How are you fighting yourself?

What’s auto-immunity?

 

No sources, just some thoughts.

 

***I’m not a doctor this isn’t medical advice always consult your doctor before doing anything

 

When a majority of your cells are healthy, you are healthy.

When your cells are given enough energy and produce enough energy, you are healthy.

Mind your own health by minding the health of your cells.

 

The immune system is comprised of wwhite blood cells and bacteria. Namely, it’s bacteria. You’ve got trillions of bacteria living INSIDE and outside your body. The ones INSIDE your cells are mitochondria – producing energy for you. The ones OUTSIDE your body are on your skin, mucous membranes (eyes nose ears mouth gut and lungs). Of course, there’s interaction between the bugs inside and outside the body. Autoimmunity is defined as an immune response run hay-wire, where the immune system attacks your own cells. Why would it do this?

 

Pathogens – viruses fungi and bacteria, all share a common strategy during ACUTE infection. They target the mitochondria inside your cells. Your mitochondria, being bacteria, less complex than your own cells, make easy targets for these invaders. Mitochondria are simply bacteria which we have a symbiotic relationship with – we provide them with energy, they provide us with energy. Namely, we provide them with input protons and electrons, and they provide us with ATP, CO2, and water. Yes, mitochondria produce water in the process of converting protons and electrons into ATP.

 

So, with pathogens targeting your mitochondria (think, lyme, candida, mold, the flu, or cancer) we’re at a risk of our cells having hijacked engines (mitochondria). Inside of one of your liver cells, for example, there might be some mitochondria producing energy efficiently for you, for healthy cellular respiration, and there might be some mitochondria in that same cell which are hijacked by a pathogen. While your overall vitality is high, stress is low, and energy is high, the hijacked mitochondria probably will just do nothing. However, in times of stress, our bodies begin to conserve energy, and it is during these times which underlying infections can manifest. For example, inorganic iron, a common excess mineral in most people’s bodies, feeds yeasts and bacteria while being more or less unavailable to our own cells (we need heme-iron, converted by an animal). You take a shower in water from a well with very high levels of iron, and your body is suddenly flooded with iron. This iron lends energy and resources to underlying infections, and suddenly, the mitochondria which have been hijacked by the pathogens start producing energy.

This is when you want an immune response. Except – the buggers are INSIDE your cells. So, your white blood cells work overtime, attacking YOUR OWN CELLS which are producing energy for the pathogens.

 

From a more distant perspective: ask yourself, how are you fighting yourself? Are you giving energy to activities/people/pursuits which don’t quite ring true?

Consider the other side of the spectrum: a person, or better yet, an animal, who has absolute sovereignty over their thoughts and actions. They always step precisely where and how they mean to step. They never second guess themselves. All of the energy being produced in their body is being very efficiently managed and directed towards the preservation and happiness of that creature.

 

Don’t starve yourself trying to starve out the disease – most infections occur from a lack of energy, not an excess.

 

When a majority of your cells are healthy, you are healthy.

When your cells are given enough energy and produce enough energy, you are healthy.

Mind your own health by minding the health of your cells.

 

Where’s your head at?

Where’s Your Head At?

If you’re going to pay for a membership, spend the time and gas to get yourself to the gym – it’s worth considering the purpose behind each calorie you spend there. Setting goals for yourself is worthwhile – it’s much easier to stay committed when you know what it is you’re moving towards – and why. Because you might be training for any number of reasons, I’d like to offer some very general advice here.

We only ever have the ability to change that which we first choose to observe.

External Focus versus Internal Focus.

If you want an example of extreme external focus – consider the power-lifter. His joints are achy after years of training at extremely heavy weights. He’s wrapped them in spandex sleeves as a temporary analgesic for the meet. He smells ammonia seconds before walking up to the platform, and with maximum psyche – he tries to pull the heaviest weight he can off the ground. His training logs are filled with numbers – how much weight he has been moving. Or, consider the marathon runner. His training log is again filled with numbers of his times and distances. He measures the value of each session in terms of speed and distance.

Contrast this with the yogi, or the bodybuilder. Yes, the two have far more in common than you might think. Both pursue a deeper connection to the internal sensations during their practice. Both measure the value of each session by a sense of mindfulness in the desired part of their body – for the yogi it might be a stretch through their side-body – for the bodybuilder it might be a juicy pump in his inner quads.

Let me say that there are appropriate applications of internal focus and external focus no matter what your goals in the gym may be. For the average gym-goer, an appropriate external focus might be how long they stayed on the treadmill, and an internal focus would be on the muscles being fatigued while performing lat pull-downs.

External focus is a little bit easier to observe. If you want to stay on the treadmill longer – you check the clock and trudge along. Internal focus, in my experience, often requires some practice and time to develop. It’s not always easy to determine which muscle is producing the movement until you keep directing your mind’s eye within your own skin. However, if your goal in performing lat pulldowns, for example, is the contraction and stimulus for your lats to grow – you better be confident that it is your lats indeed contracting to produce the movement. Before you can alter the way in which your body is producing movement, you must first be able to collect clear information from your body about the way it is producing movement. The specific intent you apply will determine the tension which produces the movement.

Put your mind behind your movement.

Both external focus and internal focus are worthy. Simply focusing on the task at hand – be it a faster mile run or a better pump in your hamstrings – is the first step to making your training more conscious and fruitful to your goals.