* The Origin of Disease- (Coming Soon!!!) This
section will house my upcoming paper, which will be the updated version of The Answer. I wrote The Answer in the early months of 2001 and hurriedly placed it on the site on 9-11. It was a compilation
of what I had learned in my first year of rather intensive Internet medical research following my personal diagnosis of celiac
disease (gluten intolerance). Suddenly, medicine made sense for the first time in my 20 year veterinary career and the
passion to share this information became a tremendous driving force in my life. The cool thing is that the first
year of study formed an amazing framework into which the following six year's findings would fall neatly into their place.
In fact, I have not had to correct any of the original information only add to it for completeness.
The Origin of Disease will use the basic outline of The Answer while bringing
in the latest findings that help clarify the original information and answer those questions that beg for more details. "Exactly
how do the proteins from dairy, wheat, soy and corn cause disease?" "Why do gluten-free/casein-free diets help soooo many
conditions?" "Why do viruses cause cancer?" "Will there ever be a pharmacological cure for cancer?" These are all
great questions with good answers.
The answers to these and many other important questions are already written on this Website. Many
have written to me and "complained" that these answers are buried deep in long-winded treatises, inaccessible to
the average reader. My response has been something like "No pain, no gain.", meaning that if you really want
to know the answers then it is worth seeking out. But, I do understand that time is of the essence and that some
people just don't like reading on the Internet as much as they do reading books (this the request for a book).
So, I will try to be as concise as possible in this newest work. In fact, it may be much simpler than
those of you who have read my work may imagine. In fact, the answer to where disease came from could easily be summarized
in one word....us. But, the paper will be longer than one word. :):):)
But the final piece to this fascinating puzzle was the understanding of why and how viruses become
involved in the development of what we call "disease". The word is "adaptation". The viruses do not want to
make us sick. They are simply being forced into it by our choices to threaten them with offending substances and
circumstances. Once we grasp this, then we can all see the origin of disease and begin our journey toward the medical
utopia in which we all want to believe.
Will we ever reach a health nirvana? Not if we remain on our current path of self-destructive
behavior and medical ignorance. But if we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we can...and will...make great strides in that
direction. It is God's will that we be healthy just as it is His will that all would believe in Him and His Son and
live for eternity. Let us not let the harsh reality that not all will believe deter us from striving for perfect health.
* The Origin of Disease in Man and Animals- The Primer-
The following is an Email I sent to someone who wrote to me asking me for some advice about their career
choice and curriculum. They were interested in chosing courses that would help complete their understanding of epilepsy
and chronic illness. This gave me an opportunity to start this section with a primer on the subject of why we become
ill, which is critical to our understanding of how to best deal with what we call "disease".
* Viruses and Lectins-The Missing Links- (Link only)This paper is the manuscript for my upcoming lecture at a major veterinary conference.
It covers my latest passion- studying the potential interrelationships between the lectins of the "big 4" (gluten, casein,
soy and corn) and the latent viruses that are residing in our cells, some even being embedded in our very DNA. These interactions
help to explain "autoimmune" diseases and shed light on the development of that dreaded diagnosis of cancer.
* L-form Bacteria and Mollicutes- The Good, the "Bad" and the Ugly- (Link only) I know that many who read this title are going "What in the world? This is
going to be waaay too technical for me and I don't really need to understand something so involved." Well, that may be true
for those who get the old deer-in-the-headlights look when they hear or read something medical, like I do when I talk with
an attorney or insurance salesman. But if you liked the part about viruses, then you're really going to like this part, too.
These are all part of the grand orchestra that is our- and our pet's- body.
* Viruses Are Not Alone-The Latest Cancer Research- (Link only) This area is going to be a work in progress. The reader will see why when they get there.
I have stated for the last 10 years that researchers have known for years that viruses cause cancer. Many have stated that
viruses are the only cause of cancer, with "carcinogens" triggering viruses into causing cancer. Now we know that viruses
are not the only microorganisms involved in the process. But do intracellular bacteria cause cancer by themselves
or do they serve another purpose in this process? The section starts with a letter to my colleagues discussing this fascinating
and paradigm-shifting information.
