Reasons to Look at Health Care from a Wellness Perspective at a Cellular Level
Once you lose your health no amount of money will restore it.
I became a certified supplement distributor from The Institute of Cellular Nutrition, a two year program with Dr. Liz Bannock. What I learned about nutrition in reference to cellular health has changed my perspective about how food makes a difference in maintaining health especially in the aging process. Many better decisions were made about good nutrition as a complex system requiring a total balance of macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients for growth, development, and immune system competence.
For the first first time new words were researched like phytonutrient and bioflavanoid as part of Nature’s pharmacological benefits. With more knowledge came more realization that scientists were just starting to cope with nature’s pharmacy, trying their best to classify thousands of phytochemicals. The dozen or so identifiable vitamins were just a tiny part of the composition of plants and their nutritional benefits.
The next few articles will introduce some primary nutritional facts that amazed and transformed my thinking about Nature’s nutritional powerhouse and it is my hope they might just do the same for you.
My advice to everyone now is never take for granted another fruit or vegetable or supplement.
How much do you care about your health or others you care about?
What is the difference between traditional health care versus the wellness industry?
Health care can be described as diagnosis, treatment, recovery of disease, illness or other injuries delivered by health professionals within allied fields.
Wellness can be described as using products for preventative health care when you’re technically not sick. If you think healthy lifestyle choices are expensive, try getting sick.
Why be concerned about preventative nutrition?
How can you adapt to a natural prevention as a lifestyle?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment!
Have you wondered why so many people are sick? Why is our health care in crisis, even with advanced medical technology and expensive research? Disease statistics are epidemic …1 out of 3 adults will develop a chronic cellular disease.
Younger people are experiencing unheard of health problems such as heart disease found in primary school children and often childhood habits mature into adulthood problems. 80% of overweight children become obese adults.
Health care costs are escalating in direct medical and nursing home costs. It is estimated that nearly $10,000 per person is spent on “treating” health problems amounting to an annual 3.2 trillion in US or about 3,000 per person relative to the next most expensive country. (Wikipedia)
What is the difference between two kinds of diseases?
Infectious diseases are caused by infections … something you catch “like a bug,” an outside virus, bacteria, or microbe.
These are best treated with a handy drug or medications to kill the invaders. Modern medicine does a great job along with treating trauma situations.
Cellular degenerative diseases are caused when cells become sick because they lack proper nutrition for growth and healthy regeneration, not because they lack a certain drug.
Cellular degenerative diseases result when your very own cells no longer absorb adequate nutrients or eliminate waste properly. These are patterns of symptoms or metabolic disorders that are compounded over a long period of time. It’s as if your own cells are “warring with each other.” There are at least 70 degenerative diseases for which there are limited cures outside of proper nutrition.
So what do you need to know about the universal power of one cell?
Each individual cell is a living unit that constructs your well-being multiplied by 75 to 100 million trillion cells that coordinate our genetic blueprint. They are molecular biochemical factories integrated into every major system, programmed for maximum efficiency. For example, they manufacture about 20,000 different proteins regularly, and each protein requires a number of complex steps. In fact, the health of a single cell holds the key to the health, or disease.
Millions of cells must be regenerated every minute of every day based on a balance of micro-nutrients from food for energy, building, repairing and protecting against disease.
Cellular nutrition is a growing integral study in bio-sciences. Research is showing that feeding your body a full spectrum of nutrients daily helps to enable every cell to repair, regenerate and protect itself from free radical damage, infections or other damage.
Every chemical interaction, multiplied by millions, is at the molecular level. It is a world visible only to microscopes; but, out of sight should never be out of mind. You must be able to visualize the complexity of interactions if only by using simple symbols.
A simple drawing of a cell
Draw a medium size circle. Draw two slightly larger rings around it. You now have a double membrane enclosing an inner space.
Draw little lines to show the membranes are divided into many smaller channels. In the inner space or jelly-like cytoplasm make a series of smaller circles, varied lines and a large central dot which represents the nucleus or control center with DNA. All parts are known as organelles with specialized functions.
Now the double rings are semi-permeable phospholipids that allow food nutrients to enter and waste to exit.
Draw an enter arrow to show food molecules going inside the cell.
Draw an exit arrow to show waste matter being removed.
Keep a special warning that ingesting trans fat (hydrogenated oils) will cause the double membranes surrounding each cell to turn rigid and inflexible thereby impeding nutrient flow in and waste removal out.
Connect 6 units or “cells” and begin to perceive how trillions of these units give you energy, compose your body with hormones, tissues, blood, enzymes, muscles, neurotransmitters and provide maximum immunity. Perhaps this can help to visualize the masterpiece of a single cell and what could happen when the cell encounters good guy” nutrients versus “bad guy nutrients.
Just to reinforce the simple to the complex:
“We see the cell is an extremely busy place. In the space of about one-tenth of a millimetre, some twenty-thousand different proteins are manufactured on a regular basis. Each of these proteins requires a half dozen or more steps for synthesis … all these reactions require energy input, which is obtained from the breakdown of sugars … Each day about seven percent of the molecules of the body are “turned over” — -disassembled from the structures they are part of and reassembled into new structures. That means that most of the molecules in your body are turned over every two weeks! ( pages 46, 47 Dr. Wentz: Invisible Miracles 2002)
It’s important to remember that the human cellular biome hasn’t changed since Paleo days … the Neanderthal digestive system has advanced into the 20th century and may not be doing so well.
This explains how for thousands of years, “ethno-botany” was the basis for healing. Many plants have been the basis in the production of useful pharmaceuticals. Now the emerging field of phytonutrition has empirical evidence to prove the health benefits of plants.
Just imagine, if the medical time-line is measured as 24 hours, it is only in the last 3 to 4 seconds that nutritional sciences make an appearance.
Finally, every person has to face the mirror. You must believe deeply that health, as defined by wellness, is attainable by every single person. It’s not rocket science, it’s not complex and it doesn’t require a prescription around every turn. Align the elements of your body with its natural environment.
People spend inordinate time and expense in embellishing what they can see — cosmetics, fashions, houses, cars, holidays, with nary a thought to the invisible miracles that give us life. Hopefully, these articles are your invitation to discover the amazing botanical wonders of world of Dr. Nature.
Comments and questions are always welcome.
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