This also appears in the “New Concepts” section but is so important we felt it should have its own page.
The 21st Century Definition of Health
Feeling good is a subjective thing but it does have some parameters. Even though you may think you feel good, it really depends against what you are measuring. Thinking you feel good is not the same as feeling good. What you may consider “feeling good” may not hold up to scrutiny.
Always being tired without cause is a sign that something is wrong. If you get up early in the morning, are traumatized and exercised all day and psychologically battered, go to sleep late at night and eat poorly, there are obvious reasons why you may feel tired. When analyzed, it is also obvious that some changes can be made to correct the negative results.
Being busy throughout the day is not a reason – by itself – to feel tired. One cannot feel good if one is always feeling tired and fatigue is one of the signs that something is wrong.
Feeling good, however, has its own characteristics. There is the element of being alert and ready to participate. When you feel good, fewer things irritate. Your step is usually different; it has a bounce. There may be a lilt in your voice and a readiness to smile and greet.
Hardy and outgoing may be what others see but, just as usual, quiet and reserved may be noted. Feeling good is not always expressed outwardly but we usually have a very good sense about ourselves inwardly and know if we are on the “up” side or not feeling well.
The proper and expected state of affairs is that one should feel good, from both psychological and physical points of view. It is very subjective.
Looking good is also as a subjective matter as any for there is no accounting for taste. It is well known that the way you look to others is not usually on your mind; just like the clothes one is wearing is not something about which you’re cognizant as you go about your daily activities. Although you may spend a great deal of time selecting your clothes, during the day it is unlikely you’ll think about what you’re wearing and you’re unaware – on a minute to minute basis – of the image you present to others. You are usually not aware that you’re wearing blue or red or white or a uniform with a name tag or not.
However, your image to others is quite noticeable. A normal and healthy appearance is usually not specifically noticed but things outside that accepted picture stand out. Things like dark circles under the eyes, skin with a yellow tinge, blotchy skin, raspy voice, shuffling one’s feet instead of taking normal steps, dandruff, poor posture – and the list goes on and on.
People rarely consciously notice the normal but when something is not the way it should be, it becomes eye-catching. A missing front tooth is an example and bright white teeth is another. Hence, when a dentist restores your teeth or does a smile make-over, it can be done in one of two ways. Either it can be done so your teeth, bright, white and obvious are the definite focus of your face when you open your mouth or it can be done so it looks natural, as though you did not have any dentistry done and you don’t need any.
Looking good usually means there is nothing eye-catching and everything seems to blend and flow from one area to the next.
Every body function depends on biochemical reactions taking place properly; as designed. The same holds true for the reactions that occur in the brain, if that is, indeed, where thinking takes place. There is some question about exactly where thinking occurs – if it occurs only in the brain or are other organs involved. Wherever it happens, it is fully dependent upon the correct biochemical reactions happening at the right time and in the right place. If that is not what happens, improper reactions will happen and improper end products will result and the body’s factory-installed equipment will not be able to function as designed.
Although we do not know for sure, we believe that the problems of Alzheimer’s disease and other such maladies are caused by long-term malnutrition that disrupts the proper functioning of the biochemical apparatus in the brain and, after a long enough period of malfunction, the system is so badly altered that recovery is not possible. However, we feel that proper nutritional support may be able to stop the destruction and whatever corrections are still possible will happen.
This is the only aspect of health and wellness that can be measured objectively. When body systems are functioning well, abnormal signs and symptoms are usually absent and you are usually feeling well and looking good. However – and this is critical – if your body systems are malfunctioning at the initial phases, what you may experience as feeling good and looking good may not hold up to the powerful scrutiny of our evaluation and that is why it is the ultimate in early detection. We can detect problems in your biological systems before they appear in blood or urine and before you are aware of the problems. By the time the problems become so severe that they alter body fluids and you begin to feel the effects, much more damage will have occurred. Also, treatment begun at that later time will likely be more costly, less effective, take longer and may not be as successful.
Our evaluation process measures and evaluates the functioning aspect of your body systems. Any findings outside the accepted parameters of health are indications that body systems are not functioning as they should because if they were, there would be no signs or symptoms.
The example we usually use is cavities (tooth decay).
If you awoke with a hole in your leg, you’d be alarmed. A hole in your tooth should sound the same alarm bells because no body part is designed to develop holes. When the hardest structure in your body (tooth enamel) turns into a soft, smelly, decayed mass, it’s a glaring sign that something is wrong. In order for that kind of destruction to occur, many body systems, many enzyme systems, many biological reactions must malfunction and go awry. The process of such destruction is extremely complex and involves so many biological aspects that it’s impossible to know exactly which systems are malfunctioning and we will never find out exactly where in the systems the problems are happening. Hence, we can never hope to zero-in on the malfunction and fix the specific errant biological reactions. Science in the first half of the 21st century is not even close to finding the specific defect and even further away from being able to fix anything of that nature that was found.
With such a scenario, there is only one thing we can do and that is provide a nutritional fix because if you give the body what it needs, to do what it already knows how to do, most all problems get fixed. 85% of all diseases have a major malnutrition component and dental cavities are definitely a dietary disease.
The problem is two-fold: recognizing a problem exists and then doing what’s needed to solve it. In the “cavities” example, the first obstacle is that dentists don’t see cavities as anything more than holes in teeth that have to be fixed. While it is certainly true that dentists are superb at fixing damaged and rotting teeth, that part of their training (the mechanical, repairman aspect) represents only 20% of the dentist’s total professional education. The technical aspect of the training is not what allows the dentist to call himself “doctor.” It is the other 80% that separates the doctor from the technician and that part is shelved and forgotten once the shingle is hung and practice begins.
That 80% of the dentist’s education contains the secrets of the human body; why it gets sick and how it stays well. Very few people on the planet are privy to that specialized knowledge. The activation and incorporation of that 80% changes everything and opens the dentist’s eyes to the destruction.
When the hardest structure in the body (tooth enamel) turns into a soft, smelly, decayed mass, it should boldly strike the doctor part of the training and force the dentist to stop and realize that tooth decay is a glaring sign from the body that something is seriously wrong. Although the dentist must still do the mechanical things, it is no longer merely a matter of filling the hole and moving on to the next tooth.
And so it is with each element of the evaluation process. Another example is the tongue. A tongue should be pink, regularly elliptical – wider in the back than in the front – and the top, front 2/3 should be homogeneous.
When findings outside that picture are found, it must prompt one to think: “A tongue should not look like that. Something is wrong.” And the doctor must respond at the doctor level. Suggesting that the tongue be brushed or brushed more often will not get to the cause of the problem so brushing the tongue is not a response at the doctor level.