The story of health & illness
© Author James Davies. May 2019
Have you ever noticed that the older you become the less energetic and vital you seem to be?
Have you ever been infected with a bug, day for instance a stomach bug or the flu and noticed that you were not as vital as you were before you contracted it?
Have you ever wondered why this is?
In this article I am going to explain, through the help of the stress wave (related to Han’s Seyle’s stress theory of disease) and hair mineral analysis, how we go from young, healthy and energetic to unhealthy and not so energetic.
First of all, I would like to give you a simple definition of what stress is as related to this article subject, how it relates to the body and therefore how it relates to your health and wellbeing.
“Stress is a non-specific response of the body to any demand or change.”
In other words we can say the stress is a general response of the body to stimuli. The stimuli, of itself, is not stress, but it is our bodies reaction to the stimuli we call stress.
For instance, if you have ever been on a plane and have tried to get to sleep while the engines are on, this may have likely caused you stress because of your reaction to the noise (stimuli).
But, if you had some earplugs with you that were able to successfully cut out the noise, then your stress level would have gone down even though the noise of the engines was still present.
The body has 3 stages of stress – Alarm, resistance & exhaustion
Dr Hans Selye, the father of the stress theory of disease discovered something interesting in relation to the bodies reaction to stress. This is, our bodies go through 3 stages of stress throughout our lifetime before the body loses most of its vitality.
Another discovery was that anyone can go through these 3 stages of stress in minutes, or it can take a lifetime of 90 years for instance. The rate at which you pass through them depends upon your ability to cope with stress and the amount and the severity of stress you encounter in your life.
Below are the 3 stages of stress explained in brief detail:
Homeostasis – This is not a stage of stress, but when the body is not experiencing much stress and when the body is in a relaxed state and is functioning well. This is possible with a healthy body when no stressors are present.
Alarm stage – This is generally related to a fast oxidation rate. This is the highest energetic state out of all the stages and is experienced mostly by young children between 3 – 10 years old. It occurs when the body still has the ability to react to stress in a strong way because of the vitality levels of the adrenal and thyroid glands.
E.g. When a healthy 800 metre runner starts a race with the ability to run at a fast pace compared to the rate they are able to run at the end of the race.
Resistance stage – This is generally related to a mixed oxidation rate which means sometimes the person is in fast oxidation and sometimes the person is in slow oxidation.
This stage occurs when the body still has the ability to react to stress at a high capacity however it cannot maintain this high level forever and therefore eventually starts moving into the exhaustion stage of stress. You could say this is a transitionary stage.
E.g. In this stage the runner will lose the ability to start going as fast as they could at the beginning of the race and will start showing some signs of lagging.
Exhaustion stage – This stage is related to a slow oxidation rate. This is the least energetic state out of all the stages and one that most people are in when they come to getting a hair mineral analysis.
This happens when both the adrenal glands and thyroid gland have been exhausted and therefore cannot initiate an appropriate stress response any longer.
E.g. This stage will be at the end of the race after the runner has given their all to finish as quickly as possible. They will most likely be on the floor or crouched down in recovery mode.
The body responds to stress in a wave like fashion
When we encounter stress on a day to day basis the body reacts to this pressure in the form of a stress wave which occurs as our bodies coping response to to the changing demand that is put on it. When the stress wave is allowed to complete itself, the body will have successfully coped with the stress and will have repaired any damage done during the encounter.
A normal stress wave occurs in 4 phases:
1. Resting phase – This is when there is no stress response occurring and the body is in a neutral position.
E.g. A man is walking down the street back home at a reasonable pace, he is relaxed and there is nothing unusual going on around him.
2. Inflammation/excitation stage – This is the first stress response of the body. In the above diagram it would represent the upward moving part of the wave and happens as the bodies mechanism to cope and fight the stressor off.
In this phase of the wave the body will shunt blood away from the “non-essential” organs such as the intestines and send it to the muscles and the brain to make one more alert and ready to fight or run away.
Hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline will flood into the blood and glucose levels will sharply rise to make more energy available needed for a quick get away.
Essentially the whole body goes into “fight or flight mode” which is an excitatory or inflammatory bodily state.
E.g. While walking around the corner the man spots a bike coming toward him at a fast pace and seems that it is going to hit him if he stays in his current position. However because of the way that his body reacts so suddenly he is able to quickly move out of the way and avoid any damage.
3. Recovery/downward phase – In this phase the body starts to do what is necessary so that it can return to a resting or neutral state again. Any excess of hormones, chemicals, cholesterol or sugar in the blood will be cleared and blood will start to return to the intestines and away from the muscles. Breathing will slow down and the pulse will return to a normal rate.
E.g. The man decides to go and sit down on a bench near by to recover for 10 minutes because he feels a bit shaken after the sudden shock of almost being hit by a bicycle.
