Your body as a Complex System : Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this post, read it here.

More and more doctors and other enlightened medical professionals are starting to treat the body viewing it as a whole. But they are still in the minority.

The traditional (read: mechanistic) medical view of the body is that of a machine. What do you do when the machine breaks down? You find the part which is broken, a broken gear, a distorted spring, a bent shaft, replace it and hey presto! It’s back  up again.

But in a system as complex as the human body, there are systems upon interdependent systems which will be affected by every single change in either internal or external circumstances.

Our body is superbly adaptive. It always tries to get into a state of equilibrium presented with any stress that forces adaptation. This process of returning to a ‘setpoint’ is called homeostasis.

Though what happens when the stress or trauma is beyond the availability of the body’s resources to fix, is that the body grudgingly readjusts to a NEW setpoint. After all, survival of the organism is the primary imperative.

Imagine it’s the middle of winter, and the thermostat on your heater is stuck about 10 degrees higher than what you find comfortable. Now, no matter what you do to make yourself comfortable, open the windows for a bit, take off a couple of layers of clothing, whatever you do, when you stop doing it, the heater will still return to that particular temperature. What it will also do is use up more resources (heating oil in this case), effectively depleting them sooner. What if the thermostat is stuck 20 degrees higher. More discomfort/dysfunction, more resources used.

That is what I believe happens to people with chronic conditions. Their internal thermostat has effectively changed, and the body will now default to the new ‘setting’.

What our aim is, then, is to reach out and ‘reset’ our internal thermostats back to normal. What makes it so difficult in practice, is that our bodies have tens of thousands of systems which may need to be reset, and all completely interdependent.

What may make it somewhat easier, and the approach I am going to outline, is that all these systems are regulated by certain higher level systems, the master systems, if you will. Fix these, and the changes should trickle down to the rest.

I’ll post more information soon.

Love,
Foggy dude

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