Today, major health concerns revolve around the more dominant leading causes of
death all westernized nations face. They are labeled as:
Heart and vascular dis-ease, stroke, cancer, diabetes II, kidney dis-ease, liver
dis-ease, chronic lower respiratory dis-ease, Influenza/Pneumonia, Alzheimer's
dis-ease. Moreover, lets not forget all the complication illnesses, conditions,
syndromes, and secondary dis-eases that rotate around these causes of death.
Read more about: "What We Are Not Told About Diseases" below.
Accelerating Premature Aging Dis-eases
Up until about 10 years ago, most people under age 50 did not yet have evidence
of normal organ damage or tissue change due to “Aging” metabolic imbalances.
That has changed. Over the past 10 years, more people in this age group are
showing these damaging changes. More importantly, prior to such damage and
changes doctors are seeing people in their thirties and forties coming to them
with a host of symptoms which orthodox techniques offer no relief from.
These “symptoms” are known to be associated with Premature
Aging and the progressive early development of dis-eases and conditions
including, hyperinsulinemia (insulin resistance) heart and vascular disease,
stroke, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, alzheimer's, obesity, osteoporosis,
sexual dysfunctions, and cancer.
Common Early Warning Signs of Premature Aging, Metabolic Disturbance
Remember this list is far from complete, but contains the most common signals of
dis-ease producing changes beginning to take place and both orthodox medicine
and the person generally ignore them.
*Fatigue, *Poor sleep patterns,
*Mental confusion, *Stomach problems
*Bowel problems, *Muscle weakness,
*Intense cravings for
sweets, fats and stimulants, *Allergies,
*Skin and hair
problems or changes, *Immune system problems,
*Irritability, *Mood swings,
concentrating or remembering, *Weight gain or loss,
retention, *Inflammation, *Back or neck pain,
*Muscle pain, *Infertility,
dysfunctions, *Irregular periods,
*Menopause symptoms, and the
list goes on.
These are symptoms you will never hear from a person who lives in a state of
homeostasis and good health no matter their age.
Are There ANY Tests That Can Help Find The Causes of These Symptoms: Orthodox Medicine
Can your doctor (or will they) provide any tests that may help show what is
causing such symptoms? NO.
Until you have clearly demonstrating the presence of a serious illness or dis-ease
- orthodox medicine does not have the right to perform widespread testing
for either genetic or metabolic imbalances. This means they have no preventative
testing ability – it is not in their accepted procedure protocols.
Natural (Holistic) Medicine
Yes, metabolic testing, especially “preventative” testing, has been an accepted
diagnostic tool for years now.
What This Means to People with Back and Neck Pain
The above symptoms are the result of changes in our body’s homeostasis or
metabolic systems, and many of the same metabolic changes are found in
“degenerative” back and neck pain conditions. Did you notice Back Pain is one of
the listed symptoms?
Pain is the body’s outward symptom telling you something is wrong and needs
attention. Like, “GET YOUR HAND OFF THAT HOT STOVE, PLEASE.” That message
arrived through a number of chemical metabolic signals, bounced through
numerous systems. Metabolic changes occurring may result in just the
symptom of back and neck pain. On the other hand, if you are suffering from back
and neck pain, it’s a good bet that you will also find many other of the above
symptoms may also be present.
Using These Symptoms to Find, Halt and/or Reverse Premature Aging
Degenerative Conditions (including back and neck pain)
Making the most of this information to assist in finding the development of any
possible premature aging dis-ease is only possible using the types of
tests available through a Naturopathic Doctor, or an MD practicing Functional
Medicine. As we said, MDs are not allowed to do “preventative” testing. There
is one test MD’s can do that could be great help and that is a fasting
insulin test. This is discussed a bit further into this article.
What Can These Symptoms Tell Us About Our Current State of Health?
Preventative Testing for 8 Modifiable Anti-aging Risk Factors:
For Natural Medicine physicians your symptoms will have significant meaning for
anti-aging, dis-ease prevention. Scientifically, these “early warning symptoms”
fall into eight modifiable categories. Naturopathic doctors will listen to you
explain your symptoms, and they hear you describing errors in these eight
important systemic metabolic areas:
Impaired Mitochondrial Function: - metabolic errors
of mitochondrial function, energy production, and free radical production.
Significant premature aging factors are found in this area
Dysglycemia/Insulin Dysmetabolism: Metabolic
early identification of dysfunction related to adult-onset dysinsulinism,
Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus and Syndrome X, significant causes
of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular diseases, as well as renal
failure, neuropathy, and erectile dysfunction.
Chronic Inflammation: assesses fatty acids levels and
metabolism related to the physiological processes significantly affected by
inflammation, including musculoskeletal health, inflammatory cardiovascular
disease processes, mood, and cognition.
Imbalanced Methylation Reactions: A need to determine
lipid status and analyze such independent risk factors as C-reactive
protein, abnormalities in amino acid methylation, reflected in levels of
Inadequate Detoxification Capacity: Tummy acid,
digestive complaints, or bowel disturbance indicates a need to evaluate the
body's ability to convert and neutralize toxins and metabolic products,
including liver function. Problems with gastrointestinal function, digestive
capacity, absorption and gut integrity, metabolic factors, microbiology,
mycology, and parasitology.
