Natural vs. Medical?
Natural supplements are by
far the best source of nutrition next to diet. Synthetic and chemical copy cats
can actually harm health and the body views chemical vitamins as poisons and
has to deal with them as such. With the foundation we have previously laid,
let's understand the issue. We've learned that nature designed the body to
function under specific laws. That means certain causes will bring specific
results. The body is designed to digest food, heal wounds, clean itself, fight
disease, etc. all according to a specific set pattern. It works by itself
without any aid from us. But because man cut himself off from natural nutrition
and replaced it with chemical supplements, it is inevitable that problems would
result. Remember that the farther drift away from proper health practices, and
the longer we continue that way, the worse the problems become.
Today, we have more
synthetic chemical compounds than some species of animals. Is there
really any difference between using more "natural" means of health
care and the more "chemical" means? Yes and no. There is no question
that many lives have been saved through drugs and surgery. So is there really
anything wrong with that approach? After all, aren't all the chemicals and
drugs we have "natural", since they come from the earth in some way?
they did come from the earth. That is true, BUT where we have slipped the track
is in believing that we can simply do what we want when it comes to rearranging
what nature has created. What man is doing is taking natural substances and
arranging them, or in some way altering them into a form NOT found in nature.
We're not talking about
digitalis, or the many other truly NATURALLY OCCURRING elements which man has
taken and concentrated, although even doing that can be just as dangerous using
a synthesized compound. We mean the "creation" of NEW substances
which nature did not make in the beginning or nature could never combine by
itself. Taking something already provided nature and using it as a tool for our
healing is one thing. But creating and using countless unnatural drugs and
compounds simply overlooks the basics.
So does that mean medical
means of health care is ALL wrong? No, obviously not. It is just important to
understand WHY we need such means in the first place. Man has gone so far off
track in his health habits, and hurt this planet so much with pollution and
filth, that nature itself has been affected to the point that in many cases it
literally takes drastic, "unnatural" steps to be able to save some
lives. We have gone so far outside nature's protective health laws that
sometimes even beyond doing all that you possibly can to practice good health
principles, the body has already gone beyond the limitations of matter and can
only be saved by emergency procedures.
The problem is that we have
come to accept this whole state of affairs as the normal way to deal with much
less serious health problems. Yes there are some apparent benefits from drugs,
and from some surgery performed. But ask yourself seriously, do you really
believe that it is the lack of drugs or surgery which caused you to become sick
in the first place? Are headaches an aspirin deficiency? Is sickness and
disease a drug deficiency? Is treating the affect you feel and see really the
answer to why you are sick in the first place?
medicine and have saved many lives. Yet they are used on a casual,
indiscriminate basis for many conditions. Sometimes the body needs the added
help but it usually when there are underlying factors contributing to the
bodies inability to fight off the infection on its own. They weaken the body's
already weak resistance thereby making a future infection more likely. It's
like a dog chasing his tail. The faster he chases his tail the faster the tail
goes. The more we surrender to outside intervention, the more circles we go in.
We are missing the point in treating symptoms only. It's a recipe for disaster.
When you work with natural
elements in nature, you are treating the affect, yes, but ALSO THE CAUSE, at
the same time. By working within nature's designed natural laws, you are simply
providing the often times missing ingredient the body needs to repair, replace,
and defend itself, or providing necessary care that all falls within nature's
designed system. Chemicals produce definite affects on the human body and have
done remarkable things. They ARE necessary in various aspects of health care but,
in most cases, only because we have gotten so far off track. We can't try
"all natural" and ignore the medical help that is available. What is
emphasized is using "medicine" as a stepping stone, IF NEEDED, and
begin putting to practice nature's health principles. Then and only then will
you be on the road to real health recovery.
If we accepted the natural
order to things, then we will begin to better understand health and sickness.
Because we do live in an unnatural environment of pollution, noise, stress,
poor food quality, deficient exercise opportunities, unhealthy work
environments, and more, we of necessity have to apply nature's health
principles and provisions in an "unnatural" way. Because the affects
we are experiencing from our environment are what they are, we HAVE to be not
only diligent in following proper health principles, but we need to take more
drastic steps in order to combat the unnatural forces that will sooner or later
hurt our health.
