Health researcher Capt. T.C. Randall is author of Forbidden Healing – an explanation of how negative factors lead to oxidative stress & illness, and natural ways to help the body’s self-healing mechanisms kick in. Reproduced here with kind permission,* this article was first published Aug 2, 2012 on GreenMedInfo.com – a consumer advocacy site offering "the world’s largest natural medicine database," linking to more than 19,000 biomedical study abstracts.
So Just What Is Disease? A Grand Unified Theory
Does the common use of the word ‘disease’ bypass critical reasoning to effectively mislead scientific thought?
Modern medicine describes hundreds of individual ‘diseases.’ Each ‘disease’ is generally named for a group of symptoms and the area of the body affected. Many are suffixed by -itis, meaning inflammation of… like tonsill-itis or arthr-itis. And interestingly, recent studies are finding inflammation involved in virtually all of them. [The GreenMedInfo PubMed database includes 348 abstracts on inflammation, for example.]
Does this terminology serve to pigeonhole distinct ‘diseases’ and distract us from seeing the big picture of inflammation as the disease? Have we been looking at secondary pathologies and opportunistic microbes, and treating them at symptom-level… instead of addressing a common root cause?
Is there some imaginary partition that separates human health from chemistry, physics and cell biology?
Whether inflammation is acute like appendicitis or chronic like atherosclerosis and obesity, an immune response is taking place.
In-flam-mation literally means ‘on fire’ and is classically marked by the Latin: rubor, tumor, calor and dolor – or redness, swelling, heat and pain – so we know from those words that oxidation is at work.
Oxidation is simply fire or rust or whenever one molecule seizes an electron from another molecule. The needy oxidant grabs or shares the electrons of an electron rich anti-oxidant. When the electrons are stolen from chemical bonds, those molecules (like DNA) come apart or are deformed (like fats) and said to be oxidized, burnt.
Inflammation does not just happen.
A bacterium or toxin or some other irritant triggers an immune response. The ammunition used by the body for immune firefights is singlet oxygen, an all-purpose defensive weapon.
• With an unpaired electron, an oxygen radical is a powerful oxidant. It can deconstruct and destroy pathogens, poisons, cell debris and other unwanted substances, molecule by molecule, by snatching the electrons that hold them together.
• Immune cells initiate the conflagration, armed with mini-flamethrowers that generate oxidative bursts of singlet oxygen to burn the area clean.
Mounting an oxidative immune response is dependent on the strength of the body’s electrochemical charge, which in turn hinges on a delicate balance between:
• Oxidants/acids (both electron-hungry)
• And overall body charge.
(This charge is generated in mitochondria and at fluid/membrane interfaces. It is stored in fatty membranes, "anti-oxidant" molecules and water, and even flows from the Earth itself. Charge is transmitted via nerves and connective tissue meridians. If a potato can generate electricity, so can your body!)
In the end, it is the electrochemical charge terrain that determines biochemical reactions, molecular integrity and health.
An oxidative immune response must be powered with, and yet contained by, abundant electrons, or damage will result to the cells it is designed to protect. To halt inflammation:
• The cause of the immune response needs to be removed,
• And then the flames of the defensive assault itself must be extinguished so charge can rise to normal and cells can be repaired or replaced.
So if we equate disease to inflammation, and understand that inflammation is oxidation, then we can understand that the common denominator of ‘disease’ is oxidative stress – chronic unrelenting ‘fire’ – loss of electrons, DNA dysfunction, and molecular and cellular deterioration.
Nearly undetectable low-level oxidative stress takes place even in healthy individuals and has become a focus of longevity research. Some of the most promising studies are concerned with the integrity of telomeres and mitochondrial membranes that take a beating, being at the center of metabolic oxidation and electron energy production.
Fatty cell and mitochondrial membranes are prone to destruction when improper fats are consumed – making an All-American low-fat, high-glycemic, high-grain-carb/sugar/vegetable oil diet a train-wreck in progress.
Impaired membranes cannot transport oxygen or other substances to the cell, nor can they hold electron charge. These conditions bring disease, invite pathogens, cause cells to revert to cancerous anaerobic state, and eventually lead to cell death by suffocation.
• Crooked hydrogenated / oxidized / trans-fats / easily-oxidized polyunsaturated oils and a grain-based diet kill.
