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My 7 Core Principles for Health, Vitality and Longevity

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Detailed below are my 7 core principles for health, vitality and longevity. They are designed to maximise health and vitality by maintaining the body in a state of anabolism (building and repair) rather than allowing it to begin the otherwise inevitable move into catabolism (breakdown).

Taken in isolation, each of the following principles lose much of their effectiveness. Together, they are synergistic — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Time is an invaluable resource and finding time to devote to these steps may be difficult for some people. However, it is imperative that we do so. Important things can either be urgent or non-urgent. Regular exercise, for example, is important but not urgent. The problem is, if we don’t do it, then we find ourselves with an illness which is important and urgent! We can’t afford not to spend time on these steps.

It takes work to stay healthy and full of energy. There are no quick fixes. It takes commitment to get out of bed in the morning and exercise. It takes commitment to take nutritional supplements regularly and eat healthy food instead of the convenient pizza that everyone else is having. It takes commitment to monitor hormone levels. In the end, we reap what we sow. When we have our health, we take it for granted. When we don’t have it, all we want is to feel good again because we realise how important our health is.

Principle 1. Know Exactly How Old You Are

In order to get to your destination, you have to know where you are. The world’s best map is useless if you don’t know your current position. So get an assessment of your biomedical markers (see Clinic) and find out where you are. Then get some feedback. Most success coaches talk about feedback being the “breakfast of champions.” However, Steven Covey’s interpretation is that feedback is not the breakfast of champions, vision is. Feedback is the lunch of champions and self correction is the dinner. So develop a vision for your health, then get your biomarkers checked, make the necessary changes in your lifestyle so you don’t repeat the mistakes of the past, commence focused nutritional supplementation and then get reassessed in a year’s time to make sure you are headed in the right direction.

Principle 2. Exercise

“There is no drug in current or prospective use that holds as much promise for sustained health as a lifetime program of physical exercise”. Journal of the American Medical Association.

Exercise can be difficult and frustrating. It is hard to do if you have no energy and frustrating if you don’t get the results you expect. The good news is that the seven principles outlined here will change that by maintaining the body in an anabolic rather than catabolic state.

If you are over the age of 40, unless you maintain an anabolic state, you will not get the maximum benefit from exercise. It’s not you, it’s not willpower, it’s not your attitude — its biochemistry and hormones. Once your body moves into a catabolic state, exercise makes you feel exhausted, makes you ache, produces minimal results and increases the likelihood of injury.

By restoring your metabolism to youthful anabolic levels (which you have until about the age of 30) you will finish exercise feeling invigorated rather than exhausted, avoid muscle and joint pain, have better muscle and skin tone, lose fat easier and have added protection against injury.

There are three components to any exercise programme:

1) Flexibility exercises.

Chronic musculoskeletal pain is an epidemic. Nearly everyone has experienced back pain at some stage in their life. Chronic musculoskeletal pain occurs because our bodies don’t get adequate motion. Our bodies are designed for movement. Unless we maintain range of motion, flexibility and core strength we get pain and stiffness, rounding of our back and shoulders, and malaligned hips. This results in poor lung function and reduced tissue oxygenation.

If we don’t use our core muscles of stability, they atrophy. When they are subsequently called upon, they are inadequate and their function has to be performed by larger peripheral muscles. These muscles are not designed for that job and pain and dysfunction result.

Musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis should not be an inevitable part of ageing. Nor should reliance on anti-inflammatory medication, hip replacements, knee replacements and spinal fusions. These are all treatments designed to suppress symptoms, which don’t address underlying biomechanical causes.

To ensure health, vitality and longevity it is imperative that we maintain optimum lung function, tissue oxygenation, range of motion and core muscle strength. Recommended exercises include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Qi Gong
  • Egoscue exercises as described in the books “Pain-Free” and “The Egoscue Method of Health through Motion” by Pete Egoscue.

Choose one you enjoy the most and start tomorrow. Don’t delay. Just make sure that you are under the supervision of a properly trained and certified instructor. They can be done daily if you have the time, otherwise alternating with your aerobic exercise.

2) Aerobic Exercise

Appropriate aerobic exercise has numerous health benefits. It improves cardiovascular function, reduces cholesterol, aids in the elimination of toxins and metabolic acids, releases endorphins which improve mood, reduces stress, increases insulin sensitivity, strengthens bones, maintains a healthy weight, increases intrinsic growth hormone secretion, improves memory and can enhance the immune system. It also gives you energy.

