Control, Alt, Repeat

A Redondo Beach naturopathic practitioner sheds some light on alternative methods in disease prevention and achieving overall well-being.

  

“Focusing on activities that get us moving together—and outside to enjoy our community—Although much has been accomplished in the field of medicine and fabulous advances have been developed to treat diseases, much more can be done to achieve a degree of total health and well-being. Our current model to suppress or treat the symptom is simplistic and limited in its approach. 

In many cases it is not until the disease has become chronic that symptoms will appear, and it is then that the medical establishment will act very aggressively. Even then the actions taken are to eliminate or suppress the outward manifestation of the disease by attacking the symptom.

This approach has been very effective with acute diseases like broken bones, physical traumas, wounds, bacterial or viral infections, and other situations where the duration of the imbalance is of very short duration and the external manifestation—the symptom—paints the whole picture of the disease.

In today’s environment where sanitation, changing regulations about food safety and probiotics have basically eliminated the outside source of bacterial/viral infections, we have to face more complex, multifaceted problems in health care. Our scientific community hasn’t been able to develop solutions for the numerous health challenges we face at present. The majority of deaths that occur today are due to chronic biological imbalances.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could be the missing part of the equation. When we take all the scientific advances in allopathic medicine along with the common sense approach of CAM, we have a winning combination that is both effective and long-lasting.

Most alternative disciplines recognize the human being as a composition of three bodies: physical, emotional and spiritual. The approaches for total healing should encompass all three forms. 

Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Reiki, aromatherapy, homeopathy, flower essences, nutrition, yoga, qigong and many other modalities are used to create a complete balance between the emotional, physical and spiritual bodies to promote homeostasis—thereby promoting healing. These modalities are gaining traction in mainstream medical circles. 

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the
prevention of disease. – Thomas A. Edison

Extended Credit Units (continued education) in these disciplines are becoming more commonplace. Many schools and hospitals offer additional instruction for nurses and health care workers. In addition, many hospitals offer alternative therapy classes for the community in partnership with practitioners in the field. 

Torrance Memorial Medical Center in the South Bay is a good example of an early adopter of these types of community outreach programs. Accredited practitioners who offer informational and instructional classes/workshops through health food and nutrition stores are another great resource for additional instruction.

A bill has been presented to Governor Brown that includes some of the CAM modalities to be included in the list of approved treatments for Medi-Cal and Medicaid. This will bring CAM more to the forefront and provide a more affordable option to health care.

In theory we should be getting every nutrient, vitamin and mineral the body needs from our food exclusively. In order for our body to assimilate the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we need, the digestive system needs to be functioning at full capacity. In modern times, the duo of a good digestive system and a good food source is sometimes nonexistent due to the over-cultivation of our soils and the high processing of foods.

  

Our soils are lacking the nutrients necessary to produce healthy foods, with farmers using more and more chemical fertilizers and insecticides to be able to produce enough to supply an ever-growing population. Couple this with the use of growth hormones and antibiotics in meats, and we have reached a point where our digestive system is so overtaxed that diseases once present only in the older population have today become common issues—even in childhood.

“Prevention from disease,” as Edison mentioned, could be interpreted as healthy lifestylea balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the body … one that provides not only the resources to survive but to thrive. We need to remember that what’s most important is not how long we live but how well we live. A life with disease or a threat of disease at every turn is not a life of happiness. What we need is a life full of vitality and good health.

How do we improve our health, you may ask? The answer is complex but at the same time simple: digestion, assimilation and elimination are the key to good health. Try to ingest foods rich in nutrients and enzymes, drink sufficient water and do fun, sweaty activities (exercise) every day. Assimilation of nutrients is accomplished during the digestive process, and the elimination of waste—a byproduct of our digestion—needs to occur with daily regularity.

We need to go back to basics in order for the body to survive and prosper. We need good air, good water, good food, exercise, and mental and emotional balance. nis not only healthier but also creating a lifetime of memories.”

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