The Origins of Disease in Man and Animals-
The following is an Email I sent to someone who wrote to me asking me for some advice about
their career choice and curriculum. They had decided to become a nurse practitioner, were very interested in epilepsy, and
wanted some guidance as to what electives to take in order to get the best grasp of the subject matter.
My response turned into something more detailed than I had initially planned but once I
began, I could see it morphing into a piece that I could place on this section of my Website to serve as a primer for the
more in depth article I have envisioned here.
I hope this makes sense and stimulates the reader to do some independent thinking and research.
A paradigm shift in our medical thinking is now in full swing and everyone needs to become a part of it, for their own health
and that of their family and pets. It's time.
It has been a while since I wrote you, but I would like
your opinion again. I may have mentioned that I had applied to Graduate School to become a Nurse Practitioner (I hope I am
not making a mistake in that I hope I will not find myself diminished and unfulfilled). I was admitted and have moved to that
area to start in January. What I want to ask you is this. I can select electives to add to my NP program, and I would like
to take those that will help me care more thoroughly/comprehensively for patients with chronic illness particularly epilepsy.
I am passsionate about quality of care as well as quality of life in epilepsy. Not interested in Diabetes from the acute care
standpoint. One of those electives is immunology. What areas would round out my knowledge base to make it more complete
re epilepsy etc? What would be a welcome/helpful addition to add? Also am concerned if Epileptologists will accept me
into their territory. Looking forward to hearing from you.
It's good to hear from you again. And I am excited about your chosen field
of interest. NPs can make a big difference. I know one who made great strides in the study of Morgellon's Disease.
As I tell doctors in my lectures, I would learn all that I can about
food intolerance (with celiac disease being the perfect model at this time), lectins, viruses, pollutants (both outdoor and
indoor), and phytonutrition. Once we grasp the importance and pathomechanisms behind these things, we have a very good grasp
of how our bodies become ill. And a thorough understanding of immunology...real immunology and not "the body attacks
itself for some unknown reason" version...is critical to getting this right and completed.
As crazy at it sounds to some, I am in the process of writing a summary-style
paper called The Origin of Disease in Man and Animals. It is so simple that its stupefying. We can make it as complicated
as we want by filling in all of the minute details BUT it can be boiled down to something that everyone can understand.
Basically, we are born healthy unless the prenatal effects of these
things have affected the unborn individual, which they commonly do. We have DNA that contains everything good about how
we will develop AND many things that are potentially bad...what we call "genetic diseases". It is crucial to our understanding
that we know and grasp the latest fact that up to 45% of our amino acid (gene) sequences in our double-stranded DNA are viral
sequences...viral information inserted into those helixes over time and passed down through the generations.
It is also critical that we understand the principle function of the
virus in nature- to facilitate adaptation and to create variation in nature. What many call "evolution" is simple the changes
taking place that result from the action of these viruses. And in most these cases, the viruses are simply reacting
to the changes in their environment, which is what a virus does. (It is just important for "evolutionists" to see that
these changes do not create new species nor do they explain the origin of nature. When they find a "million
year old bat", it is still a bat, not a lizard-bat. That kind of thing greatly supports my platform as a creationist.)
So, when did disease begin? It began when man started doing things to his
body and environment that were unnatural and harmful. That is what Christians refer to as "the fall of man". Through
these eyes, it is easy for me to imagine that the world was perfect at one time. It is also easy to see
why it all started breaking down once man "sinned", which was basically disobedience.
If we did what we were told, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in today.
This principle is still in place, isn't it? I am a living example. As a result of my eating the way my body requires, I have
reversed the downhill course on which I was headed. It was nothing short of miraculous. The only thing holding me back is
the air quality and other environmental issues that surround me...and a few episodes of cheating on my diet. Hey, I am human.
