Why We Get Sick
Our world is teaming with disease-causing toxins both man-made and natural. These poisons are everywhere Ė in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Even our own bodies produce toxic waste as a by-product of living and breathing. Some toxins are man-made like car exhaust and pesticides, while others occur naturally like mercury and smoke. Even living creatures like bacteria and mold can be toxic.
Our bodies are constantly exposed to harmful toxins in the environment. Any of these poisons could cause disease, pain, and death. Fortunately, our bodies have a remarkable ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins to keep us healthy.
Illness only occurs when toxins enter the body faster then they can be removed. At some point toxins reach a critical level of concentration and, if not removed, would eventually lead to permanent injury or death. At this point the body kicks into a feverish frenzy of activity to purge the toxins as quickly as possible. The process of intense detoxification may involve any number of symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, excessive mucus production, etc. This is the time when we become noticeably sick. The body is battling with all of its strength to remove harmful toxins and we feel tired and miserable. If the body is capable of mounting a sufficient defense and eliminates the toxins faster than they are produced, we eventually recover.
Many people have high accumulations of toxins in their bodies without manifesting severe symptoms. They may have minor sinus congestion, frequent headaches, occasional back pain, allergies, etc., but no major symptoms that would indicate any serious health problem. But their bodies are desperately struggling to eliminate a toxic overload. Any exposure to additional toxins would push them over the edge and their body would respond with severe symptoms characteristic of an illness.
This is why during cold and flu season some people get sick and others donít. Two people could be working side by side; one is susceptible while the other is not. A healthy person can live and work alongside another while he is constantly coughing and sneezing and yet not experience any ill effect. We donít "catch" a cold because we are exposed to a virus. We all encounter viruses and bacteria every day, but we all donít get sick. The cold virus can only harm those whose bodies are weakened by other factors. Those people whose bodies contain the most toxins are the first to become sick and experience the most illness.
Our lifestyle and dietary habits determine, to a great extent, the level at which toxins accumulate in our bodies and our susceptibility to illness. A person who smokes, drinks lots of soda or alcohol, and eats junk food will be the first to become sick.
On the other hand, a person who does things that help the body detoxify such as eating wholesome foods, taking vitamin and herbal supplements (such as JC Tonicģ), getting regular exercise and adequate amounts of sleep each night, and avoiding harmful activities (such as smoking or drug use) will have a low level of toxins in his body and be able to fight off seasonal infections without becoming sick.