Understanding how the human body works: a basis for preventing diseases and enhancing wellbeing 
Compiled by Walter Sorochan Doctor of Health and Safety Emeritus Professor San Diego State University

Posted January 14, 2020; The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice. The information has not been approved by FDA.

Abstract: This author would argue that people today lack the incentive to engage in preventive measures because they do not know how their bodies work, lack information about how food and bacteria are linked to disease and wellbeing and are unaware that they can prevent most of the diseases themselves. The general public does not have these skills for self-survival. Author summarizes how the human body works to prevent diseases, enhance wellbeing and gives 42 examples. Knowing how the body works is an overlooked change agent!

This article summarizes how the human body works to prevent diseases and survive.

Why focus on how the body works?

It is this author's belief, from practical experience and reviewing hundreds of articles about health, health care and medical practice, that most medical doctors, during their 10 minute limited appointment with their patients, usually prescribe pain therapy but seldom find time to elaborate on how the human body works. Most people visit their doctors but do not really understand how their body worked to make them sick or well! It is this lack of 'how the body works' that can be a most helpful change agent in prevention and behavior change. Using a fear tactic by telling the obese patient to lose 'weight or else' carries little motivation to do so as it is overpowered by comfort foods that are addictive. The overweight/obese person needs to know how the body works in a healthy versus obese body and how obesity incubates other chronic diseases. Knowledge is an ignored weapon and change agent!

Medical doctors may be knowledgeable about how the body works, but most of the public is not. For example, doctors have information about how the heart works and this helps them perform cardiac surgery, but most of this technical information is of little help in preventing heart disease. But missing information and ignorance about how the body works, nutrition and lack of self-care skills have been major reasons why approaches to prevent chronic diseases have failed.

Scientists have found new physiological research since 1990 that helps explain how the body works, the need for essential nutrient-dense foods, colon bacteria link to diseases and health, disease prevention and what health is. This author would argue that people today lack the incentive to engage in preventive measures because they do not know how their bodies work, lack information about how food and bacteria are linked to disease and wellbeing and are unaware that they can prevent most of the diseases themselves. The general public does not have these skills for self-survival.

Preventing diseases with information

Here are examples about 'how the body works' that medical doctors and people need to know in order to prevent illnesses and diseases and foster wellbeing:

1. The human body is a biological-chemical-electrical precise, delicate and complex machine that works in hidden and mysterious ways. Most of the body mysteries are unknown.  1

2. You could remove a large part of your internal organs and survive. The human body may appear fragile but it’s possible to survive even with the removal of the stomach, the spleen, 75 percent of the liver, 80 percent of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin area. You might not feel too great, but the missing organs wouldn’t kill you. Your body is programmed to survive.  2

3. Survival wellness: The body is hardwired to survive.  3  It is in a constant survival mode. Today, most persons move slowly over time into incubating a disorder or chronic diseases. 4  Most persons vacillate at this level, probably harboring at least one body health problem, often incubate a second disorder or disease and not be aware of it. 5  6  7  The general population eats an addictive comfort diet, are chronically obese and overweight, and would be classified in a survival wellness mode.

What happens in survival wellness?  8  An interesting, as yet unexplained phenomenon of the human machine is that the human body is able to adapt in a mysterious way like homeostasis, with no present signs or symptoms of mineral or vitamin imbalance that could result in a disorder. The adaptation utilizes amino acids, vitamins and minerals to fill in the missing information-healing gaps. And probably borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, as robbing bones for calcium or/and magnesium! Such adaptation will, in time, result in failed body systems. A person may go through his/her entire life nutritionally deficient or unbalanced and not know it while socializing, enjoying physical, mental and emotional activities. During this seemingly good time, depending on the severity or lack of nutritional balance, one may never become severely ill, while other factors are present that contribute to incubating diseases related to emotional stresses, environmental toxins, processed foods, colon bacteria and so on and the body balancing these out with overall low level survival wellness. The classic example of the body's ability to survive, for several months with a major nutrient deficiency, is that of sailors on ancient sailing ships subsisting on a diet deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables [vitamin C], gradually causing scurvy symptoms in sailors. Today, many suffer from nutritional deficiencies similar to that of sailors long ago and not realize it.

The body is in a constant survival mode and depends on sunshine, food, colon bacteria and physical activity to make the body work properly. It is safe to say that if there are no visible signs of disease, that most persons and medical doctors would assume such a person to be healthy. However, in real life, the body of a person appearing to be in good health and functioning may not necessarily be well; the degree of wellbeing is compensated, hidden and medically undiagnosed.

