as well as degenerative, are not incomprehensible mysteries, nor are they
The condition of our
cells and the state of our immune systems determine how our bodies react
to the myriad toxic agents they are continually exposed to.
the moment we are conceived, the processes of life are carried out following
the blueprint contained in our DNA. The DNA holds the genetic code for
our life, health, and the physical features of our bodies. DNA, unless
it itself has become mutated, conceives our body in a perfected state,
and our cells are always striving to achieve that perfection.
what goes wrong?
and Free Radicals
Free radicals and
acids are virtually the same in that they both have the same effects on
Free radicals are
atoms or molecules (groups of atoms bound together by shared electrons)
which have lost electrons and have unpaired electrons in their outermost
orbits or shells, and which, while in that unbalanced state, are seeking
to gain electrons in order to become stable.
Acids contain positively
charged hydrogen ions (protons), while free radicals can be positively
charged ions of any element or molecule, although not all positively charged
ions are free radicals. In order to be free radicals, they must be unstable
in addition to being positively charged. For example, the ion of calcium
is positively charged (Ca++). but the outer shell is composed of 8 electrons
with no unpaired electrons, so the ion is stable and not looking to replace
electrons and therefore not a free radical.
The positively charged
oxygen radical is called Super-Oxide. It is the most plentiful, aggressive
and damaging free radical of them all. "Antioxidant" is the
term that was originally coined to delineate a substance that can neutralize
the oxygen radical, although the term is used to indicate any substance
that can neutralize any free radical.
Basically, both acids
and free radicals are ions with positive electrical charges, atoms missing
electrons. In a balanced atom, the number of electrons with negative electrical
charges equals the number of protons with positive electrical charges.
When stable atoms lose electrons, they are forced to seek to neutralize
their inbalanced condition by taking electrons from other atoms. Most
commonly this occurs near the DNA of the cells. Once an electron is taken
from an atom or molecule, that formerly stable atom or molecule is now
a positively charged free radical, which in turn will be compelled to
neutralize itself by taking electrons from aother stable atom or molecule.
The free radical
process repeats as a chain reaction which, if not corrected, will result
in the death of the body.
The damage that occurs
from free radicals is due to the fact that whenever an atom or molecule
is split apart, energy is released. This is the same principle our body
uses to produce energy from the breakdown, or splitting of the molecules
in the food we eat, but that is done in a controlled way within the mitochondria
of the cell, and the energy released is channeled for use by the body.
But the energy released when electrons are torn from atoms and molecules
due to acids or free radicals produces tiny, uncontrolled atomic explosions
which damage or kill cells. If the cells live they probably will mutate,
and when the mutated cells replicate themselves, the daughter cells will
have the same genetic defects as the mother cells - a process that leads
to cancer and other degenerative diseases.
One can see the damage
done by free radicals in a live blood cell analysis under a microscope.
Red blood corpuscles, normally round, after free radical damage, look
like cookies with big bites taken out of them. live-blood-cell-analysis.shtml
with acids does not come only from direct attack on cells. When the body
fluids become acidic, the ability of the fluids to absorb oxygen is severely
compromised, while every cell of the body needs abundant oxygen continually.
The immediate cause
of all disease is oxygen deficiency, which is brought about by other causes
such as the acidosis mentioned above, which is brought about by free radical
damage which is allowed by diets deficient in anti-oxidants.
The ultimate cause
of all disease is nutritional deficiency.
When nutrition is
consistently and correctly applied, all functions will fall into place.
Acids, free radicals, bad bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and funguses will
be neutralized, oxygen and other essential nutrients will be provided
to the cells in due measure, and wastes will be eliminated effectively.
When a person has
a heart attack it is because the cells that make up the heart muscle have
been deprived of oxygen and can no longer function, and when the cells
making up a muscle cannot function, the muscle cannot function.
The same continuous
oxygen requirment applies to every single cell in every single organ,
gland, muscle, nerve, and bone in our bodies. You can go without food
for months. You can go without water for days. But no matter how healthy
you are, if you stop breathing for several minutes, you die. And that
is exactly what happens with acidosis, except it happens slowly over an
extended period of time. The deficiency of oxygen caused by an acidic
environment combined with the direct damage due to the acids causes a
negative spiral called degeneration that will continue to get worse until
it kills you - unless you make the changes necessary to correct the condition.
