The concept of the tree trunk and it's branches is one I use all of the time draw an analogy to better understand the model for illness in the gut and how that is the core root for chronic illness of most kinds. This is repeatedly useful as it helps to illustrate the concept of how an imbalanced gut can lead to different types of symptoms and/or other chronic conditions. If the trunk is unhealthy-there may be limbs rich with green leaves, while other limbs may have leaves that look sick, while some limbs may have no leaves at all.
When we first started practicing 20 years ago-we were on board with the idea like everyone else that high cholesterol was an evil to be treated fiercely. Over time, we started to realize that patients who came to us-with high levels of inflammation also had high cholesterol. What was more interesting was that over time with the diet methods we employ and the anti-inflamatory protocols (which at first look might look like something that would increase cholesterol) actually were lowering cholesterol levels without doing anything with the intention of lowering it. As we continued on the Ph.D.