4. The body can survive a "lingering" or "survival" life for many months and years when it is deficient in nutrients, sunshine, and physical activity. 9 10  

5. The body has the ability to heal itself if given adequate nutrients. 11  12 The body's priority is to heal the whole body at the same time and not just a broken bone or organ. 13  14

6. The body is electric: Without electricity, you wouldn't be reading this article right now, because your brain wouldn't work. Everything we do is controlled and enabled by electrical signals running through our bodies. An electrical charge is jumping from one cell to the next until it reaches its destination.  15

7. The liver is a chemical factory: The liver is the most complex organ in the body, a chemical factory that performs a variety of essential survival functions: produces substances that break down fats and makes cholesterol; converts glucose to glycogen; converts ammonia into urea [the main substance of urine]; makes certain amino acids [the building blocks of proteins]; produces blood clotting proteins; filters harmful substances from the blood [such as synthetic drugs, pesticides, household chemicals, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, etc.]; stores vitamins A, D, E , K, folate, vitamin B-12 and minerals such as copper and iron; recycles red blood cells; and maintains a proper level of glucose in the blood. It has a toxic-poison monitoring and detoxification system that instantly recognizes poisonous substances like synthetic chemical nutrient supplements, drugs, alcohol, environmental gases, and metals like lead, mercury and radiation and excretes these as poisons. It also makes its own body antibiotics, enzymes and hormones from whole plant foods. 16

8.mirro image Drug recognition: The body recognizes the difference between synthetic chemical drugs, antibiotics and plant derived nutrients. [The illustration on the left illustrates this] Our bodies can use only amino acids in foods that are of the ‘left-handed’ variety, or L-amino acids [with very rare exceptions], that fit onto specifically shaped receptors in cells. This effect is known as chirality or mirror image.  17 The best way to think about the difference is this: your hands may look identical —bones, veins, fingers — yet you can’t put a left-handed glove on your right hand.  18  The left hand as a substance is accepted by the body while the right hand is rejected as a toxin. If a drug is to be accepted by the body it must be developed as a glove for a left hand.  19

The information about mirror image or chirality applies to foods, synthetic nutrients and drug medications. If the left glove does not fit the mirror image of the substance, then the body excretes it! The synthetic and drug forms are dangerous because one can get a higher concentrated serving of the artificial drug, causing an overload with a drug like opium that cannot be excreted fast enough from the body. The higher dosage is usually without all the supporting co-factors, thereby causing illness and disorders.  20

9. The problem with vitamin-mineral supplements: is that many vitamin and mineral supplements are manufactured in the laboratory synthetically with chemicals that usually do not come from natural food sources.   45  These are made in a lab with the hope that these will mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies. Instead, these are right mirror synthetic vitamins that lack the transporter substances and co-factors [ helpers ] associated with naturally-occurring food vitamins.

10. Immune system: Seventy or more percent of the immune system comes from the bacteria in the colon. 21 People are more prone to infections like the common cold and influenza when the immune system is low. This usually happens when people are eating junk foods, a diet low in nutrients. 

11. Fever: [ pyrexia ] is the body’s natural defense immune system that raises its temperature above normal in an attempt to destroy invading organisms and sweats impurities out of the system. A body temperature over 103 degrees Fahrenheit disables bacteria. Cold viruses do not reproduce at higher body temperatures. Fever speeds up metabolism, inhibits the growth of an invading virus or bacteria, accelerates the healing processes and has been used successfully to treat cancer. 22  23    Even the USA National Institute of Cancer acknowledges that fever does successfully treat cancer.  24

12. Lymphatic system: is your body’s built-in sanitation center, the plumbing that carries away and filters out poisonous waste products from every cell, tissue and organ. It absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive tract and delivers them to the cells of the body. It is also an essential part of the immune system that maintains fluid levels, fights infection and produces disease fighting white blood cells. Twice as big as the arterial blood supply system which brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells, the lymphatic system is the 'take away' garbage collector and is the largest circulatory system in the body.  25 Although humans are born with a natural immune-detoxification system,  26 they need daily exercise to make it work. Exercise [motion exercise] or physical activity causes muscles surrounding the lymphatic vessels to contract, forcing the toxic fluid to be pushed into the veins, into the arteries and eventually into the kidney to be excreted as urine. Exercise is the essential pump that squeezes the toxic poisons out, as the lymphatic vessels have no pump.