Dysfunctional Immune System: Can be responsible for
such conditions as allergies, osteoarthritis, depression, chronic flu and
infections, autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, unexplained
weight gain, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Chronic Stress Response: A number of the above
symptoms indicate imbalances of important adrenal hormones. Adrenal hormones
have a profound influence on the body's carbohydrate, protein, and fat
metabolism, immune response, thyroid function, cardiovascular health, and
overall resistance to stress.
Hormonal Imbalance: Male and Female Hormone levels
can impact cognitive, cardiovascular, and sexual function. Improper hormone
balance can negatively affect mood, influence muscle/fat ratio, and decrease
the overall sense of well-being.
It is important we learn how to “read” our bodies messages. Unfortunately, most of these early warning symptoms are ignored. We, or our
doctors, simply chalk them up to the “oh, well, you’re just getting older –
learn to live with it,” explanation. Orthodox medicine ignores them because they
are not relevant to this medicine model until they become a part of an actual
These symptoms can save your life because they generally start to appear long
before the imbalance has progressed to more unmistakable dis-eases and more
debilitating symptoms. Intervention at the “early warning symptom” stage has
The problem is these symptoms are so vague and universal we never think they may
be indicators of some developing dis-ease. So, they appear to have no specific
significance in the grand scheme of things. UNTIL NOW.
Most of us don’t notice them until they begin to become a major problem. They
tend to “creep” up on us. First, one symptom, a while later maybe a couple more,
until one day we wake up and realize our life is not much fun anymore. We may
not know why, but we do know we just do not feel good most of the time anymore.
We have been “brainwashed” to believe they are old age related and there is
little we can do about them. Nevertheless, these symptoms are important –
because if they appear much before the age of 50 they are very real indicators
that there are premature aging, illnesses, and unbalanced metabolic processes
taking place within all of our 70 trillion odd cells. Our bodies are talking to
us and we need to listen.
What are the premature aging scientific indications for the above symptoms? The real underlying cause of most back and neck pain is the same as any
premature aged related dis-eases. We can’t separate them. The problem here is
that much of what goes wrong in the body appears related to normal aging
processes, premature aging factors, and the metabolic processes involved.
Certainly many dis-eases have an underlying genetic component that lead to early
dis-ease processes, but it appears that many of the major factors involved in
premature aging and its dis-ease development only make matters worse for these
people. Even testing for such genetic involvement is now possible.
So, if you are having back and neck pain, consider seeking tests that can help
determine if your metabolic system is out of whack, where it is out of whack and
what you need to do. Rebalancing this system can go a long way to helping with
your back and neck pain relief. If you have any of the other symptoms listed
above they are another confirmation of the need to look at where your
metabolism, and overall health stands. Testing for imbalances can help to do
this while protecting your long-term health. And it could just help slow down
your rate of aging.
Sneak Preview of One of Most Deadly Suspected Contributors to Premature Aging
It turns out far too many people may be in danger of prematurely developing the
five deadly dis-eases (and all of their complications) then anyone would have
Some of the newest “Aging” research has provided an important link to most of
the dis-eases that westernized nations are facing today. It has linked
mitochondrial metabolic impairment to a derangement of the blood sugar control
system. Branches of Endocrinology science have also been looking at the insulin
resistance link in various dis-eases and has already identified a number of dis-eases
all coupled to insulin resistance. All of which was well known in the 1930’s.
What most people do not know is that between 64% to 93% of the US population is
estimated to have blood sugar/insulin impairment - just beginning to develop, or
having already progressed to the dis-ease of diabetes II.
Yes, there are other reasons for these dis-ease symptoms, but when we looked at
the high numbers of people estimated to have sugar/insulin impairment of one
sort or another – we believe it prudent to make sure you have this tested as a
part of looking into other metabolic impairment.
Easy Cheap Test for Everyone
Fasting Blood Sugar – Fasting Blood Insulin
Make sure you and all your family members have this test done.
We believe that when you are in need of metabolic tests through a naturopathic
physician, blood testing for sugar/insulin would be automatic, but we can’t
guarantee this. For those who can’t afford to have such extensive metabolic
tests run (only private insurance covers such testing in the US and it is not
covered at all in Canada) you can still demand a fasting, blood sugar/insulin
test through your orthodox physician. That test is covered. They might give you
some grief about the insulin part of this test. Don’t take NO for an answer.
MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE DONE and get your result photocopied. We discuss the
importance of getting your insulin tested and the expected test results and what
they mean, in the article, “Metabolic Syndrome”
Quick Fact: The history of the epidemic in insulin resistance, (hyperinsulinemia)
and the dis-ease called diabetes II, now sweeping the US, (as well as much of
the rest of the world) exactly matches the introduction and use of man-made
engineered processed (dead foods) foods and fats, empty carbs and adulteration
of our once clean food supply. On this all science agrees, except of course for
those with a financial stake in keeping us eating such foods and fats and
Coincidentally, sugar tops the list of the main dietary causes contributing to
degenerative premature aging. And there is no getting around this.