So are there individual ‘diseases’ or just varied symptoms of inflammation expressing at the weakest seams in the boat: The points of nutritional inadequacy, sites of infection, trauma or toxic metal concentration, or areas of circulatory stagnation, low charge and poor oxygenation?
It all depends on how you look at it – on what level causes are sought.
We need oxygen to produce energy (electrons) and we need (electron) energy to deliver oxygen to mitochondria as a basic necessity of life. When net electron charge falls below optimum levels, oxygen/energy needs are unmet, inner balances shift toward acidity, hypoxia, oxidative stress, inflammation – and there is your disease.
What to do?
Examine the three major areas of concern: nutrition, toxins/radiations, and emotional states / lifestyle choices.
Nutrition can easily be divided into acid-forming and alkalizing food groups. [Note: a food’s pH has nothing to do with its acid- or alkaline-forming tendency. For example the citric acid in citrus fruits has an alkalinizing effect in the system. On the blood pH scale of 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline), 7 is neutral and 7.35-7.45 (slightly alkaline) is healthy.] A healthy balance favors alkalinity, since acids rob electrons and charge. Processing strips electrons from foods.
Fats are critical to membrane construction, should be consumed in pristine un-oxidized form and should be protected by fat-soluble antioxidants like Vitamins A, D, E and K and astaxanthin.
Nutrition includes pH buffering electrolyte minerals like potassium and magnesium, and enzyme/hormone essentials like zinc, selenium and iodine, all of which are egregiously deficient across the population.
Nutrition also feeds gut bacteria [probiotics] and determines populations. These symbiants are there for our benefit and deserve respect.
Nutrients can be rated on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), so high ORAC means high electron content, antioxidant power. Look at cayenne and oregano, and small red beans and pecans, and direct your choices accordingly.
Nutrition is like the list of parts for a car: you need them all, and then to make it all work, the battery must have strong voltage. To make your biochemistry and DNA work, you need volts, too!
Toxins, Metals and Radiation
Toxins, metals and radiation all have one thing in common: they steal charge by generating oxidizing free radicals. [See “Radiation, the Other Toxin.”] They also trigger an immune response that brings inflammation.
Detox! Organic toxins can be destroyed by oxidation. Pathogen attractive positively-charged metals can be reduced, mobilized and excreted by raising charge, supplementing proteolytic enzymes [which break proteins down into peptides and amino acids] and supplying chelators like chlorella. [Chelators like chlorella and green tea are antioxidants that have the ability to grab toxic metals and hold them so tightly that no chemical reaction can take place].
Radiation damage can be prevented or ameliorated with antioxidant electrons that scrub free radicals formed of damaged cell molecules.
The mind is like the computer in the car. It monitors and adjusts internal conditions while the conscious part in the driver’s seat sets the tone of being.
When the mood is chronically fearful, internal conditions deteriorate. When spirits are sunny and loving, your cells sing and your lifestyle choices become proactive – especially with healthy meals, exercise, breathing and physical activity at beneficial levels.
Check previous articles like "The Healer’s Toolbox" for some of the substances that work if employed correctly and quantitatively, giving this approach a practical validity and logic.
To reverse disease, the sources of inflammation must be oxidized/burned/removed and then the flames of inflammation snuffed out by an overwhelming electron boost to restore charge/voltage to operational levels and obtain sufficient oxygen to generate more charge and reverse damage.
Hundreds of specific vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, amino acids and fats have proven useful in studies covering a wide range of maladies ultimately boosting body voltage and returning internal conditions to viable parameters.
Perhaps we should reevaluate the words at the foundation of health science.
• What if ‘diseases’ are just symptoms?
• What if disease is simply inflammation, weak voltage, oxidative stress?
Maybe an artful and quantitative application of these forbidden principles should be at the foundation of healing.
– Capt. T.C. Randall
* Note: This information is reproduced with kind permission of the author and GreenMedInfo (©2012 GreenMedInfo.com. All Rights Reserved). It has not been reviewed by the FDA; is general information, based on the research and opinions of Capt. T.C. Randall unless otherwise noted; and does not necessarily reflect the views of GreenMedInfo or its staff, or that of ProHealth, Inc. It is not intended as medical advice, or for prevention, diagnosis or treatment for any condition, illness or disease; and is not meant to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.