13. Primary antioxidants: such as superoxide dismutase [SOD] are our first and most important line of defense against oxygen-derived free radicals [body wastes]. SOD helps babies survive; then rapidly declines by age one. We also have a backup survival system of getting antioxidants from eating foods that help guard against disease and extend life. 27  28

14. Homeostasis: is the tendency of the human body and/or cell to regulate its internal environment and maintain equilibrium, usually by a system of feedback controls, so as to stabilize health and body functioning. To maintain homeostasis, the body communicates with a stimulus that is sent as a signal to the control center where the control center interprets the information and then instantly sends response messages that include pain, inflammation and other appropriate responses.  29

Our body state is in continuous adapting change, as with blood pressure or insulin adjusting sugar levels; that can change from one minute to the next, causing many persons to live in a survival mode. In real life there is no total body balance or stability as the human body adjusts thousands of times a day to the changing environment in an effort to survive.

Part of the system of homeostasis are the unique thermostats that juggle a constant inner environment like temperature control, oxygen, water and body alkali pH of about 7.2 balance with instant adaptation to internal and external environmental changes.  30  31  The human body works and heals best in an alkali environment.  32

Every second that we are alive, the cells in our bodies are endlessly working to bring us back to a natural state of homeostasis or equilibrium.

15. The human body has its own monitoring 'wellness' feedback system: that tells the brain how it is doing. It sends signals to the mind-brain that include pain, inflammation, skin redness, skin itchiness, itchy nose, reflux, allergies, indigestion, vomiting, sneezing, watery eyes and tears, fever, diarrhea, headache, earache, depression, constipation, hunger, thirst and fatigue; as well as feeling good, full of energy and feeling happy.

16. The mind-brain appears to have a built-in protective morality guidance system: It senses to do the right thing for the body it is in, protecting it and extending biological life as well as its own brain life. The body has been programmed to maximize the inner potential for excellence, perfection and optimal wellbeing. This partly explains why children ages 4 to 8 strive idealistically to have a good values. The body has been genetically programmed to sustain life and this is referred to as survival.  33

17. The mind-brain has plasticity: that is, to survive the mind needs to learn something new all the time. It never stops wanting to learn but when it fails to get stimulating new adventures and experiences, it falls asleep, ready to be awakened. The brain can perform numerous tasks that are not well defined; it is the mind that coordinates body functions, functioning as a miniature computer, and even solves problems. It is the mind in the brain that stores memory, recalls images, and even anticipates mental telepathy. Some of these functions may be controversial at this time, but this is the mind-brain aspect of plasticity. 34

18. Sunlight: activates the nerves in the eye that stimulate the pineal gland to regulate adaptation to night-day changes, circadian rhythm, enhance the immune system, regulate reproductive hormones and sleep. 35  36 Although we know very little about the functions of the pineal gland it is sunlight that energizes this gland. The sun provides the energy vibration waves, or photons, that help make plant food and also ignite the process of the skin making essential hormone D. Sunlight is essential for survival.

19. Sleep recharges the brain and body: The brain is much more active at night than during the day. We actually cycle five times through four distinct sleep phases. During sleep the brain heals, flushes out daytime toxin wastes, sorts out the many images and information stored as memory during the day and organizes these as new memory. This is working memory where data from your senses is brought into the brain, interpreted, and sorted accordingly. Everything you hear, see, taste, smell, and touch goes through the frontal lobe and is processed and sorted based on a lot of various criteria. It is during REM sleep that the mind-brain can be creative and solve problems.  37  Without sleep for one day, the brain gets tired and the person loses ability to concentrate. A person without sleep for three days will die.

20. The heart: seldom rarely wears out, although the arteries often get plugged up. The heart has its own brain, sends electrical waves outside the body and these waves can act as emotions that can affect those nearby. The heart has intuition and senses feelings of others.  38  

21. Prostate gland changes as men age: The prostate gland continues to grow as men get older, causing enlargement of the prostate gland. Prostate enlargement, or benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH], can start after the age of 40 and becomes more common as men get older. It affects nearly all men, though some men do not have any symptoms even though their prostate may have started to grow larger. More than half of men in their sixties and as many as 90 percent of men in their seventies and beyond exhibit some symptoms of BPH. 39

22. The eye: floats in a clear fluid called aqueous humor that maintains normal eye pressure. Normal pressure in the eye is programmed to normally drain the fluid from the sides of the eye.  40  Such pressure maintenance helps us to see clearly. But when the eye is not draining properly then the osmotic pressure in the eye builds up. Over time, the eyesight deteriorates and we begin to suffer from macular degeneration, a gradual loss of central vision in the macula of the retina in the eye.

