"I am fearfully and wonderfully made." It has been 3,000 years since those words were originally written, but the truth they express is more evident today than ever. I appreciate their meaning more with each passing day.
I have been studying the design of the human body for over forty years. I use the word "design" intentionally, for the human body could not have evolved by chance. It is structural having tissues and organs. It is biochemical, with a nearly infinite number of reactions occurring at any point in time. It is electrical; life is defined by the presence of electrical activity in the heart and brain. The body is magnetic, relying on the earth's electromagnetic field as its primary energy source.
We human beings are more than bodies, however. Each of us has a soul and a spirit. The soul, comprised of the mind, will, and emotions, gives each person a unique personality. The spirit gives life to the body. David was correct in his assessment of the human condition. Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Scientific medicine rejects the concept that the human body was carefully and marvelously designed by a wise and benevolent Creator. Evolutionary theory was the basis of my formal education from elementary school through medical school. It remains at the core of the continuing medical education courses I take each year.
Evolutionary theory is not capable of providing answers to common health challenges. It takes a fatalist approach to the challenge of disease and aging. Disease, it seems, just happens; it is the unfortunate result of flaws within the body, of having been dealt a poor genetic hand in the game of life. Evolutionary medicine states that the reason my father died of a heart attack was that his body contained too much "bad cholesterol"; he had not evolved from his hunter-gatherer past quickly enough to survive in an industrial/informational society.
Building health by design takes an optimistic approach to disease and aging. Disease doesn't "just happen"; it is the result of specific challenges to the body's integrity that can be successfully countered by supporting the body's intrinsic, God-given healing mechanisms. The design approach to disease states that the reason my father died from a heart attack was that his body was not given the raw materials required to respond to inflammation in his arteries and to prevent oxidative damage to his LDL cholesterol.
Approximately twenty-five years ago I made the decision to approach the challenge of disease from a viewpoint of design rather than from the standard evolutionary position. The results have been beyond anything I could have imagined at the time. Today I routinely see what I would have considered miracles in my former way of approaching illness. They are miracles, but they are miracles not of a suspension of the laws of nature, but they are miracles of the incredible healing mechanisms that are part of the body's design.
This is a book about the design of the human body, the mechanisms that lead to disease and accelerate aging, and how supporting the intrinsic, God-given healing mechanisms within the body can restore and maintain vitality and add years to one's life.