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The Seven Causes Of Pain And Poor Health

July 20, 2010 by  

The Seven Causes Of Pain And Poor Health

We all experience pain, illness and disease. And we know that there are many reasons for this—some of which we have control over and some we don’t. But did you know that most people’s poor health is commonly caused by seven factors?

These factors include: imbalances, climate, emotions, diet, activity level, stress and sexual activity. Of course, this list does not include those serious conditions caused by physical trauma or viruses. However, with regard to our daily aches, pains and ailments the list is an adequate representation of causes. By considering your signs and symptoms in these terms you will be able to identify the causative factors of your pain, illness or disease and administer or receive the proper corrective therapy.

Let’s now look at some of the more prevalent illness-causes that people tend to overlook because they are prone to them every day.

1. General Imbalances
Pain, illness or disease in the body are the result of either an excess of something (e.g., too much alcohol or sex), a deficiency of something (e.g., not enough calcium or iron in the blood), or a stagnation of something (e.g., muscle spasm or constipation). The main point of any wellness program, then, should be to identify and to correct the imbalance(s). Moderation is the key, in all aspects of life… if wellbeing is to be maintained.

2. The Climate
The six climatic changes found in nature include Wind, Cold, Summer Heat, Damp, Dryness and Fire (mild heat and high heat). Under normal circumstances they do not produce adverse changes in the body. However, each sort of climate does invade the body via the skin, mouth or nose…. and in extremes can cause unbalanced (poor) health.

For example, on damp and rainy days you might feel cold and chilly and pasty; on hot summer days, you risk getting sunstroke or feeling overheated, dehydrated and tired; on cold winter days you can catch a chill, have a runny nose, experience muscle aches and pains. If left untreated (i.e., out of balance), these simple inconveniences may lead to conditions like pain, numbness, nausea and infection.

3. Your Emotions
Emotions play a vital role in both wellness and illness. While emotions are natural and important parts of life, in excess they can be damaging to the body. We are talking here of excessive feelings of joy, anger, melancholy, anxiety, grief, fear and fright.

Under ordinary conditions emotions are normal reactions to events in daily life. However, if emotional frustration is extremely abrupt, intense or persistent, and so exceeds an individual’s normal endurance, it may then produce functional disorders of the organs by upsetting the harmonious balance of energy and blood. At extremes, emotions then become the pathogenic factors, bringing on diseases.

4. Dietary Choices
In terms of diet, a way of life that allows the consumption of too much fatty and sweet food can generate internal heat and result in excessive adipose tissue (fat), phlegm and congestion, cholitis, irritable bowel syndrome.

Excessive consumption of raw or cold food can cause harm to the stomach and spleen. The cold and damp qualities of these foods may lead to the abdominal pain and loose stools.

For more on diet, you can find Dr. Wiley’s articles here, here and here.

5. Physical Activity
Normal levels of physical exertion and exercise are helpful to digestion, the movement of blood and removal of toxins and, of course, the toning of the body. However, excessive physical or mental exertion or over-indulgence in sexual activity or a lack of physical work and exercise may cause illness.

Inadequate physical work and exercise can result in low energy and slower blood flow. These can cause loss of appetite, lassitude and feebleness in the limbs, listlessness, phlegm and damp retention, obesity, as well as shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating and other secondary illnesses.

For more on physical activity, you can see Dr. Wiley’s article here.

6. Stress
Stress is one of the leading causes of illness in the United States. Indeed, nearly 66 percent of all signs and symptoms presented in doctors’ offices in the U.S. are stress induced.

The effects of stress include nail biting, anxiety, a racing mind, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behavior, unending worry, muscle tension and spasm, poor appetite or too great an appetite, digestive disorders, constipation, insomnia, poor blood flow, belabored breathing, neck pain, shoulder tension and the possible onset or continuation of bad habits such as dependence on alcohol, drugs, painkillers, food and caffeine.

For more on stress, you can read Dr. Wiley’s article here.

7. Sexual Activity
Excessive sexual activity undermines the life "essence" and kidneys. The result is general debility with aching and weakness in the lumbar region of the back and in the knees, dizziness, tinnitus, lassitude, hypo-sexuality, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation and impotence.

For more on sex you can read Dr. Wiley’s article here.

As you can see from the above examples, there are many things we do and don’t do on a daily basis that tax our health and affect our wellness. We could even say that much of the chronic, daily pain and suffering we experience is, in fact, self-induced. That is, it is caused or made worse by our actions, habits and emotional states.

The good news is, once you understand what is causing your non-life-threatening (yet chronic) health issues and start being mindful of your daily life, you can remove most pain and illness from your life.

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley

is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. The Wiley Method provides a revolutionary way of providing recovery and prevention of chronic pain, illness and disease. Grab your FREE COPY of Dr. Mark Wiley's "The 3 Secrets to Optimal Health" HERE.

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  • Sue Boggus

    I would like to know what to do for water retention I am on veapimil 180mg,also Triamterene HCTZ 3x aweek I do not like taking Presc. and I am almost 80 yr.old Thank you

    • Candace

      to Sue Boggus…first, blessings to you for reaching out at 80-years old for health tips!…I am not a health practioneer but found the following as good guides…things to research:
      1. Your heart…to energize it…check out Dr. Sinatra formula…he is a medical doctor…the principle is that heart issues are not just clocked veins but a heart that needs an energy boost…that is why things like Q-10 are good…look at the Japanese and European research…Hawthorne herb and other heart herbal tonics.
      2. Kidneys and Liver…good detoxifers through diet and herbs…I like some of the Yogi Brand teas if you like to drink teas as a tonic.
      3. Walking…movement helps keep things moving and circulate out water from extremeties….you can sit and get a small cycle machine for feet through
      4. Less salt…you have likely already heard that one…in general people eat 2x the salt…secret…don’t east processed foods like canned food and boxed food…
      5. Lot’s of fruits and vegetables…

      Love, Candace

      • Candace

        sorry for my mistypings and misspellings…clocked=clogged, east=eat

      • Dr. Mark Wiley

        Thank you for sharing these tips, Candace. Walking, exercising, gardening and other activities as well as refraining from consuming toxic substances like artificial sweeteners, caffeine, nitrates and others as well as drinking plenty of water will all help with retention.

