The western medical system has classified over 14,000 different diseases and ailments. A diagnosis is simply a cluster of symptoms and positive test results that match the criteria created for a named disease. The western medical system labels an individual as healthy as long as a condition is not present, and the system waits for disease to manifest before rendering treatment. Treatments are usually aimed at the management of symptoms. People have been sold on the narrative that we are designed to break down and develop diseases. The medical system has made the etiology of a disease complex and places much blame on genetics.
The etiology of the disease is not complex and there is one single cause for almost all disorders outside of very rare genetic defects, such as cystic fibrosis. The single cause is a disconnection from nature. The body and mind have an abundant capacity for health and longevity, as long as the mechanism that regulates such are activated. Health is a natural state and to express health, we must have a harmonious relationship with our inner and outer world.
Some tribes and cultures live within nature and are disconnected from western society. These tribes do not live with diseases of modern society such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. When members of such tribes enter western culture, these diseases manifest. We must get back to our primal being to prevent and heal from disease. Living like our early ancestors can mitigate stress and activate epigenetic signalers called sirtuins that delay aging and combat disease. Do not make living a primal lifestyle complicated. The point is to live simply and boundlessly.
Steps to Connecting to Nature
- Fast regularly: Our primal ancestors did not have constant access to groceries. Through a regular fasting program, we can enhance cellular clean-up and activate sirtuin activity.
- Eat unprocessed foods: Food contains a signaling mechanism called exosomes. Food-derived exosomes communicate with cells and the gut microbiota to create a health status. Food that has been processed is damaged and displays a negative health status, making an individual more prone to disease. Our ancestors ate seasonal foods that were grown or raised in nature.
- Get sunlight: To synthesize inflammation controlling vitamin D, we need direct sunlight to our chest and genitalia for 10-20 minutes between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
- Get up and move: Our ancestors did not sit. They moved to survive and our DNA needs movement.
- Manage stress: Our ancestors had emotional stress occasionally when running from a saber tooth tiger, but western society has given us stress 24 hours a day. Your thoughts dictate the state of your physical body.
- Socialize: Our paleo ancestors relied on the tribe for survival. We are designed to socialize and interact in person, not behind a digital device.