4. Homeostasis/baseline – Assuming that the shock was not too much and the stress was not endured for too long the body will successfully return to the neutral or baseline state that it was in previous to the stress reaction occurred.
E.g. The man relaxes again and starts to walk at a normal pace and gets on with his day again in a happy way!
“Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.” Hans Selye (Father of the Stress Theory Of Disease)
In the stress theory of disease, illness occurs as a result of adaptation to stress
Every day, your body has to contend with millions of different stressors like emotional upset, temperature change, hunger, work, illnesses and more.
As the body reacts to these stressors in a wave like fashion it starts to take it’s toll on the body. Nutrients become depleted and are replaced with toxic metals, imbalances start to occur in the glands and organs of the body and its mineral biochemistry.
The body becomes unable to deal with stress in an appropriate way. This is because key nutrients have been used up and most peoples diets are not nutrient rich enough to replace them. Whats more, the specific types needed are usually not able to be obtained in the correct amounts.
Certain glands in the body become worn out which is especially true of the adrenal and thyroid glands. These glands are an integral in the stress response of the body because of their role in energy production.
The stage of stress and the bodies energy levels are highly correlated
A major factor in the stress response is when the body attempts to react to any stressor, it uses up energy.
If, after encountering stress, the body is not replenished with the right nutrients and well rested, recovery cannot be completed and therefore the stress wave also does not complete itself.
As a result, in most people the body becomes “stuck” at a certain part of the stress wave and others cannot amount a very large stress wave at all.
What happens also is that after the stress is encountered, the vitality levels of the body go down and the person becomes more fatigued and less able to cope with stress.
This perpetual cycle occurs again and again throughout life until the person experiences chronic fatigue.
This is the type of fatigue that cannot be cured by a good nights sleep, it usually takes a few years on a properly designed development programme to reverse.
To help explain this process throughout life I have written a fictional story below to take you through the general process of how we become less energetic in our bodies.
The Story Of Ann from Birth to Old Age
Ann was born a healthy baby, her weight was normal she had no abnormalities. She experienced an easy birth. All in all she seemed very calm and content being born into the world.
In her early years she was raised in a healthy environment with little stress and did not encounter any significant traumas or illness of any kind.
During her initial years of life her hair mineral chart would have looked something like the chart below.
This is what someones hair chart looks like if they have a balanced oxidation rate.
In relation to the stress wave above Ann would spend most of her time in the resting stage and if she encountered stress she would experience the full stress wave and return to the resting stage again.
She would not not get “stuck” at certain stages assuming she was fed well.
Note: Most babies today are not born in a healthy state todqy.
This is because most families are nutritionally deficient and imbalanced and pass on their imbalances and toxins onto the kid.
A lot of the time you can see this by comparing 2 hair mineral analysis charts where you will often find that the imbalances and toxins that appear on the mothers chart also appear on the babies as well.
Another problem with babies health is that the father is also not healthy and therefore passes on unhealthy genes to the child. Also the fact the many fathers do not eat well means that they do not support the women in eating well also.
When stress begins. Year 3 – 8
After the initial few years of being a baby and being breast fed, Ann started to move in to a different stage of childhood, one where she would start to discover the world.
In this stage of her life she learned how to talk and communicate, how to walk, how to eat by herself and many exciting aspects of this part of her life.
As a result of all these exciting occurrences Ann’s stress levels start to increase and she begins to move into the alarm stage of stress.
Not only are all these positive stress’s occurring, but some unwelcome ones are occurring also.
As a result of going to school and being in the presence of many other children, the inevitable happens and Ann starts to bring home colds and other illnesses she picked up.
As these illness’s occur, Ann, still having an ability to initiate a strong stress response is able to react in a strong way.
This means she experiences a state of biochemistry called fast oxidation.
When this happens the adrenal and thyroid glands start to overreact and never tend to come down into a resting state.
Fast oxidisers tend to experience high influxes of energy very quickly after eating followed by a crash.
In the tale of the hare and the tortoise, the hare would have certainly been a fast oxidiser!
When a fast oxidation rate is very exaggerated a person will likely be experiencing agitation, anxiousness, high blood sugar levels and high blood sugar levels. This is mainly because of a high stress hormone levels and low levels of the calming minerals such as magnesium, calcium and zinc. These get used up when the body goes through stress.
What makes fast oxidation worse in many people is the western diet which is terrible for fast oxidisers.
Fast oxidisers tend to do well when their calories come from fats, however many of them end up eating high levels of sugars and starches. This will only contribute towards further increasing the oxidation rate and making worse any symptoms associated with this metabolic state!
This state of biochemistry is seen visually on a hair chart as the sodium and potassium being raised relative to the calcium and magnesium levels which are low. This occurs because hormones related to the adrenal glands are released in this stage and are associated with sodium and potassium levels.