  • Ken T.


    • Doug Y

      I second that motion Ken…

    • Dan Burke

      A touchy subject that…. I think it is really a matter of balance. Too much = bad. Too little = bad. However, there is also the matter of balancing other issues too. For example, a little known study had respondents claiming sex was better in marriage with their spouse. Hard to verify I would imagine and certainly something that would be scuttled and forgotten under tons of contradiction in a society that accepts and promotes promiscuity (I learned this in a college class where the professor wasn’t worried about being fired for revealing this controversial data–in other words, it was a private college). Plus there is all that stuff of balancing the emotional aspects even within marriage as it can be sort of drag on your emotions and personal self-image if done for the wrong reasons, etc. If you really care about your spouse, then you care about their well-being too (and hurting them emotionally or physically hurts yourself in some degree)…. Way too many variables here!

      As for myself, this too much statement actually relates to two things I can think of.

      1. God said that we should look to our legal and lawful spouses and none others. Ten Commandments and when Christ gave his sermon he actually expanded that to include keeping your thoughts clean too. In a society that more and more ignores God’s advice, I cannot say I am the least bit surprised to find too much to be a problem.

      2. Did you know that most men achieve their success financially in life about the same time as they often go through a decrease in sex drive in their early forties or so? There are success books that discuss that controling your sex drive and refocusing that energy at an early age can help you achieve success sooner. Not sure how accurate that is. I didn’t get married until early thirties so this whole bit about mastering your sexual energies is whole new challenge to me and I am not sure I will achieve it earlier than 40.

      • Rick

        What about not enough sex?

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest teresa

      According to this article I should have great health. I seem to have numbers #1-6 under control and NONE of #7(too much information). But, it doesn’t seem to be adding up for me………….

    • Dr. Mark Wiley

      Ken, the issue with sex and health is related to ejaculation for men. Too much stresses the body. In terms of what mainstream docs tell you, sex is good for exercise, morale, spirituality, emotions, for couples to bond. All true. However, there are other issues, such as the too frequent release of semen, which is not good over a long period of time. It must be moderated. Looking at any topic for optimal health, we can not simple pick one or two positive areas and discard the potential ill effects. Exercise and stress relief are not the only things occurring during a sexual encounter. But, yes, it does feel good!

  • Marc de Piolenc

    I see a lot of goofy, semi-mystical claims and absolutely no evidence to support any of them. I think I’ll just pretend I didn’t read this silliness.

  • http://yahoo Mary

    Dr. Thank you for the information. You have done the studies here and posted your expert advice. There could be some truth to this. I believe too much of anything can be bad for you. I love sex, I think it, too, bring out good and bad emotions as the ones’ you stated earlier in your article. Thank you, not all people will agree with you , but its worth looking in to.

    • Dr. Mark Wiley

      Your open mind is appreciated, Mary. The ideas of sex and health are not my own, but steeped in thousand of years of observation, studies and trials in Asia and Europe. The main problem with modern medicine is their concept of compartmentalization. All health area must be looked at for their good and bad pieces. Nothing is only ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you.’ Everything is both, depending on time, place, quantity and the individual’s health state.

      Rice is a staple of millions of peoples’ diets the world over; yet too much of it can cause diabetes. Water consumption is essential to health; yet too much can damage the kidneys. Exercise is a great boon to health; yet too much over too long a period can cause heart disease. Sex feels good, is emotionally supportive, and relieves stress; but too much also has damaging side effects.

      Everything must be looked at for its healthy and unhealthy elements. Balance means finding that space somewhere between the polar ends (not always in the center) that elicits and maintains optimal health.

  • Herb Thacker

    I should be dead by now then. Having been in the Air Force for 25 years, I traveled all over the world. I tried to have sex with a native from each country that I was in. I was in Asia and I know I should be dead from all the fried rice I ate and I had sex with (God only knows) how many Asian women. The same goes for Europe. My Dad told me if I ever found a women that I would cull out of the pack to bring her home for him, never did. The only thing I ever worried about (sex being bad for you) was getting a STD. I am married now 67 years old to a younger Lady and we still do it 3-4 times a week. The only bad thing about sex is to stop having it, because you either use it or lose it, and that is why they are making millions each year from those little pills, which knock on wood I haven’t had to start on them yet, but should I get ED I would be on them in a New York minute. I have often wondered just how much semen does a man have? I would hate to run out before my time. To me sex is the best cardio exercise there is and what a prize at the end for working out like this. Beats the heck out of lifting weighs, dancing with the clown in the striped shorts (Russell Simons). I want to leave this world in my 90′s getting shot by a jealous husband for having sex with his 21 year old wife. Forget the bad for you, how could something so good be bad for you. An old wife’s tell, jump and hump, you will feel better!!

  • Dr. B (A REAL Doctor…)

    Too much sex harmful??? You are oh sooo full of crap.

    • Dr. B (A REAL Doctor…)

      Please do cite your sources by the way.

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