The Seven Root Cause Areas of Health

(aka: The Seven Root Cause Areas for ALL Digestive Disorders)


Physical health is the foundation upon which we build the rest of our lives. The quality of our physical health depends upon the quality of the life of our cells. If our cells are healthy, then we are healthy. It’s as simple as that.

We live and die at the cellular level.

The body is constantly healing itself.

Nothing is neutral.

Everything we do, especially everything we eat, drink, take for supplements and take for medicine, or anything else we put into our body: is either complementary and helpful to the way the cells of our body have been designed to function or it is (or they are) insulting and actively harmful.

Nothing is neutral.

Nothing we do “to” or “with” our body has a neutral or “no” impact on our health and well-being. Everything we do has an impact. That impact is either helpful or harmful; health-promoting or health-destroying.

All of these impacts are either complementary or insulting to the way the cells of our body have been designed to function. And every cell has been designed to function normally; in spite of many nasty rumors to the contrary.

Whether the cells in our body function normally or abnormally is mostly up to us and the choices and decisions we make every day of our lives. If our cells function normally, we are healthy. If are cells are not functioning normally, then we are not healthy. Please remember this.

The sum-total or synergistic effect of all these various impacts determines the quality of our health and the quantity of years that we are able to enjoy our health…or not enjoy our health.

Over the years, I have identified seven (7) distinct and inter-related root cause areas where these various complementary or insulting impacts or “habits” are to be found. I will use the word “habits” to cover ALL impacts, behaviors and influences in our diet and lifestyle that affect our health and well-being.

The most effective way to address and in most cases to permanently resolve  any health challenge whatsoever from the most minor to the most serious is to identify the habits in our diet and lifestyle that are insulting and then to make a commitment to transform them into complementary habits and then PRACTICE the complementary habits consistently.

When we practice complementary habits consistently, our body will do the rest. The cells in our body will do the rest. If our cells are healthy, then we are healthy.

Please remember this.

The cells in our body contain amazing intelligence, resourcefulness, ingenuity and creativity. At the first indication that we have seriously amended and trans-formed our ways of eating and living and being, the cells in our body will initiate a comprehensive cellular regeneration and repair process: in ALL of our organs and tissues and systems and cells.

We should be very grateful that our cells retain this ability to repair and heal themselves no matter how badly we have treated them in the past. No matter how badly we have insulted the cells in our body, no matter how damaged they have become, they still love us; unconditionally: and they are happy to prove this to us!

All we have to do is to transform our insulting habits into complementary habits.

And, most importantly; as long as we continue to implement and PRACTICE the complementary habits CONSISTENTLY and minimize, avoid or completely eliminate the insulting habits; our body will continue this process of cellular regeneration, renewal and repair until our whole-body health and total well-being has been fully and completely restored.

This is how our body heals itself and keeps itself healthy.

Our bodies are amazing.

Our bodies heal themselves from the inside out, at the cellular level.

“Our bodies; and every organ, tissue and system within our bodies, build themselves from single cells and renew themselves through the constant interchange of food, water and air. The cells of the human body seem to remember their original unity, even when they have organized and become the elements of an innumerable multitude. Each cell understands spontaneously and intuitively the functions required of them inside the organized whole. This innate knowledge of the part they must play in the manifestation of a healthy, wholesome body, is a consciousness or mode of being inside each and every cell.”

from the book, Man the Unknown, by Alexis Carrel



In order for the cells in our body to heal themselves, they simply require our conscious attention and persistent cooperation, assistance and support.

When we find and do…CONSISTENTLY…the things that nourish the cells in our body best…all will be well…today…and in all the days ahead.

Now, let’s explore the Seven Root Cause Areas of Health!

The Seven Root Cause Areas of Health 

(aka: The Seven Root Cause Areas for all Digestive Disorders)

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

–   Aristotle

The Seven Root Cause Areas are:

  1. Mindfulness
  2. Proper Daily Hydration
  3. Micronutrient Deficiencies
  4. Macronutrient Imbalances
  5. Intestinal Dysbiosis
  6. Oxidative Stress
  7. Redox Molecules Deficiencies

Let me explain each one briefly.