Can Biological (Lifespan) Age Be Tested for or Predicted? The single greatest marker for lifespan, as they are finding in the centenarian
studies, is INSULIN, specifically insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity can
predict a person’s biological age, which may turn out to be much older than
their actual, or chronological age.
What We Are Not Told About These “Diseases" Insulin Resistance’s links to all the diseases of westernized nations was known
about over 50 years ago. Many of the (old age) degenerative dis-eases of today
continued to be investigated over the past 50 years. The newest science (from
many sources) has confirmed what was well known to physicians of the 1930’s. These “diseases” can be traced to a massive failure of our endocrine system
known as Insulin Resistant Diabetes (Diabetes II, or Adult onset Diabetes.) At one time:
Strokes, both ischemic and hemorrhagic
Heart failure due to neuropathy as well as both ischemic and
hemorrhagic coronary events,
Elevated blood pressure,
Polycystic ovary syndrome,
Elevated blood sugar,
Impaired carbohydrate metabolism,
Poor wound healing,
Impaired fat metabolism,
Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves)
As well as many more of today's epidemic disorders were once well understood to
often be but symptoms of diabetes
Guess What? Once again, all of the above have been proven to have a link to both
insulin resistance and diabetes II, and are still being ignored for the most
part by orthodox medicine, when treating any of their isolated specialized dis-eases.
How Did All These Insulin Resistant Symptoms Get Split into various orthodox
medicine specialties groups and become identified as “Specialized” Diseases?
In the United States, in 1949, Orthodox Medicine took all the symptoms of
Diabetes II and many other disease symptoms and reclassified them into specific
and isolated dis-eases. Orthodox medicine was already broken up into
“specialties”. The reclassification of diabetes symptoms allowed these medicine
specialty groups to then claim related diabetic groups of symptoms as their own
specialty “symptom sets”. Therefore, the heart specialist, kidney specialist,
endocrinologists, neurologists, allergists and many others began to testing for
the “risk factors” for their dis-eases, and then “treat” the various “symptoms”
which they could lay claim to. All focus on the original underlying cause of
insulin resistance was packed away, out of sight, and certainly was never a
consideration in treatment, preventative or otherwise.
It is now common practice to refer to these symptoms as if they were separable
independent diseases with separate unrelated proprietary treatments provided by
competing medical specialists. It does not matter that the specialties have
given “Names” like Heart Dis-ease, or Kidney Dis-ease none provide treatment
that “cures” these diseases – they can only “treat” some of the symptoms of
their “dis-eases.” One of the most discussed of these “Metabolic Syndrome” a set
of testable factors that can determine a person’s risk factor for heart dis-ease
Why Not Test for Insulin Resistance? We have often wondered, as we put this site together, why Orthodox medicine is
so loath to do a fasting insulin test? They have many reasons why this will not
“prove” anything. However, science tells us something very different – your
fasting insulin can clearly show if you are insulin resistant – no matter how
“in-line” your fasting sugar may appear to be. We don’t believe in waiting until
diabetic symptoms are so pronounced that you may have had the dis-ease for years
(which is usually the case) – we believe in prevention. Fasting insulin can tell
you where you stand – hopefully long before you are even close to being a
Once again, we understand that many of these dis-eases result from other causes
besides insulin resistance or diabetes; however, it is also true that this fact
has disguised the causative role of insulin resistance and diabetes for years.
So today we are taught to believe we need to treat a number of life-threatening
dis-eases and conditions when, in all too many cases, we may only be in need of
treating one. The relationship of these dis-eases to insulin resistance and our
diets plus the connection this has to the failure of the mitochondria due to
blood sugar levels cannot be ignored. Have you been tested? Have your children been tested?
Interestingly physicians in the early part of the last century had very good
success treating diabetes II with simple diet changes. Further information today
has strong pointers to the huge increase in diabetes II plus the “Specialty”
diseases vs the timeline for introduction of new processed foods, bad fats, and
sugars into our diets. Back to Top
Recommended Reading from Here:
The article titled “Aging and the Metabolic Affects of Western Living”
and Western Living" contains
a lot of information we began to cover in the article you just read. It provides
a list of the Six Identified Contributors to Aging and Premature Aging and what
we can do about them. It also looks at results of studies done on Centenarian
Societies compared to Westernized Countries. And, it gives some easy starting
points in helping to change the identified contributors of premature aging. Some
of the history of early connections between insulin resistance and dis-eases of
today is repeated, so you can skip that part if you wish.
Eventually you will come to the article titled “Aging and the Mitochondria”.
This is one of those “information-heavy” articles we mentioned. We included it
for people who wish to evaluate the science behind Aging and Premature Aging. It
is more scientific in language, but it is full of excellent information. We also
included it so people might evaluate for themselves how we arrived (in part) at
our “Concept.” Skip this article if you can take our word that we can back up
our information with
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