We often perceive that a medical doctor’s role is to save lives, and it is true that the public usually treats doctors as health consultants. Many consider this to be so true that they regard it as simple “common sense”. However, if you take the time (as I have), to read some of the literature available today on what doctors don’t know about nutrition and healthy lifestyles, it becomes readily apparent that we can only rely on ourselves to understand these issues and on how to take action to address them. This is what I consider to be common sense. Looking critically at the opinions of others, whether they are doctors or not, and developing our own body of knowledge and habits to ensure the best health possible for our own body – that is the only true goal. Finding the right approach and implementing reasonable steps can, in some cases, restore the deadly damage that has been caused by disease. Here are two examples:
Example 1, three years ago, L’s father had been suffering from symptoms identical to advanced Parkinson’s disease, such as problems with language, difficulty swallowing, eating or drinking, frequent cough. Also evident was muscle rigidity, stiff facial features, almost no eye blinking, uncontrolled salivation and body movements, beginning slowly and spreading, initially from the side of the fingers and gradually moving outward toward the upper and lower limbs and eventually the head. This results in a dependency which requires constant care and cleaning, a huge obligation that often necessarily involves a number of family members to discharge efficiently, if they are present and willing to do so. . . .. Until L met his current health teacher Q, L’s father’s health and his family’s fate has changed radically. L followed Q’s instruction regarding a set of psychological treatment methods and an effective nutritional regimen to combat his father’s condition and to treat the core symptoms, rather than to just “go through the motions” of pretending to do something useful while his father continued to decline. After all, what did his father have to lose at that late stage? Miraculously, after a period of three weeks, symptoms began to diminish, salivation stopped, clear thoughts returned, limbs regained flexibility, all of which made L very happy and excited about his father’s future. With the continued guidance and help of Q, L’s father completely returned to his former state of good health and independence, looking after his own needs without assistance, and traveling freely throughout the city. In his own words, L’s father had completely regained his former life and happiness. All of this was accomplished without doctors or medicine.
In example 2, three groups of people are fed differing foods. The first group was fed a traditional variety including meat, eggs, vegetables , starches and so forth; the second group received “fast foods”, high in fat, salt, and sugar; the third group received a bare diet of grains and other foods which provided bulk but had no nutritional value. After a period time, the first group people were, not surprisingly, full of energy and vigour. The second group of people were lethargic and developed high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and diabetes. The third group similarly developed conditions stemming from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, to the extent that some had to be hospitalized.
From the above two examples, the conclusion can be drawn that, in many cases, health is directly related to nutrition. Any imbalance of these will reduce the efficiency of one’s immune system which will, in turn, result in unhealthy symptoms or, in extreme cases, disease. The ingestion of nutritious foods, nutrients and supplementary nutrients can help to produce new cells, and to restore or improve the old ones, thereby repairing the damage caused by nutritional imbalance, unhealthy symptoms, disease, and the drugs which all too often are prescribed to treat them. In the final analysis, this restorative and preventative philosophy will eventually eliminate the need for intervention by doctors with drugs.
Even though I am over 50, I believe today, more than I ever did before, that an interest in the study, research and implementation of nutritional supplements is essential for a good life.