Introduction to the Growth Process
Because of the forces of entropy, all matter degenerates over time. The distinction between animate and inanimate objects is that live organisms have the ability to regenerate themselves. A critical aspect of the genetic programming of all organisms is the instruction that the organisms adhere to their genetic programming. As long as the organism follows those instructions, there will be no physiological deterioration when it regenerates, and it will continue to function in accordance with its original genetic programming.
Mechanics of the Growth Process
The cover story for the September 12/September 19, 2016 issue of Time Magazine is entitled “The Exercise Cure – The Surprising Science of a Life-Changing Workout.” The opening paragraph of that article touched upon a major theme of this website. Doctor Mark Tarnopolsky, whose work is the focus of much of the article, explains why other life scientists ignore exercise. "People would always say to me, ‘Exercise? Come on. Scientifically, you can't come up with a mechanism, so it's a complete waste of time.’ " The founder had a different response. Study after study has shown that exercise plays a significant role in health. Thus, there has to be a mechanism. The Growth Process is that mechanism.
The Growth Process in Younger Humans
In many ways, the Hypothesis arose as the result of exploring the logical implications of the following working hypothesis that the founder developed soon after he first started trying to understand the linkage between exercise and health:
A sufficient amount of the right type of exercise is necessary for the proper development and the maintenance of functionality of every organ and system in the human body.
The Growth Process involves the complex interaction of dozens of different substances. It is very metabolically demanding. Many of the substances involved in the process cannot act in the absence of others, and some are harmful if not metabolized quickly. The process is incompatible with homeostasis. Thus it must be triggered by a particular stimulus, occur quickly, and the proportions of the substances involved in the process must be regulated. The stimulus that activates, fuels and regulates the Growth Process is Complex X.