The paradox of today’s healthcare
I have always thought that a doctor, before intervening with a drug, must provide people with practical solutions to avoid getting sick. Have you ever felt that there is something wrong and that you are no longer what you were before? To me yes, it happened six years ago and I know what it feels like.
In short, they find me in one of those “gray areas” of life when, after forty, you find it increasingly difficult to stay in shape. In my case it was the weight that began to rise, as well as my blood pressure despite following the good rules of health today.
In these cases, healthcare as it is organized does not spend much time explaining the root of the problem. He offers you a shortcut: stop the problem with drugs; statins and antihypertensives in this case, to be taken for life to avoid the worst.
But an approach to treatment where you are not even aware of the causes that generated the problem, not only does not solve the problem but does not make you feel good either. Because the drug in chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cancer, does not solve the problem. The drug stops the problem so it doesn’t get worse. In my case it would have meant spending probably the next forty years of my life depending on drugs, doctors, and repeated clinical checks.
It is the current health paradox when a chronic disease arrives: extending the years of life but in sickness rather than in health. Until death comes, often after years of suffering. A rather poor quality of life. Do not you think?
The problem is not current health
I have great respect for healthcare, for my medical colleagues and for pharmaceutical companies. Because I think the problem is not in current healthcare, but within us. To be more precise in the way we have been used to taking care of our personal well-being: We remember it when we lose it.
Now that I too was on the side of the sick person, I wondered if there could be a better solution than what was waiting for me. I repeated to myself:
- Is there a way to go back, rewind the tape, and get out of the gray area before considering using drugs?
- And if I am on therapy, how can I intervene to better modulate the effectiveness of the drug by reducing the dosage and consequently the side effects?
Go beyond your own borders
To find answers to my questions, I understood that I would have to expand my skills to distant worlds. For example, explore Epigenetics and Molecular Biology that today explain how heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s are not incomprehensible tricks of fate, but arise from the continuous interactions between the genetic predisposition and the environment that a person experiences. builds with the lifestyle. Specifically: nutrition, physical activity, stress management, mental attitude .
According to this view, chronic diseases, before manifesting symptoms, pass from an asymptomatic gray area of ”cellular imbalance” that lasts several years. It would then be interesting to be able to grasp the signs of this cellular imbalance that current medicine, with common diagnostic investigations, is unable to diagnose. Because we can go back from the “gray areas” of our life. The secret is knowing how to look at our DNA, and apply correct nutritional and behavioral strategies that science teaches us, to permanently change the habits of our lifestyle that do not give us either health or energy. Read on, in the following paragraphs I’ll explain what I discovered.
There is a strategic design in our DNA
The cells of our body from our conception express processes of continuous changes. On the one hand, DNA regulates these processes, and on the other the environmental factors within which an individual lives.
It is part of a strategic design of our DNA that was programmed millions of years ago, to guarantee the human species maximum health and physical efficiency up to the third decade of life. This is to allow the reproduction to safeguard the species in an era with a wild and hostile nature where it was difficult to survive for many decades of life. Usually people died early, from hunger, cold, hardship or wild beasts.
This explains why after the third decade and the need for reproduction, the cells in our body slow down some cellular repair functions. The slow and gradual phenomenon of the loss of human functionality, better known as aging , begins .
Now that we no longer live in such a wild and hostile nature, we have the opportunity to survive many more decades than before, in sub-optimal health. This can happen to the extent that we find a way to keep the DNA genes in charge of activating cellular repair processes switched on with the lifestyle. Until the arrival of a disease it will worsen all cellular functions.
We can understand this phenomenon by observing the graph in figure 1 , which shows the trend of the loss of human functionality in relation to age. The graph goes from an optimal health phase (green in color) in the third decade to a sub optimal health phase (orange in color) around the fourth decade. Hence the curve undergoes a rapid decline in its slope when, after the fifth decade, one encounters a disease (it is the area that turns towards the red color). In this phase, despite the use of drugs that lengthen the years of life, the loss of human functionality is considerable, until the final outcome of death arrives, which today for the human species is on average around eighty years.
Figure 1: Loss of human function in relation to age
Science today with epigenetics shows us data in hand (graph figure 2) , that the different aspects connected to a person’s lifestyle, starting with eating habits, the type of physical activity, the ways in which we are used to manage stress and our emotions, can compress the disease phase and change the trend of this curve: extend the green zone of optimal health (the one close to an age of around 35-40 years) for the duration of our existence , which according to what is programmed in our DNA can last up to 120 years.
A new perspective: taking care of ourselves with lifestyle
We cannot ignore it, just as we cannot accept suggestions based on old models or with marketing gimmicks. We have from science the tools to manage the “gray areas” of our life. It is enough to train with the lifestyle and send the right information to the DNA to keep the cellular repair programs of our cells running, delaying the downward path of our functions as much as possible.
We need to start taking care of our FEELING GOOD right away by changing the unhealthy habits of our lifestyle that we are not programmed for before the symptoms of the disease arrive. But in what way?
When we perceive a “gray zone” in our life : the weight that increases, the minimum pressure that is no longer minimum, signs of tiredness or difficulty in falling asleep, the most important thing is to ask ourselves if we are sending the right signals to the DNA of our cells with lifestyle by changing some components of our lifestyle, instead of silencing everything with drugs and continuing to do the same lifestyle.
This means going to the root of the problem: Correcting the criticalities of lifestyle, the main causes of our molecular imbalance that leads to disease.
Before the symptom there is Molecular Wellness
This is what I call the molecular wellness strategy: a way of learning how to communicate with our cells through lifestyle, making conscious choices to stay healthy, not get fat, not get sick.
With lifestyle we can produce molecules that carry information for cellular DNA, with favorable or unfavorable effects on cellular well-being and our health. It depends on the type of molecule and information we decide to send. Science empowers us and not health care to accomplish all of this. It gives us the power to change rather than accept ourselves, becoming architects of our health and our destiny.
Without emphasis and no rhetoric, I would like to say that today we are living in the era of a new renaissance, which places the “conscious person” at the center of health, rather than the doctor or health care. We are aware of our rebirth when, with the strategies provided by science, we decide to intervene to change the critical issues of our lifestyle and build around ourselves a healthy environment that increases the standard of our well-being.
This is what happened in my case: adopting certain nutritional and behavioral strategies in my lifestyle. In three months I regained my weight and normalized my exams. Since then my health has improved a lot, as have those of so many people who have shared my strategies. Because in the meantime my lifestyle has also changed.
Along with my lifestyle , my way of working has also changed and I offer people effective solutions to avoid getting sick. Today I feel like a doctor and a coach at the same time. A coach who trains people to feel good in body and mind with “Molecular Wellness” in a sport called “lifestyle”.