Part 2 - Disease and Its Cause

Health Through Nutrition

by Dr. Joel Robbins

Disease and Its Cause

Disease or "dis-ease" is defined as a lack of health. Disease results when any cell is not functioning 100% of its designed duty whether due to trauma, toxicity, lack of communication or a combination thereof. Disease is due to stress.

Whether due to ignorance or laziness, exposing the body to stress will produce a diseased state of the body. Stress is the only means of tearing down health resulting in disease, our bodies paying the price for violating the laws of nature (our wrong doings). We do not "catch" a disease or illness, we earn it. We must "work" for disease.

Disease is nothing more than the body responding to the wrong we have done to it. It is the body's attempt at keeping us alive in response to the wrongs we have inflicted on our bodies.

Pathological changes are the cell's response to stress. These changes or compensations allow the body to survive - maintain homeostasis - as long as the stress continues. These tissue changes which result in disease, are the outward manifestation of internal compensation to stress. Until the cause is removed, the condition will remain in one form or another.


Medically speaking a symptom is defined as a sign or indication of a disease or illness.

It is thought that if the symptom is treated and eradicated, then the disease or illness has been cured.

Symptoms are viewed somewhat differently from a natural healing perspective in that:

Symptoms are indicators that there is an abnormal condition within the body which is producing a state of "dis-ease".

A symptom or a group of symptoms are given a specific name depending on the type and location of the symptom(s). Medically this name is known as a "disease" or "illness". From a natural healing standpoint, a named disease or illness is interchangeable with the word "symptom".

A symptom (disease/illness) is the body's effort to eliminate toxins from the body; to return the body to a state of health when stimulated; to undo any damage that has been done to the body.

A symptom is the body's effort to stay alive while coping with anything detrimental that has been done or is being done to the body.

Diseases/illnesses/symptoms are the body's attempt to restore health and maintain life.

The Disease Process

The two primary ways that toxins enter the blood stream and thus the body are:

The two primary ways that toxins enter the blood stream and thus the body are:

  1. That which is taken in by the digestive system (eaten or drunk)
  2. That which is taken in by the respiratory system (breathed)

Initially, due to cell irritability, the body will reject toxins being introduced via these two avenues. This is done via:

  • non-palatible foods - burning sensation of mouth, throat, tongue, esophagus, stomach
  • coughing, sneezing - irritation or burning sensation of mucus membranes of air passage

These defenses can be over-ridden by:

  • continued toxic input
  • disguising toxins (with use of sugar)
  • conditioned response or learned (educated) override

The digestive system is now responsible for keeping toxins out of the body. This is initially done by vomiting or diarrhea. As the toxic abuse continues, the digestive system becomes less efficient at ridding toxic input via the above mentioned methods. The result is that toxins now begin to be absorbed into the body.

The liver now takes on the responsibility of keeping the body clear of toxins. This is done by the liver neutralizing the toxic acids with its alkaline minerals before they enter the blood stream on their way to the other organs of elimination-kidneys, lungs, bowel. The acids must be neutralized prior to entering the blood stream, otherwise the blood would become too acid and death would rapidly ensue.

It quickly becomes apparent to the liver that if it continues burning its alklaline supplies it would be too acid to continue to survive and the liver would be sacrificed, which would result in death of the body. In order to slow down the liver's loss of alkaline, the liver will begin to store toxins within itself. Thus the liver becomes congested. The more congested it becomes the less efficient it is at carrying out its normal metabolic functions for maintaining health of the body, and the overall health level begins its downward turn. Even so, the liver, and thus the body, will be able to survive many years longer than if the liver had depleted its alkaline supplies.

Once the liver reaches a level of approximately 70% congestion, it can no longer afford to retain poisons at the same rate, otherwise death of the liver would shortly result once it reached a level of 100% congestion.

To offset this, the liver begins to allow some toxins to enter the blood stream. These are not neutralized, the cellular buffer system goes to work in less than a second to neutralize them keeping the blood from becoming acid. This is done at the expense of the cells alkaline supplies. The cells of the body realize very quickly what the liver realized some time back: They would not survive long should they continue to give up their alkaline minerals at such a rate. As a result, the cells employ the same method of survival the liver did, ie. to allow acid toxins to leave the blood stream and enter the tissues. This does two things:

NOTE: The cells still continue to give up alkaline for neutralization of toxins in the blood, and for buffering of normal metabolic waste products, thus their over-all health level is continually declining, but at a much slower rate than if this "exchange program" were not enacted.