We start our healthy and we become ill, some much sooner than others and
some much more seriously ill than others. Again, some start out poorly due to the prenatal effects of food intolerance (well-established
in celiac circles), toxins, drugs, etc. Then the effects of bottle feeding or even breast feeding begin when the infant is
horribly intolerant of the proteins in either or both. The negative changes then speed up when solid food is introduced, especially
when its the kid's meal at their favorite fast food place. The downhill spiral in the worst of the worst is already
speeding up and tightening as these food proteins (lectins) hammer away at their intestine, reducing nutrient absorption,
and then enter their system and start inducing inflammation is numerous and varied tissues/organs.
The GI tract gives us early warning with colic, spitting up, persistent
diarrhea, etc. but we write this off to normal development or transitional changes from liquids to solids. The pancreas seems
unusually sensitive to lectin challenge and type-1 diabetes develops. The bone marrow is also very susceptible
and leukemias and other bone marrow dyscrasias occur. The brain takes a beating and autism or epilepsy develop. And so on
and so on.
But what it "causing" these disease states? Why do they take a variable
amount of time to develop? Why don't all individuals develop all of these things? If something is "genetic", why does it take
so long for these things to develop? How can those "with the gene" not develop the condition? These are all great questions,
many of which have very logical answers though the eyes of the lectin/toxin/malnutrition-viral model.
In a nutshell, much of what we call "disease" is an adaptation on the part
of our body facilitated by the viruses we contain. When we insult this body, it reacts just like poking an ant bed with
a stick. And if we stop poking it, it will call back down and restore order. But, if we keep poking it, it will continue to
react and someone is getting "stung".
Many of the things we label as disorders are simply symptoms. Acid
reflux and IBS are symptoms, not diseases. Those are easy to see. But I believe celiac disease and other food intolerances
are the same. The villous atrophy of the duodenum that is induced by these foods was meant to be temporary and serve
as a short-term adaptation to limit the absorption of other things in the offending foods. After all, the "big 4"..gluten,
dairy, soy and corn...have many things wrong with them. It is the long-term change in the gut that causes all
of the serious medical issues and these occur as a result of us not listening to the warning signs. It is that simple in most
cases. So, who is to blame here? We weren't "obedient" to the rules set forth by our body (and the Creator or that body).
Once we ignore the warning signs, we are subject to all sorts of plagues
and tribulations. As long as we have a competent immune system, a war is waged against the invaders of the body (lectins,
toxins, phytoestrogens, microorganisms) and this often causes chronic and severe inflammation. When the immune system is valiantly
fighting against things "unseen" (lectins, viruses and intracellular bacteria), we call the process an "autoimmune" disease.
Wrong! I contend that the immune system never makes that kind of mistake. There is a question of "mimicry", in which
the immune system gets fooled by the similarity between good (self) and bad(exogenous) proteins but I even question
that error by our immune system. I think it is smarter than that and that there are better explanations for this phenomenon.
The really bad things occur when the immune system finally crashes. Up
to this point, the immune system has been our armor and our governor. It has defended this fortress and determine to what
extent the battle will be waged and on what fronts. There are cofactors, of course, such as the production of serotonin
and other immune moderators that also fail in the face of the concurrent malabsorption process taking place in the gut. That
long-term villous atrophy...that was meant to be temporary...is now responsible for the decline in calcium, iron, iodine,
B complex, C, zinc, boron, magnesium, lithium, and a myriad of other essential minerals. This leads to the decline in health
of all tissues, the inefficiency of enzyme systems, and the incompetence of bodily functions, including that of the immune
In other words, the walls of the fortress are coming down and the soldiers
are getting slaughtered. The crazy thing is that we let the "enemy" in, just like the corrupt leaders of the Jewish hierarchy allowed
the Romans into Jerusalem in 70 A.D. which led to the destruction of that nearly impregnable fortress of a city and the decimation
of the last temple. Sad but true. We consume the foods/toxins that we produce and then we wonder what happened.