Many people misinterpret their tiredness as a sign that they need rest, when their bodies are actually crying out for movement. Controlled, aerobic exercise where our muscles burn fat for energy rather than sugar is best. Imagine your car as having two fuel tanks. The first is a large tank with a clean, slow burning fuel supplying a constant source of energy. The second is a much smaller tank filled with an explosive, pollution producing, quickly exhausted fuel designed for emergencies.

You wouldn’t run your car continuously with fuel from the small tank. However, that’s what we do with our bodies when we use sugar foods and carbohydrate stores for fuel rather than fat stores. We need to train our bodies by correct nutrition and exercise to use fat as our energy source.

3) Anaerobic Exercise

Anaerobic exercise means resistance training. Unlike aerobic training, where the primary energy source is oxygen, anaerobic training uses ATP. It builds muscle mass and avoids the muscle loss associated with aging (sarcopenia). With increased muscle mass, metabolic rate is increased, blood pressure lowered, and bone density increased.

The best time to exercise is first thing in the morning because your metabolic rate and mental alertness remain high for the rest of the day. Get out of bed earlier, spend 45 minutes in controlled aerobic exercise, shower and then meditate for 15 minutes. Your body will spend the rest of the day at a higher metabolic rate while your mind spends the day more alert, focused and calm.

Learn to enjoy exercise for the multitude of benefits it brings. Make it a way of life. Your body will thank you.

Principle 3. Reduce Stress

Many illnesses in our society are stress-related. Stress is a guaranteed way to accelerate the move from anabolic to catabolic metabolism and therefore accelerate aging. Stress increases free radical formation, depresses the immune system, causes imbalance in the autonomic nervous system and delays healing. There are multiple causes of stress and it is impossible for us to eliminate them all. The keys to reducing stress include meditation, adequate restful sleep, mastering the art of forgiveness, avoiding judgment and reducing negative emotions such as anger and guilt.

Health, vitality and longevity are difficult to obtain without peace of mind and happiness. To develop these, we need to develop forgiveness and embrace living one day at a time. The first person we should forgive is ourselves. Negative self-image and disempowering emotions are major obstacles and are inconsistent with happiness and health. These emotions release chemicals in the body impairing the healing process. A healthy self-esteem is critical in the development of a life of health and vitality. Self-esteem comes from living a life of integrity based on an empowering set of values. It is imperative that we are happy with ourselves and want to be healthy because we deserve it, rather than having a goal that only allows us to be happy once we are healthy.

In the most effective forms of meditation, for example Zen meditation, students learn to find the extraordinary in the ordinary such as the rhythm of breathing. Temporarily freeing the mind of thought and refraining from clinging to negative thoughts and emotions is very therapeutic. In his book “Sacred Hoops”, Phil Jackson recounts an old Zen story where two monks were traveling together in heavy rain. They meet a woman in a silk kimono who is having trouble crossing a muddy path. The first monk carried her in his arms across the path. The second monk didn’t say anything until much later when he angrily asked “monks don’t go near women, why did you do that?” The first monk replied “I left the woman back there, are you still carrying her?” The aim of meditation is to experience moments of just being without your mind interfering by wandering through usual thoughts.

Research has shown that people who meditate for 20 minutes a day are able to reduce arterial wall atherosclerosis. Another benefit of meditation is the practice of improved breathing techniques. More efficient breathing allows a better exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide and a more efficient healing system. The best time to meditate is early in the morning. It allows us to carry the peace and serenity of this activity with us for the rest of the day.

Principle 4. Optimal Hydration

Keeping well hydrated helps the kidneys eliminate toxins. It is crucial that when we ingest fluids that we are helping our bodies detoxify, not adding toxins. As well as their role in elimination, the kidneys also maintain the fluid and electrolyte balance of the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidneys are the most important organs in terms of longevity.

Our bodies are 70% water. Pure spring water is therefore the main fluid we should be replenishing our bodies with and we don’t drink nearly enough of it. I recommend water which has not had chemicals such as chlorine added to it. Chlorine is a powerful oxidising agent (produces free radicals) and may contribute to heart disease. Other contaminants that are frequently found in tap water include industrial chemicals, lead (from pipes) and organisms. I suggest where possible you use spring water.