Acids will deteriorate
just about anything they come in contact with, even metal. They do this
by ripping electrons from the atoms and molecules that make up the substance.
If you were to take battery acid and pour it onto the palm of your hand
it would burn right through your skin and then right through your flesh.
What exactly is that burning? It is billions of electrons being torn from
billions of atoms and molecules with billions of tiny atomic explosions
- all that energy released as intense heat.
Radical and Acid Damage
It is known that free
radical damage is the leading cause of cancer, whether it be from smoking
(one puff of smoke introduces 375,000 free radicals into the body), overexposure
to the sun, eating burnt meats, heated oils, or the effects of any toxic
substance acquired from diet, air, or absorption through the skin. Also,
acids and free radicals are produced by the body's own metabolism. For
example, the carbon dioxide that is formed during the metabolic process
yields carbonic acid when dissolved in the blood. Exercise produces lactic
acid in the muscles due to the breakdown of glycogen, which causes muscle
pain. A by-product of meat metabolism is uric acid, which causes problems
if not neutralized - gout, for example.
Super-oxide (the oxygen
radical) is the number one free radical produced by the body, but the
body also produces super-oxide-dismutase to couteract its effects - provided
we have enough of the proper minerals that are used to make super-oxide-dismutase
available in our systems. The metabolization of all foods produces an
acidic substance of one kind or another. Proteins are broken down into
amino acids, fats are broken down into fatty acids, and sugars and other
carbohydrates go through the citric acid cycle before the fuel for energy
(ATP) is finally produced. These acids are necessary to life. Even DNA
is an acid, deoxyribonucleic acid. Stress is the most acid-forming
element in our lives, due to the extreme acidity of hormones released
by the fight-or-flight reaction.
The body has a system
in place to deal with free radicals and acids - but only when sufficient
amounts of the proper minerals and other nutrients are available. If they
are not, the body will pull the minerals it needs to survive out of the
bones and the cells of organs and tissues.
If you take a mild
acid such as vinegar and place a chicken bone in it, after a while the
acid will draw the minerals out of the bone (the electrically imbalanced
atoms making up the acid need the minerals from the bone as electron donors
in order to achieve balance), leaving the bone flexible, and when it dries
out it will be brittle. Acids have the same effect on the bones in our
bodies and it is called osteoporosis.
I'm sure it will sound
crazy to a person suffering from that disease, but osteoporosis is a good
thing. Why this is so is because the leaching of minerals from the bones
has actually saved their lives, because if they didn't have a "buffer
reserve" of minerals in their bones to draw from to neutralize the
acids, their pH would have fallen below the level necessary to support
life, and they would have died. The body's fluids must remain between
7.0 and 7.8 pH in order to be healthy, and the levels of the blood must
remain between 7.35 and 7.45 pH or else you die. It is a narrow range
with very little tolerance.
In order for the body
to be healthy, the body fluids, with the exceptions of stomach acid and
urine, must remain alkaline, not an easy thing to accomplish when we are
constantly bombarded by acids and free radicals from our environment,
and nearly everything we do and everything we eat causes acid wastes to
be produced in our bodies.
a person's life is not to be confused with the body healing itself. Osteoporosis
is a degenerative disease. The body is giving itself a disease as an alternative
to dying. The body is prioritizing its use of minerals to keep the body
alive. It is more important to neutralize the acids even at the expense
of the bones than to lose the entire existence, and your great subconscious
is wise enough to make that distinction and that decision. But keeping
a person alive is vastly different than healing that person and bringing
him or her to real health.
body has the miraculous ability to heal itself
But only when internal conditions are correct and the proper nutrients
are consistently available to it.
Suppose you cut your
finger. It wasn't too bad, so you didn't bother bandaging or even washing
it. Under normal cirumstances, the body will clean, disinfect, and heal
the wound so completely that even the fingerprint will be restored to
exactly the way it was before it was wounded. The code for your perfect
finger is stored in your DNA, and when your immune system and other cells
go to work to repair the damage, they restore the part to that perfection.