As the adrenal glands release more stress hormones the levels of these minerals rises. The sodium and potassium are also known as “solvent minerals” because they dissolve minerals like calcium and magnesium, which is one reason why these minerals are low when sodium and potassium are high.
Early Teens – 8 – 16
As Ann continues to grow up and encounter the stress which life brings her ability to respond to it in a strong way begins to diminish.
Since fast oxidation is a state which is hard on the body, Ann’s biochemistry starts make the transition from fast oxidation into slow oxidation.
This movement is pushed along by poor diet, higher stress levels associated with this period in Ann’s life and added emotional stress which Ann did not encounter in her earlier years.
This comes from pressure from sources such as teachers from school, trying to fit in with friends group and other places.
Such emotional stress has a surprising effect on Ann’s biochemistry, so much that it can cause particular mineral patterns such as spiritual defensiveness pattern & a calcium shell.
A mixed oxidation means sometimes a person is in fast oxidation and sometimes they are in slow. Sometimes it can feel like she is on a roller coaster!
Symptoms associated with fast and slow oxidation can be related to this hair mineral pattern.
At one point a Ann could be experiencing anxiety due to a fast oxidation rate while at another point she could be experiencing depression due to being in slow oxidation another day.
Eventually she will transition into slow oxidation, however the transition itself can potentially be very confusing depending on how large the swings from fast to slow are.
A hair chart like the one below will indicate a mixed oxidation rate.
This happens when one glandular ratio (either the adrenal ratio or thyroid ratio) is fast and one indicates a slow gland.
Generally one will be more dominant than the other and will determine whether a person is more fast or slow in terms of metabolism.
Generally however, we will start to see a rise in either calcium or magnesium and a lowering of either sodium or potassium, this indicates a general slowing down from fast to slow oxidation.
Another indicator that the body is slowing down is usually a change from a high or normal sodium/potassium ratio to a low one. A normal sodium/potassium ratio is 2.5.
Late teens & early 20’s 18 – 22
After her early teens, Ann starts to start experiencing adult life in a more intense way.
The pressure and expectation put upon her increase due to exams, earning a living, university and more.
She unknowingly damages her health even more by going along with the crowd and drinking excessively and eating more junk foods.
This decreases vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, zinc and the b-vitamins, all of which are important for resisting stress properly.
Eventually she falls into a state called slow oxidation.
She first notices this when she realises that she does not have the energy levels that she once had just a few years ago and she certainly does not have the type of energy levels she experienced as a kid.
This causes a subtle type of depression related to energy levels and nutrition levels.
Because Ann wants to be able to face this stage of their life with energy and vigour, but she has little, and finds herself attracted to the highs of alcohol, caffeine and sugars, only to find that the highs are only shortly lived, and that she only feels worse after.
A slow oxidation rate is associated a variety of symptoms. Emotionally many people experience depression, apathy, a lack of motivation and introversion.
Physical symptoms include fatigue, poor digestion, high copper levels, sweet cravings due to low blood sugar levels and more.
This is the state that most people end up in eventually. It can be the start of sugar cravings, an attraction to coffee, starchy foods and sugars because blood sugar levels are always low in this state.
Another symptom can be that of brain fog, which is an inability to think properly.
This disorder is unrecognised by the medical industry, however it is very real, and is caused for a variety of reasons, such as poor nutrition, emotional traumas, and high toxin levels such as aluminium that accumulate due to low vitality levels.
Visually, a person in slow oxidation is very easy to identify on a hair mineral analysis.
As shown below it is characterised by high levels of calcium and magnesium relative to sodium and potassium levels.
Interestingly enough, the high levels of calcium and magnesium are a sign that the body is deficient in these minerals because they cannot be absorbed into the cells, and are therefore being distributed into the hair for excretion.
One of the reasons for this is that the adrenal glands are depleted and cannot keep the sodium and potassium levels up enough to dissolve enough calcium and magnesium into the blood stream.
Ann can turn it around with well designed nutritional programme
Ann’s story is very typical story of both women and men in the 21st century.
The best way I have found after trying many different nutritional and therapeutic approaches is development science.
The basis of this nutritional programme is to increase vitality levels of the body so it is able to self heal and initiate a healthier stress response.
This programme involves the following:
- A diet of high amounts of cooked vegetables which is tailored to your metabolic type.
- Taking individualised supplements based on a hair mineral analysis.
- Following some specific lifestyle advice .
- hopefully including some specific procedures each day.
The results of following the above advice is an increase in energy so vast that it causes a process called “retracing”.
This is none other that the reversal of the process which allowed you to become ill in the first place.
It involves a series of “healing reactions” which are flare ups of old symptoms that the body could not completely heal at the time they were first experienced, but now can because it has the resources and energy to do so.
Retracing is a fascinating process and one that is well worth it so that you can eventually reach high levels of health and experience the energy levels that you had when you were a kid.
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