Does death really "begin in the colon?"
Ok, that aphorism might be an overstatement- I would more say 'disease' instead of death, cause we're all going to die someday, but I'd rather live that time in a healthy state till the end.
After copious (but seemingly never enough) research, reading and generally just doing my best to connect the dots.....
I've come to strongly suspect that one of the most important foundations of our health is the presence of a nutrient dense diet free of toxins and an optimally functioning digestive system that can assimilate these nutrients and put them into proper use in the body. (not exactly rocket science, I know!)
In this view, the manifestation of pathology/disease states/symptoms comes about as a direct result of digestive problems 'upstream' from the other bodily systems. Many issues that seem to be unconnected to the digestive system are actually intimately related to it's malfunction.
-Malabsorption leading to nutrient deficiencies causes other systems to be shortchanged in their resources and thus their abilities to perform their jobs. My Celiac mother's extreme osteoporosis, hair loss and macular degeneration to name a few...
-Improper diet containing toxic/detrimental substances like glutens in grains, lectins, etc can lead to intestinal permeability and potential immune and auto-immune issues (yaaay celiac, lupus, diabetes 1, lymphatic and other cancers, etc!)
-Consumption of a diet high in processed foods and refined sugars can lead both to a shift in gut biotics (away from our vitamin B and K producing lil pals and towards candida, pathogenic bacteria, etc) and to blood sugar disregulation, inflammation and stress- leading to a parasympathetic state in which your digestion is further compromised in a downward spiral.
-Excess sugars will also take up more b vitamins in their processing.- further shortchanging the other bodily systems down the line.
The list goes on-and-on-and-on... But you guys are smart enough to continue the list for yourself and this post is getting too long...on to the question(s):
So, what's your take?- does "death [disease] begin in the colon"?. If not in the digestive tract, then where?
- And if so, does the version of the Paleo diet you are currently on optimally address/improve your digestive health?
(ie: is just whatever bare bones paleo diet you adhere to enough to optimally readjust your digestive health or do you feel the need to add gut healing protocols like probiotics, versions of GAPS, Art Ayers info, etc?)
asked byHeleneLohr (1623)
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on July 01, 2011
at 10:40 PM
my father passed away from colon cancer at the age of 52. this was in 1995, and he never went to doctors and even then, colonoscopies were in their early days of use. i'm sure he had symptoms, like but chose to ignore them when the disease could have been dealt with much earlier. he died two years after being diagnosed, and towards the end had a colostomy bag, and all of that other awfulness.
the strange thing is though, as far as i can remember he lived a semi-paleo life compared to others. he ran every morning, and every night my mom grilled him lambs or steaks or swordfish, with sides of things like peas, green beans, or potatoes.
he was very lean and muscular, but maybe he didn't eat enough fat, maybe he ate too much processed bread. and some things that probably really contributed to his cancer were his fondness of wine and smoking of cigarettes quite often. also i think he would eat like a bag of mixed nuts a day, which i've read can really mess up your colon.
all in all i'm worried ive inherited bad colon genetics, and am trying to use paleo to prevent colon cancer and all around live a healthy, primal life. i believe strongly that digestive problems, even 'masked' ones, are the causers of all the things you listed (cancers diabetes, celiac, osteoporosis, arthritis, hair loss, sight loss, vein/circulatory problems...) and we should all by trying to maintain a healthy gut flora. i don't feel the need to add probiotics to ward off cancers. i have had a lot of problems with constipation when i was young and being raised a SAD-diet, but have been doing a lot better thanks to paleo, exercise, eating more fat, etc.
on July 03, 2011
at 03:39 PM
For those of you who want a great read on the subject, Evolify.com led me to this.
I am "Top Siting" www.Sciencebasedmedicine.org. After I read the article and watched the mentioned video I had to shower, brush, sanitize, floss, scrub and sleep for 8 hours. You'll see...
on July 02, 2011
at 03:08 PM
Does death really "begin in the colon?" Only if your nose is there too.
on July 01, 2011
at 11:01 PM
Well if health begins in the gut then it stands to reason death can begin there too. If the gut is diseased or damaged or the flora is out of sync one can die a slow death, perhaps no symptoms for decades then the body hits a wall and says 'I can't take this anymore' and now a disease is diagnosed.
I had a family member in a nursing home far a number of years and one of the most prevalent issues for the elderly was digestive issues.
on July 01, 2011
at 11:17 PM
Stop looking for magic. This answer isn't exactly new - people have been asserting such simplistic, feel good answers for 100+ years.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 hav nothing to do with diet but the disease they'll cause is going to kill a woman just the same.