Root Cause Area #1: Mindfulness     

This is the area of Personal Integrity and Being Proactive. This is the area of  Personal Responsibility. This is the area of basic Common Sense.

Each person, BEFORE they get ANY new information or advice from ANY Healthcare Practitioner (including me) from any discipline of Health and Healing, Nutrition and Medicine, Traditional or Alternative, Integrative or Holistic; whatever the school of thought, wherever and from whomever the source of new information and advice; already possesses a lot of information and relevant experience!

Each person should evaluate and value all this information and experience first.

What do you already know to be true about your own body and what it needs and what it doesn’t need?

What do you already know or think you know about what works and what doesn’t work to bring your body back into balance and harmony, vitality and health?

What are your current beliefs and your current practices or habits in each of the following areas?

  • Is your health and fitness your number one priority?
  • Do you exercise daily, properly, moderately, effectively?
  • Are you properly hydrated?
  • Do you eat balanced whole food meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
  • Are your snack-food choices healthy and wholesome?
  • Do you drink too much caffeine, alcohol, soda?
  • Do you consume too many processed foods and junk foods?
  • Do you eat too fast, not chew properly, eat too late at night?
  • Do you over-eat in general?
  • Do you breathe properly? Do you pay attention to your breathing?
  • Are you grateful? How do you express your gratitude?
  • Where are the gaps that exist between what you believe to be the most important things about your health and fitness and your current habits?
  • Do you already know what’s missing from your daily health and fitness routines?
  • Or, do you really know…that you don’t know where the gaps are and that you really need assistance in getting back on track so you can get yourself well again?

Mindfulness, in its simplest and most powerful expression is the moment to moment awareness that causes us to make decisions that nourish ourselves best and complement our bodies best and support the miraculous abilities of our cells.

This is what I mean when I say: When we find and do…consistently…the things that nourish our cells best…all will be well…today and in all the days ahead.

So, practically speaking, stop what you are doing right now and make a list of all your well-known most insulting habits…and another list of your most complementary habits.

Stop, minimize, avoid or completely eliminate your insulting habits.

Start, optimize, increase and practice consistently your complementary habits.

Bring your level of mindfulness to the next level and watch the positive changes that take place. Amaze yourself!

And if you are not sure about where or how to begin this process, keep reading!

Root Cause Area #2: Proper Daily Hydration

Everyone knows that proper daily hydration is a complementary and essential health habit. There is absolutely no doubt about this. However, not everyone understands or practices consistently the most effective way to regain and then maintain proper hydration levels throughout the entire body on a daily and ongoing basis.

Every cell in our body contains water. Every cell in our body contains a salt-water solution called; cytosol. The quality of the cytosol affects the functioning of all the  complex microscopic bio-chemical machinery inside our cells (like mitochondrial function and DNA expression).

55-75% of the physical structure of every cell is made up of water (cytosol). If there is persistent drought at any level the cell becomes incapable of functioning normally and we begin to suffer from a variety of symptoms and conditions.

When cells become de-hydrated they freak out and set off a variety of alarms. These alarms indicate that a condition of dis-ease is setting up inside our cells and inside our tissues, organs, systems…our whole body is eventually affected.

So many symptoms and conditions of chronic degenerative dis-ease can be fixed and then permanently prevented from ever happening again through the consistent daily practice of proper hydration.

For specific instructions on the safest and most effective way to properly hydrate your body, please consult the pdf that I have created called: The Watercure Recipe. 

I first discovered the watercure recipe in January,1997 and it changed my life and the status of my health in many important ways. I have been teaching and practicing the watercure recipe every day since.

    “Chronic cellular dehydration painfully and prematurely kills. It’s initial outward 

        manifestations have until now been labeled as diseases of unknown origin.”

F.Batmanghelidj, MD author of the book: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water

(subtitled: You are not sick, you are thirsty!  Don’t treat thirst with medications.) 