  1. Keeps the cells from having to expend great quantities of alkaline, thus prolonging their life.
  2. Keeps the blood pH within normal limits, thus life (though not in health) continues

The storage of toxins in the tissues of the body -temporary or not- is known as a toxic state. More specifically, a toxic state is defined as: an accumulation of toxins, poisons, mucus and/or pus in any tissue of the body a localized area of constipation. In a healthy condition, no toxins are to be found in any tissue at any time.

As the tissues take in toxins from the blood, they will initially attempt to eliminate the toxins from the body. This elimination of toxins is not through the normal channels of elimination, because this would require the toxins to pass through the blood stream. Rather an alternate avenue is used which is not designed for elimination. This is called vicarious elimination.

The more vitality (the higher the health level) the tissues have, the more irritability they possess, thus the more vigorous will be the eliminative reaction of the tissues, or the more intense will be the symptoms of elimination. These symptoms of elimination are known as either an acute illness or a sub acute illness.

The toxins eliminated from the body via acute and sub acute illnesses are generally through a tissue that is on the surface of the body; e.g..: skin, mucus embranes. (See chart on page 21.)

Acute and sub acute illnesses are carried out with the aid of the endocrine system - mainly thyroid and adrenal glands.

As the toxic input continues, combined with suppression of acute cleansing reactions (via drugs, herbs, etc.) the cells continue to become more toxic, more acid, and have a lowered vitality. Desensitized, the tissues can no longer afford the energy or nutrient resources required for an acute cleansing response, and must resort to a less efficient mode of vicarious elimination. This is known as chronic disease. While chronic diseases generally utilize the various surfaces of the body, the main differentiating factor between acute/sub acute illnesses and chronic diseases, is that chronic diseases are not carried out at the expense of the endocrine system, or at least, not to the degree of the acute/sub acute illness.

With continued wrong living and eating habits, the continued suppression of eliminative processes, the continued depletion of alkaline supplies, the continued toxicity of the tissues, the vitality of the cells decreases to the level that the cells can no longer afford the energy required to produce even minimal vicarious elimination (as in chronic diseases). All the body can afford to do is simply store the toxins in the tissues where they remain. This at least keeps the blood stream from becoming acid, negating immediate death. As a result of this long term storage of toxins, the tissues involved begin to degenerate, meaning the tissues are altered from their normal or designed structure. This is known as a chronic degenerative disease. The functioning of the cells, and thus tissues, is therefore altered greatly. The tissues, in essence, are mutated from their normal state.

Death of the body results when one or a combination of the following is true:

  1. The vitality of the body is so low that it can no longer mobilize toxins out of the blood stream into the tissues, resulting in acid/toxic blood.
  2. The cells of the body no longer possess adequate alkaline to neutralize acids in the blood stream, resulting in acid blood.
  3. The cells of the body (may be a localized area, e.g..: heart) become so acid and toxic that they can no longer function efficiently enough to carry on their part of the life process, resulting in death of the entire body.

If illness is stopped through detoxification, and wrong living habits continue, the toxins which the body was attempting to eliminate via the illness or disease will be driven deeper into the body setting the stage for a more toxic, more serious, more chronic disease.

The Determining Factors of Disease Susceptibility

Diseases and illness are not "caught" or acquired by fate. They are earned, some out of ignorance and some laziness, but nonetheless, earned. There are several questions which arise when the above concept of "working" for diseases is discussed. Such questions as:

  • If we don't catch diseases, how come when the flu is going around everyone seems to get it?
  • How come not every one catches a cold when colds are going around?
  • How come two people eating basically the same diet, living the same lifestyle will develop different diseases?
  • If disease is caused by violating the laws of nature, how come a man in his 90's who has violated these laws all of his life is in relatively good health, and his two year old grandson is dying of cancer - a chronic degenerative disease?

