1.0 TOXIC ENVIRONMENT
Chemical exposure has been a part of human evolution for as long as we’ve been around.
Many chemicals are present in our homes and our environment, such as metals and persistent chemical pollutants to substances commonly used.
There are very many compounds and chemicals used in modern times that have been linked to adverse effects on human health.
Radiation exposure has been around since before humans in its natural form.
Human made radiation, principally from nuclear energy, is a new phenomenon. This form of radiation jeopardises human health for thousands of years potentially.
Fukushima and Chernobyl being the two biggest nuclear accidents.
Toxic air pollutants are everywhere in the world and it can be difficult to avoid. Major sources of air toxicity include coal-fired power plants, refineries, chemical industries and vehicles.
Indoor pollution is also a problem we are becoming more aware of. Tobacco smoke or chemical solvents inside buildings can over time cause hazardous levels for humans living inside.
Carbon monoxide is harmful to humans and can even lead to direct poisoning when breathed in at high levels. Heavy metals such as lead, mercury if absorbed into the human body, can have dire consequences depending on exposure.
Ground water gets polluted when contaminants such as pesticide, fertiliser and herbicide waste leaches from landfills or septic systems and make their way into an aquifer making it unsafe for human use.
Fresh water is contaminated by nitrates and phosphates.
Ocean water is contaminated by chemicals that come from factories, cities, and farms and is then carried by rivers and streams into bays that will eventually reach the sea.
Compounding factors like the depletion of nutrients in our soil by monoculture and fertilizers result in people receiving less minerals and vitamin content.
The adulteration of our food chain with GMO is damaging to the human body.
Since the soil is making the plants more vulnerable to pests.
It leads to plants needing pesticides that can contaminate the food supply and cause other health problems for humans, including cancers.
2.0 VIRUSES, PATHOGENS
It's not just your body that is crawling with living things.
Viruses and bacteria are everywhere, such as COVID19, and they're always looking for ways to get into our bodily systems to do damage.
Fortunately, we have a powerful immune system that works hard at keeping them away from these sterile places by either eliminating them and minimising the symptoms of COVID19
Some bacteria, such as those found on your skin, do not cause infection but other less common organisms may be harmful to the body and should be treated immediately.
Viral infections can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacterial invasions.
Bacterial Infections: Cellulitis, Gonorrhea, Bacterial Meningitis, Urinary tract infection (UTI), and Tuberculosis.
Parasites may be small, but their impact is far-reaching - some infestations result in not only physical malaise but also mental impairment as well, and they act similar to tiny animals.
Some of the parasites that cause human diseases are
Ectoparasites - A multi-celled organism, living or feeding off your skin. (Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos)
Protozoa - A single-celled organism, lives and multiplies in your body.
Helminths - A larger multi-celled organism, living inside and outside your body.
Diseases caused by parasites: Lice, intestinal worms, and malaria.
There are over a million different fungi species on Earth, and only a few have been found to cause serious illness.
Fungi can be found nearly anywhere in the environment, even on human skin! When they grow out of control only then does it cause infections.
These cells are fascinating, but their life cycle is even more interesting. Fungi can be difficult to kill because they contain a nucleus with other components protected by a membrane and cell wall.
Some new strain of fungal infections has been discovered and are proving to be especially dangerous. Researchers are scrambling for answers as this type of infection spreads rapidly among a population.
Fungal infections: Ringworm, thrush, and vaginal yeast infection.
3.0 COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEM
The immune system is a team of cells, working to protect against all and any invaders that might cause harm. If your body’s immunity isn’t working properly then it has much less protection from illness.
With a compromised immune system, you can be at risk of illness.
It’s the result of an infection or it could persist because a cancer treatment is interfering with protein production in white blood cells that help fight infections.
3.1 Auto-Immune Disease
The body's immune system, which is designed to protect and defend against invaders such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi, mistakenly attacks the healthy cells of a person with an autoimmune disease.
Most causes of autoimmune diseases are still unknown.
While antibiotics are not used in the long-term treatment of immune disorders, they may be prescribed to help treat symptoms.
The use of these treatments is aimed at reducing the strength of a person's immune response. Antibiotics will not work for this type of illness because it isn't caused by bacteria.
Cancer patients often struggle with cancer-induced fatigue, a feeling of tiredness and exhaustion.
A tumor can invade bone marrow where blood cells are made, weakening it, which in turn weakens your immune system and makes you susceptible to further illness or infection.
Cancer treatments can cause a drop in the number of white blood cells made, compromising your overall immune function.
Health psychologists Sarah Pressman, Ph.D and Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D at Carnegie Mellon University's Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity, and Disease, found that social isolation and feelings of loneliness each independently weakened a person's immunity.
