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I’ve been in the health field for 32 years and have had countless conversations with people suffering from practically every condition under the sun.
Although their individual situations are unique, there are some common themes that I see time and again…and far and away the one that stands out the most is people’s mistaken perception of what disease really is.
Specifically, the average person think that disease is something you “catch” or something that just pops out of nowhere, jumps up and bites you in the derriere.
Let me assure you that nothing could be farther from the truth.
Instead disease is created by a very distinct process…and that process starts with STRESS.
The domino effect of stress
Every symptom is produced by either mechanical, chemical or emotional stress that is either too strong or continues on too long for your body to be able to effectively compensate for it.
And every disease is merely your normal bodily functions going either too slow, too fast or firing off at the wrong time.
When you understand this then you come to realize that there’s another very important aspect to health care and counteracting illness that is commonly overlooked.
You see, the focus of modern medicine is primarily symptom-oriented. You go to the doctor, you report one or more symptoms, you get your diagnosis and then are given symptom-oriented treatment (usually prescription drugs).
Although you may feel relief of your symptoms, many times the underlying bodily stress and/or bodily functions going out of whack remain untouched. Sadly, at times this can mean an overall worsening of the condition and possibly even another condition developing.
This is not a criticism of modern medicine, because without it we’d be deep-sixed pretty quickly!
But in order for many diseases to truly be eradicated and/or prevented, it’s essential to look at not only the symptoms but the underlying stresses that were responsible for the symptoms to begin with, as well as the disturbed bodily processes that aren’t working right.
Let’s take a closer look at the five stages of how disease is created, and more importantly, see how YOU can help encourage a better state of health no matter where you may be starting from.
From symptoms to diagnosis--the 5 stages of disease
Stage 1: The acute phase
In stage 1, your body is stressed in some way. You might be under emotional stress, getting exposed to toxins in the environment, eating junk food, drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough sleep or a combination of those.
Your immune system is likely compromised, and you might get sick--a cold, flu or infection of some type.
Stage 1 symptoms tend to be of high intensity and short duration, such as an upset stomach, sore throat, fever, nasal congestion or headache for a few days.
During this stage it's crucial to provide immune support with things like rest, vitamin C, antioxidants, probiotics and nutritious foods.
But if you instead ignore the problem, mask the symptoms with over-the-counter medicines or your body can't adequately heal from the acute illness, it can progress into...
Stage 2: The sub-acute phase
In this phase, symptoms are more intermittent, they come and go and are more medium in intensity. Vague complaints like headaches, back pains, muscle aches and fatigue pop up.
Immune support measures like rest and a diet of real foods are even MORE important in this stage, since stressors are taking greater hold and beginning to impair your body’s processes.
Unfortunately, what happens is most people in stage 2 simply take medications such as pain relievers, antacids or muscle relaxers to alleviate the symptoms as they occur, or rely on coffee or five-hour energy drinks to keep going.
And if this continues long enough, you can move on to...
Stage 3: The chronic phase
The effects of an unresolved sub-acute condition may go deeper into your body, further weaken your immune system and progress into a chronic condition.
In the chronic stage, inflammation begins popping up, and your tissues, organs and bodily systems actually begin to degenerate.
Although chronic symptoms may be less intense than sub-acute symptoms, they're usually present most or all of the time. Since inflammation is seeping deeper into your body and affecting its processes, physical impairments can begin to appear too.
Your immune system is seriously challenged at this point and absolutely cannot provide the disease-protection support that it should.
But just like in stage 2, many people ignore what is now an air horn being blown by your body, and instead just use drugs (both OTC and prescription) as well as coffee, sugar or alcohol just to get through their day.
And that is the perfect invitation for the arrival of...
Stage 4: The degenerative phase
At this stage your tissues are breaking down all over. Your body is so challenged and stressed that it's chopping away at its own minerals from your muscles and bones just to survive.
Your cells die and don't regenerate as quickly as they should. This can mean anything from digestive problems to slow healing to weakness and fatigue.
You can begin having problems with your endocrine system (hormones) and nervous system. Plus your body's system of detoxification begins breaking down, which means toxins are now running rampant through your bloodstream, making you even sicker and worsening pain and inflammation.
Musculoskeletal problems can arise such as ruptured discs, bone loss and joint problems. Plus your immune system is so weak and inflammation so strong that things like autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia and atherosclerosis can pop up.
At stage 4, a substantial overhaul of your diet and lifestyle is VITAL. Your body needs serious nutrients, your immune system is waving the white flag of defeat and you're now running the risk of a life-threatening disease.
But sadly, many people who are in stage 4 typically continue to rely on more and more medications to control their symptoms.
And that means they may reach the final stage...
Stage 5: This disabling phase
The final stage of disease is the disabling phase. Extensive damage has occurred to your body's organs and tissues to the extent that you can't adequately function.
