In a previous blog post, I shared what I do to keep my immune system healthy. In this post, I want to share a post with similar strategies from a friend Logan Christopher from Lost Empire Herbs. The upshot is most of our readers know that mainstream medicine offers disease care and not health care. While western medicine is awesome for injuries and emergencies it fails dismally for preventing and removing chronic health conditions. As such we need to take our health into our own hands, find a health coach, support network such as the PureClean Performance Club and/or functional integrative practitioner who can guide you to optimizing your personal health. More on the coming Precision Medicine revolution in a future email. Onto the Logan’s articlet...
“[A] number of previous studies have established that modern medicine is one of the major threats to world health,” write Peer and Shabir in a review of iatrogenesis. Therefore strive as best as possible to avoid doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical medicine for the good of your health! That may sound like I’m being facetious, but I’m not. Of course, these have a time and place. Get your arm ripped off and you want the best doctors armed with advanced technology and drugs to save you. But outside of acute trauma, their usefulness begins to fade. And for many health issues, they are worse than nothing at all. This is a generalization. Obviously, not all doctors nor the treatments they prescribe and do, are the same. Even with a diagnosis, we need to be careful. There are lots of false positives and false negatives in medicine. False positives, for example with mammography, can be horrendous because of the treatment that will surely follow. (Not to mention that mammography can cause the very thing it is looking for!) I would argue that even getting a yearly check-up from a doctor CAN be problematic. If your cholesterol is a little high and you’re put on a statin because of it, you’re starting the slippery slope of more doctor visits, more drugs, greater interventions, and thus, greater chance of iatrogenic problems. I’m not saying to not get a check-up. I’m saying make sure you have a great doctor.
Now, I want to turn the issue towards a more positive light. If you avoid modern medicine as much as possible, what should you do for your health?
1. Learn how to change your behaviors. Behavior or habit modification is necessary in order to right the ship of health. You can start small but recognize that many changes can be made involving all the steps to come.
2. Learn how to clear up emotional and mental baggage. More than the physical this is the stuff that blocks most people from having ideal health. The methods for doing so are nearly infinite. I personally like NLP and EFT. Just find something that works for you.
3. Move well. The better you can move, in general, the healthier you are. Strength, cardio, flexibility and mobility. And instead of working on each of these things in isolation, bring them all together for time-efficient and superior results.
4. Breathe well. Deep breathing through the nose at a small volume and slow speed as your regular breathing pattern is ideal.
5. Eliminate toxins as much as possible. We live in a toxic world. It’s unavoidable, but you can do a whole lot to minimize toxic load. Eat organic. Get rid of the majority of skincare products. Check your water and air supply. Check your household goods. As a PureClean Performance club member, you will both have access to at costs assessments for chemical and metal load and a proven program to reduce their burden!
6. Open up your channels of detoxification. Despite all the steps above, you’ll still be getting toxins. Your body alone produces them. The body can store them, or it can get rid of them. By keeping your eliminations going, and supporting them with fasting, herbs, various other methods you’ll be cleaner on the inside.
7. Support your microbiome. Realize it’s not just about you but all the bacteria, fungi, viruses, even parasites inside. Support them and they support you.
8. Eat real food. In addition to minimizing the toxins you get from the food you want to optimize the nutrients, both macro and micro, you get from food. Almost everyone is deficient in some things. Different people can have vastly different diets and be healthy.
9. Get hydrated. Find a quality water source and realize that a lot of hydration comes from the food itself.
10. Get into the elements. The sun is good for you in the right amount (without toxic sunscreens please). Touching the earth is good for you. Breathing fresh air is good for you. Being outside in nature is good for you.
11. Sleep well. Both quantity and quality or uber-important. There is no way around this. Embrace it rather than fighting it.
12. Relax body and mind. It doesn’t have to be a strict meditation practice, though that is great. But everyone needs activities that relax, replenish, and restore them.
13. Get social. Recognize that a healthy social life with family and friends is one of the most important things on this list. And hopefully, the people around you can support you in all these other activities too. You are who you hang out with! 14. Have a purpose. It doesn’t have to be in a career, though that is obviously great. But you must lead a purpose-driven life to be healthy.
If you do all of this, you will be healthy by and large. It’s not a black-or-white thing. Instead, think of all these things as existing on a continuum. Over time you can continue to improve further and further. Do all this and your need for doctors, hospitals and modern medicine will be limited. Thus you can best avoid one of the leading causes of death, death by medicine.