Play with your cursor on the above word “Resilience.” What will happen is a lively, chaotic dispersion of the letters to your cursor’s movement, but when you take your cursor away the letters magically reassemble like nothing ever happened! When we are truly healthy we have a natural resilience to destructive forces in our health. In fact, we have the means to reboot our mind and our body. Much like a computer, which has a BIOS (Basic Input Output Operating System) so too does each cell in the body. Our cells respond to environmental signals, i.e. our stress levels, our thoughts/emotions, activity level with the biggest one being the food we consume or in some cases the food we don’t consume. We have all experienced our computer getting stuck. Likewise, our bodies can get stuck in a state of disordered physiology, whereby we create a negative feedback loop, and our physiology ends up like a cat chasing its proverbial tail. Modern medicine calls this phenomenon of a stuck physiology “disease.” However, for the most part chronic disease is really a mental construct of giving a label to disordered physiology, otherwise one drug would treat a single disease in a linear fashion, but it does not work this way! There are many causes that go into the development of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. and you can’t properly treat or reverse these chronic conditions with “a pill for an ill” pharmacologic approach that you so often see on TV ads.
Our bodies evolved over thousands of years to adapt to an ever changing environment giving us “feast or famine physiology”, yet today we live in a culture of 24 hour/day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year access to high caloric, high glycemic, nutrient depleted, pesticide laden, GMO Franken food. The effect of this disordered living has had devastating consequences on our health worldwide. In the US we spend almost twice as much annually per capita on healthcare as the rest of the world, but are not the healthiest nor do we live the longest. Until the 20th century, over-nutrition was a transient condition for most humans, and life was characterized by cycles of feast and famine. We still have within us our Paleo ancestor genes which are primed for feast or famine physiology. When there is uncoupling of our sleep/wake cycle, prolonged sedentary behavior, along with unbridled access to food without a time for metabolic rest and recovery, the results are: chronic fatigue, depression, brain fog, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and premature death. NO magic medication can reverse this metabolic disharmony with our ancestral genes. We evolved to live outside, pretty much naked, 24/7 where we endured the elements and we actually hunted and gathered our food depending upon the season (sometimes with success, but often with failure which meant we had to live off our fat). This required the need for dynamic metabolic flexibility or “Resilience”. If you work with me, I can show you how to reboot your mind and body to recapture resilient health.