In June I’ve met Chris Kresser in Stocholm and asked him a few questions.
Question 6: Why is our health declining?
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Transcript: Interview with Chris Kresser Q6 Why is our health declining?
SANDI: We know a lot more about medicine than we did ever before. It seems like we get to know something new about the human body every day. Yet our health has been declining. Why do you think is that? What’s wrong with the modern society?
CHRIS: Yeah I think there are a couple reasons. Number one, we’ve lost sight of the fact that we’re animals and like all other animals we evolved in a particular environment eating a particular diet. You know, doing certain things and exposed to certain things and when we live in a way that’s consistent with our genes and our biology. We’re naturally healthy and vital but when our environment has changed faster than our genes can adapt, we have a mismatch and that is the fundamental cause of chronic disease.
Whereas in the conventional medical world they’re still operating under this old paradigm, conventional medicine grew out of a time where acute infectious diseases were the top three causes of death. Typhoid, tuberculosis, pneumonia.
And treatment, it was pretty straightforward you know. Once antibiotics were invented if you had pneumonia you got a prescription for an antibiotic and you either got well you didn’t. You died. If you had a gallbladder attack, you had your gallbladder removed. And you got well. And if you had an appendicitis you had your appendix removed. You got well.
So it’s like one problem one doctor one treatment and that’s it but today we have a fundamentally different situation where the average patient has multiple chronic diseases so diseases that last an entire lifetime. They see multiple doctors, in fact a different doctor for every different part of the body. The foot doctor and liver doctor and a gut doctor and the head doctor and all of these different doctors and then there are multiple treatments you know and those treatments last for the rest of their life. Like if they get a drug prescription for high blood pressure medication or high cholesterol medication they’re supposed to take that for the rest of their life.
So they’ve been trying to apply that single treatment single doctor paradigm to a totally different environment and it’s not working. So Alzheimer’s disease is a great example of that. For 25 years they’ve been trying to find like a single drug that will, you know, cure or at least be helpful but they haven’t been able to. There’s not a single medication after 25 years of drug development they can not only not reverse the progression but even slow it down at all.
And if that doesn’t wake us up and tell us that our approach is not is not the right one I don’t know what will.