One of the questions that I carried around for nearly two decades was “Why am I sick”. The medical community had nothing helpful to tell me… could be hereditary… that was the most helpful answer I got to the ‘why’. Why then is it so much more prevalent now than it was a generation ago? Why is it SO much more common now than it was a mere 20 years ago when I was first diagnosed? 20 years ago you had to find a specialist who actually knew what Fibromyalgia was. Now you can stop five people on the street and at least one of them could likely tell you what it is and who they know that has it.
Why? Well, I’m no doctor (thank god) but in my experience, and that of every other Fibro Survivor I have met, it is a case of toxic overload of the body. Our chemical and food environments are wholly different than those of our grandparents. In a single generation we have dramatically altered the world that we live in. There are more than 7,000,000,000 recognized chemicals in existence, and more than 80,000 of them are in common use, though the EPA and FDA have no idea how many chemicals are in use in consumer products, what products they are in, nor what these chemicals actually do. Thousands of new chemicals are approved for use in consumer products each year and the EPA and FDA can only request a small amount of information about these chemicals because the actual content and actions of the chemicals are protected. 80% of these new chemicals are approved within 3 weeks with no information about what they are, how they will be used, or what they might do to life on the planet or inside your body.
We rub our bodies with known carcinogens. We clean our homes with hormonal disrupting chemicals created in a lab. The most affordable foods available are also created in labs and factories, and then when we turn up sick, exhausted, depressed, afraid, we are treated with chemical pills created right along side our cleaners and pesticides. To prevent illness we saturate our entire environment in antibiotics and antimicrobials. The fundamental problem here: We ourselves, our comprised of bacterias. Without them our bodies cease to function, cease to be able to digest and use the food we eat, cease to be able to defend against and then get rid the toxins that we take in.
Let’s break for a moment a learn a couple of interesting and important things about our bodies:
EPIGENETICS – what are they and what does it have to do with Fibromyalgia and other environmental illness? Here’s where we return to that oh so helpful thing we get told about Fibro, “It appears to be genetic”. Epigenetics affect how a gene (your DNA) is expressed, or “turned on or off”. Many, many factors can affect your epigenetic tags from the food we eat to the chemicals we are exposed to. Some epigenetic tags can be passed down from your mother or father.
“Why is learning more about epigenetics important? Everything you’ve been taught about genetics is wrong! Well, it’s not completely wrong, but if you weren’t taught about epigenetics, you weren’t told the whole truth. The genes were born with do change. Our DNA is not set in stone.” The good news is that also means that you can CHANGE yours. In the pursuit of simplicity, let’s turn to this quick Nova video explaining Epigenetics.
“As the chemical tags that control our genes change, cells can become abnormal, triggering diseases.”
“One of the main findings of research is that epigenomes can change in fusion with what we eat, what we drink, what we smoke, and this is one of the key differences between epigentics and genetics.”
I have all the reason in the world, my health, to believe that a person can, on their own, repair their epigenetics in the same way that they sustained the damage: what we put into, onto and around our bodies in the form of food, drink, vitamins, minerals, and chemicals.
How the guts work:
“All disease begins in the gut” -Hippocrates
“And the more we learn ,with all our scientific muscle, is just how right he was, just how correct he was. When we talk about the digestive system, we have to talk about what lives there and what takes care of it. We have to talk about the housekeepers of our second brain and our major immune system organ, and the organ which feeds us and protects us and detoxifies us. We have to talk about gut flora. The scientists recently, in Scandinavia, have established the fact that about 90% of all cells and all genetic material in your body is your gut flora. So we are just about 10% of our bodies, we only are a shell that holds this microscopic world inside us and we ignore that world at our peril. It’s role of our physiology, and our psychology, and functioning of that 10% of us, is so fundamental that because we have ignored it for such a long time our health status is in a bad way at the moment.” -Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Here is Dr. Campbell-McBride on why a healing diet is fundamentally necessary to the reversal of diseases such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
What we eat, what we put into our bodies, and on them… the chemicals we choose to clean our homes, our laundry, our hands and our hair, to scent our air… the chemicals that are applied to our foods without our knowledge or labeling laws to protect us… these things are the things which are making us sick. These things are the things which we can choose to eradicate from our lives. Knowledge is power my lovelies, and as you begin to fill your brain with all the truths of the matter of why we are sick you will find that therein lies the power that you need to manage everything that you must do to reclaim your life, your health.
So, here’s to our health!
Or as my father says, “Eat as if your life depends on it!” because, after all, you are what you eat 😉