The power of healing is innate to the body

When the body is ill, it can heal itself or it can fail.

Mostly, the body fails, and much of this failure, in the first half of life, is due mostly to poor stewardship by the owner and by doctors. Late in life, the odds are firmly against healing, regardless of good stewardship, if that is even possible with all of the idiotic medical advice we are given (and are gullible enough to believe).

Doctors can help or hurt healing – mostly, doctors hurt the process of healing by weakening the body, often interfering with nature, with processes that have been selected for by the relentless pressures of a merciless nature.

Evolution does not hit the bull’s eye, but it does not miss the target. The facts of physiology must always be front and center in any biological model development.

Doctors are wrong to treat the body as a right idiot, opposing what the body is trying to do to help us to survive. Even when the body throws the cachectic response, it is a Hail Mary; the alternative is quick death  – give the body enough of everything that it is looking for (hint: 30 or so grams of glutamine a day helps, and even more vitamin C; make a list of what the body is looking for, including non-essential nutrients that it is not making enough of- and give it enough of those things, by infusion if necessary) and the problem of slow death by cachexia may go away.

In healing the body, surgeons mostly help, while other doctors mostly hurt.

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Left and right brains working together

The left brain sometimes understands justice a bit too narrowly:

“An eye for an eye” (The Old Testament) –

The right brain intuits that “eye for an eye” justice, too narrowly conceived as payback, is clearly problematic:

“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” (Gandhi)

Furthermore, the right brain intuits that real justice, which is way more than just payback, still needs to be properly blended with mercy.

When the full picture is grasped properly, we are not left with conceptions that are too narrow, too unbalanced, and clearly problematic.

The GULO mutation

Individual nutrients matter little. It is the network that matters. It is possible that the loss of the GULO gene has been adequately compensated by network changes, and thus the requirements for vitamin C may be less than in those animals of roughly our size who make grams of C per day. Metabolism is the most sensitive and specific way to decide the question – not external or internal symptoms.

Based on data from animals about our size that make their own vitamin C, the mutation in the GULO gene has left us probably about 10 grams short of the vitamin C per day we would have made if we still had this gene. Fortunately, we can make up for this by dosing about 1/2 gram every waking hour.

One hundred milligrams of vitamin C per day may be enough to maintain body pools of vitamin C, but it does not provide the regular over-dosing that the circulatory system may need to be fit and healthy, scavenging heavy metals, and keeping lipoprotein(a) from acting as a pesky surrogate. At least Rath’s and Pauling’s view makes biological sense.

The government’s view is that the amount of vitamin C that is needed is merely enough to maintain pools.

But some functions of C require circulation and are not complete without excretion. An example is heavy metal chelation. To see this going on in ordinary individuals, we may need mass spec with attogram sensitivities. To see this in those suffering from lead, mercury, or cadmium intoxication, we probably do not need such sensitive tools.

One hundred milligrams of vitamin C a day does not provide the large amount needed during severe stress (vitamin C must be titrated up to meet the severity of the stresses the body is under), as during wound healing (amazingly high dose vitamin C is not even a part of the medical establishment’s wound healing protocol and neither is acidification of the wound), as during infections (and our overly stressful reaction to them) in the blood stream, and the large amount that the urinary system may need to keep everything as soluble as possible, particularly when some people, due to numerous nutrient deficiencies (magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin K, among others), are excreting their calcium-rich liquified bone extract, along with copious quantities of phosphate from bone, and oxalate, the latter a product of oxidized vitamin C, a sign of poor antioxidant status inside cells (of which low vitamin C is but an example).

What is the cause of aging and death?

A mistaken materialistic question.

There is no cause. There are many contributors and at most there is one driver. The driver may be DNA damage, but it probably is just another contributor. We die with our genomes largely intact. We die with DNA damage, not because of it. Yet, little as this damage may be, it may be enough to make it a driver, because DNA damage is nearly always destructive, and its effects are fundamental and far-reaching.. Not so with so many other ills.

Mathematical nihilism: a whole lot of little nothings add up to something.

The whole lot of little nothings are contributors. A driver is a whole lot of little nothings that appears to act concertedly.

“Numbers 31” among the namians

A man comes to them, saying something like this:

“I talked with god last night and he told me to put all of the Midianites to the sword, except the young girls, whom we are ordered to take into slavery.”

As hard-nosed empiricists, the namians would assume that in all likelihood, a man who says he talked with god is insane, and with gentleness and kindness, they would try to get him to seek help. Further, they would observe that what he is saying is consistent with their assumption, and that would impel them to redouble their efforts.

What do we humans do? We listen to the madman and do precisely what he says.

Fast forward about two millennia, and we did humans do when Hitler came up with an equally insane set of ideas and plans? They did precisely what he said to do.

Fast forward any number of years and we will do the same. Until we evolve into kind, hard-nosed empiricists, like the namians.

How ridiculous this will sound

“The fire caused extensive damage to the house.”

Really, all by itself, fire did this, according to the strictures of causality. The destruction has nothing to do with the fact that we build houses out of flammable things, populate them with flammable things, and do not protect them properly.

Someday when we get sense to build houses and really our world out of inflammable substances, this statement, which seems obvious in 2017, would truly puzzle the enlightened.

How ridiculous all causal claims sound to me now!

On the unlikelihood of the single nutrient deficiency

I have given many reasons why this widely held myth is false. Here is another:

one nutrient deficiency inevitably leads to other deficiencies as the body tries to cope.

Consider a deficiency in niacin due to either dietary insufficiency or an absorption problem (with either any of various NAD+ precursors or specifically to NAD+ precursor tryptophan) or a metabolic problem or an excretion problem. In the case of excretion: if the intestines absorb tryptophan poorly, for example, in Hartnup disease, the kidneys tend to reabsorb tryptophan poorly.

This niacin deficiency leads directly to a measurable deficiency in tryptophan, as tryptophan must be diverted to make NAD+. This leads to a major deficiency in tryptophan if dietary tryptophan is limiting or if tryptophan absorption is also compromised. Tryptophan is only about 1% of all protein; so in a sense it is seriously limited except in what I would call high protein diets: more than 100 grams of protein per day. 1 gram of tryptophan in 100 grams of protein is only enough to make 16 mg of niacin – a little more than 1xRDA – if that is all that tryptophan had to supply. Not even close – the demands on tryptophan are stringent.

Tryptophan deficiency leads to serotonin and melatonin deficiencies for the same reason.

[I need to look into the possibility of inchoate protein deficiencies; seems unlikely, generally the most important use for every amino acid found in proteins is for protein synthesis.]

Tryptophan deficiency leads to measurable zinc deficiency because less picolinic acid is made because more of the tryptophan has to be diverted to making NAD+.

[Also needs investigation: There may also be a local B6 deficiency in the circulatory system, as more B6 is diverted to making NAD+ – of the 140+ reactions requiring vitamin B6, I doubt there is one more important than the manufacture of NAD+ when niacin is deficient in the diet or is insufficiently absorbed.]