Root Cause Area #3: Micronutrient Deficiencies

Micronutrients are the microscopic nutrients inside our foods that we cannot see. Vitamins, minerals, trace-minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, pigments like chlorophyll, anti-oxidants like Beta Carotene, etc.

At least 80 different micronutrients have been identified so far and MOST of them play significant roles in the health and normal functioning of the cells in our body.

Therefore, if we become deficient in any one or several of these vitally important micronutrients our cells simply cannot function normally and we can begin to suffer from a variety of symptoms and conditions. When these micronutrient deficiencies become chronic and ongoing, our body begins to experience various states of dis-ease, dys-function and eventually degeneration.

As in (potentially) chronic degenerative disease.

For the past thirty years I have been using and advocating the use of the world’s number one superfood; a very amazing kind of wild-harvested blue green algae to address and resolve micronutrient deficiencies.*

This nutrient-rich organic quality superfood contains over 80 individual micronutrients which are all bioavailable and easily digested, absorbed and assimilated into our bloodstream and eventually into our cells.

If you become a client and work with me directly you will be using this superfood. If you want to do this on your own, simply purchase my book and instructions about how to purchase this product and properly use this product are explained in the book.

If you are interested in learning more about this superfood or in getting started on it right away, simply call our office here and speak with Megan Moore: 413-536-3322

*Typically, the blue green algae is consumed in combination with supplemental digestive enzymes and probiotics in a product called: Essentials. A packet containing five capsules; two blue green algae, two probiotics and one digestive enzyme are consumed before meals. This combination helps us to more efficiently digest our food and more effectively absorb and assimilate the micronutrients from our food to our bloodstream and into our cells

Root Cause Area #4: Macronutrient Imbalances

Macronutrient Imbalances refers to the correct balance between the various groups of whole foods in our wonderful whole foods cornucopia: grains, beans, root vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, vine vegetables, green leafy vegetables, raw vegetables, cooked vegetables, canned vegetables, pickled vegetables, seeds, nuts, seed butters, nut butters, seasonal fruits, tropical fruits, temperate zone fruits, fruit juice, dried fruits, naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, tofu, tempeh; eggs, milk, cheese, meat, fish, fowl, wild game, etc.

What is the best balance between protein, carbohydrates and fat? What is the best balance between cooked and raw? Why are fiber-rich foods so important? What are we supposed to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks? And Why?

How can anyone know for sure what we are supposed to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks when there are so many diets and so many conflicting opinions from so many so-called diet experts?

Well, for the past forty-plus years I have consumed myself and advocated for others a very simple approach to organic quality (mostly cooked) whole foods based upon a variety of ethnic, cultural and ancestral traditions and a lot of plain old common sense.

If we could put ourselves into a time machine and go back in time, 500 or 1,000 or 2,000 years ago and visit the places where our ancestors lived and worked and played we would find that their basic dietary habits were centered around the foods listed above in the first paragraph of this section and had been very consistent for generation after generation; consuming local and regional organic quality and mostly cooked whole foods; until the Industrial Revolution (around 1850) brought us the disaster of mass production and heavily processed and refined, denatured and lifeless foods and fake foods and junk foods.

And today we have the challenge of genetically modified organisms (gmo’s) as well!

The recipes in my book and on my website are a great way to begin the process of changing over your macronutrient diet from many insulting habits and influences to many new and complementary habits and influences. We post new recipes to our website on an ongoing and continuing basis.

If you become a client and work with me directly I will conduct a thorough assessment of your current eating habits and provide guidance for comprehensive improvement.

Root Cause Area #5: Intestinal Dysbiosis

Intestinal Dysbiosis is the opposite of Intestinal Symbiosis. Intestinal Dysbiosis means that there is an overgrowth of opportunistic and pathological bacteria and other pathological and opportunistic organisms living in your digestive system.

It’s challenging to understand and imagine the number of organisms we are talking about here and the profound positive or negative influences they exert and produce, but let’s try.

We know that the human body is composed of at least 100 trillion cells. And that’s a pretty big number. But the number of bacterial organisms (from now on referred to as “bacteria”) that live inside the human digestive system (in the mouth, throat, stomach, small intestines and large intestines) are in the neighborhood of at least one thousand times a hundred trillion.

