One of the first things I learnt after further exploring Lingzhi, was the 7 Stages of Disease. I believe there is simply not enough written and discussed about this and perhaps that is the reason for so many cases of cancer and heart disease. People find out they have a serious health problem only once it’s too late and the problem is irreversible. It is SO important for us to take care of our health way before we reach the 7th Stage.
Let me explain a little bit more about these 7 stages.
The word enervation comes from the word energy. Energy is the essence of all life. Your very existence is dependent upon how much energy is available at any given time, to carry out all of the functions of your body. Enervation is a condition in which the body is either not generating sufficient energy for the tasks it must perform, or the tasks the body must perform are greater that the normal energy supply can cope with. When this occurs, the body becomes impaired and generates even less energy. In fact, all of the body’s functions are impaired and this includes the processes of elimination of the toxic by-products of both metabolism and the residue of foods taken into the body. A certain amount of toxins in the body is totally natural. It is when there are more being produced than are being eliminated that problems arise. This situation results not only in the further inability of the body to restore depleted energy, but it also allows the body to become overloaded with this toxic material. Since energy is restored when you sleep, the first warning sign you’ll receive that you are becoming enervated is that you will become tired and sluggish or require naps and/or more sleep at night. Enervation leads directly to the second stage of disease.
(Also referred to as Toxicosis)
Toxemia or Toxicosis occurs when the un-eliminated toxic material described above starts to saturate the blood, lymph and tissues of the body. The body, of course, recognizes this situation that must be corrected and in an attempt to cleanse itself and maintain its integrity, it initiates a flushing out of the toxins. Two results can be expected when this happens. First, warnings in the form of discomfort occur. For instance, you might come down with a “virus” or the “flu.” Second, this process puts an even greater burden on the body’s energy supply. If a person is also overworked, or under stress or getting insufficient rest and sleep, (all energy sappers) the feelings of tiredness and sluggishness become more pronounced. At a certain level of toxemia when the toxins must be forced out, the next stage of disease develops.
Whereas with enervation the only recognizable warning sign is a feeling of tiredness or fatigue, toxemia and the resulting irritation brings forth other more recognizable warning symptoms. In fact, the entire purpose of this stage is designed to make you aware of the rising level of toxemia in your body in the hope you will pay heed to the warnings and take the appropriate steps to remove them.
Irritation is a condition where the body sets in motion its defensive mechanisms and speeds up its internal activities for the purpose of unloading toxins that have built up. This can happen at various points in the body.
A common warning signal of irritation due to toxemia within the body is itchiness. The skin is not only the body’s largest organ; it is also an organ of elimination. The body freely and regularly uses the four billion or so pores that make up our skin to remove toxins from within the body, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet and everywhere in between. If any part of your skin becomes itchy, that is a classic sign that toxins are being removed, and when they reach the surface of the skin, that area becomes irritated and itchy. It’s not serious but it is bothersome, which is the body’s way of getting your attention. If nothing is done to remove the cause of the problem, the itchiness will progress to something far more troublesome.
Not everyone experiences itchy skin in a state of irritation, others feel queasy or nauseous for no apparent reason and at all different times of day. You may feel jumpy or uneasy or on edge, so that you “fly off the handle” for no apparent reason. People feel irritated because their bodies art in a state of irritation.
Other warning signs include prolonged nervousness, depression, anxiety and worry. You may start to have more frequent headaches, or have minor aches and pains in other areas of your body. If you find it more difficult to fall asleep or sleep fitfully, that is another indication of irritation. So is putting on weight. Other classic indicators are coated tongue, bad breath, increased body odor and sallow complexion, especially dark circles under the eyes. Women may experience out of the ordinary menstrual problems or heavier menstrual flow.
Unfortunately, people live years in a state of irritation without ever knowing what’s beating them up. But when the effects of enervation, toxemia and irritation are ignored long enough, and the toxic residue that started the whole thing in motion in the first place builds to a higher concentration, the fourth stage of disease results.
Inflammation is the body’s most intense effort to cleanse and restore itself. This is when you become keenly aware of a problem, for it involves pain. Pain is not something that occurs haphazardly. Pain has purpose. It’s the body’s most effective warning signal. It is specifically designed to alert you to the fact that without corrective measures you are endangering yourself.
The body is more desperately attempting to get rid of the ever-increasing level of toxemia before it causes devastating damage.
Few people realize that this is a cleansing, healing mode of the body as it tries to fix itself. Instead it is looked upon as an “attack” against your well being, so it is off to the doctor in search of relief. And sure enough, the doctor will find signs of pathology, which, more often than not will be treated with drugs. The drugs do nothing to remove the cause of the problem. They serve only to lessen the pain of the problem. Ultimately, in doing so, they add to the level of toxemia while giving the false impression that the problem is being handled.
With inflammation, the toxins in the system have usually been concentrated in a particular organ or a particular area of the body for a massive eliminative effort. The area becomes inflamed due to the constant irritation from toxic material. When inflammation exists, we are diagnosed with one or more of the “itises” “It’s at the end of a word literally means “inflammation of.” So tonsillitis means inflammation of the tonsils; appendicitis—inflammation of the appendix; hepatitis—inflammation of the liver; nephritis—inflammation of the kidneys; arthritis—inflammation of the joints; colitis—inflammation of the colon. The list goes on and on. When a lymph node becomes inflamed, it enlarges and becomes tender. It is called lymphadenitis. A swollen lymph node or gland is one of the body’s most obvious warnings that a cleansing of built up toxins is long overdue. It is very important at this point that corrective measures are taken (a change in eating habits, lifestyle, etc.).
