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An Emerging Model of Health Care: SELF-REGULATION
Posted July 18, 2016 By James Hopson
In the field of health and medicine, there seems to be one very important fact that has been forgotten: The body is a self-healing organism. We all know this. How do we know this? Remember when you were a child -- when you fell and scraped your knee, and then over the next several days, you watch as the body healed itself? No antibiotic was needed. No vaccine was need. In fact, most of the time no medicine at all was needed. The body just KNEW what to do. It was true then, and it is true now, because the body has its own unique biochemistry and an ability to address most health issues that may arise. In a way, we can’t imagine the complexity upon which it gathers the necessary resources from within and, over a short period of time, heals itself. It has an intelligence much greater than what we could ever comprehend.
This ability to self-heal is the basis for an emerging model for health care, called Self-Regulation. In fact, the foundation and principles for this model are not new. They have been known for well over 100 years. However, this model was not adopted as the prevailing health care model of the day. Indeed, the model we have today looks very different. The current model being used today is the Disease model, which caters to symptoms and the suppression of symptoms. In order to understand how this occurred we have to go back in time about 125 years.
The roots of this Model of Self-Regulation took shape at the time of Louis Pasteur. Pasteur had proposed that illness would occur due to an outside source such as a bacteria entering the body and hence making a person ill. Yet there is another name few people know about and that was Antoine Beauchamp who was a contemporary of Pasteur. Beauchamp’s research focused on what was happening internally. What he discovered was that people became ill not because of an outside source but more from a poor internal environment. He understood that we all have our own unique internal EcoSystem and that if our internal and external cellular environment was disturbed that it was much easier for someone to get ill.
In the late 1800’s there were two competing models for health & disease. Louis Pasteur had proposed that illness occurred due to an outside source, such as a bacteria or microorganism, entering the body. While on the other side of the this set was Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Pasteur. Rather than concentrating on external sources of illness like Pasteur, Bernard’s research focused on what was happening in the internal milieu. What he discovered was that the cause of illness had less to do with external factors, and more to do with a poor internal environment. He understood that we all have our own unique internal EcoSystem and that when a person’s internal and external cellular environment was disturbed, it became much easier for disease to take root. His findings do not invalidate the fact that external factors can contribute to a diseased state. In fact, in today’s world, we are exposed more than ever before to an onslaught of environmental toxins that did not exist over 100 years ago. It is fair to say that these elements are contributing to disease states. In the context of the time Bernard was doing research his point was that microorganisms themselves were not the cause of disease but it had more to do with the state of our internal cellular environment.
A great debate followed as to which model was a more accurate model of health and disease, and ultimately, Pasteur’s model won the battle for mainstream acceptance. It triumphed in the conventional arena, partly because it was backed by chemical companies, which could now use the model to justify making antibiotics and other medicines. In this way, sad as it is, conventional medicine adopted, as its foundation, a false model. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the disease model that has emerged from Pasteur’s work is a failing model. We know this in part because of what we have now witnessed for the last hundred-plus years: Medicines do not seem to “cure” illnesses. Why? Because they do not address the underlying causes such as what effects our internal cellular environment, nor do they take into account the complexity of how all parts of the body work together.
Unfortunately today, we live in a “Disease Economy” where some, but not all, doctors and drug companies thrive off of illness. It has become a big business and big money. And there is very little motivation or incentive actually to help people get well. What would be the benefit of curing cancer or any number of other diseases, if it meant a reduction in revenue? What would happen if people actually got healthy? Have you thought of that?
The disease model continues to view the body in a Newtonian fashion – one of parts and pieces. This is part of the reason why I feel it is a failing model, because it lacks the ability to recognize the whole and take into account the various vectors which contribute to any illness or process of breakdown in the body. However there is the beginnings of movement towards integration between brain and body as well as the connectedness of bodily systems. This however is going to take time for greater acceptance within the medical field.
- Long term or Oxidative Stress. My next newsletter will go more deeply into this. In simple terms, we “rust” from the inside out, due to our continuous interactions with Oxygen. This process creates free radicals and, scientifically speaking, this is the reason we age and die. Some stresses include poor diet, lack of nutrition, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, unhealthy relationships, excessive use of stimulants, drugs and medications (just to name a few).
- Trauma – This can mean physical (like an accident) but also emotional, mental and sexual abuses. These kinds of events seem to change our whole biochemical makeups to a degree that some doctors are only just now beginning to understand, and they contribute to some of our most significant losses in vitality.
- Negative self talk or what I call “stinking thinking”. This has many sources such as unhealthy beliefs, which we learned as children or through societal conditioning. Most people are unaware of how much their thoughts affect their overall health and well-being. Although the effects of negative thoughts may be subtle, they are cumulative and, over time, have a very strong impact on our well-being. Science is now showing, more and more, how our thinking and emotions directly impact our immune system and overall state of health.
So how do we support our bodies in better Self-Regulating? There are so many things we can do to support this. Basic lifestyle factors are a necessity such as:
- Adequate rest and sleep.
- Drinking plenty of Spring Water each day.
- Eating regular meals in a quite calm space.
- Eating Organic foods free of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and GMO’s
- Getting supplementation that is specific to you based on your own biochemistry. For this I often suggest using a Hair Mineral Analysis
- Regular exercise (even if it is just walking each day)
- Become more conscious or mindful of our thinking process. Our health is directly effected by the regular thoughts we have on a daily basis.
Additional things we can do to support our bodies in self-regulating:
These are just a few simple things we can do to support our bodies in maintaining optimal health, brain and body function.
Recent research is showing that there may also be some new ways to lower our stress, based on changing the microbiome of our gut. Also a promising method of supplementation is also emerging from a new area in the field of nutritional science, called Nutrigenomics. This field explores how certain combinations of nutrients can actually turn on gene expression within the cell to activate the body’s own immune system. My next newsletter will be focused on this topic.
Good health to you.