Now, that’s a REALLY big number!

This means that what we normally think of as the human body is only 10% of what we are actually composed of. If we simply determine our composition by the number of cells that we are composed of. We will save that interesting conversation for another time.

Simply understand that each and every one of these bacterial organisms that live inside our digestive system; consume our food, digest our food and eliminate waste products. (Yes, just like us!)

There are over 500 different species of probiotics or healthy bacteria discovered so far. These are called the “good bacteria” or probiotics.

There are an even larger number of unhealthy bacteria that exist and that can find their way into our digestive systems. These are called the “bad bacteria” or dysbiotics.

The waste products generated by the good bacteria are good for us in general and really good for the normal functioning of our digestive system.

For example, the waste products of the good bacteria regulate the pH environment throughout our entire digestive system. When the pH environment is properly balanced  and regulated we don’t experience any smelly or painful gas, bloating, cramping, distention or discomfort.

The waste products of the good bacteria include the production of our own endogenous and very powerful antibiotics! One of the most powerful antibiotics that exists is something called: acidophilin which is produced by one of our most prolific and important probiotics called acidophilus.

The waste products of the good bacteria include all of our B-vitamins and B-vitamins are critical components of the cells that make up our immune system.

Oh, and you have already heard or read that 80% of the antibody producing cells of our immune system are manufactured in glands that live in the lining of our small intestine (known as Peyer’s Patches) and these glands or patches are nourished by and protected by the waste products of the good bacteria in our gut.

And on and on and on.

The waste products of our good bacteria produce the environment that allows our digestive system to function normally.

We are supposed to have a “balance” in the microbiome or eco-system of our gut that is 80% good bacteria and 20% (or less) bad bacteria. This balance is critical not only to the normal functioning of our digestive and immune systems but for all the organs, and systems and cells throughout the whole body.

As goes the health of our intestinal microbiome, so goes our health.

So, no doubt you are already starting to imagine the hellish intestinal scenarios that start to play out when the “balance” of good bacteria to bad bacteria changes from the ideal 80-20 rule (80% good to 20% or less bad bacteria) to something else entirely.

Any other proportion, other than the ideal 80-20 is called Intestinal Dysbiosis. And if you think of the bad bacteria as “weeds” then when you have intestinal dysbiosis you basically have a condition where the weeds have taken over the garden within.

When the bad bacteria dominate the intestinal microbiome there are many problems.

The problems are caused by the waste products eliminated or released into the intestinal eco-system by these bad bacterial organisms.

The bad bacteria eat your food, digest your food and eliminate waste products. It is the waste products of the bad bacteria that are toxic to our digestive system and cause all the various intestinal symptoms, conditions and problems.

So, when you have intestinal dysbiosis, you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria and it is the waste products of these bad bacteria that cause all the symptoms of digestive distress, digestive disorder and digestive dis-ease.

The waste products of the bad bacteria are toxic and very insulting to the health and normal functioning of our intestinal microbiome which then adversely affects all of the normal processes and procedures of our digestive system.

When we have intestinal dysbiosis the symptoms are many and seemingly endless: gas, bloating, cramping, distention, discomfort, abdominal pain, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, joint pain, mood disorders, insomnia, skin disorders, irritability, food cravings, binge eating or drinking, mental confusion, memory loss, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety…and many other debilitating symptoms and conditions.

When we have intestinal dysbiosis we do not digest and break down our food effectively; we don’t absorb and assimilate our nutrients effectively (resulting in weight loss or weight gain and many micronutrient deficiency disorders) and we certainly don’t eliminate effectively resulting in constipation and colonic inertia on the one hand and loose urgent, frequent and sometimes incontinent bowel movements on the other. (and sometimes with blood and mucous)

The reason to eat a healthy diet is so that you are consciously and purposefully feeding and nourishing the growing populations of good bacteria in your gut. This is also the reason we consume probiotic supplements containing various strains of good bacteria.

