The Natural History of Disease

The manifestation of disease occurs in four stages. 

 

Stage I:  The stage of susceptibility.  It is characterized as a pre-pathogenic and symptom -free state. This is where you and I should be.  Unfortunately, most of us occupy the second or third stage.

 

Stage II:  The stage of presymptomatic disease is also a symptom-free stage.  However, there is tissue changes present.  At this stage there is no manifest disease and no sign or symptoms of illness, but usually through the interaction of a variety of risk factors, pathogenic changes have started to occur.    You may have pathological tissue changes that are not at all characterized by the condition that brought you to my office, ie...musculoskeletal ache or pain.  After my appropriate adjustment,  you walk out of the office feeling more healthy and alive.  However, despite this restored sense of well-being, a subclinical pathological process may be marching on toward the future clinical manifestation of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes mellitus, obesity, osteoporosis, dental diseases or diverticular disease and such.  The is a discussion about the stressors that are contributing to  the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) is initiated.    The GAS is induced by nonspecific agents and conditions known as stressors.   READ MORE

 

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