Monday, July 13, 2009

Natural Health versus Allopathic Medicine

It is difficult in today’s world to have a clear picture of health because media and popular opinions want you to think that you need “the Purple Pill” to keep the acid down your throat or that you need laxatives to go to the bathroom.
We all know that to keep our bodies healthy is an everyday effort. Sure, we can splurge sometimes, but if it happens too often, we have to pay for it, maybe not right away with health problem but certainly with hangovers or weight gain.

What is a good gage?

Pay attention to your pH.
Without getting too complicated, everything we eat has a certain pH value, either it is acidic or it is alkaline. In general, fruits and vegetables have an alkaline effect on our bodies while meats and starches have an acidic effect. There are different opinions out there, how much of each we should eat. It also depends on the kind of activities we do on a day to day basis. If you are in good health, have lot of energy and are seldom sick, your diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To go back to a better stage of health, your diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods. Most doctors will not tell you that health problems are caused by acidosis.

What is acidosis?
An acidic pH occurs from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The first sign is usually fatigue, heaviness in the intestines and low energy levels.
Acidosis causes digestive problems, cardiovascular damage, weight gain, tendency to infections, hormone imbalances, high blood pressure, etc.

“Increasing bean intake as part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables might help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and even lower blood pressure.”
Dr. Lydia Bazzano ~ Harvard Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Clean your bowels
According to Dr. Albert Zehr, everyone can benefit from a frequent cleanse and detoxification program. When considering the contaminants and pollution in our environment, cleansing your system may be more important than ever before. Dr. Zehr has designed Colo-Vada Plus as a 14-day program that contains a generous supply of antioxidants and nutrients known to play an important role in the body’s immune system.

Positive Mind
Along with good nutrition, positive thinking and expectations are important. I was talking to a friend of mine about how I had chosen the natural route to restore my health (I have some challenges right now with my right hip). Before our conversation I was kind of down and out on the results I had gotten until now with the restoration of my hip joint. My allopathic doctor had given me two solutions, steroid injection (which I did and lasted only about 3 weeks) and hip replacement. I chose the natural route and lost for a moment my clear vision of health. To keep a positive mind, we have to constantly reinforce it with positive information, both from the spiritual and the physical aspect. I am always looking for more news in the natural health field and feed my mind with motivational literature. I am reading right now a book on “The Slight Edge” by Scott Olson. He points out that in everything in life we have to make choices. The consequences don’t show up until later but with a clear vision of what we are looking for, in our case good health, we want to chose good food, good thoughts, and lots of sunshine.

I believe that many people are frustrated with allopathic medicine. The side effects of medications are often worse that the symptoms of the ailment. That's why we need to educate ourselves today about all the different alternatives. Let's be responsible not just for our health but also for our general well being.

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