My original exposure to the warning that “Death begins in the colon” and the further investigation of it that I undertook, came after hearing if from Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. who, in some circles, is referred to as the “Father of Colonics”. But the term has also been ascribed to physicians in ancient Egypt, and said to be espoused by Hippocrates, the apparent father of modern medicine, whose teachings link many illnesses to problems with the digestive tract, and the lack of optimal functioning of the body.
If not death, then perhaps at least disease and ill health might have a lot to do with the much overlooked function and health of the digestive tract. And the way to achieve that simply and effectively, does depend on the Savvy Team’s three-step process. The strategy of optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins is also the central focus of the Savvy Team.
The Savvy Team point to the research showing that these days, children, and especially those coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders”, are also being affected with paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. All of these conditions are now proven to be triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections as well as inflammatory conditions and stress. While their diets may be ‘good’, they are almost always found to be low in nutrition.
The modern use of the expression “Death begins in the colon” apparently originated with the Nobel prize-winning Russian biologist Elie Metchnikoff (1845—1916) during his later years of laboratory research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Was he just repeating this age-old philosophy? was this what helped him pursue what was to become his lifetime research? Current ongoing modern research confirms that the root cause for many undesired immune reactions originates in the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and allergies and asthma are just two of the common examples of a myriad of rapidly growing diseases today.
Some historians and physicians have argued that the advance of technology, computers and machines have made modern doctors poorer healers by encouraging them to focus only on the sick parts of the body, rather than caring for the patient as a whole. This focus has left them overwhelmed in ‘mopping up’ the issues caused by an overflow of symptom-ologies, while the underlying causes go unrecognised and untreated. Technology certainly has changed the relationship between patients and practitioners, and technologies have played a major role in medicine becoming more specialised.
It’s been my observation over the course of the past twenty years, that it’s no wonder so many people are sick and unwell, because simple changes in the body systems do not necessarily show up in ways that a modern doctor can observe with equipment. Dealing with the symptomatic issues that present themselves, with a drug or surgery based approach leaves no room for understanding the intricacies of the human bio-system, and even more importantly the symbiotic relationship we have with our micro biome which is always emphasised by the Savvy Team in their assessments.
Our bodies are teeming with hundreds of distinct kinds of microbes, such as fungi, viruses and bacteria. “Model organisms make understanding the principles of microbe-host dynamics more feasible,” says Michael Reddy of the National Institutes of Health, which funds a myriad of microbiota studies. “What scientists are learning is suggesting new ways of thinking about our evolution, physiology, immunology, drug metabolism and behaviour.” Early work in understanding our resident microorganisms (microbiota) focused mainly on identifying the many species by mass-sequencing their genomes (metagenomics). Now, attention has turned to understanding exactly how these microbial populations function, thrive and, most importantly, contribute to our health.
It’s become blatantly obvious that an imbalance in the gut means out-of-balance in immunity, and recent research shows that this appears to be an underlying component of many of the increasingly common paediatric disorders. At last we are taking notice of what Nobel laureate Elie Metchnikoff discovered over a century ago. Perhaps now the medical fraternity will listen to the lifetime of research leaders in gut microbiology? Leaders in the field of gut microbiology like Metchnikoff, and masters of regenerative practices such as Bernard Jensen ND, nutritionist Dr. Norman Walker, John Whitman Ray all with their lifetimes of experience in helping people overcome degenerative illnesses by understanding how the body regenerates, all agree that improving the function of the body requires a healthy gut.
So What’s This Got To Do With Our Early Demise?
And so as we said in Your Microbiome And You, we come full circle to the micro-biome – that wonderland inside us that produces nutrients, digests our food, produces hormones, immune system function just to name a few. Kill it off with poor nutrient diets, excess chemicals, blocked detox pathways and you will suffer ill-health and disease.
To effectively treat inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, immune dysfunction and digestive dysfunction a comprehensive treatment program that supports your digestion and your whole digestive system must be initiated. The program we recommend consists of three primary elements: dietary modification, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, that sit alongside any medications you may be on. Bowel cleansing is an essential element in any lasting healing program. As Jensen taught years ago, the toxic waste must be removed as quickly as possible to halt the downward spiral of falling health.
Living with multiple chronic conditions takes its toll on more than a person’s health—it also affects their quality of life and leads to increased health costs, both for you and for the community at large. What’s more, as the research shows, you pass it all on to your unborn children. Do everything you can to improve the health of your digestive tract – you will feel better, you will live longer, you will age more slowly, and you will develop habits and microbes that can help your children reverse the myriad of modern degenerative diseases.
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