(source: Pressman, S. D., Cohen, S., Miller, G.E., Barkin, A., Rabin, B. S., Treanor, J. J. (2005). Loneliness, Social Network Size and Immune Response to Influenza Vaccination in College Freshmen, Health Psychology, 24, pages)
The immune system can be weakened by loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
It weakens your immune system and hinders your ability to fight off germs.
4.0 POOR CIRCULATION
Poor blood flow results in injuries and other diseases taking more time to heal because your tissues are not receiving enough oxygen-rich red cells to heal properly.
For example, poor circulation in feet, as well as diabetes complications, make foot injuries potentially very dangerous.
Bacteria can grow and penetrate the layers of skin tissue if it's not treated right away with antibiotics or other treatments to kill off these harmful invaders.
In extreme cases an amputation may be necessary just below the site of infection origin.
The complications of diabetic feet are not your average foot problems. They can be even more painful and lead to serious consequences if left unattended.
Foot problems happen when there is nerve damage. Neuropathy can cause tingling, pain, and weakness in the foot.
The health risks associated with poor circulation in our toes could mean an injury without knowing it; especially due to changes like flat/curved arches or high-heeled shoes.
4.2 Skin Disorders
Dermatitis is a skin condition that causes irritation, scaling, redness, and itching of the skin. It also might cause crusting or ooze from your pores.
While stasis dermatitis is the fancy medical term for a condition in which blood flow to your lower legs slows down and causes leaked tissue.
Stasis dermatitis can be due to poor circulation, heart failure, and other conditions that cause swelling in the legs.
The skin condition is usually not painful but may lead to complications such as ulcers on the feet which could result in limb amputation if left untreated.
4.3 High Blood Pressure
The blood that circulates throughout your body is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues in need.
Poor circulation is a very serious condition that can lead to gangrene. It often occurs in people who have high blood pressure and cholesterol levels but affects those without these risk factors as well.
5.0 METABOLIC IMBALANCE
Out of balance metabolism increases blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, excess body fat, and high blood sugar leading to a higher risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart diseases.
Having just one of these conditions doesn't mean your metabolism is unbalanced. But it does put you at a greater risk for serious diseases in the future, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
If this happens to be true for more than one condition, then there's an even higher chance that complications will happen.
5.1 Weight Issues
An unbalanced metabolism often results in weight gain. Dieting alone will not fix the problem.
Exercise and nutritious eating can lead to long-term weight loss, though it doesn't have the power to reverse metabolic dysfunction or help those who are affected by obesity.
One of the many symptoms of an unbalanced metabolism is a change in transit time. People with hyperthyroidism will have both an increased metabolic rate and be prone to accelerated motility within their gut.
In short, they can poop more often, resulting in a watery stool.
Also, the increased speed of sweating after exercise can help maintain the metabolism, and we should sweat more often for good health.
Sweating is a natural way to cool down when our body temperature increases; it also aids in digestion by removing toxins from your skin cells that are released during heavy activity such as running or other physical exertion.
5.3 Colon Health
Unbalanced metabolism is like a ticking time bomb. All it takes to set off the explosion and put your health at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or even premature death.
The gastrointestinal tract is one of the most important organ systems when it comes to metabolism because this system controls how quickly your body can absorb nutrients and energy.
6.0 CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
Acute and Chronic are the two types of inflammation.
Acute inflammation is how your body fights infections and speeds up the healing process. It can also protect your body from the COVID19 virus
Chronic inflammation pumps out white blood cells strengthening your immune system.
Inflammation is a secondary precursor component of many diseases, and it becomes more dangerous when it happens in the arteries.
Chronic inflammation can result in plaque buildup and create blockages that lead to heart disease
Acute inflammation is the body's immediate response to injuries, infections, and stress.
Acute inflammation helps prevent further injury while facilitating healing and recovery, but can be the reason for additional health issues - if not addressed in time.
Acute inflammation usually brings about uncomfortable sensations, such as the pain of a sore throat or the itchiness of an insect bite.
It can be unpleasant, but it's usually temporary, and eventually subsides when the inflammatory response has done its job of bringing down swelling or repairing tissue damage on a cellular level.
But in some cases, inflammation causes more harm than good.
The regulatory mechanisms go wrong, and other times cells are unable to effectively clear damaged tissues or fight off foreign substances that cause further irritation
Inflammatory types of arthritis typically occur in multiple joints simultaneously because they're usually due to overactive immune systems.
Inflammatory types of arthritis are characterized by pain, stiffness, and periods where you can't move as easily because your joint is swollen from fighting an infection or injury.
The three common types of chronic inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis.