Put a Ring on It
Friday, June 22, 2012
Success in any endeavor requires passion and commitment. That's true for keeping ourselves and the world healthy. Those who simply dabble at things have a lower success rate, which too frequently sets them up for disappointment and failure. Full commitment is required to truly succeed at business, relationships, sports, personal and world health, and managing the aging process.
Gary Null, PhD, suggests that more than one third of the American population is chronically ill in his Ultimate Anti-aging book, and that's probably an understatement because it assumes that we are ill only at the point of diagnosis of a classically defined disease (a little like being told we don't have dry eyes unless the standard tests say we do).
Only a small percentage of the American population is healthy. And it's no accident that they are healthy. They work on it. We have to work on being healthy, just like we have to work on successfully managing our diseases once they manifest. The lifestyle choices we make affect the outcome of both events.
Commitment to health takes courage and mindful decision making.
Dr. Null also suggests that it can take more than 20 years for chronic disease to manifest itself to the point that it be diagnosed by standard testing in many cases. Unfortunately, at the time of diagnosis, we are too frequently at the end stage of disease, not the beginning. We are being told that our diseases are being caught early, when in actuality, they are probably being caught at the end of the development process.
Science suggests that bad decision making where health is concerned starts early in life for most people and so do the disease processes that don't register on standard health tests until we reach mid- life or older.
Disease is usually not something we catch, or that just mysteriously happens to us. The incidence of chronic degenerative disease can be modified with better lifestyle choices that include smoking cessation, low alcohol consumption, nutrient dense diets, regular exercise and family and community involvement.
The verdict is in for nutrition as a life-extender. The large volume of peer-reviewed studies supporting the link between diet and good health is clear and convincing evidence for those willing to take the time to look. The data that support daily use of high-quality full-spectrum multiple supplements is also convincing to those determined to remain in good health for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, nutrient-empty high-calorie junk food from the center of the super market and fast food restaurants have become the norm for a large percentage of the U.S. population. Nutritional deficiencies that lead to degenerative diseases have become common.
Bruce Ames, PhD, one of the most published nutrition science researchers in the world, said this in a June 2010 lecture to The National Institutes of Health, "The consequence of moderate shortages of even a single micronutrient, though insufficient to cause overt clinical symptoms, will impair functions essential for long-term health. As people with modest deficiencies have no overt clinical symptoms there has been little incentive to correct these deficiencies, though this could change if it can be shown they are resulting in biochemical changes, e.g. chromosome breaks that are markers of increased risk of age-related diseases, including cancer. "
Good health and aging well requires passion and commitment. So metaphorically speaking, 'Put a ring on it.'
Ellen Troyer, MT MA
Biosyntrx CEO / Chief Research Officer
Clinical references available in the Biosyntrx office.