METABOLISM: A FACTOR IN HEART DISEASE

While diseases of the heart and blood vessels have been increasing at an enormous rate, and while the search for the cause of these diseases and the reason for their continuous increase has been going on for a long time, our research workers, so far, have accomplished very little.

However, a profound change has recently taken place which, if carried to its logical conclusion, holds significant promise for the future. This change took place when our scientists began to realise that diseases of the heart and the circulation arise from an impairment in the metabolism of the body.

The term metabolism covers a wide field. It embraces all the known and unknown functions of the body and all the known and unknown chemical and physiological processes that break down our food and oxygen so that they can be utilised by the cells.

The living body is a complex mechanism; the digestion and assimilation of food, the secretion of the endocrine glands, the functions of the nervous system, the elimination of toxins, and the thousand and one chemical and physiologic changes that take place continuously within our organism are part of this complexity.

Anything that impairs these functions leads to a derangement in nutrition, affects the elimination of toxins, impairs glandular functions, and causes a chemical imbalance. These are the impairments that exist and are part and parcel of our so-called metabolic diseases. Diabetes, arthritis, diseases of the kidneys and liver, the various degenerative nervous disorders, as well as the diseases of the heart and blood vessels, all belong in this category.

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