23. Skin: is the largest organ in the body and is also the mirror of what is happening inside the body. The skin reflects the inside conditions of health as clear skin or unhealthy as skin disorders. It reacts to environmental hazards and toxic chemicals already inside your body.  Since it has fat cells, the skin can absorb many substances and dangerous chemicals that are also fat soluble. The fat cells also absorb sunlight that helps to make hormone D.  41

24. Lungs and Shallow breathing: Humans die without oxygen in10 minutes. Insufficient oxygen can cause one to get dizzy and faint. When you breath shallow, you connect with surrounding upper lobes of the lungs that have very few blood vessels to absorb or store oxygen. Shallow breathing not only results in less oxygen to the body .... it also allows pools of dead air to remain in the bronchial tubes and lungs and provides a home for dangerous bacteria that can cause pneumonia and pleurisy. This is especially true for those recovering from surgery and seniors. On the other hand, deep breathing, as when exercising, connects with the blood vessels that surround the lower lobes of the lung and allows deeper oxygen intake.  42

25. Bioavailability: Bioavailability is usually a medical lab term used to measure the amount of nutrient or drug absorbed into the blood. But the real measure is how much the body cells, not the blood, actually absorb. Depending on how your digestive enzymes are secreted with age, you might absorb anywhere from 10 to 90% of a given nutrient from a given food!  43  So the body does not absorb all the amount of recommended daily nutrients [RDI].

26. Human Biodiversity: We are biologically unique because of our genes, microbiomes and our cells. We differ from each other and even grow into being different each day and year. Each person is unique in their DNA, eye color, finger prints, facial features and body functions. No one size fits everyone! You’re not even the same person today biologically that you were when you were six — or sixteen. For one thing, your patterns of gene expression as an adult are quite different from what you experienced as a toddler. Each individual human is biologically diverse when compared to all other humans and even across his or her own lifetime. Our genes express us as we age.  44

Food: The right kind of is essential for healthy survival.

27. The human body has survived for thousands of years on food, not medical therapy. Food is man's best medicine. The body has a great ability to compensate when nutrients are in short supply.

28. Food minerals and Vitamins: Some foods have more nutrients and are better than others while some foods are just plain toxic bad. But food, not drug medications, are man's best medicine. Raw fresh plants are the best foods for several reasons. Such plants have exosomes expressing messages that carry DNA information that the human body recognizes. Fresh plants are also full of vibrating sunshine energy or photons that the human body recognizes and uses. But processed food is usually stored and has no photons. Likewise a vegetable that is transported and then stored for several days loses most if not all of its photons or live energy. Photon energy in fresh plants lasts as long as the plants are raw and fresh.

29. The problem with vitamin-mineral supplements: is that many vitamin and mineral supplements are manufactured in the laboratory synthetically with chemicals that usually do not come from natural plant sources.   45  These are made in a lab with the hope that these will mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies. Instead, these are right mirror synthetic vitamins that lack the transporter substances and co-factors [ helpers ] associated with naturally-occurring food vitamins.

30.NB meineral-wheel Balancing minerals and vitamins: Another misunderstood and controversial problem of nutrition are intricate and precise ratio balancing of minerals and vitamins. [The illustration on the left illustrates this] This is very important information to understand if you are seeking answers to the health problems we face today. There are many factors involved that purportedly cause diseases: such as pollution, acid rain, electro-magnetic fields, pathogens [disease causing organisms], lack of nutrition from a variety of sources such as: mineral depletion of our agricultural soils, refining of foods as in white flour and white sugar and lack of enzymes. But the most ignored may be lack of mineral ratio balancing. Wilson and his associates have discovered that the human body has a mineral balancing system referred to as nutrient balance. This system balances out minerals with their precise antagonist ratio opposites, like Ca:Mg with an assumed ratio of 1:2; where magnesium relaxes while calcium contracts muscles. An excess of one mineral may inhibit the bioorganic chemical activity of an opposing mineral(s). Nutrient balance helps to bring about chemical balance within the cell. It is also a part of the explanation as to how one mineral element is able to reduce the toxicity of another.  46





31. Co-factors, coenzymes and food: Cofactors are usually metallic ions bound to proteins that are considered "helper molecules" that assist in biochemical reactions. These cofactors appear to be super-switches for energy production and balance, growth, development, reproduction, survival, and life extension.  47  All plant foods have many vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids packaged as a bundle in food. A plant has nutrient helpers, or cofactors, coenzymes and enzymes that are essential for the plant as a food to be digested. Ingesting just one mineral or vitamin as a supplement does not help the body to absorb or use that nutrient.

