Cause and Effect
If you drop a ball, it hits the floor and bounces. Action and reaction; everything that happens in the universe is the result of cause and effect. Diseases like fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions are no exception. There are specific underlying causes for these complex disorders and once you understand and address those causes, wellness is possible.
Medical science, however, defines fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue as idiopathic—cause unknown. In fact, medical science defines most chronic diseases as “cause unknown”. This is not an oversight. Because drug therapy is focused on reducing symptoms and artificially interrupting the processes of disease, knowing about underlying causes is irrelevant.
Without addressing underlying causes, however, the best possible outcome is artificial management of the illness… not restoration of normal health.
Once beyond the limitations of conventional medicine, it becomes possible to see these illnesses from a more progressive perspective. When the focus of therapy is directed toward creating a healing environment in the body, instead of simply addressing symptoms, wellness becomes possible. This is done by actively identifying and reducing the underlying causes of the illness.
Identifying underlying causes is not that difficult. You can probably list a few things right off the top of your head. Processed food, chronic stress, too much alcohol, smoking, air pollution, free radicals in your bloodstream, physical stress or trauma, are all examples of factors that cause direct tissue damage and disrupt the healing systems of the body. “System disruptors” is a useful term to describe these factors.
Everyone on the planet is continually exposed to system disruptors; they are a fact of life. Aging of the body and most diseases are the inevitable consequence of the accumulated damage caused by system disruptors. What type of illness occurs is dependent on how different system disruptors come together in a person’s life and that person’s genetic makeup.
Chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis result from exposure to similar system disruptors. It should not be a surprise to find that these chronic illnesses share many common symptoms.
System disruptors disrupt immune function, and disruption of immune function leaves the door wide open for chronic hidden infections with specific types of microbes. Commonly referred to as “stealth microbes” or “stealth pathogens”, these types of microbes are ever present and just waiting for an opportunity. They are commonly spread by ticks and other biting insects, but are also spread by airborne droplets or intimate contact with other people. Everyone is exposed. And anyone not having a healthy immune system is vulnerable.
Stealth microbes must be differentiated from microbes that cause acute life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia. Microbes that cause life-threatening infections are highly virulent. In other words, they have a very high ability to infect and cause visible disease (highly virulent). They succeed by overwhelming the host with infection and are present in high concentrations in tissues and the bloodstream. Damage to tissues caused by these microbe results in localized symptoms.
Because highly virulent microbes have a very high growth rate, infections typically respond very well to conventional antibiotic therapy. Highly virulent microbes also respond well to vaccines. Once the infection is controlled and the immune system gains the upper hand, the microbes are eradicated from the body. Fortunately, encounters with these types of microbes are less common.
Stealth microbes follow a completely different strategy for success. After gaining access to the body, which generally causes few symptoms or a mild flu-like symptoms, the microbes clear the bloodstream and penetrate into deeper tissues. These microbes do not cause overwhelming infection and exist in low concentrations in the body. They blend in with all the other microbes in the body. Problems only occur if immune function is compromised.
Most stealth microbes have the ability to live inside cells, thus gaining protection from antibiotics and the immune system. Because they change genetic signature continually, vaccines are worthless (assuming you could even find them in the first place).
Stealth microbes manipulate the immune system to break down tissues and gain vital nutrients. Symptoms tend to be vague and nonspecific (in other words, just like the symptoms found with fibromyalgia).
Did You Know?
Symptoms are mostly caused by the tug-of-war that occurs between the immune system and the microbe, not from direct damage caused by the microbe.
There are many different stealth microbes; some of which have been identified… but who knows how many are waiting to be discovered. The list includes bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi.
Everyone harbors stealth microbes that have potential to become pathogens (disease-causing); they typically comprise about 1% of the microbes that make up the microbiome (sum of all the microbes in the body).
Different stealth microbes have different strategies for survival and therefore different potentials to cause problems. There is synergy between microbes (they work together). Different combinations of microbes may explain why there are so many different types of fatigue-like syndromes.
Why Herbs Work
- Herbs enhance immune function and healing. This is one of the essential keys to getting well and one of the most important reasons of why herbs work. Herbs provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and other health enhancing properties.
- Herbs have a suppressive effect on opportunistic stealth microbes that threaten the balance of the microbiome, but do not disrupt normal friendly flora.
- Multiple herbs can be used to gain overlapping benefit; in fact, this the preferred way of doing herbal therapy.
- Because the potential for toxicity with herbal therapy is very low, herbs can be used without concern for very long periods of time.
- The chemical substances in herbs are not seen as foreign substances by the body and support all healing systems of the body. Herbs have the ability to balance hormones, improve energy, and improve stress tolerance.
*Statements on this page have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For medical concerns, please consult a qualified healthcare provider.
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