Bumps on the Journey
Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., D.A.C.B.N.
A significant area of confusion for patients seeking health renewal
is understanding the meaning
of symptoms, which can accompany the beginning of a rejuvenation program.
understand symptoms as they occur frequently makes the difference between the person who
successfully completes a health building program and enjoys a renewal of health, versus one who
abandons their efforts and continues on a downward spiral into greater disease.
After experiencing years of poor health, the person making positive changes that allow the body
to increase its vitality must allow for a transitional period. Just as one does not develop chronic
illness overnight, neither does one become well instantly either.
Our quick fix society has come to expect immediate relief from drugs, potions, pills, and other
treatments obtained from physicians and pharmacies. Many drugs, herbal preparations, special
“energy” aids, tonics, etc. are promoted under the guise of “
. This temporary relief frequently comes at a high price, however, paid for by a continued
deterioration of health. Drugs, pills, and potions work primarily by stimulation and/or
suppression of normal body functions all of which drain the body’s energies. Those desiring
health will want to make changes that improve the body’s vitality and its ability to perform
without chasing after elusive cures that operate through stimulation and
depression of the body’s systems.
There are two basic physiological phases the body goes through in its quest for homeostasis and
1) A Catabolic and Resting Phase.
2) A Anabolic and Balancing phase.
Catabolic and Resting Phase
Following years of engaging in destructive behaviors such as ingesting substandard foods,
overeating, getting too little rest and sleep, taking drugs, ongoing severe emotional stressors, etc.,
accumulations of debris from cellular metabolism and micro-organisms accumulate in our
tissues. These wastes are an outgrowth of bad habits and aging combined with our genetic
predisposition. When the body becomes overloaded with these superfluous materials, they
contribute to disease symptoms such as fatigue, skin disorders, digestive and bowel problems,