The Four Biggest Myths
1. If you don’t have symptoms, you are healthy
2. If you have symptoms, you are sick
3. If you want to be healthy, you have to do a certain
thing (and you already “know” you cannot or don’t want to do
4. When you get old, you become dependent on others and
sick and diseased
These are all simply not True, they are not how it actually is, they
First, what this chapter is doing is dispelling the myths. Getting you to understand the reality of it all. Because if
you believe something is true that isn’t, what you don’t know
CAN hurt you, and has been.
“If you don’t have symptoms, you are healthy”
I am going to show you how this myth is not true first. Because it is the easiest.
Look in any paper, in the obituaries. And you will find at least
one person, who dropped dead of something, heart attack, stroke,
etc, and was reported to be in “perfect health”. If they dropped
dead, were they really in good health? Even though they had
no symptoms? Of course not, they were not
healthy. And you will find people like this in almost
every paper, almost every day.
Or how about when someone develops some serious symptoms within a
couple of weeks, and they go to the doctor, and find out they
have cancer. Before those couple of weeks, when they got the
symptoms, were they healthy? Obviously not. Just because you don’t have symptoms, doesn’t
mean you are healthy.
Now, because this might leave people a little fearful, that they
might die at any time, I need to address something here. It
is all a matter of scale. Technically, you will not just suddenly
die without any symptoms. You will have symptoms first, it is just that most people take so many symptoms, as
the status quo. They see so many symptoms, as just part of life,
part of getting old. And they are not.
For instance, low energy. Low energy levels are a symptom from your body.
A symptom you are low on health. And many people just ignore
it, because they write the symptom off as part of life, part
of getting old, or whatever reason. When people are sad for
no real reason, this is a symptom, and it does NOT have to be
full blown depression, but just sadness. That is a symptom many
people will also just write off. Headaches, back pain, neck
pain, arm or leg pain, not being able to fall asleep within
minutes, cranky in the morning, bad eye sight, etc, etc are
more symptoms telling you that you are not healthy. The list
of symptoms that we as humans, generally write off as something
else other than our body telling us we are not healthy, goes
on and on.
Now, your body will always give you symptoms before you die. I promise.
It is just that, like I talked about earlier, many of the symptoms
you have, you don’t even realize are symptoms. You just think that is the way
it has to be. Like lack of energy, or not being fully awake
and ready to go in the morning, or not being in a good mood
most of the time, etc. Those are all symptoms, that most of us ignore, because either we don’t realize
they are symptoms, or we think there is nothing the medical
profession can do about them.
Not having symptoms does NOT mean you are healthy.
“If you have symptoms, you are sick”
Now I am going to show you how this big myth is NOT true either.
If you were choking on food, wouldn’t you want to cough? It is a
symptom that the body uses to get stuck food out of the airway
or lungs. It is also a symptom that the body uses to get mucus
and other garbage out of the lungs that it does not want - like
during a cold.
If you get food poisoning and you throw up every half hour for hours
or even days, do you want to stop throwing up? Yes, because it is no fun, but
it is necessary for you to live. Does it seem unreasonable that
even if you don’t have food poisoning, that throwing up might
be a defense mechanism of the body?
By now, most people understand that a fever is a good thing. That
the body creates the fever to help fight off sickness. Your body is creating the fever,
voluntarily raising your body temperature. The fever is generally
not a reaction to your environment, but the body’s actions it
takes to deal with the environment you have given it. Your body purposely gives you
a fever for numerous reasons, and some we probably don’t know
yet. And here are a couple.
With higher temperatures:
1. Many bacteria die, they cannot hack the change in their
environment. Kind of like a penguin in the desert.
2. Chemical reactions happen quicker and your body’s response
time is decreased. Remember in chemistry class, mixing stuff
in the beakers and when you increased the temperature, the reaction
3. P–54, interleukins, bradykinins, leukotrins and other
chemicals are released in the body. These chemicals are responsible
for killing cancer cells in your body. I don’t know about you,
but I like that.
