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
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
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?
Antibiotics revolutionized 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 savings plan?"
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
Synthesizing "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 facts.
NATURAL VS CHEMICAL MEDICINES
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 natural system.
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 "side effects."
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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