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5 Major Causes of Disease

Have you ever wondered why some people never seem to get sick, and others always seem to have come down with something? The answer may be more complicated than you realize. There are five major causes of disease or dysfunction in the body. Some of them get a lot more of our attention than others, but they are all of great importance.


These are the injuries and accidents that occur from time to time. Chiropractors treat conditions ranging from <A rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/1213940’);” href=”http://www.ocalawhiplashcare.com”>whiplash<A/> to <A rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/1213940’);” href=”http://www.ocalawhiplashcare.com”>disc herniations<A/>, all of which can occur following a trauma. The body has very specific phases of repair, some of which can take a year or more to complete in severe injuries. We have had countless patients who have been in a car accident and not experienced any immediate symptoms, but days later feel the effects. This is due to the soft tissue inflammation that often takes several days to reach painful levels. Early response is the key to ensuring the best response to traumatic injuries!

Poor Nutrition

This is an often overlooked cause of dysfunction in the body. As more research on the subject is published, the saying you are what you <A rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/1213940’);” href=”http://ocalachiropractic.com”>eat</A> proves even more true. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, essential fats, and healthy sources of protein (such as seafood, poultry, and grass-fed meat) can significantly reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and virtually every chronic disease. Adding a few key supplements to the diet also helps to ensure you are getting everything you need to function at your peak. At <A rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/1213940’);” href=”http://www.ocalaimed.com”>Ocala Integrative Medicine</A>, we have developed a comprehensive nutritional plan for our patients that help you sort through the information available and make the best choices to ensure optimal health!

Lack of Sleep

Did you know studies have shown driving while sleep deprived is as bad as driving drunk? The body undergoes important repairs while we sleep, and when we cheat ourselves out of valuable rest, these repairs can’t properly occur. Stress hormones such as cortisol, many of which are linked to chronic disease, increase when we do not get enough sleep. To optimize your rest, try to sleep at least 8 hours a night and get to bed by 11 pm. Our bodies are designed to function on specific cycles, and sleep deprivation short-circuits this mechanism.

Mental Stress

Most of us have at one point or another felt the physical effects of stress. Whether it is tightness in the shoulders, an upset stomach, or increased blood pressure, we can all agree that our mental attitude affects our physical well-being. Research has even shown that certain inflammatory chemicals are elevated in people who are under chronic stress. It is important to develop healthy ways to manage the stress in our lives. Prayer is an excellent way to obtain spiritual strength, understanding, humility, emotional stability, peace of mind, and contentment.

Viruses, Parasites, and Bacteria

These are the microorganisms that receive most of the blame as the cause of disease. However, have you ever stopped to think about how this process works? We know there are germs everywhere, but most of us seldom become sick. As we all know, our immune system is the bodies’ natural way of fending off virtually all of the invaders that enter our body. When the immune system is sufficiently weakened, usually due to trauma, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, or mental stress, we become vulnerable to attack from viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Therefore, the microorganisms we are so concerned about are not the sole cause of disease; rather they can cause disease given the right opportunity.

Keep this in mind during your daily routine. While habits such as hand washing, water purification, and sanitizing food are all healthy, they are not adequate to prevent disease. The most effective anti-microbial agent you can possibly imagine is a healthy immune system. This can be boosted by working to eliminate trauma, nutritional deficiencies, sleep deprivation, and mental stress as much as possible.

Source by Dr. Jonathan Walker

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