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The sad state of affairs of our healthcare system is the confusion between fighting disease and healthcare. Taking an Aspirin may well be a helpful step if you are in pain at the same time, and for occasional use, it is probably a low-risk drug. But, if you become a habitual user, that may be a problem. A relative of mine was chief of police in a city in Holland and suffered from headaches a lot. He was a good customer of Bayer for their Aspirin until he found out that he had ruined his liver. So, was the chief of police a drug addict? I would say so. Addictions are a dime a dozen. Even food is an addiction for many. Or, as some friends of mine used to teach bewildered parents of high-schoolers, they should realize that more people died from whipped cream than from hard drugs. This still holds true today. Living on Twinkies and Coke or Beer and Potato chips are not recommended, and if you slip into those patterns, it is time to wake up and develop some self-awareness.

Combined with the issue of too much food, there is the fact that we eat too many unhealthy things. An easy way to understand that is that some things that in the past were only eaten occasionally at special events have become manufactured goods, and people eat them all the time. Processed foods are the bane of our existence in modern society, and it is reflected in the avalanche of chronic illness.

So, the absolutely first thing to focus on, once you make up your mind, is your overall addiction to foods and the wrong foods. There is now a growing community of people who are incorporating both intermittent fasting and periodic water fasting in their lifestyles, and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of The China Study, and Alan Hamer, DC, Founder of the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA, recently did a brilliant video, The Power of Medically Supervised Water Fasting, which introduces the concept of medically supervised water fasting as a way to initiate the change to a healthy diet – it is a way of breaking with a certain feeding pattern, and the ideal way is to use the experience as a way to switch to a healthy Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It could also be that you have been following that type of diet, but you still have concerns where you may be hitting a plateau, and in those cases, a 1-2 week water fast can often help you break through to the next level. This can be for weight loss, blood pressure, or other issues. I know people who have done this, and I am planning to do it myself.

The routine they suggest is to end up with an intermittent fasting practice, whereby you have only an 8 hour feeding period, and in most cases that might mean 1 or 2 meals a day, whatever works for you, just make sure you eat healthy meals. #WFPB remains the gold standard. Obviously, this type of practice is a very big departure from the habits of many who just stuff their faces because it is time to eat, regardless of whether they are really hungry or not.

The whole foods plant-based diet is a nutritional model based on the research of T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell and now head of his own organization, the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. It is very easy to understand: 80% of calories come from complex carbohydrates (brown rice, whole grain pasta, or other whole grains); complex carbs mean un-refined carbs; 10% of carbs come from naturally occurring oil (beans, certain fruit, etc.), and 10% comes from proteins. The biggest change for many people is de-emphasizing protein intake. There is an ingrained belief that lots of protein is healthy, but that is a mistake. Protein is also easy to get. Even brown rice and potatoes provide about 11% of calories from protein. It is very easy to get too much protein or oils. And the punch line is NO SOS: Sugar, Oil, or Salt. Once you think in these terms, you are on track to learn a different style of cooking. A very practical guide is the 4-leaf program, and especially the survey they provide, which makes it extremely easy to track how well you are doing with the transition to a full Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet. The same principles are presented as a simple rating system to guide you through your daily food choices.

Usually, 3-weeks to 3-months practicing this type of nutrition can begin to reverse years of damage, and many chronic illnesses can disappear, including Type 2 Diabetes and CAD. People have to watch it to adjust their medication levels if they begin to practice this style of eating. Even in the three-week to three-month period, many problems can disappear largely or altogether, and some or all medications might be discontinued completely or at least diminished.

A more comprehensive approach might be the full complement of lifestyle parameters, including sleep hygiene, rest and relaxation, prayer and meditation, exercise, and healthy relationships. All of these are conducive to a more conscious lifestyle. The point here is that healthy living is the foundation for being healthy.

But never mind how you do your best, you may be sick less often, but you still may be sick at some time, and it then comes to what you are comfortable with. The regular healthcare system gives you just one option. Never mind, Rockefeller stuck to homeopathy for himself; he wanted allopathy for the rest of us, for it sells more oil. But homeopathy is a serious option, and it is worthy of your consideration. I have been emphasizing that the first step is a willingness and interest to take responsibility for your own health. The difference between healing modalities is not like different brands of automobiles, which, in the end, all get you from A to B.

With homeopathy and with all of energy medicine, we are entering a different domain. For the energy, the body is really (symbolically speaking) the connective tissue between mind and body. My outlook is that the relationship is hierarchical: spirit/mind/body in descending order, where the energy body is the translator between mind and body. Physical symptoms of any kind are always expressions of inner conflict in some fashion, but the good news is that actual symptoms are a manifestation of something that is hidden. Energy medicine, in all its forms, is geared toward helping the body heal itself.

The thinking behind homeopathy goes tack to Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician (1755-1843), who developed an insight into how the body responds to certain substances, typically plant-based, which trigger symptoms that are comparable to certain diseases, and also can trigger a healing process in people affected by such diseases. The process works with very strong dilutions, to the point that in the sense of the molecular presence of the substance, it is negligible. Still, homeopathy rests on the notion that it is the energy imprint of the substance that is conveyed via the water. Nonsense holler the allopathic physicians, for they are completely Newtonian in their outlook and will only recognize substances interacting chemically. There’s a reason John D. Rockefeller and Queen Elizabeth stuck with homeopathy, and in spite of every attempt to discredit it, people continue to use it. And given the track record, it is an option that should be on your radar.

Till now, the theoretical foundations of homeopathy are hard to fathom, and your intuition should be your guide. Still, there are a number of researchers who appear to be closing in on the answers, including very profound research into the properties of water and how it has a memory. Homeopathy can obviously also be used in a completely thoughtless way, trying to match symptoms with remedies without much deeper insight into the healing process. Still, I would suggest it is worthwhile to study things a little bit, for with more understanding, you become more involved in your healing process, which can only be for the good. A good homeopath should make you an active participant in the process.

Other healing modalities that focus primarily on the energy system include qi gong, reiki, flower essences, biofeedback, acupuncture, chakra balancing, and other sound and light (frequency) oriented modalities. In due course, I might want to explore some of these a bit more, but I can highly recommend doing your own research, for the methods that appeal to you instinctively will likely be most helpful. It has to “make sense” to you. The allopathic world tends to want to poohpooh this whole field, and they are close-minded to anything beyond that. Experience says otherwise.

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