Top 12 Causes of Disease

Disease and the dis-ease that precedes it are a major drain on people´s lives, relationships, economy and potential to live and enjoy life. Disease also takes a far reaching toll on the productivity in the workplace, which affects the local, national and global economy.  It causes not only great long lasting effects to the economy but also the environment.  It is quite common that most diseases slow people down and debilitate them late in life.  It can turn the golden years, when they have dreams of a happy  retirement to years of suffering, disability or lower quality of life.  Unfortunately, chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are inflicting people at en increased rate in earlier years and many children live their whole lives with chronic diseases that limit their productivity and quality of life.  The following are my top 12 causes of physical disease that need to seriously be addressed on the personal, community, national and international levels.

  1. Poverty and malnutrition. There are over a billion people on the planet that go to bed hungry or are malnourished, while the western world throws away more than 50% of its food.  Wars, climate changes and failed governmental and agricultural policies are largely to blame.
  2. Overfed and undernourished:  For as many people today that die from  lack of nutrition,  there are those who die from overeating or incorrect eating. For as many people who die of poverty and no choice of food, there are those who die of too many choices. 
  3. Environmental Toxins: Environmental toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals and possibly genetically modified toxins are difficult for our bodies to deal with. Long term exposure can often cause chronic impairment and disease.
  4. Infections/microbes:  Although infections play a much smaller role in the cause of disease and death in the world than they did a century ago, there are serious problems ahead if we are not able to decrease the increasing virulence of super bugs and antibiotic resistant infections. Hundreds of millions of people continue to die every year of both acute infections and chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease which in many cases can be caused or made worse by viruses. 
  5. Body composition/sarcopenia: Being overweight or over fat is a contributing cause of many chronic diseases. Maintaining muscle mass as we age is a major protection against excelerated aging and chronic disease.
  6. Inflammation: The last two decades of scientific studies have clearly shown the connection between silent chronic inflammation and most chronic diseases, such are cardiovascular disease, dementia and many neurological diseases.
  7. Blood Sugar mismanagement/dysglycemia:  The world wide increase in insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and diseases related to these disturbances can in themselves  bankrupt many countries if the trajectory of illness continues at projected rates.
  8. Genetic disturbances: Recent advances in genetic and epigenetic research have revealed that the mix of genes, environment and lifestyle influence all of our health outcomes. Now, however, we have more reliable, price effective and convenient laboratory tests that show the connection between genetics and disease. We have seen from these that genetic disturbances such as MTHF methylation defects, hemochromatosis and gluten intolerance are much more prevalent than earlier thought and that these disturbances are not just black or white but have a gray zone.
  9. Oxidative stress: The combination of chronic inflammation, stress, toxins and poor nutritional status contribute to continual oxidative stress that contribute to premature aging and development of chronic disease.
  10. Psycho-social disease and stress: The lack of connectiveness, appreciation, love and increased stress that people often experience lower the immune defenses and contribute to  dis-ease and later disease. Living day in and day out in a “flight or fight” mode drains the body and soul of health and vitality. Stress often taxes the adrenals and thyroid, eventually even leading to endocrine dysfunctions and imbalances. These stresses, overstimulation and poor planning often lead to chronic sleep disturbances which further drain the person of energy and health.
  11. Musculoskeletal disturbances, misalignment: Back problems and other muskeloskeletal problems are a major reason for absence from the workplace. The modern work environment along with lack of exercise, poor nutritional health, stress and poor posture and ergonomics create structural imbalances that result in problems.
  12. Gut Health: Many of the modern diseases and symptoms people experience develop and persist due to poor gut health. It is not only what you eat, but the way you eat, digest, absorb and utilize your food that is very important for your health. Poor digestion and imbalances of the microflora in the gut lead to both digestive, nutritional and immune problems.

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