But sometimes the condition of intestinal dysbiosis becomes so persistent, pervasive and stubborn that it does not respond to a change in diet or probiotics, other supplements, or any other positive or complementary changes we make!

And this is where my book is extremely helpful as I describe a step by step process where we learn how to methodically displace and eliminate the populations of bad bacteria in the intestines and replace it with a healthy eco-system of good bacteria.

That process is beyond the scope of this article.

This is a very important reason why people choose to work with me directly one on one. It is not easy to effectively address a condition of intestinal dysbiosis on your own especially if you have never attempted it before.

So, if you suspect that this is your biggest intestinal problem, please contact me directly and let’s discuss your individual situation.

There is a solution.


Bsically, the solution involves a comprehensive cleansing and reconditioning of the intestinal microbiome. To do this we use specialized therapeutic herbs alongside other complementary improvements in the other six root cause areas. This reconditioning process takes four to six weeks, typically. Most people report relief and improvement within the first seven to ten days. 

Root Cause Area #6:  Stress and Oxidative Stress

 There is good stress and bad stress. Positive Stress and Negative Stress. What I have described as “complementary” habits, behaviors and influences can be considered sources of good stress or positive stress and are essential in the process of regaining, maintaining or optimizing our health. “Insulting” habits, behaviors and influences are sources of bad or negative stress and actively undermine our body’s ability to regain, maintain or optimize our health and well-being.

And then there is Oxidative Stress.

I once heard a physician describe it this way: 90% of all adult conditions are degenerative in nature and 100% of all degenerative conditions are caused by Oxidative Stress.

So, what is Oxidative Stress?

At the microscopic, cellular level everything is in order or it’s not. Everything is functioning normally or it’s not.

When imbalances occur as a result of making insulting choices in one or more of these seven root cause areas some very bad molecular actors get created.

These bad molecular actors are called free radicals or free radical molecules.

Free radicals attack, tear apart and damage the normal structures of our cells.

Free radicals are like cellular gangsters on a rampage of chaos and destruction in a neighborhood of your city or town. That metaphorical city or town might be your knee or neck, kidney or heart.

The damage created by free radicals results in inflammation and inflammation is at the root of all chronic degenerative conditions.

Free radicals are sometimes called oxidants.

The remedy for reversing the damage caused by free radicals is called; antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances in our foods and nutritional supplements that have the effect of counter-balancing the destructive behavior of the free radicals. And when our body is healthy and properly hydrated and nourished our body produces its own endogenous (made from inside the cells) antioxidants with names like glutathione and super-oxide-dismutase (SOD).

When the free radicals are held in check, the cells can repair and heal themselves.

Learning what foods, snacks, beverages and supplements increase our antioxidant protection mechanisms and decrease free radical activity anywhere in our body is one of the most important things we can learn and do in order to regain, maintain or optimize our health and well-being.

Root Cause Area #7:  Redox Molecules Deficiencies

Redox Molecules are called Redox Signaling Molecules. They are manufactured in the mitochondria inside every cell in our body.

Some cells in our body contain as few as 5-10 mitochondria. Some cells contain as many as 5,000 mitochondria. The mitochondria are microscopic factories constantly producing substances that make all cellular activity possible. One of these substances is ATP (Adenosine-Tri-Phosphate).

ATP in our cells is like gasoline for a car engine. It makes things go!

When the mitochondria don’t produce enough ATP we will feel tired. Deficiencies of ATP is the root cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

And the root cause of ATP deficiencies is deficiencies of Redox Signaling Molecules.

When our cells are healthy they produce adequate amounts of Redox Signaling Molecules and everything functions normally.

When our cells don’t produce enough of these Redox Signaling Molecules the cells become unhealthy. All unhealthy cells are damaged cells.

When our cells don’t produce enough of these vital Redox Signaling Molecules things will go downhill and stay downhill until we can restore the balance of Redox Signaling Molecules in our cells back to normal levels.

Here’s a simple explanation of what happens:

When cells become damaged and they don’t know that they are damaged they can’t repair themselves. If they can’t repair themselves they will reproduce damaged cells which in turn produce more damaged cells.

This is not normal.