Take, for example, living in
a city vs. living in the country. The more assaults the body must deal with,
the more nutrients it needs to maintain things as they should be. The stress of
noise, the affects of pollution on the immune system and other aspects of city
living generate a greater need such basic substances as vitamin A and C, zinc,
etc. Living under those conditions warrants additional supplements to offset
the greater losses.
In a natural environment,
simple natural health principles are sufficient. But in an unnatural
environment, it logically takes MORE of the same to maintain a specific degree
of health. Even what some may consider a good health plan will in many cases be
insufficient to remain healthy. it When you add up all the abuses we receive by
way of the air, water, food, soil, noise and stress, it is easy to see how the
need for a wise and balanced health plan is essential. If you drive a car at
mph, it uses more gas than at 50 mph. With our bodies it is the same. If we
give ourselves a "50 mph" food supply, and we naturally travel at
"80 mph", you can see that there will be a problem sooner or later.
In all that you may read and
hear regarding health principles, remember to check them against the foundation
provided by natural law. Using drugs and surgery as tools if absolutely
necessary, is one thing. They can be great HELPS when you use them in
conjunction with a continuing natural health plan. Even those who are dependent
upon certain drugs to live such as insulin, or dilation still apply the natural
health principles. But to depend upon an artificial system other than where it
life and death issue will bring problems. We can't be affecting the human body
with every manner of food, drug or medication and not be paying a price
somewhere. Treating symptoms is the same turning off a buzzing smoke detector.
It's great to get rid of the noise, but it doesn't do anything to put out the
fire. It's cause and effect. We are making payments toward our future
health account every day. Are you willing to live with your "health
A topic which is always
hotly debated is whether there is any difference between synthesized vitamins
or natural source vitamins. By now you are probably way ahead of me. Most
synthetic vitamins are manufactured from oil. That's right, OIL. The same oil
which is the precursor for thousands of other products we use every day,
including gasoline for our cars. You might be wondering what oil could possibly
have to do with nutrition and health. The answer is, of course, nothing. Well,
actually there IS a relationship. MONEY!
"vitamins" from oil is extremely cheap. As technology progressed, we
were able to isolate various "vital amines" which is what we derive
the word "vitamin" from. Because we were already off track with our
thinking about nature, we logically concluded that conjuring up COPIES of these
"vital amines" would be as good but cheaper than using the real
thing. This line of thinking fits into the mold of our adversarial relationship
with the natural world.
Unfortunately, it too has
proven to be an extremely poor, if not hazardous, practice. Synthesized
vitamins, by their very nature, are only copies of what we, looking through the
eyes of technology and bias, could see. We assume that what we see is all there
is to see. Beyond seeing the understanding of how these vital amines work
within the natural system. Once again, we overlook some extremely important
NATURAL VS CHEMICAL
One last area for discussion
along this topic is in regard to effectiveness of natural remedies vs. chemical
affects. In working with patients over the years I have come to see a distinct
pattern in how they respond to various medicines. There is a direct correlation
in most cases between how often and to what extent the patient utilizes
chemical intervention and their overall health condition vs. a patient who
rarely uses any chemical substances for treatment and is closely tied to the
In some cases it is futile to try to affect the body with natural remedies such
as herbs and homeopathic medicines when individuals continue to confound their
bodies with medications, which cause dramatic reactions. An analogy will help.
In a war situation, why use a nuclear bomb when a BB gun could do the trick?
Once the bomb has been used, what good will use of the BB gun be? The affects
of the BB would hardly be noticed. It did its job but created little or no
The idea is the same with
the human body. The body has been conditioned to "nuclear" tactics
and responds to the dramatic and often instant affects of chemical substances.
To instantly begin using a different tactic in approaching your health problem
can seem very ineffective because results aren't often dramatic and instantaneous,
especially because of the conditioning our bodies, mention our minds, have
received. It takes a period of healing and reconditioning,
"re-sensitizing" your system to the more subtle and gentle system
which nature uses.
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