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Factors of Disease Susceptibility

by Dr. Joel Robbins

Diseases and illness are not "caught" or acquired by fate. They are earned, some out of ignorance and some laziness, but nonetheless, earned. There are several questions which arise when the above concept of "working" for diseases is discussed. Such questions as:

  • If we don't catch diseases, how come when the flu is going around everyone seems to get it?
  • How come not every one catches a cold when colds are going around?
  • How come two people eating basically the same diet, living the same lifestyle will develop different diseases?
  • If disease is caused by violating the Laws of Nature, how come a man in his 90's who has violated these laws all of his life is in relatively good health, and his two year old grandson is dying of cancer - a chronic degenerative disease?
There are four main factors which determine the diseases or illnesses one will develop when they violate nature's laws. These are:
1) Attitude
2) Types and Severity of Stress
3) Vitality of the Body
4) Genetic Potential

1) Attitude and Its Realtion to Disease SusceptibilityThere is no question now that attitudes and emotions play a major role in the health of the body. Science has always suspected this; the mechanism is now beginning to be understood - there is a definite cause-and-effect relationship between food, attitudes and health, as well as wrong attitudes and disease.

2) Types and Severity of StressDifferent stresses will affect the body in different ways, thus different ailments will be manifest in different parts of the body. This factor is only minimally influenced by genetic tendency, but may establish new genetic weaknesses for offspring.

A cigarette smoker will obviously store much of the noxious toxins of this habit in his lung tissue, whether he has genetically weak lung tissue or not. However if he does happen to have genetic weaknesses of the lungs, the symptoms resultant from smoking will manifest much earlier than one who does not have genetically inferior lung tissue.

The body, in some cases at least, attempts to eliminate or storespecific toxins through certain avenues. Some examples:

  • salt via the skin (perspiration tastes salty)
  • uric acid stored in the big toe, feet (gout)
  • Also, the more severe or toxic the stress engaged, the greater the toll it will take on the health of the body.
3) Vitality of the Body
By definition, the vitality of the body refers to the overall energy level of the body, how much irritability the cells possess, the closeness of cell pH to 7.0, how free the tissues are of toxins, etc. The greater the vitality, the more energy the cells will have, therefore the greater will be the vicarious elimination efforts by the tissues. This vicarious elimination will be directed towards the surface of the body - to get it out of the body. Thus the mucus membranes and skin will generally be the avenues of exit where symptoms will arise when the body's vitality is high. Eg.: sinusitis, ear infections, measles, chicken pox, etc.

As the vitality lowers, due to continued toxic input, stress and suppressing cleansing reactions, the body, not being able to afford the energy to perform vicarious elimination, must simply store the toxins in its tissues, in deeper layers of the body. Eg.: Arthritis, cancer, senility, diabetes, etc.