Inflammation or fever is a body crisis response to a life-threatening situation. The body and the body alone create the fever. It is evidence of increased and intense body activities directed at cleansing and repair. The extraordinary energies employed for a fever are at the expense of energies normally involved in digestion, work or play, thinking, etc. Fever is a healing activity.
When these healing symptoms are suppressed with drugs the level of toxicity increases until other organs become affected as well—not only with the toxins already in the body but also with the added toxicity of the drugs that are given. If the condition of the body’s general toxification is unceasing,it will result in the next stage of disease.
The fifth stage means that the body has been under assault for such a long time that massive amounts of cells and tissues are being destroyed. Where tissue is destroyed a hole is literally opened up. This condition is often intensely painful because there are exposed nerves. Ulcers can occur inside or outside of the body. While the body may use an ulcer as an outlet to rid itself of toxins, it will heal the ulcer if the level of toxemia is sufficiently lowered. Following ulceration is the process the body goes through to seal off these wounds.
Induration is a hardening of tissue. But this hardening has real direction and purpose. The toxic material that is threatening the well being of the body is encapsulated in a sack of hardened issue.
This is a way of quarantining the toxic material and holding it in one place so it will not spread freely throughout the body. The sack is what is referred to as a tumor and is sometimes misdiagnosed as cancer.
Induration is the last stage during which the body is still in control of its cells. Should the destructive practices discussed so far, which brought matters to this stage continue, cells and tissue systems would go crazy. They will become parasitic, living off of whatever nutrients they can obtain, but contributing nothing to the body in turn. The constant poisoning has finally altered their genetic encoding and they become wild and disorganized. They are not capable of intelligent, normal organized action for the good of the body. When cells go wild in this manner, the condition is called cancer.
This is the end point in the long development of disease and if the causes that brought it about to begin with are continued it is usually fatal. Body vitality is at a very low level; cells are no longer under the control of the brain, but are multiplying wildly in an unorganized manner. Although in the best of circumstances, with a most healthy regimen, cancer can be arrested and reversed, it would take a diligent, concentrated effort.
All through the first six stages of disease, the body gives incessant warnings. If the warnings are understood and corrective measures are taken, the warnings stop. If they are not understood and the same habits continue, the warnings become progressively more acute. This built-in mechanism is as automatic as the eyes blinking when necessary, or blood flowing through the veins. This warning system is yet one more beautiful example of the magnificence of the human body. But all the body can do is warn us to make a change; it can’t make the changes for us.
Have you ever been driving down the road and suddenly you notice a red light flashing on your dashboard indicating a problem? What do you do, ignore it in hopes that it will go away? Do you cover it with tape so you don’t have to see it? Or do you take steps to correct the problem?
The people who build cars have managed to figure out how to put a built in warning system into them to prevent the destruction of the car. Why is it so hard for us to believe that God would surely do the same for His magnificent creation?
As you can see, our body has many warning signals on the way to the 7th Stage and we need to learn not to ignore them. Before starting to take Lingzhi and Pollen I was definitely on Stage 1 as I felt exhausted every afternoon, literally ready to go to bed by 4pm. Even my friends used to make fun of me as I would never be able to stay awake when we went to cinema for a movie or while watching TV at home, even if it was in the afternoon. Honestly I never paid so much attention to it, I just thought my body clock works in that way. Now I can see that this was not true. My body was giving me first signals that I wasn’t taking care of myself well enough. Now I’m able to go through the whole day with so much energy and concentration, making me a much more efficient person, and now I can actually go through an entire movie without falling asleep. 🙂
I have also experienced some symptoms of Stage 2 as my body was trying to get rid of all the toxins, after consuming Lingzhi and Pollen. At first I experienced pimples on my face for a while as the toxins were coming out. Of course, this was annoying and discouraging as my face was full of ugly spots, but I knew I needed to go through with it in order to clean up my system. Few months later I experienced symptoms of a really bad flu, but really exaggerated; high fever, strong body ache, dizziness and weakness. I couldn’t even get out of bed. Never have I experienced such strong symptoms before. I decided not to consume any western medicine, on advise of my Shuang Hor friends, and decided to let the body heal itself while consuming high dosage of Lingzhi and Pollen. This was not easy, as I was traditionally used to immediately lowering my fever and suppressing all the symptoms. I spent two days in agony, but already by the third day the fever was completely gone and my body was quickly recovering. I really felt the accomplishment of letting my body heal itself and understanding that I needed to let my body go through this. However it was important for me to give it some extra help to flush out all the toxins and cleanse itself, by consuming Lingzhi and Pollen.
In my opinion it is very important to try to understand our bodies to our best abilities, and not simply trust western medicine. The modern medicine is designed in such a way that it suppresses the symptoms quickly, but it doesn’t always fix the actual problem. Due to this, it is very difficult for people to have the patience to stick with products such as Lingzhi, as the results take some time to surface. Lingzhi cures the body from the inside and if there are any more serious problems which we might not even be aware of it takes months for results to show.
Furthermore, after taking Lingzhi, body might go through these vertigo reactions which I mentioned while the body is cleansing itself. After recommending these products to my friends and family, it has been the hardest part to convince them that the vertigo reactions will stop once the body heals itself. For some it is over quickly, while others go through months of this healing crisis.
So start paying attention to you body today and don’t wait till it’s too late.