There are four main factors which determine the diseases or illnesses one will develop when they violate nature's laws. These are:

  • Attitude
  • Types and Severity of Stress
  • Vitality of the body
  • Genetic Potential

Attitude and Its Relation To Disease Susceptibility

There is no question now that attitudes and emotions play a major role in the health of the body. Science has always suspected this; the mechanism is now beginning to be understood - there is a definite cause-and-effect relationship between food, attitudes and health, as well as wrong attitudes and disease.

Types and Severity of Stress

Different stresses will affect the body in different ways, thus different ailments will be manifest in different parts of the body. This factor is only minimally influenced by genetic tendency, but may establish new genetic weaknesses for offspring.

Eg.: A cigarette smoker will obviously store much of the noxious toxins of this habit in his lung tissue, whether he has genetically weak lung tissue or not. However if he does happen to have genetic weaknesses of the lungs, the symptoms resultant from smoking will manifest much earlier than one who does not have genetically inferior lung tissue.

The body, in some cases at least, attempts to eliminate or storespecific toxins through certain avenues. Some examples:

  • salt via the skin (perspiration tastes salty)
  • uric acid stored in the big toe, feet (gout)

Also, the more severe or toxic the stress engaged, the greater the toll it will take on the health of the body.

Vitality of the Body

By definition, the vitality of the body refers to the overall energy level of the body, how much irritability the cells possess, the closeness of cell pH to 7.0, how free the tissues are of toxins, etc. The greater the vitality, the more energy the cells will have, therefore the greater will be the vicarious elimination efforts by the tissues. This vicarious elimination will be directed towards the surface of the body - to get it out of the body. Thus the mucus membranes and skin will generally be the avenues of exit where symptoms will arise when the body's vitality is high. Eg.: sinusitis, ear infections, measles, chicken pox, etc.

As the vitality lowers, due to continued toxic input, stress and suppressing cleansing reactions, the body, not being able to afford the energy to perform vicarious elimination, must simply store the toxins in its tissues, in deeper layers of the body. Eg.: Arthritis, cancer, senility, diabetes, etc.

Genetic Potential

Diseases are not inherited; rather the tendency or potential of a disease is passed on from parents to offspring.

The disease tendency is transfered via the genetic code. A genetic tendency is just that: a potential disease. A genetic weakness does not have to manifest as a disease unless the laws of nature are violated.

Only then will the weakness manifest.

E.g.: The father has a heart problem. He will pass on to his child(ren) genetically weak heart tissue. This does not necessarily mean the child is born with a heart problem. Nor does it mean the child ever has to have a heart problem; however, should the child violate the laws of nature, the violations will take their toll in the weakest tissue(s) of the body - in this case the heart.

Genetic weaknesses or tendencies grow weaker with each succeeding generation if the parents are engaged in a stressful lifestyle, including toxic diet. Thus the amount of wrong doing that is required for a genetic weakness to become clinical (manifest) grows less and less as the genetic tendencies become weaker. As a result, a child on a toxic diet may manifest a heart condition passed on to him genetically at a very early age as compared to the age of his father developing a heart condition. It is even possible that the child could develop the clinical manifestation of the weakness before the father does.

Likewise, a grandparent may live all of his life, violating the laws of nature and never manifest a problem in the particular area that his offspring do. This is because either:

  • The grand parent's weakness was so minor that he died of other causes before this weakness became clinical; or,
  • The grandparent did not actually have a genetic weakness, but due to his stressful lifestyle, passed on a genetic weakness to his offspring

The Pottinger Cat Experiments illustrate the genetic tendency principles.

In the 1940's, a medical doctor, Francis M. Pottinger, made an experiment using 900 cats to determine what effects processed foods have on the body. The cats were divided into five groups. Two of the groups were fed whole foods-raw milk and meat - real foods for cats. The other three groups were given denatured foods pasteurized, evaporated and condensed milk. All the groups were fed the same minimal basic diet to sustain life. However, the predominant portion of the diets were either real foods or denatured foods as listed above. The cats were observed over a four generation period and the following results were documented by Dr. Pottinger:

