Why am I sick?

Patients with a chronic illness often ask themselves why they are sick. The answers usually have something to do with something they did. I find that frustrating. We like to think we can control everything but sometimes we aren’t able to control things. Environmental toxins are a case in point. We often don’t even know they are there. To avoid all toxins, we’d need to live in a bubble. To be safe and perfectly healthy, we’d probably need to live in a bubble. At that point what is life?

Patients, however, are always looking for a reason. They tend to pinpoint things that happened a short time before they were sick. However, changes that take place that manifest as long term illness could start much much earlier. Mark at the Daily Apple has a good article that he quotes, which says, “The real problem with exposure to many of these substances isn’t the immediate impact on cells but the previously unseen changes to genes’ subsequent activity throughout an individual’s lifetime.”

In other words, things that we or drank when we were a young child may have changed the genetic expression later on in life. A plan for good health, such as a good diet and a lifestyle that suits your body as it is can all mitigate these problems. We are not completely powerless. We can always feel better, even if we don’t always feel “perfect”.

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