What about brain damage? I can almost hear you thinking that. Here
is the scenario that almost ALWAYS happens when brain damage
occurs from a fever.
The person, usually a child, gets a fever. The loving parents have
been told this is bad and try to lower the fever…cold washcloths
or aspirin. The fever goes down. On Day 2, since the body created
the fever to help heal, it raises the body temp, but a little
higher to make up for lost time. The parents then give the child
Tylenol. The fever goes down. However, on Day 3 the fever goes
up even higher, because, again, the body is trying to heal with
the fever. So, the parents give extra strength Tylenol. By this
time the bacteria have done extensive damage and the body is
getting “frustrated” trying to fend off the bacteria and having
a hard time without the fever. So Day 4, the fever goes way
up, the parents get excited and bring
the child to the ER. The doctors “know” how a fever is “bad”
and give prescription strength fever suppressant. Day 5, the
body needs a fever, the bacteria are winning, and as a last
ditch effort the body is left with two choices… death or brain
damage. So what do you think the body picks? The body raises
the temperature to a level that causes brain damage, and the
bacteria or whatever, are finally under control.
It is not always this exact scenario. However, when brain damage
is associated with fever, it is almost ALWAYS first suppressed chemically
or with something cold. Fever is good. Fever is a symptom of
your body healing, being healthy.
When someone has diarrhea, there is a high number of cancerous cells
found in your poop. Sometimes 50% increase in cancerous cells.
So if your body is getting rid of extra cancer cells with diarrhea,
maybe that is a good thing. I know it is not fun. But maybe
your body is actually healing and cleaning house. Which
is a good thing.
Bladder infections. Anyone who has had one, knows how much fun they are NOT. But maybe the symptoms
of bladder infections are your body healing. First,
having to go to the bathroom all the time. If there is
no urine in the bladder, the bacteria will have no food. With
no food, the bacteria die. Then there is the pain and discomfort.
This just lets you know there is something wrong. It is a message
from your body. Fever often goes with bladder infections. And
we already talked about all the benefits of fever. One of which,
some more bacteria just die. Then there is usually some blood
in the urine. The body kills bacteria a couple ways in the body.
One of the ways is through direct contact with cells in the
blood. They float around the blood, killing foreign things they
bump into, including bacteria. But the problem is,
you have no blood inside the bladder. No direct way for the
body to kill the bacteria in the bladder. So your body opens
up the walls between the cells, and lets some blood in. And
in that blood, hordes of white blood cells, that kill the bacteria.
It is like flood gates of an army being opened. The army comes
rushing through and all the little cells kill the bacteria in
the bladder. Ingenious the body is.
Teething symptoms, symptoms of ear infections, and many more symptoms
are often your body healing. Many symptoms, with a little knowledge
of the body, can easily be explained as above. Can be explained
in how they are symptoms of the body healing.
So just because you have symptoms,
does NOT mean you are sick.
One of my most favorite stories.
Imagine if you will, it is fall, and the leaves are starting to change
colors, and some leaves are starting to fall from the trees.
And out there in a group of trees, one of the trees, Ed the
tree, notices the other trees leaves are turning colors. And
Ed the tree cringes and says, “eeewhh, get away from me, I don’t want to catch what you have”
to the other trees. And not matter how hard
Ed the tree tries, it eventually “catches” what the other trees’
have and even Ed’s leaves begin to change colors. Then
Ed the tree, notices that some of the
other trees’ leaves are falling off. And this time Ed is going
to really try, and Ed the tree is not
going to catch what the other trees have, because Ed does not
want to lose his leaves. But, try as Ed the tree might, Ed still
“catches” what the other trees have, and Ed the tree loses his
leaves as well.
You are probably laughing to
yourself, because how silly Ed the tree is. All
trees that live in climates with seasons, leaves change color
and fall to the ground every fall. Trees are part of
nature. They do that.
Well, let me ask you a question. Are you part of nature? Are we as
humans, part of nature? Or are we separate from nature? Of course
we are part of nature. We are mammals, just like all the other
mammals on the planet. And just like everything else in nature,
we as humans go through cycles with the seasons as well.
