Chasing Health In 2018!

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I am of the belief that the CDC (center for disease control) lists in the vicinity of 13,000 different human diseases.

After some recent study and research I am convinced there is only ONE human disease, that can exhibit 13,000 different symptoms. At its very core all human illness and disease starts with malfunctioning cells. All of us have malfunctioning cells, but our immune systems are strong enough to kill them before they can proliferate to a point that cause a problem. Conditions like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and the common cold all originate from malfunctioning cells that have been afforded an environment to grow and spread.

The beauty of breaking it down and understanding the “root cause” is we can then move forward focusing all of our efforts on rectifying it instead of just masking the symptoms.

Now, there are only two causes of a malfunctioning cell, and they are TOXICITY and DEFICIENCY. 

When humans are looking to improve their health parameters the first thing they do is dive head first into grueling gym regimes. Of course, we all know how this game plays out, we get injured and/or sick (malfunctioning sick cells), and then give up after just a few short weeks blaming exercise as the culprit for our ultimate demise.

With quotes like “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” and “All disease starts in the gut” the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, knew all to well the power quality nutrition plays in achieving optimal health in a human body.

So where the fuck did it all go so horribly wrong? Our pursuit and insatiable appetite for mass production has ensured that basic farming techniques are no longer adhered too. Things like overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and soil depleting fertilizers have destroyed the nutrient composition of the soil. Throw into that equation the seeds themselves have been genetically modified and you can see that we have absolutely NO chance of growing nutrient dense crops! Because of the mass distribution networks, things like fruit are being harvested long before they have ripened, this in itself is a huge problem as the bulk of the nutrients are naturally formed in the final stages the ripening process. They then sit in storage for long periods (losing more of the little nutrients they have) before being artificially ripened to appeal to the consumer. End result is a nutrient inferior fruit!

Meat and dairy is just another fucking basket case altogether. With a combination of caging the animals, feeding them toxic garbage, pumping them full of hormones to grow bigger quicker, and antibiotics to keep them alive, the end result at the supermarket is a low-grade cut of meat that is crammed full of toxins and severely nutrient deficient. If you are not purchasing certified grass-fed, hormone free, antibiotic free meat you are bat shit crazy!

As for milk, well, unless you are a fucking baby cow I don’t see the need for you to be touching the stuff! Humans are designed to be reared on human breast milk, plain and fucking simple! After that point there is no need for a human being to require a milk product again for their entire lifespan.

So how do we turn this all around and head down the path of disease free optimal health? First we need to eliminate the toxins we are ingesting and being exposed to environmentally, then we need to go about restoring our cells with the nutrients they have been denied for far too long. My recommendation to get you on the right track would be to seek out a holistic practitioner that recognizes the practice of Nutrient therapy, or, if you have the time and motivation, educating yourself through reading is never a bad idea.

I am still optimistic that we have not yet hit the point of no return, but we must move quick to change the status quo before human health is fucked forever!

Ash Yates

My Gut Health Nearly Ruined Me!

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Sitting around feeling lower than whale shit for no apparent reason plagued the fuck out of me for a good four to five years.

Rewind it a few years prior to that and you start to understand why I was on the verge of complete and utter insanity. For the most part of my late teens – early twenties I was upbeat, positive and full of beans. Then, completely out of the blue and for no apparent reason (at the time) I went to bed one night perfectly fine and woke up the following morning feeling like I wanted to throw myself off a fucking ten story building? What in the fuck had happened?

Being a young soldier at the time I certainly didn’t want to discuss my sudden, unexplained onset of doom and gloom with my mates. So, I did what every good soldier does and tried to bury it with copious amounts of booze. Obviously this wasn’t the answer, and my symptoms and mental state gradually got worse. At this point I sought advice from a doctor that recommended I jump straight on anti-depressants to help me bounce back. I was hesitant as fuck to try them, but due to his very confident guarantee that they would work I figured why the fuck not? Well fuck me, within a week I had slid deeper into a hole so I stopped taking them.

For the next couple of years I “soldiered on” trying to keep a positive exterior while I was struggling like a mother fucker on the inside. At the time the other huge symptom apart from the mental struggle was a constant aggravated and upset stomach. I had written this off as a result of battling the mental bullshit I was dealing with. It wasn’t until I was out of the army and working in a third world country where I contracted a stomach parasite that ended up bringing back the familiar feelings with a vengeance that I thought the gut may be playing a major role in all of this?

Being a nosy little bastard, and wanting to know the in’s and outs of everything, I started to delve into the literature on the Gut-Brain connection. You have no idea how fucking happy I was when I finally started to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. It turns out that your mental state has hell of A LOT to do with the health of your gut and immune system – I wasn’t going fucking crazy!

Some of the things that can contribute to a poor state of gut health leading to a condition known as ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’ are;

  • Antibiotics (whilst deployed in the Army we were required to take a strong antibiotic DAILY for FOUR fucking months as an anti malarial measure)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (say no more)
  • Processed/Fried foods (we lived on pizzas and other junk food)
  • Intestinal Parasites (no shit!)

I think it is safe to say that list pretty much sealed the deal for me!

Let’s keep in mind the fact that I had seen about four different doctors over the years trying to find answers, and not one of them had ever even mentioned the term leaky gut, let alone associated it with any of my symptoms?

Happy as fuck with my self diagnosis, I set about accumulating the knowledge I needed to rectify the state of my dog shit gut health and suppressed immune system. Firstly, I stopped all consumption of alcohol and soft drinks (soda), cut right back on simple carbs like bread, pasta, and all deep fried shit.

The following list is what I started taking on a daily basis;

  • High strength probiotics
  • Colostrum
  • St Johns Wort
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega 3 fish oil

After about two months on this little cocktail as well as eating foods I knew would help the healing process I am happy to say that ALL of my symptoms pretty much disappeared and have not returned since (touch wood). I’m not sure if that means I am in the clear for good or not? But I will tell you right now I am very aware of making sure the state of my gut and immune system are high on my priorities!

I would like to emphasis the fact that I am NOT a Naturopath or Herbalist. I put this list together purely as a result of my own research. This was not a recommendation in any way, shape or form a professional. So please, if you feel you may have an issue similar to this seek the opinion and advice of a registered/Qualified professional.

 

Ash Yates