In other words, we bring this upon ourselves. The interesting
thing is that it is not even the viruses fault. They were simply doing their job in the initial phases, trying to allow us
to adapt to the mistakes we had made. Those changes (e.g. villous atrophy, IBS, bronchial constriction, etc.) were meant to
be temporary and helpful. But, the ignorance (all uses of the word) on our part led to the continuation of these insults and
the stepping up of the response by the body and the adaptive viruses it contains.
The important thing to see here is that these viruses WILL survive. That
is what they were created to do...to adapt in order to survive. Our relationship with them was meant to be one of mutual benefit...a
symbiotic relationship not the "parasitic" or even saprophytic one that I and many others had in mind. I used to refer
to them as "opportunists", as if God had created them to punish us when we did enough wrong to this body with which He
had so graciously provided us. That is what ultimately what occurs...we reap what we sow...but there is no malice involved
here. It is a prime example of God's perfection in His Creation in that He allowed for illness but made it our choice.
The viruses that cause cancer weren't created to cause cancer.
They were made to facilitate our adaptation (and variation). We force them into manufacturing tumors. The thing to
see is that viruses will survive. They don't have a mind (that we know of) that makes them good or bad.
They were made with an express purpose...survival. And we benefit from their charge to survive as they help us to survive
by being in us. But, if all else fails (e.g. our immune system...our governor) and we keep throwing garbage at these
guys, they will survive and do so by employing their ultimate survival tool...the formation of tumors, which I now look at
as protective cocoons. Yes, a tumor is their way of facilitating their survival and that of the cell that they were charged
to protect. Most "cocoons" are benign but the "most important" viruses form malignancies that are bent on surviving to the
degree of relocation, especially when we mess with them.
And we do this by throwing what we, ourselves, call carcinogens
at them. Yes, we even have a name for the things that we do to ourselves that cause these viruses to create
cancers. And we have article after article and Website after Website telling us how to avoid these things and how to stay
healthy. And yet, cancer continues to rise. Why? Because we are "disobedient". We just can't seem to find the power or motivation
within us to eat right, exercise, get enough rest, and give up those things that we know are doing us harm. In our defense,
the past has been filled with much ignorance and misinformation about what is truly harmful to us. But "common sense"
should prevail...and it has. But now. we really don't have to rely on common sense because we have proven that
these things (food lectins, toxins, estrogens, drugs, tobacco, various pharmaceuticals, etc) are harmful. Are we changing
things yet? Have we seen the pretzel logic in using carcinogens to treat cancer???
The cool thing is that we are seeing these things. We are
in the midst of a paradigm shift of Biblical proportion. The relatively recent rise in celiac awareness is absolutely huge.
This will lead us to the truth about dairy, soy and corn intolerance and move us into a new age with the
proper nutritional focus.
So once again, if I was entering medicine right now, I would learn all
that I could about the ins and outs of celiac disease, grasping as many of the fine details of what this condition has its
hands in, and compliment that study with immunology, toxicology, and virology. (The newest area of study is the potential
pathogenicity of plant viruses in human health. The viruses in plants are also adapting to environmental insults and
there is mounting evidence that they are beginning to affect other species.) The other area on which to focus is phytonutrition.
Thankfully, there are entities in fruits, veggies, etc. that go to war for us during this process. they are like the
"elves" (angels) fighting alongside man in Tolkien's novels. We are doing so much wrong that it is impossible to survive without
I know this got very long and that you were expecting something like a
paragraph or two. But I have been meaning to write this piece for a long time and your question was the catalyst. Sorry. :):):)
Your in a prime position to make some great contributions to this world
and that of medicine. Epilepsy is a glaring example of this process and cancer is a great parallel. With a little "common
sense", we should be able to make drastic improvements in the response of these and other immune-mediated ("autoimmune") conditions.
We just gotta stop doin' what we're doin'. How hard is that? :)
I do hope this helps.
John B. Symes, D.V.M. (aka "Dogtor J")
* Read- "Food Intolerance- Man and Animals versus Gluten, Casein, Soy,
and Corn OR How We Won the Battle of Helm's Deep"
For now, please enjoy these links to other papers on this