We live in the “Information Age”. Information comes at us from everywhere, faster than ever, as we plug in to media. But we have always been surrounded by information, in any age. Information drives the environment, and when you grasp this, you are empowered like never before in every aspect of life — including your health.
Environment drives your health — your cells are constantly modifying their behavior in response to it. We have been conditioned to think that environment is unguided and random — and it would be without information. Cells carry massive amounts of information telling them how to intelligently respond to any environmental situation.
People are quite unique in the universe, being able not only comprehend information, but to create it. This means we can learn how to drive the environment, which controls our health. We are not victims of unguided random chance.
What is information?
Data is the organizational foundation of information. Data is not information until it is comprehensible by something or someone. A crystal or a snowflake has data —it shows a specific, organized pattern — but it does not convey any information to someone, and does not alter the environment in some purposeful manner.
Information comes through the processing of data. For this to happen, the processor requires sufficient intelligence to be able to read the data and respond to it. Without that, the data is meaningless. Your cells are data processors, reading the information of DNA and responding to information received through cell receptors. Information requires a creator which “encodes” the information, and a receiver which “decodes” or interprets the data — without both, it isn’t information, but mere data.
The intelligence required to process information requires design and purpose. Without design, you just have a collection of molecules with no more functionality than a crystal or a snowflake. Without purpose, you have nothing that drives improvement. Your cells have a purpose to survive (really to thrive) and they actively work towards this purpose. Your whole body is designed for the cells to work together. The result is a complex being that could never exist otherwise. We know of the second law of thermodynamics, which essentially says that everything has a tendency towards chaos, not organization. This could also be called “the law of decay”. It takes design and purpose to counter this law and to build increasing complexity. To build more complexity on top of existing complexity over time requires continual design and purpose, in defiance of the second law. Rest assured, when even one cell is more complex than your phone or computer, you know that life has been carefully and purposefully designed. It’s no accident.
Disease: when things go wrong
Since we are constantly dealing with the “law of decay”, we have aging and disease. Our bodies have many layers of safeguards that defy decay: DNA replication has redundancy in the duplication process that double-checks the accuracy of the replication, our immune system has cells to kill invaders and damaged cells, cells signal each other to cause the body tissues to work together — but eventually the law of decay has to win. If it didn’t, we would have a population explosion that would make life on this earth impossible within a few generations.
Because we recognize that we live in a universe of consistency instead of chaos, we can process information that we then can use to improve our environment. As we learn more about what promotes health, vitality, and longevity, we use that knowledge to make the body’s internal environment better. When we do that, we avoid much disease and premature aging. Despite the forces of decay, we can live a relatively disease-free and long life when we learn and apply our knowledge of how to make our internal environment work with the design that has been built into our cells.
In an article published in Cell Reports, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) studied the aging effects in various types of cells. They concluded that the various tissues are impacted differently, so organs age at different rates. They also said that aging is “one of the most complex processes in biology.” They noted that epigenetics responds to the forces of aging: in other words, the expression of genes changes with age. Epigenetic responses cause cells to behave differently as the environment changes. These researchers are attempting to gather information as to how to adjust the environment to slow aging effects. As they stated, “Our final goal is not to stop aging, but to age better and disease-free…”
Negative and positive information
Thoughts provide cells with information. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs study, published in Psychiatric Services, showed that VA patients with depression died five years earlier, on average, than those without depression. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that depression increases risk of death by 1.8 times, and that severe mental disorders reduce life expectancy by 10 to 25 years. Many deaths were the result of cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious diseases, diabetes, and hypertension. Simply the “will to live” talks to the body and affects its operation.
Short of depression, simple worry or fear sends information to the body as well. These messages are negative information that you may be unaware of, but are signaling your body nonetheless. The body is a good decoder of the positive or negative information provided to it, and it is very receptive. By simply mentioning to you a fearful past event in your life, someone can change your heart rate and other metabolic functions, even if you try to resist.
Published in The Lancet, a study conducted by the University College London of over 9000 middle-aged people showed that those with the greatest sense of well-being were 30% less likely to die over the 8.5 year follow-up period of the study participants. Factors contributing to their sense of well-being were life satisfaction and happiness; the negative contributing factors were sadness, anger, stress, and pain. A University of Michigan study, published by PubMed, narrowed in on two primary factors: meaning and purpose. How do you have meaning and purpose? Can those come if you are a product of many random chance events?
Charles de Lint wrote, “If you’re not ready to die, then how can you live?” We have seen that some people may live to a really old age of 110 or 120. No matter how old you are, death will likely come sooner than you wish, and then what? The irony is: if you live with purpose and believe your future is secure after this life, then you are more likely to live to a ripe old age, but if you fear death, you are likely hastening it. If you treat health as a goal, learning and putting into practice those things that promote health, then you are likely to live longer and more disease free, able to enjoy those later years. There is purpose and meaning. There is security that replaces fear. We are part of an eternal picture, where what we do counts forever, so we can live safely and confidently, knowing that our present is guided, and our future is secure.
Dr. Nemec’s Comments:
What information are you basing your life and decisions on? There are two information sources in the world — number one: truth, and number two: facts. Most people make all their decisions on facts instead of truth, but that’s not the way you were created. To pray means to listen to truth. Sometimes truth and facts will line up together and sometimes they won’t. The choice is yours: door number one or door number two, but you can’t take door number one to get door number two. Your motive has to be from a pure heart.
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