions of people every year. Learn how medicine affects your cells, and make educated decisions about which treatments you need and which you do not.
All you need to know at any point in time is in which direction you are going along each of the pathways—toward health or disease—and to make corrections.
You cannot make good choices along only one or two of the pathways and expect to achieve optimal health;
look at the whole picture. Making healthy choices with respect to all six pathways is what empowers the body to regulate and repair itself.
Each contribution, no matter how small, is still significant.
1. I Almost Died
[quote, John Knowles]
“The next major advance in the health of the American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself.”