This may also be called as biochemical or metabolic maladaptation. Our organs and glands, like our emotions and muscles, learn new behaviors as a result of the demands placed upon them. These new behaviors may include over or under activity or relate to the timing of activity. If your stomach goes in to digest mode when there is no food in it, we may imagine that it would be destructive or least uncomfortable. Allergies are a good example of physiological maladaptation. The immune system learns via unknown mechanisms, that a certain otherwise innocuous substance, (or, in the case of autoimmune problems the body itself), is a threat to mobilize against and attack. The result of this may be devastating to the host.
Physiological maladaptation may affect any system in the body, based on what the body has been exposed to. If a person for instance works around chemicals for a period of time, the detoxification system may become set for those chemicals, with certain cells and organs carrying out certain sets of responses. These responses may then be invoked at a later time in response to internal or external cues that have nothing to do with actual toxicity in the environment, changing the physiological state of the body. The digestive, respiratory, hormonal, circulatory and urogenital systems all may undergo adaptation and thus maladaptation.
The presence of physiological maladaptation is not easily demonstrated. It is, however backed by the observation that treatments which address the maladaptation in other systems also relieve symptoms associated with disease states and internal dysfunction. It is also known and accepted that learning is an important part of all physiology. Experience and environmental conditions make changes at every level, from the brain's control of body systems down to changes in the behavior of individual cells. Even individual cells have the capacity to learn and reproduce behavior to effect their environment.
While difficult to prove, physiological maladaptation is likely a part of most disease processes. Its workings will tend to be unseen, because they do not occur on a conscious level. Whereas an emotion can be rated on a scale of 1 to 10, or a muscle may be weak or strong and a joint hurt or not hurt when it moves, the normal functioning of an organ will not be immediately or consciously noticed.
While most therapies for physiological problems are one dimensional, i.e. providing drugs or nutrients to try to change what is thought to be wrong, NeurOntogenics® also addresses the physiological maladaptation that locks internal systems into poor function regardless of which nutrients are taken.
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