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UltraWellness Key #1: How to convince your genes to turn on health...

Posted Sep 17 2008 12:32am

Here is the next installment in the 7-week blog series "The 7 Keys to UltraWellness".

Are you ready to start feeling healthier and more vibrant than ever before?

Let's get started!

Last week, I explained how our current model of medicine ignores the real causes of disease and the true sources of good health.

Starting today, I'm going to be identifying the 7 roots of illness -- and giving you the 7 keys you need to unlock UltraWellness.

Remember, I will be launching an entire video course on the 7 keys to UltraWellness starting at the end of the month.  To sign up for that now, go to website below now:

==> http://www.ultrawellness.com/p?i=4

This week, you'll discover a root of illness that's so common that many doctors overlook it.

That's because conventional thinking about how we get sick is completely wrong.

Our medical system is based on the idea that diseases just show up out of the blue, like some unwanted visitor or unwelcome relative. 

In this view, disease is something unpredictable and mysterious.

This may have seemed true 150 years ago when Louis Pasteur came up with the germ theory of disease.

He believed that there were germs that some people just happened to "catch" and there wasn't much you could do about it except hope that the germ didn't show up on your doorstep.

Then we found a type of drug to kill the germs -- antibiotics.

Just like that, modern medicine could finally do something about disease. 

Or so we thought.

Over the last 70 years, medicine has followed this path. It has been a relentless search for a drug for every bug, a pill for every ill.   

What's wrong with that?

Well, this way of thinking about health completely ignores the REAL causes of disease.

The truth is, the only way to get at the root of disease is to understand how your environment (your diet, stress, exercise, toxins in food, air, and water, radiation, and trauma) interacts with your genes to determine your state of health or disease. 

Your genes are fixed.  You can't change them.  That is called your genotype. 

But you can change which genes get turned on or off, and how that affects your physiology -- by changing those environmental inputs. 

So your environment interacts with your genes to create who you are at this moment.

That's called your phenotype. 

And that you CAN change!

==>  You can move from disease to health, from illness to UltraWellness.

You see, every environmental input to your system --- from diet to toxins to stress -- determines the health of your "biological terrain." 

It is like the health of the soil.  To have healthy plants, you must have soil with the right amount of organic matter, the right pH balance, and the right amount of nutrients, as well as water, light, and air. 
 
We are just the same.

We need to have a healthy soil or terrain in order to be healthy.

Remember Louis Pasteur and his germ theory?

In the end, he realized that it's the terrain, not the germ, that is the most important determinant of health.

Take zinc, for example.

Giving this mineral to malnourished children in the Third World can reduce death from infections by over 75 percent.

But zinc doesn't stop exposure to germs. It boosts immunity, helping the children stay healthy.

In just the way that environmental influences can determine which genes get turned on or off --and which diseases emerge -- the right environmental inputs will create healthy patterns of biology.

This isn't just lip service. It's backed by real science.

And a growing number of researchers are beginning to agree.

For example, an article by two leading Harvard epidemiologists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association supported the idea.

It stated that studying and addressing fundamental dietary, lifestyle, and environmental factors that influence disease is more effective and economically sound than trying to find the latest drug or surgical treatment for chronic diseases.

The authors wrote that although more research is needed, "Information available now is sufficient to take action...a simple set of lifestyle practices that can reduce the mortality rate among elderly individuals by nearly two-thirds."

Think that's impressive?

They also pointed out that the United States spends billions of dollars on chronic disease treatments and interventions for risk factors.

"Although these are useful and important," they wrote, "a fraction of that investment to promote healthful lifestyles for primary prevention among individuals at all ages would yield greater benefit." (i)

So the answer is clear.

When it comes to resolving our chronic disease epidemic, we don't need to look for better medications or technological solutions.

==>  We simply need to look at what we put in and around our bodies every day! 

This answer is much cheaper -- and much more effective.

Where do we start?

With some of the leading causes of death -- which are related to our environment. (ii)

These include:
* Smoking
* Poor diet
* Lack of exercise
* Alcohol
* Toxins
* Car accidents
* Risky sexual behaviors
* Illicit drugs

==>  Now I'd like you to ask yourself the same questions that I ask my patients.

The answers will help you identify areas of your life that could be causing disease -- and that you can start changing today.

1) How's your diet?

Are you eating a health-promoting, plant-based diet of whole foods?

Or are you eating a disease-promoting SAD (Standard American Diet) that makes your body malnourished and unable to self-repair, regulate, and heal?

2) What are the sources of stress in your life?

These can include relationships, work, societal pressures, family, and money.

3) Have you been exposed to toxins in the air, water, or in food?

This can disturb the balance of you health.

4) Have you experienced physical trauma?

5) Do you misuse or under-use your body?

Are you regularly moving your body by stretching and strengthening so that your organs, joints, and muscles can function as they were designed?

These -- your answers -- are the real factors that influence and affect every system, function, and process in your body.

These environmental factors influence all of the core systems in the body.

And they cannot be ignored.

If we don't deal with these factors directly, we are just dealing with their effects -- and not addressing the real causes of disease.

It's simple, really.

Getting to the root of the environmental influences on your health and your life is the first key to good health.

It's the beginning of your path to UltraWellness -- something we all are capable of enjoying. 

That's all for today.

Next week, I'll be revealing another cause of disease -- and giving you another key to achieving UltraWellness.

Now I'd like to hear from you...

In what ways have environmental factors affected your health?

How did you answer the questions above?

What do you plan to do to address environmental influences on your health?

Please let me know by clicking on the Add a Comment button below and posting your thoughts.

==> http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, M.D.

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