Pottinger Cat Experiment Summary

Food FedRaw MeatRaw MilkPasteurized MilkeEvaporated MilkCondensed Milk
1st GenerationRemained Healthyremained healthydeveloped diseases and illnesses near end of lifedeveloped diseases and illnesses near end of lifedeveloped diseases and illnesses near end of life
2nd GenerationRemained Healthyremained healthydeveloped diseases and illnesses near end of lifedeveloped diseases and illnesses near end of lifedeveloped diseases and illnesses near end of life
3rd GenerationRemained Healthyremained healthydeveloped diseases and ilinessess in beginning of life; many died before six months of age; developed diseases and ilinessess in beginning of life; many died before six months of age; developed diseases and ilinessess in beginning of life; many died before six months of age;
4th GenerationRemained Healthyremained healthyno fourth generation was produced: either third generation parents were sterile, or fourth generation cats were aborted before birth no fourth generation was produced: either third generation parents were sterile, or fourth generation cats were aborted before birth no fourth generation was produced: either third generation parents were sterile, or fourth generation cats were aborted before birth
Source: Pottinger's Cats, a Study Nutrition

Drug Therapy

If you have a headache, the doctor prescribes aspirin. The headache disappears and everyone is happy. No one ever asked the question, "What caused the headache?". Based on the treatment prescribed and the resultant "cure", we can conclude that the headache was caused by an "aspirin deficiency". However, a little research will tell us that aspirin is composed of salicylic acid - an absolute poison to the body, thus an "aspirin deficiency" is out of the question. In fact, any drug on the market, we will find, is composed of chemical toxins which are poisonous to humans. How then can drugs alleviate symptoms, cure ills, wipe out disease and generally make us feel better if they are poisonous?

To understand how drugs "cure" symptoms, let us look a little deeper into how aspirin takes away a pain. Did you know that aspirin will relieve any pain in the body, whether it be a headache or a toe ache? The only exception to this is stomach pain. Aspirin will not help stomach pain. Ask the pharmacist how aspirin works, he will tell you that it has some sort of numbing effect over the entire body, so regardless of where the pain is, it is relieved. But isn't the stomach part of the body? Why doesn't aspirin take care of stomach pain? He will reply that this is one of the great mysteries of aspirin.

Let's say you are out on the farm hunting and you get a thorn in your finger. It is quite sore, so you decide to head back to your truck to get some tweezers to take care of the problem. As you pass through the barn yard you step on a nail. Do you still feel the pain of the thorn in your finger, in fact do you even remember it is there? Was it suddenly cured when you stepped on the nail? No, not at all. Then why is the thorn no longer a concern? Simply because your body now has a higher priority - something more life threatening to worry about - the nail in the foot.

Then as you are passing through the barbed wire fence to finally reach your truck, you shoot your toe off with the shotgun (the other foot of course). Are you now aware of the thorn? No. How about the hole in your foot from the rusty nail. I don't think so. Why not? Once again the body shifted its focus to the most life threatening situation. There is only x amount of energy in the body. If we create a crisis in one part of the body, energy must be "borrowed" from other parts of the body to cope with the crisis.

Every aspirin (buffered or not) causes a teaspoon worth of bleeding in the stomach. If you have a headache, which is generally caused by toxic blood from something we've eaten which is harmful to us, and you take an aspirin causing internal bleeding, which do you think would be more life threatening? In most cases the internal bleeding. The body must now shift its attention to the higher priority problem (stomach), and the headache disappears. Did the aspirin remove the toxins from the blood stream? Not at all, just created a more life threatening situation.

If the aspirin does not take away the headache, it simply means that the internal bleeding is not more life threatening than the toxic blood. So now take six aspirin, and a more life theatening situation will take place in the stomach and the headache dissipates.

Why doesn't aspirin take care of stomach pain? If you have stomach pain then your body's attention is already focused on the stomach. Additional stress there will not force the body to shift its attention elsewhere in the body. Tylenol, however, will alleviate stomach pain because it plays havoc with the liver, causing the body to move its attention from stomach to liver. Thus all drugs produce symptomatic relief without actually removing the cause.

A drug "cures" your complaint by creating a disease of its own. If the poison of the drug, whatever drug you want to name, is more life threatening to the body than the symptom for which you took the drug (or the doctor's prescription for such), then your symptoms will disappear. If the drug is not more life threatening, then it will not produce symptomatic relief and the doctor will prescribe a stronger, more poisonous, more life threatening drug. Now the body will be forced to focus on the drug so that the drug literally doesn't kill the body. You become symptom free. Yet the cause of the disease was not eliminated, and true healing did not take place. Since there is no such thing as a drug deficiency, the body simply put the disease process on hold to eliminate the drug. How many children do you know that take antibiotics for infections? The antibiotic stops the symptoms. As soon as the antibiotic is stopped, the infection returns. It is because the antibiotic does not kill the infection, rather the antibiotic is so toxic to the liver and rest of the body, that the body must wall off, or put on "hold" the infective process to deal with the drug before it kills the body. Once the drug is dealt with, the body will, as soon as it has built up adequate nutrients and energies, resume the cleansing process via the infection. If the taking of the antibiotic was so devitalizing to the body, lowering its frequency, the infection may not return, only a more serious chronic disease at a later date.

One of the great laws of nature is the law of cause and effect. We do not gain anything without working for it. Diseases are not "caught", they are earned by not taking care of our bodies. How then can we not stop doing the wrong that made us sick, take a drug and get well? It is the same as the drunk saying, "Sober me up with a pill, but let me keep drinking". Impossible to do. Disease is no exception.

When anesthetic is administered to knock one out for surgery, the same principle applies. The anesthetic is so poisonous to the body, that the body must put itself to sleep to free up the tremendous amount of energy that is used for consciousness. This energy is then utilized to eliminate the toxic anesthetic from the body before it causes death.

Why do you think people are so sick and groggy after surgery. Why do something like 2% of people who undergo surgery die from the anesthetic if it weren't a poison? Different drugs rob energy from different parts of the body, thus they have various effects or "cure" different symptoms.

The bottom line is that they rob energy from the body, change the body's priorities to focus on the drug - a more life threatening situation - and the cause is not eliminated. We are actually still sick, just as some must stay on drugs a lifetime to stay symptom free, constantly increasing the dose as they become sicker and sicker. Others are "cured" by the drug and can stop taking it, only to face another more serious disease down the road. If we would just listen to the body when we become ill, let the illness tell us our symptoms are due to something wrong we are doing (wrong diet or life style), stop doing it, then the illness as well as the need for drugs would be eliminated and a more healthy life would result.


"Side-effects" which often result when drugs are administered are the body's effort at eliminating the drug. Eg.: breaking out in a skin rash - body pushing drug out through skin, getting drowsy - body conserving conscious energy in order to stay alive while eliminating the drug.

The Logic of Drug Therapy

Drug therapy defies all logic when we consider that any drug administered to a healthy person will make him sick, and yet the doctor prescibes these very poisons to a sick person and expects him to get well. How can a body be poisoned back to health?

Food Consumption in The U.S.A

Between 1900 and 1980
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable consumption decreased from 40% to less than 5%
  • Butter consumption decreased 75%
  • Lard consumption decreased 66%
  • Unprocessed potato and sweet potato consumption decreased 40%
  • Processed potatoes comprise 33% of all white potatoes consumed
  • The majority of these are in the form of french fries
  • The fast food industry sells 75% of all french fries eaten
  • Whole grain consumption decreased 50%
  • Beef consumption increased 75%
  • Dairy product consumption (other than bufter) increased 25%
  • Cheese consumption increased 400%
  • Fat and oil consumption increased 150%
  • Margarine consumption increased 800%
  • Corn syrup consumption increased 400%
  • Sugar consumption increased 50% (the average person consumes 150 pounds of REFINED WHITE SUGAR per year)
  • Processed fruit and vegetable consumption (other than citrus fruit)
Between 1910 and 1980
  • Poultry consumption increased 350%
  • Fresh apple consumption decreased 70%
  • Fresh fruit consumption decreased 33%
Between 1930 and 1980
  • Processed citrus fruit consumption increased 2500%
  • Fresh citrus fruit consumption decreased 50%
Between 1940 and 1980
  • Egg consumption decreased 25%
  • Food coloring consumption increased 90%
Between 1960 and 1980
  • Soft drink consumption increased 300%
  • Each person consumes 38 gallons of soft drinks annually (one fifth of our sugar intake is in soft drinks)
*Statistics compiled by the United States Department of Agriculturesetstats