What is Natural Health?
The definition of Natural Health while somewhat vague is generally understood as self-care of Health by practicing a Healthy Lifestyle without resorting to pharmaceuticals. A Healthy Lifestyle purposely includes Food, Herbs and Exercise, and intentionally restricts deleterious exposures like smoking, environmental pollution and excessive stress.
But there is much more to it than making such deliberate choices, there is also a cause that led to a decision to opt into Natural Health. Conventional Health-care requires no decision and no action other than just following the masses; eating by convenience, shopping at sight and going to the pharmacy to remedy minor physical disturbances. To divert from conventions requires determination and active quest to stay the course. So people opting for Natural Health have a reason for doing so, despite the fact that the Natural is actually inherent, its pursuit is paved with impediments. Here are just a few examples:
Buying Food at the Supermarket in the US: most food is industrially processed with GM ingredients and long lists of toxic chemicals
Conventional Produce is inundated with Pesticides, harvested at immaturity with long transit time and loss of nutrients, and often fumigated and irradiated
Household and Personal Care products release hundreds of mostly untested toxic chemicals
Conventional Meat contains Antibiotics, synthetic Hormones and Steroids, because the animals are raised on cheap alien feeds and held in unnatural confinement
Organic Produce is sourced far away from the place of consumption with a lot of nutrients lost to food miles and mandatory fumigation during transport, and there is rampant fraud and mislabeling
Municipal Water sources are contaminated with toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and added fluoride
Involuntary exposure to polluted Air even in remote areas, Acid Rain
Electro smog, Cell Phones, WiFi, TV, Computers, Overhead wires, etc.
Forced Air-conditioned Buildings are the cause of Sick Building Syndrome “SBS” as they recirculate Indoor biological and chemical pollutants
Of course the list goes on and on, but the point is made here that Natural Health is all but available in the industrialized world of today. Even in passionate pursuit of things Natural, one must concede to Reality and that is all but what Nature bestowed on mankind.
Is it time to give up on Natural health?
In light of the facts one might be tempted to throw-in the towel, and sadly, most people do as they are utterly overwhelmed. Typical explanations are: “I don’t have the time”, or: “It doesn’t matter anyway”, or even: “If I get sick, I just go for a new Kidney or whatever”. Here we see the effect that the perpetual torrent of Pharma ads – suggesting Drugs can make you Healthy – have on us.
Now then, is it really a waste of time to navigate the obstructions in the quest of sustained Health? The answer is a resounding No, and here are the reasons why: A growing number of people asking for change will increase the chance that someone will listen. A capitalistic society is replete with entrepreneurs that can see a business opportunity from filling needs, and if the needs are healthier products, they will produce. This is evidenced by the premium prices that healthy products can fetch. Even during this economic downturn, healthy Foods and Gym Memberships are citing healthy growth rates. In addition we should keep in mind that any avoidance of toxic exposure means less injurious and weakening immune effect on the body. Here are a few things that can be done to contain toxic damage:
Always read the Food Ingredients Labels, if the list is long you don’t need to read as you already know it’s not a Natural product
Buy Fruits and Vegetables in Season from the local Farmers Market, create a relationship with the Farmer and he will tell you things you didn’t know
Mind not just what you eat, but how you eat: sit down at a table, avoid distraction, be grateful and eat slowly
Eat early dinner and wait at least three hours before going to sleep for at least five hours without interruption
Don’t focus on your problems, focus on what you can be thankful for: positive thoughts aid digestion and sleep
Don’t drink tap Water by any means, install a water filter that removes chlorine, toxins and fluoride – but not the minerals like RO or distilled Water
Buy Natural Household cleaners and Body care products, if you have a Water Alkalizer machine you can use the pH 10+ Water as cleaning detergent and the Acid Water for washing the Skin and Vegetables (removes the Pesticides)
Avoid sick buildings, open the window when possible
Don’t sleep near wireless sources, including wireless and cell phones, computers, Television etc.
Finally, we should reflect on the fact that Health is not the absence of disease and not defined by having no physical symptoms. Health is whole, Holistic, when we are Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually, Socially and Intellectually in Balance. Physical symptoms are the result of disharmony between these elements, the final manifestation of Chaos. That explains why prescription drugs can’t make us healthy; they can only remove the symptom. But with the source and cause unidentified – even the symptoms may return.