As we pause to reflect on what we are grateful for during this season, and how we would like to demonstrate better stewardship over our health, let’s consider the following question.
What do neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis), cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, heart attacks, strokes), allergic diseases (asthma, hives, eczema), and gastro-intestinal diseases (Ulcerative colitis, Chron disease, Irritable bowel syndrome) all have in common?
Underlying and associated with all of these are three main players are Inflammation, Oxidative Stress (damage), and Immune Dysfunction. If we search out and treat the underlying causes of these areas of dysfunction, research continues to document success in preventing, modifying, and in many situations reversing diseases like the above.
Regardless of our genetic makeup, we all have the capacity to impact our health in either positive or negative ways through lifestyle and nutritional choices. There is now no question about how lifestyle and foods can turn on and turn off genetic expressions in our bodies. Our choices and foods bear signals (messages) that can activate both good and defective genes. When triggered, the defective genes become major contributors to the above listed three main players.
So, with an attitude of gratitude, let’s end this year with a renewed determination to think upstream and turn on those good genes, and turn off the bad guys. This year could be your year of renewal!
Robert Sholl, MD
Phone: (207) 289-1060
Fax: (207) 289-1061
Robert Sholl, MD
136 US Route 1
Scarborough, Maine 04074