What is the Total Load?

Total load refers to the total number of factors or “burdens” that are involved in causing dis-ease or preventing you from getting well or staying well. Think of yourself as a ship floating in the water. Depending on the load you’re carrying, you are either riding high above the waterline or you are sinking beneath the waves. And just as you can save a sinking ship by tossing some ballast, or weight, overboard and lightening its total load, your health can be improved by reducing the overall number of factors that are stressing your system. This is because most chronic diseases do not have a single cause, there are usually multiple factors that need to be addressed. Sometimes you may only need to identify one or two factors to “toss overboard” in order to sufficiently lighten your load and feel better, other times, more.

Some examples of factors that add up to increase the load and affect your health are:

Individually, each of these factors that make up the total load might not be so bad. But the problem comes from their cumulative effect, and the fact that they all act on us simultaneously. In fact, the first thing I do with all my new patients is discuss what burdens their bodies have to overcome. Once we’ve created a comprehensive list of stresses, we determine which ones can be eliminated from their lives to bolster their system. When they decrease these burdens on their bodies and at the same time, add in what may be deficient, their organs begin to improve their capacity to endure and respond to stress. Lowering the body’s total number of burdens decreases the chances of developing disease and improves health. But it is important to understand that decreasing your total load of burdens is not always a quick fix. To succeed, it usually demands awareness, commitment, persistence, and patience.

  • Ebeautyandgace

    Excellent article ! Thank you so much for everything. Have a truly happy and healthy

  • Lynnjericho

    Great list of burdens. If you can’t name a demon, you can’t tame it or slay it. This list is vital for creating and sustaining vitality! I would add the embedded physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual traumas of abuse and neglect. 

  • That’s probably why ICU nurses come down with autoimmune disease. Stress, lack of sleep, not taking care of themselves. In a closed staffing neonatal Unit 3 women were diagnosed with Lupus where I worked.  

  • Nicholewilson1970

    Love this article it’s time for people to start taking their health serious from the begining&not wait til things get out of hand.we need to embrace all that nature has for us&stop relying on so much of man made products.we invest in so may things but we need to invest in the most important thing of ALL ourselves,that’s the greatest gift&GOD would love it when we start living like he intended for us to live,pain free&enjoying life to the fullest. Let’s STOP depriving ourselves.