Coenzymes: mostly derived from vitamins, are organic molecules that are required by certain enzymes to carry out catalysis [ cause reactions to occur faster and require less activation energy ].

32.gears 92_.by_taffgoch2 Another factor affecting the outcome of nutrients is that co-factors and co-enzymes work in unison as a total package. That is, all must be present in specific and appropriate ratios in order to be effective helpers of optimal metabolism and body functions. [the animation on the right illustrates this] For example, minerals work in pairs. e.g. Ca:Mg and Iron:copper:cobalt. A good example is hormone D [vitamin D]: Vitamin D works best when magnesium, zinc, vitamin K2, vitamin A and boron are available, in proper amounts, at the same time in the body. The mineral co-factors are bound together with amino acids to form metallic-enzymes. Vitamins also combine with amino acids to form co-enzymes. Both metallic cofactors and vitamin enzymes assist in metabolic transactions. That is, they help vitamin D function in the body by increasing and speeding up the chemical reactions in the body. There is an interdependent synergistic action among nutrients. No nutrient acts in a vacuum or by itself. Yet, this is the assumption of many persons, doctors and nutritionists today.  48

33. Your body is designed to get the hormone D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight. The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight or by taking vitamin D-3 supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.  49  This sunshine hormone is essential in over 300 body functions; one functions less when deficient in hormone D.

34. Digestion changes as we age: As we age, the digestive system creates fewer enzymes. As stomach acids and digestive enzymes decrease with age, we have digestive and health problems.  50

35. Gurd or Reflux: is a digestive problem. At the lower end of the esophagus, there is a valve [sphinter] that stops acids in the stomach from going back up into the throat or esophageal sphincter. If the esophageal sphincter is faulty - it does not close and open properly, then stomach contents can make their way back up into the esophagus (reflux) and mouth. Babies often regurgitate until this sphincter and digestive system starts to work properly.  51  Although the condition of reflux in adults is controversial, it should be pointed out that one theory of reflux suggests that the stomach secrets less hydrochloric acid, causing protein digestion to be delayed, thereby causing a reflux feeling of slight vomiting.

36. Bowel movement in colon: Normal bowel movement should be once or twice a day. As a rule, one usually gets the urge to have a bowel movement about 30 minutes after a meal or breakfast. This is because the movement of stools through the lower bowel is greatest in the mornings and after meals [due to the astrocolic reflex].  52

37. Water: Drinking a glass of water on an empty stomach upon waking up, before breakfast, restores the water balance in the body within a few minutes. During night sleep, the body uses water to filter toxins that accumulated throughout the day. Not much water is left in the body to clear away all this waste by the time you wake up, so replenishing the body with water as soon as you wake up, before breakfast, will give your kidneys the fluid they need to eliminate toxins that are clogging up your system.  53

38. The body recognizes whole food complexes but not individual, isolate or synthetic chiral mirror images. "Synthetic vitamin supplements are recognized by the human body as aliens or toxins and are excreted from the body. Vitamins never exist in isolation, but rather within an interwoven complex of food nutrients and substances along with a myriad of cofactors and synergists."   54   55   56  

D. Colon Bacteria: Bacteria are linked to food and survival.

Bacteria in the colon [large intestine] play a key role in determining disease or wellness. The science of bacteria and diseases is an emerging science and we do not have all the answers. But here are a few. There is a range of evidence, including strong epidemiological and compelling evolutionary evidence, suggesting that pathogens are linked causatively to chronic diseases.  57  58  59

39. "Gut bacteria are an important component of the microbiota ecosystem in the human gut, which is colonized by more than 1000 different microbes, and ten times more than the number of human cells. Gut bacteria play an important role in human health, such as supplying essential nutrients, synthesizing vitamin K, aiding in the digestion of cellulose, and promoting angiogenesis and enteric nerve function. However, they can also be potentially harmful due to the change of their composition when the gut ecosystem undergoes abnormal changes in light of the use of antibiotics, illness, stress, aging, bad dietary habits, and lifestyle. Dysbiosis [affect of bacteria on body] of the gut bacteria communities can cause many chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, cancer, and autism;"  60  as well as allergy, asthma, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.  61

