How to Get Sick

Dehydration:  The body is basically composed of 60% water; the brain 70%. It’s estimated up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.  Not getting enough quality water (things like soda don’t count) can cause such symptoms as:

  • fatigue/energy loss
  • constipation/digestive disorders
  • headache
  • high and low blood pressure
  • gastritis/stomach ulcers
  • respiratory troubles
  • excess weight and obesity
  • eczema
  • high cholesterol

 

Malnutrition:  Routinely eating foods that are processed and/or junk foods fills the stomach but doesn’t nourish the body.  David Dunaief, M.D. estimates that “deficiencies in much needed nutrients exist despite 70% overweight. Over the last 30 years, the pace of increase in life expectancy has slowed substantially. In fact, a New England Journal of Medicine article noted that life expectancy may actually decline in the near future (N Engl J Med 2005; 352:1138-1145).”

Sedentary: Stay on the sofa! The human body was made to move and the World Health Organization advises, ‘Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of:

  • cardiovascular diseases
  • diabetes
  • obesity

 

and increase the risks of colon cancer

  • high blood pressure
  • osteoporosis
  • lipid disorders,
  • depression
  • anxiety.

 

Stress: WebMD says, “The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive…but Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress which can play a part in or lead to:

  • headaches
  • upset stomach
  • elevated blood pressure
  • chest pain
  • problems sleeping
  • Heart problems,
  • diabetes,
  • skin conditions,
  • asthma
  • arthritis
  • depression
  • anxiety

 

 

Toxins:  Chemicals now bombard us in our every day life and linked to multiple health issues. From our food, and personal care products to the air we breathe, this overabundance of chemicals (It was noted that 300 contaminants have been detected in umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, the study warns that: “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’ ”) has been called a “Toxic Cocktail” to our bodies and have been linked to multiple health issues including breast cancer. Check out this short video from the Cornell Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors (BCERF).