This is one mechanism in which the body starts going down the wrong path. The path of physical degeneration, dysfunction and dis-ease.

This is the basic mechanism of an uncomfortable aging process. This is the basic mechanism resulting in poor athletic performance. This is the basic mechanism for chronic unresolved aches and pains in the body. This is the basic mechanism why so many people get sick and tired and can’t get better.

And the question is: How does this happen?

This happens because the cell never got the signal that it was injured or damaged and in need of repair. This is not just happening in a single cell. It’s happening to millions and billions of cells throughout the whole body.

Now, why didn’t the cell get the signal that it was damaged?

The cell never got the signal that it was damaged because the cells were deficient in these Redox Signaling Molecules.

Here’s a simple analogy:

A group of friends are out hiking in the woods. One of them slips and falls and breaks their leg. There’s not enough time to carry the friend out. They need a helicopter rescue. They need to call 911. So, they all take out their cell phones to make the emergency call. No one has four bars. No one has the signal strength on their phone to send the message that they need help.

Now they are all in trouble because they want to help their friend but they can’t. They all want to take immediate action to repair the damage to their friend, but they can’t. They are all blocked and prevented from helping.

This is exactly what happens to individual cells in our body and it happens to groups of cells in our body. The signaling molecules responsible for informing the cell that there is a problem are not getting through.


The signaling molecules responsible for activating the precise instructions about how to fix and repair the problem are also not getting through.

This situation presents a real challenge to our health and well-being.

This situation is the single biggest and most important root cause of all human sickness, illness, dysfunction, degeneration and dis-ease…at the cellular level.

Fortunately for all of us, there’s been a bio-medical breakthrough in this area.

For the first time in history we can restore to normal levels the Redox Signaling Molecules in our cells.

For the first time in history we can bio-replenish our cells with bioactive Redox Signaling Molecules in supplement form.

I have put together a visually oriented twenty-minute presentation to explain what this breakthrough is, why it’s so important and how you can benefit from this breakthrough.

Please contact Megan Moore at 413-536-3322 by phone during the day or via email any time:  to find out the schedule of weekly presentation times.

Each presentation is “live” so that we can answer your questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Let me share a few more details about Redox Signaling Molecules:

Redox Signaling Molecules are found in every cell in our body and they act as messengers, working to maintain clear communication inside the cells and between the cells as they work together to advance life and health.

Part of their signaling role is to detect damaged cells and to activate the healing and repair process. Sometimes the cells can repair themselves and sometimes the cells need to replace themselves.

When internal production of our own (endogenous) Redox Signaling Molecules declines with age, environmental stress, poor diet and many other factors; our cells become disadvantaged by a weakened ability to repair or replace themselves.

This situation presents a real challenge to our cellular health and well-being. And anything that poses a challenge to our cellular health and well-being poses a challenge to our overall whole body health and well-being.

So, when we are able to give Redox Signaling Molecules (in supplement form) to a body that contains damaged cells, the damaged cells finally get the message that they are damaged.

When they get this message, the very same Redox Signaling Molecules provide clear instructions about how to fix the damage and get things back to normal cellular functioning.

This is how the human body heals itself and then keeps itself healthy at the cellular level.

Normal cellular functioning throughout the body creates the condition called being healthy!

For the first time in history we can bio-replenish our cells with bioactive Redox Signaling Molecules.

This is a major and most significant breakthrough in the world of health and healing at the cellular level and everyone deserves to learn about this breakthrough.

Everyone deserves to learn about this breakthrough because everyone can benefit from this breakthrough.

Please contact Megan Moore in our office for more information about this exciting development in the world of cellular health and healing!

By phone during the day Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EST: 413-536-3322

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This concludes my discussion of the Seven Root Cause Areas of Health which also happens to be the Seven Root Cause Areas for all Digestive System Disorders.

For more complete information on each subject area and how to implement these changes and improvements in your diet and lifestyle please consider purchasing my book, Healing Digestive Illness

And, if you would really like to implement all these changes right away or you have already tried to correct your condition on your own without success, please consider Becoming A Client