If I learned one thing, then it's that disease is caused by toxicity.
Most people, especially in the Western Medicine System, believe that we don't need to actively detox as our detox organs liver, kidney, skin do this all the time for us. Yes, but we don't live in a pristine world anymore. We are surrounded by toxins. And those organs were designed to remove the "normal" waste products of our bodily functions. They were not designed to deal with heavy metals, plastics, processed foods, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and so on. They try their best to deal with it but it is just too much. So waste gets accumulated, and the body in it's innate wisdom tries it's best to protect the main systems. But over time there is only so much the body can handle, and bodily functions start to deteriorate. We age and get sick. All these diseases that we got so used to and take as a normal part of aging and of life - are they really necessary? Can they be avoided? Is the human body maybe supposed to live way longer than we actually do, and live with vitality up until high age?
There are legends, especially in China, about the "Immortals", people who lived in the woods and lived hundreds of years (some even levitated). Are those only legends? I don't think so.
But in today's world we don't have the opportunity to live in pristine woods anymore, and to eat those sacred nutrient dense herbs and plants that those Immortals lived on. We are a sad expression of human potential.
Luckily slowly the old wisdom emerges again. Detox and Biohacking are some important tools for vitality and longevity.
Any disease is caused by toxicity. This also includes mental toxicity aka stress and trauma.
No Western Medicine drug actually has the potential to cure a disease. Western Medicine and pharmaceuticals are great for emergencies and have their place in our medicine system. They keep us alive but they don't cure diseases. No doctor can heal you, you have to heal yourself. And this includes changing your lifestyle.
I am still amazed at how many people are unwilling to change their lifestyle when it could mean their quality of life would improve. When it could mean they could stop taking their drugs. But humans are creatures of habits, and it's more convenient to take a pill rather than to cook fresh meals and exercise. Especially because many foods these days are drugs themselves, they are addictive like heroine (take sugar for example).
The problem is, most bad lifestyle choices don't show immediately. It might take decades and oftentimes generations to show up.
Just a few decades ago, there were hardly any obese people. People still had good vitality (their Jing - their essence in Chinese terms was still strong). Then the load of toxins increased. Processed foods flooded the supermarkets, it was convenient and faster than cooking meals from scratch, especially because more and more women started working full-time jobs, too. I am not against gender equality but there is something very wrong about how it evolved. The natural role definition of the masculine protector and provider and the female nourisher has it's good purpose, and is healthy. Today we see women who are very masculine, and men that become more feminine. This is not healthy as we can see in fertility and virility problems, PCOS and other hormonal imbalances.
The added stress from more and more work hours (now on both sexes) depleted the Jing further. The children lacked not only the nurtured time with their mother at home, but they also got less Jing Vitality from their parent's bad lifestyle choices.
Nutrient deficiencies from bad food choices and depleted soils thanks to monocultures added to that.
Then the introduction of crazy amounts of other toxins into our bodies basically finished us off: pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, plastics, chemicals. Now the body has a lower capacity to detox because it is lacking vital nutrients from a deficient diet and it has already an overload of toxins from this deficient diet, but it is also bombared with more toxins.
And still the human body more or less functions which just shows the amazing massive resilience this system has. Just think now of the potential it would have, given the right nutrients and freeing it of toxicity!
But today the numbers of autoimmune diseases, cancer, autism, allergies and other health issues have never been higher. And the Western Medicine System is keeping us from dying but at the same time it is keeping us from living because we are not addressing the root causes.