When the climate shifts from hot humid air, to dry cold air, you
need a different lining of your lungs, to adapt to that new
environment. You need different chemicals
in your body to survive. You need to change, to adapt to the upcoming different environment.
And when your body is not healthy enough, this change in your
body gets expressed as a cold. You cough, and cough, and sneeze, and blow your nose, over and over
again, to get rid of the old lining of your sinuses and lungs,
that were designed for summer, to get the new lining ready to
deal with the upcoming winter air. If your body is healthy enough,
it can do this without you missing a beat. That is why some
people never get the cold, and others, who get the cold, only
have it mildly, and can go about their day to day activities
with no problem.
Some people then say, I always get my colds in the spring, or I never
get colds, as trying to prove, that colds are not a natural
cycle of nature. Well I ask you this, have you ever seen a tree
in the winter with leaves? I have. Have you ever seen a tree
lose its leaves in the spring? I have. Have you ever seen a
tree that never loses its leaves? I have. We are part of nature.
You worrying about catching the cold or flu really is as silly as
Ed the tree, not wanting to catch the colors changing, or the
leaves falling off.
The trick is, having enough health, so when it is time to change, you can do it with minimal discomfort and symptoms.
I love that little story.
So we know that not having symptoms does NOT mean you are healthy,
and having symptoms does NOT mean you are Sick.
This goes to show that the medical symptoms and disease care system
is masquerading as health care. Eliminating symptoms and disease
does not make you healthy. And since the medical symptoms and
disease care system only tries to eliminate symptoms
and disease, they are not actually health care. They are in
fact medical symptoms and disease care. So if you don’t have
symptoms or disease, there is nothing they can do for you. They
do nothing to increase your health.
Now I want to address the other two myths that are left. Getting
old means you automatically lose your health and there are particular
things you have to do to be healthy and well, and you already
know you cannot or don’t want to do those.
I don’t blame you. If I had to do something I didn’t want to, or
give up something that I really liked, without anything else
I really liked to replace it, I would probably not want to be
healthy either. I mean for real, who would? I think this is
one of the biggest reasons why so many people say they want
to be healthy, but then do nothing about it. Because they think
being healthy means some certain thing, they do NOT want to
Here is one of the biggest secrets about being
healthy and well
EVERYONE is Different! There is no one diet, there is no one exercise
program or way of doing things that is right for Everyone.
You know, along with everyone
else, that we are all different, but yet, almost NO ONE takes
this into account when they dish out recommendations or diets,
or programs, or anything.
You are a special and unique
individual, just like everyone else.
I think that sums it up best as anything.
We are all different, and yet the very fact we are all human, gives
us some similarities. And most people assume we are all the
same, when it comes to recommendations and guidance. In fact,
most people just recommend what worked for them, and their unique
person they are. Assuming it will work for everyone. Which we
all know, is not true. You have been there done that,
and some things you tried, actually made you worse then before
you did them.
You do NOT have to do certain specific things to be healthy and well.
Some people are going to do great eating meat, and potatoes,
and others are going to do well eating a vegetarian diet. It
really depends on you, and I will get into that in more detail
later. So relax, don’t worry, I promised this would be fun and
Growing old means you lose your health, get decrepit, and dependent
on other people
This is also NOT true.
It is really simple to prove to you as well. The January 1973, vol 143 no 1, issue of National Geographic did an article
entitled “Search for the oldest people”. In this article, they
show many different cultures, and hundreds of people who are
well into their 100’s, and almost all of them have the youth,
freedom, clear mind, independence, and vitality of many people
in their 50’s, here in the United States.
I am also going to share with you, in chapter 16, how old age does
not cause a lack of health and well being. But that is later.
To sum up the chapter:
Having symptoms does NOT mean you are sick
Having no symptoms does not mean you
Growing old and being old do not mean you are sick, diseased, and
dependent on other people
There is no one diet or one program for all people. Everyone is Different