It is a wondrous healing plan!
But suppose you have
heart disease. Is that not a wounded heart? Why doesn't the same healing
process apply? Why doesn't the body heal itself of that disease? Doesn't
the DNA include the code for the perfect heart? The fact is the same principles
do apply to heart disease and all degenerative diseases. But the reason
we don't just heal is because the degenerative disease is maintained by
continual wounding. For example, if every time the cut on your finger
began to heal you cut it open again with a knife, it could not heal. You
have to eliminate the cause of the wound before healing can take place.
The same is true for heart disease and every other degenerative disease,
which are being maintained by the continual wounding by the acids.
The body is trying
to regenerate the damaged areas of the heart, but the acid is also busy
destroying the new cells that are being created, and the heart cannot
heal. There is not a single drug, therapy, or treatment that can bring
about the healing or regeneration of the heart - and there never will
be. The heart can only regenerate when the internal acidic environment
is corrected and the body is provided with the necessary nutritional building
The body is regenerating
every minute you are alive, but if the wounding or destruction of the
cells occurs at a faster rate than they can be replaced, you have degeneration.
Degeneration means you are dying. And it is the direct effect of acids
on the cells of your body.
Some people tell us
they don't need nutritional supplements, because they're doing well enough
without them. Yes, they admit, maybe they do have a little arthritis or
whatever, but they're not concerned about it. They should be concerned!
They should realize they don't just have a little arthritis or whatever.
What they have is the beginning of the disease that is going to kill them
eventually, and they should be concerned now, when it's
in the early stages, when they can more easily do something about it.
Later it will be much more difficult. Furthermore, the same acid process
that is destroying their joints is working on all their organs, muscles,
nerves - every cell in their body.
All drugs are acid.
If you become dependent on drugs, the very acidic condition that is causing
the disease in the first place will be increased by the drugs themselves,
the body will stop functioning, and death will result.
The cause of the disease
must be removed and that happens only through proper nutrition and maintenance
of the pH balance of the body's fluids.
Take cancer for example.
What they call cancer is not the disease, it is the symptoms, the effects,
the mutated cells, the tumors. When they kill all the cancer cells or
remove all the tumors with surgery, you still have the same body environment
conditions, so the symptoms are likely to return, and you will have to
live in fear of that. Until the cause is eliminated, the disease will
persist, even if the symptoms have been alleviated or removed completely.
It is quite common to have them send patients home from tumorectomies,
telling them, "We got it all," only to have them back months
later with the same problem all over again.
Acids and free radicals
are what initiated the cancer in the first place. The acids and free radicals
damaged the cells and caused them to mutate, and the immune system was
not strong enough to detect and destroy the mutated cells before they
replicated out of control, until there were enough mutated cells to be
detected by science and given the name.
Now they go in and
attempt to destroy the "cancer" cells with chemicals and radiation,
and sometimes the treatment does destroy the cancer cells, but it also
destroys other cells in the body, healthy cells, necessary cells, especially
cells of the immune system. Now you're back with the same acid condition
to start the process all over again - but with a weakened body and a weakened
immune system. Many oncologists will not use chemo or radiation on a second
occurrence of cancer because they know that the devastating effects of
these therapies on an already weakened body often result in death.
When we are lucky
enough to get a second chance, we should do everything possible to change
the situation that led to the problem in the first place. A second chance
is a real blessing - and it is also a message that we have got to make
changes in our lives.
The correct approach
is to strengthen, balance, and nourish all systems of the body simultaneously.
If your circulation is poor, the effects will be that the oxygen, nutrients,
hormones, and components of the immune system, which use the blood for
the transport of their lifegiving substances to the cells of the body,
will fail to deliver properly. What good does it do to eat the best nutrition
in the world if you cannot digest it, and the nutrients cannot get to
where they are needed?
Any disorder leads
to more disorders until your health is deteriorated to the point where
there is just not enough energy to initiate healing. That's why we need
to start making corrections as soon as possible, at the onset of any problems,
or even better yet, before any problems develop.
As Mother used to
say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Leaves S. Garnett