40. Metabolic disease, particularly type 2 diabetes, is correlated with having bacteria that penetrate the mucus lining of the colon.  62 For example, researchers have found two bacteria that may turn switches on/off for managing the metabolic process and obesity. Bacterium A. muciniphila, digests the glycoproteins in mucus known as mucins, which are secreted by intestinal epithelial cells, is significantly lower in obese and overweight children and in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.  63  Another bacteria, Akkermansia reduces inflammation and could also prevent overweight and obesity. Changing the diet, what people eat, can help them lose and regulate their body weight.  64 65 

If you want to lose weight, then you need to learn about the new link between bacteria in the large intestine and the food you eat. New research tells us that it is bacteria that can control how we gain or lose body weight. Obesity may be caused by a certain kind of bacteria rather than eating too much or exercising too little.  66

41. Good germs in the gut can fix a broken - sick human body.  67

Priority for survival

42. Triage theory of nutrition and survival: Dr. Bruce Ames, Emeritus Professor at University of California, Berkeley, summarizes this: 68  69  

"A large body of evidence indicates that deficiencies in many micronutrients cause DNA damage, such as chromosome breaks. Some of these micronutrient deficiencies also cause mitochondrial decay with oxidant leakage and cellular aging and are associated with late-onset diseases such as cancer. Ames also introduced a theory that provides a rationale for why micronutrient deficiencies may lead to greater risk of chronic diseases such as cancer. He proposed that DNA damage and late-onset diseases are consequences of a “triage allocation response” to micronutrient scarcity. Episodic shortages of micronutrients were common during evolution. Because natural selection favors short-term survival at the expense of long-term health, Ames hypothesized that short-term survival was achieved by allocating scarce micronutrients by triage, in part through an adjustment of the binding affinity of proteins for required micronutrients. The hypothesis is testable, and, if correct, it predicts that micronutrient deficiencies triggering the triage allocation response would accelerate cancer, aging, and neural decay but would leave critical short-term metabolic functions, such as ATP production, intact."

Dr. Ames’s Triage Theory of optimal nutrition states that the human body prioritizes the use of vitamins and minerals when it is getting an insufficient amount to keep functioning:  70  

"The term “triage” is borrowed from the field of urgent medical care. Triage means deciding which patients to treat when faced with limited resources. When presented with more sick patients than there are resources to treat them all at the same time, doctors must decide which patients to treat first based on the severity of their condition.

So the patient in cardiac arrest comes first, followed by the patient with a hemorrhaging wound in need of stitches, then the patient with severe influenza, and so on. This provides the best chance for all the patients to survive.

Our bodies evolved to do pretty much the same thing. Faced with limited nutritional resources, the human physiology must “decide” which biological functions to prioritize in order to give the total organism—and the species—the best chance to survive and reproduce."

The list above is not a complete summary of how the body works. There are many more that can be added to this list. But this list of 42 is a good start.


The general public is unaware and in denial that they are addicted to a diet that can make them sick and slowly and silently incubates chronic diseases. The public has been duped into believing that doctors can fix any illness or body problem they have. Making things worse is that the public does not have the knowledge nor understanding of how diseases come about and how their body works in health, illness and disease.  And the vast majority do not know how to take care of their bodies.

The general public needs four keys to prevent diseases: practicing more self-care and personal hygiene, eating proper food, balancing the bacteria in the colon and understanding how the body works. It is the general public's understanding of these four that is the key to preventing chronic diseases and making the health care system work and cost less.

The general public needs to be informed about how the body works and evolve self-care skills that are deemed critical and essential to dealing with the chronic disease crisis. Such education could start in public schools grades K-12; and with day/evening classes for adults as an updated first aid class. It should focus on self-help instead of the regular Red Cross program. Self-skills would minimize the public running to the emergency room or medical doctor for help for many minor disorders and infections. The proposed main self help first aid package would be focusing on skills to treat minor injuries and illness, understanding how the human body works, that food is man's best medicine, colon bacteria can prevent diseases and that nutrients in food are essential to prevent diseases. Each person needs the total prevention package to be empowered  95 and personally motivated to eat a healthy diet.  


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