Metabolic Dysfunction is What Drives Chronic Diseases


The majority of Western medicine is used to treat sudden, acute harm, which ranges from infections to physical injury, from broken bones to heart attacks and from the common cold to asthma attacks. The progress in treating chronic illness is lacking. Chronic diseases often don’t give clues to their cause and conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes can defy easy explanations, not to say how they defy remedies.

Apparently, more than half of the adults and one-third of the children in the United States have to live with at least one chronic disease, according to the estimates shown by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institute of Health told us that more than half of the worldwide deaths are caused by chronic illnesses.

Robert K. Naviaux, MD, Ph.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and pathology at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, published a new paper which shows that chronic medical conditions are caused by basically blocking the natural healing cycle, specifically they are the consequences of disrupting the metabolic and cellular processes.

Naviaux, who also directs the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at UC San Diego, said that “the healing process is a dynamic circle that starts with injury and ends with recovery. The molecular features of this process are universal”. There are more and more evidence that shows how chronic diseases are caused by how our body reacts to an injury, not by the injury itself or the agent of the injury.

In often cases, the disease develops because the biological healing process isn’t completed. Naviaux gave the example of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It can be caused by exposing to the sun decades earlier because the DNA was damaged and the healing process never completed.


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