I just recently met with a local man, Chad Venucci, who found out at age 33 that he had stage 3 brain cancer.
I found it interesting that headaches, severe ones, were the symptoms that led to his brain cancer diagnosis, but that he had been having less severe ones for 10 YEARS prior to realizing he had a brain tumor. His doctors told him that the tumor could have been growing for 20 years prior to diagnosis (he was diagnosed at age 33 which would have put the possible cancer initiation at age 13!!!! So, teenager's diet of burgers, fries and ice cream DOES catch up) since it was the size of a baseball by the time it caused symptoms severe enough to warrant him to go to the doctor to get it checked out.
I don't feel that this story is by any means rare. Granted, not all people who get headaches end up having brain tumors, but there is a PROGRESSION of disease that starts small, and then becomes something big. What needs to change, is how we respond to "small" signals from our bodies.
There are seven stages to the development to disease that I share with you down below, and we need to become more body aware of what the small "whispers" of our bodies are telling us. We are not like cars where we can "pop the hood" and take a look underneath. If we did, we would catch stuff a lot sooner.
Instead, we respond to "minor" aches and pains, headaches, digestive upsets, colds, etc, with over-the-counter medications to suppress these symptoms, only to have them come back with a vengeance when we get diagnosed in later, or in these days, not so later, years.
This denial needs to change. We need to respect the body's signals early on and make necessary changes in our lifestyle and eating habits promptly just like we would do if we saw the red light on the dashboard of our car come on. Early tiredness and irritation should be like gaining 5-10 lbs: many people would adjust their eating habits with a weight gain this small because it is outside of their "acceptable" weight gain range. Some, however, have a 20-50 lbs weight gain range as "normal" for them and then they have a big challenge that lies ahead for them to lose that unwanted weight.
It's the same for tiredness or sub-par health. Chronic tiredness has become "acceptable". We joke about it, we mask it with energy drinks and coffee or who knows what else to stimulate us, and we ignore that our entire body runs on nerve energy, and just like when the battery of your car runs low and the lights dim and the radio doesn't work, when our brain is not recharged sufficiently with enough sleep and rest, our digestion is impaired and our elimination is checked resulting in the second stage, toxicosis. If this stage goes on chronically, which is does for the vast majority of people, they then get inflammation and irritation and some even get ulceration.
Catching and reversing these stages is possible. We need to make lifestyle changes such as not burdening our digestive tracts with so many animal foods, cooked foods and stimulants. These are enervating. Live foods, green foods, PLANT-based foods, give LIFE.
Getting enough sleep and reducing STRESS are equally important. Stress depletes nerve reserves and we need tranquility to build those back up.
Why not make it your goal this year to live well and listen to your body's early warning signs? Your length of life depends on you being a good caretaker of the body you live in.
Below is taken from http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/:
The Seven Stages Of Disease
- ENERVATION - This is the first step in disease. Our fund of nerve energy becomes overdrawn to the point that the body is unable to eliminate the toxic by-products of metabolism. Enervation is a state in which the body is either not generating sufficient nerve energy for the tasks the body must perform, or the tasks the body must perform may be greater than the normal nerve energy supply can cope with. The body thus becomes impaired and generates less nerve energy. All the body's functions become impaired and this includes the processes of elimination of both endogenous metabolic wastes and the exogenous poisons introduced into the body (such as in our chemicalized foods). This impairment results in further diminishing the body's ability to restore depletion of nerve energy. This situation results in a condition called toxemia or toxicosis—the second stage of disease.
- TOXICOSIS - The blood and tissues become loaded with the uneliminated toxic materials from body metabolism and/or from toxins taken in from processed foods, drinks, drugs, etc. Intoxication occurs when we overload the body with toxic materials from the outside, or we fail to observe our capacities and overwork, get insufficient sleep, or are subjected to great stress, or when any number of other factors deplete the body of nerve energy or prevent its sufficient regeneration. For instance, stresses, emotional shocks, or traumatic experiences can drain our bodies of nerve energy very quickly.
- IRRITATION - This is the third stage of disease. The body unloads its toxicity at various points in the body. Irritation takes the form of itchiness, edginess, uncomfortable feelings, etc. Any toxic material, be it salt, caffeine, or condiments will irritate or stimulate. This is a condition wherein the body sets in force its defensive mechanisms and accelerates its internal activities. A burst of activity will result in an effort to rid the body of these unwanted irritants.
If the causes of enervation/intoxication/irritation remain, inflammation results.
- INFLAMMATION - This is the stage of disease that is usually first noticed and is recognized by physicians as pathology, for it involves pain. Energy that would normally be available for activity there is pre-empted and redirected to the massive effort to cope with a severe condition of intoxication.
In inflammation, the toxicants have usually been concentrated in an organ or area for a massive expulsive effort. It is an evidence or symptom of increased and intense body activity directed at cleansing and repair. It is a healing activity. If this eliminative effort is suppressed by drugs, the toxicity increases until other organs become saturated—not only with this toxicity but with the drugs administered as well. This fourth stage of disease is the body's most intense effort to cleanse and restore itself. The following degenerative stages of disease will result if the causes of general body intoxication are continued.
- ULCERATION - During this stage, poisonous matters have begun destroying cells and cellular organizations (tissues). This condition is often very painful as there are exposed nerves. The body may use an ulcer as an outlet for extraordinary toxic buildup thereby relieving itself. It will heal the ulcer if causes are discontinued, or if the toxicity level is lowered significantly.
- INDURATION - This is a hardening where the body creates tumorous tissue (a kind of scar tissue) to bridge the lost tissue and to encapsulate the poisonous materials that are destroying it. The ulcer and the toxic materials are scaled off by the hardening of the tissue around them. This is the way of quarantining the toxic materials, often called tumor formation. It is this condition that is often falsely diagnosed as cancer. If the Life Science health regimen is followed at this point, the condition can largely be repaired or reversed. Should the pathogenic practices, which brought matters to this stage be continued, cells and tissues go wild and live in a parasitic manner. This condition is called cancer.
- CANCER - This is the seventh and final stage of disease. Body vitality is at a very low ebb; cells are no longer under the control of the body's master control system, the brain. They multiply wildly in an unorganized manner without purpose. They may be giants or dwarfs and they draw their needs from the bloodstream without contributing to body functions. Cancer cells are parasitic cells. Once this condition is reached, there is little hope except to arrest and control the process. Only the healthiest of regimens can do this.