Posted tagged ‘immune systems’

Diet and Lifestyle

December 7, 2010

We all know that saying about the most important thing in real estate is…Location, Location, Location.   Well, you have also heard this before…that the causes of chronic human disease are, yes, diet and lifestyle.  I never really thought about this until now…

In the third and fourth year of medical school we are required to do clinical rotations.  These two years we spend following other doctors to find out what field of medicine we want to train.   When Iwas a student rotating through internal medicine, the types of adult diseases I saw over and over again were heart disease, lung disease, liver disease and diabetes.  Right after that, in the next month, I did pediatrics.  It was wonderful, all those sweet beautiful babies.  They were innocent victims of these horrible infectious agents that cause disease.  Now that I am a pediatrician, it wasn’t until this last year that I came to this conclusion.  A good portion of pediatric disease can be attributed to…diet and lifestyle.  You skeptics out there, you think, what is she talking about?  Yep, I’ve come to this final conclusion after much waxing and waning philosophical.  We have an immune system that patrols our blood stream.  It is responsible for fighting off early infectious agents and preventing them from taking hold in our body and causing disease.  The CMS (conventional medical system) would say any that this agent causes this disease and we should develop a vaccine against it.  This does not make sense because in life, there are plenty of viruses and bacteria out there ready to take hold.   The way we are going, by the end of the century, babies will have 100 vaccines they need to be protected against by the end of their first two years.  They of the CMS do not rationalize that hey, why are kids getting sick?  What is wrong with their immune system?  Why is the immune system not doing its job?  If they don’t address that, then “sickness’ is the normal that we constantly have to battle against.  That is not life.  That is not my PEDIATRICS. 

Back to my original point, yes, most diseases of infants and children can start way back at the beginning in mama’s belly can caused by…diet and lifestyle.  If mama, in her younger days acquired traumatic strain, her body, the vessel is mechanically deranged.  There can be fertility issues, pain issues, and pregnancy complications.  Then if she eats poorly the infant has a poor start in terms of being too big, too small, premature.  Then if she does not have an ideal pregnancy, there are interventions.  Not good.  If there is medical intervention, there is decreased chance of immediate latching and nursing of the infant.  If this does not happen, this child’s immune system will be affected immediately and into the future.   There we have it…diet and lifestyle.

Eleven years ago, someone stopped me and asked for help.  Poor guy.  His car was at a stop.  A drunk driver hit him from behind.  It wasn’t his fault.  It was just bad luck. One month later, he cannot turn his head either way without pain.  I am glad he asked.   As I got better, I thought, I like this chronic pain osteopathic stuff.  People hurt from car accidents and injuries.  This is good.  I can do this.  Now, I am starting to see that it is 95% lifestyle.  The work that we do, the daily grind, the way we exercise and destress all contribute to repetitve strain injuries.  Wow…I am still amazed by the enormous influence of diet and lifestyle on our health.  Health..what is it anyways?  Stay tuned…