You may have major trouble even walking or moving around. You can't sit for long periods. It's a major chore just to get up in the morning.
You can't do your job, so you may need to go on disability or maybe even totally lose your income.
The damage may be permanent, or only partially reversible at this stage.
Stage 5 includes serious diseases such as stroke, heart disease, cancer and MS.
At this point, better nutrition and immune strengthening can help improve your quality of life and reverse whatever CAN be reversed, but it's typically a L-O-N-G process and the prognosis isn't always rosy.
Disabling conditions frequently progress to death.
Fight back and WIN!
The good news is you CAN make a difference in your health at ANY stage!
Even in the most serious stage 5, you can quite possibly help reverse some of the damage, feel a whole lot better and perhaps add years to your life.
Here's how--let's look at the...
4 major defenses against disease
1- Get the nutrients your body desperately needs
There's no two ways about it--the single most disease-preventing, health-enhancing and life-saving measure you can take is to have a HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS DIET OF REAL FOODS.
If you eat a typical "modern diet" of processed food, fast food or refined carbs that are nutrient-poor, you can count on easily cruising through the stages of disease--it's practically a given.
You HAVE to eat the foods that give your body the nutrients it needs to have all your systems and processes working like they should, and fight and prevent sickness and disease, and encourage proper elimination of wastes.
Vegetables. Fruits. Meat, poultry and fish. Whole grains. Water. Nuts and healthy oils. All in combinations that are easier for your body to digest.
And that is what you will learn to do when you use the Great Taste No Pain system.
Great Taste No Pain will teach you the few simple principles you'll need to know to make all of your meals tasty, super nutritious and much easier for your system to tackle.
When your body is armed with the nutrients it needs, it can better heal itself and stop the cycle of disease.
And when your digestion is more efficient, you can eliminate toxins, viruses and other pathogens much easier, and help prevent them from taking hold of you.
2- Help rebuild your immune system with a high-quality probiotic
The typical habits many people have are murder on their immune system.
Things like junk food, soda, smoking, not getting enough sleep and taking medications all destroy your beneficial gut flora...
...and as a result, you are greatly lacking the protection of the bulk of your immune system!
But a high-quality, multi-strain probiotic like Super Shield can help turn that around for you.
Super Shield contains 13 strains of some of the most potent, effective beneficial bacteria found in the human digestive tract. These good guys line the walls of your intestines like an army, ready to fight off dangerous invaders.
They also compete with harmful bacteria for "parking spaces" on your gut wall, crowding the bad guys and starving them.
3- Support your adrenals
Chronic stress can take a toll on your adrenal glands by causing them to over-secrete hormones which can have a harmful effect on your body and eventually result in adrenal exhaustion.
Being in a prolonged state of stress and adrenal overload depletes your body of its vitamins and minerals. Plus fatigue and recurrent infections can begin to pop up.
If this continues over an extended period of time of weeks or months, then the adrenals can reach the point of exhaustion which can eventually lead to an overall weakening of all of the major organs of your body.
So if you’ve been under stress then it’s essential to help support the health of you adrenal glands—and Dr. Salerno’s Adrenal Factor is the perfect choice for this important task!
Dr. Salerno’s Adrenal Factor is a special blend of vitamins, nutrients and natural glandulars that provides adrenal support for fatigue, stress and a host of other telltale signs of low adrenal function.
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4- Shake your booty
Exercise is a natural disease preventer!
Take a look at just some of the impressive benefits you can enjoy from moving your butt in ways other than just from the couch to the refrigerator and back:
- Weight management: Regular physical activity helps to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat.
- High blood pressure prevention: Physical activity strengthens the heart and lungs which can help control and reduce blood pressure.
- Decreased cardiovascular disease risk: Physical activity strengthens heart muscles, lowers resting heart rate and improves blood lipids (decreasing triglycerides and LDL and increases HDL).
- Reduced cancer risk: Being overweight increases a person's risk of cancer, so physical activity can help reduce cancer risk by reducing weight.
- Decreased back pain: Exercise can increase muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and posture, all of which can help prevent back injuries and alleviate back pain.
- Lower risk of type II diabetes: Regular physical activity can lead to decreases in blood glucose, insulin resistance and other health complications associated with type II diabetes, as well as help maintain a healthy bodyweight which also helps prevent the development of type II diabetes.
- Optimized bone mass: Weight-bearing physical activity can encourage bone formation and slow the progression of bone loss.
- Enhanced sleep quality: Regular exercise is a natural stress reducer, can help improve mood and reduce depression and anxiety, and encourage more restful sleep.
Stop the excuses already! If you have time to watch TV, post selfies on Facebook or read gossip magazines, you have time to exercise. Period.
You CAN make a difference--it's never too late
If you see yourself in any of the 5 stages of disease, know this:
It's never too late to help your body develop better health from within.
Give your body the support it needs--believe me, it can make all the difference in the world for you.
PS: Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking.