Infection Protection: Introduction20 years, 3 months ago
Posted on Nov 10, 2003, 10 a.m.
By Bill Freeman
We are living in a constant state of war with billions of other creatures-bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
We are living in a constant state of war with billions of other creatures-bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites -- on us, around us, and in us. As a national population, we are in the midst of a huge pandemic that has gone underestimated and underaddressed. As many as 75% of Americans suffer from some form of bacterial, viral, parasitic or fungal infection, manifesting most commonly as ulcers and gastroenteritis, chronic sinus infection, strep throat, yeast (candida) infection, sexually transmitted disease, and urinary tract infection.
New evidence demonstrates that today's most virulent killers -- heart disease and cancer -- may develop from bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic infections. Indeed, infectious disease may be the trigger that accelerates the onset and/or progression of the chronic degenerative diseases of aging. We are discovering that most, if not all, chronic diseases have an infectious component to them. Infection is a key component in everything from gastritis (H. Pylori), to gonorrhea, from acne to Alzheimer's Disease, from carbuncles to cardiac arrest.
Infectious disease may be the trigger that accelerates the onset and/or progression of the chronic degenerative diseases of aging.
The startling reality is that 100% of every single one of us is infested with good and bad microorganisms. And, given a chance, the bad ones will ruthlessly destroy us-just because that's their nature. Although there is no total escape from these attackers, there is much we can do to protect ourselves both internally and externally. The purpose of Infection Protection (HarperCollins, 2002) is to help you fend off these invaders and promote your overall health.
In conjunction with the publication of Infection Protection, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) launches a new public awareness campaign to educate both medical professionals and the general public on the necessity for early detection, prevention, and aggressive intervention of infectious disease. Their potential to exert a dleterious impact on human longevity cannot be understated.
The A4M offers this Breaking News area to share with Infection Protection readers the latest developments pertaining to infectious disease and immunity as they impact quality and/or quantity of the human lifespan. Breaking news is categorized according to the construct of the book chapters:
Chapter 1. It's a Bug's Life
Chapter 2. Sworn to Defend, Protect, and Serve
Chapter 3. You Are What You Eat
Chapter 4. Digestion, Immunity, and Parasites
Chapter 5. Bladder, Kidneys, and Genitourinary Complaints
Chapter 6. The Breath of Life: The Respiratory System
Chapter 7. More Than Skin Deep
Chapter 8. ABCs of Hepatitis
Chapter 9. Oral Infections
Chapter 10. STD Fundamentals
Chapter 11. Pets Our Pets Don't Need: Zoonotic Diseases
Chapter 12. Immunization
Chapter 13. The Elixir of Life: Water
Chapter 14. Who Says Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness?
Chapter 15. Controlling the World Around You
Chapter 16. How Bugged Out Are You?
Chapter 17. BOOST'R
Chapter 18. Sage Advice on Bug Busting