Principle 5. Vital Nutrition

There are 3 components to vital nutrition- detoxification, eating for health and nutritional supplements. Diseases are like seeds— they need fertile soil to grow in. Eastern medicine has known this for thousands of years and there is now an overwhelming amount of scientific research confirming that the initiation and progression of disease can be prevented by nutrition.

1) Detoxification

Modern society surrounds us with toxins. They are present in our food, water, air, medications, amalgam fillings, root canal fillings and environment (electromagnetic). Toxins accelerate ageing, imbalance our hormones and impair our immune and healing systems. They are also a potent cause of free radicals. These are unstable molecules of oxygen with an unimpaired electron. They are attracted to other substances with spare electrons. Unfortunately they damage these substances they come in contact with including the carbohydrates, proteins and lipids of cell walls. They damage the DNA of cells which has been implicated in cell ageing and malignant transformation. They also damage enzyme systems which are the chemical reactions inside cells. It’s similar to the process causing rusting of metal, except it’s going on within our bodies.

We know very little about the long term effects of most of these toxins. Our body’s natural antioxidant and healing systems stand guard for us, but they are facing an increasingly powerful adversary. We need to minimise our exposure to toxins. Because completely avoiding exposure to toxins is impossible we should also periodically cleanse our systems.

Ways to minimise exposure to toxins include reducing exposure to air pollution, drinking spring water, maximising use of organic food, avoiding food dyes, eliminating artificial sweeteners, reducing alcohol, not smoking, avoiding amalgam fillings, avoiding root canal therapies, minimising exposure to high levels of UV radiation, using natural cosmetic products that don’t use chemical dyes and only using prescription medication when absolutely necessary. Chelation of heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic and lead is also absolutely crucial to maintaining balanced hormones and modifying the ageing process. There is no point supplementing hormones if the toxic level of metals which has caused their imbalance in the first place is not addressed.

Minimising toxic exposure is important but complete avoidance is impossible because environmental toxins are now ubiquitous in our environment. Consequently it is imperative we ensure an ongoing detoxification process. Think of our healing and immune systems as a river bringing nutrients to a lake. Our bodies will not be performing optimally if the river is full of toxins, the lake polluted and infested with disease causing mosquitoes. Relying on drugs and surgery is like just killing the mosquitoes with insecticide spray— they will soon return unless you continually use the spray. Relying on modern drugs long term, although sometimes necessary, is like spraying continuously— it only adds toxicity to an already over-toxified system as well as masking the underlying problem. We have to minimise the toxins we put in the river and periodically cleanse the lake to ensure the mosquitoes never become established. Remember that the mosquitoes are attracted to the stagnant water, they don’t cause it.

Basic principles of detoxification are as follows. Detox involves the removal of toxins from inside cells and from the fluid around them (the extracellular fluid), transport to the liver for detoxification and then transport to the bowel and bladder for elimination. The steps are:

  1. Optimise bowel function— if the bowel is unhealthy, it allows the absorption of more toxins in the first place. Toxins will also be eliminated from the bowel during the detox and reabsorption is minimised by a healthy bowel. Optimising bowel function may involve probiotics, antiparasitic agents, elimination of allergic foods, increasing foods full of natural medicines to repair the bowel wall.
  2. Optimise liver function— the liver is the main detoxification organ of the body and if it is not working optimally, the detoxification process will not work or make you feel worse. See Liver Health. It’s like having a house full of junk collected over several years. The junk is stuck into drawers, shelves and cupboards all over the place. So although the house isn’t very tidy, you can still live inside it. Then one day you have finally had enough of the chaos and decide to have a spring clean. All the junk is moved form the hiding places into the front hall and lounge waiting for the garbage truck to pull up at the front door and dispose of it. Unfortunately the garbage truck is broken and doesn’t turn up. Now even though you have cleaned the cupboards and drawers, you can’t live in the house anymore.
  3. Chelation— the use of oral chelating agents to remove heavy metals and other environmental toxins. This is a life long process because of unavoidable ongoing exposure to toxic metals.

2) Eat for Health

What is suggested here is not a new diet. A diet is something that you start with the intention of eventually stopping. Diets have a failure rate of 92%! What is required is a complete lifestyle change to promote health and vitality. Unless we change to healthier foods, treating disease is like trying to mop up the water from an over-flowing basin without turning the tap off first.*

Many modern nutritional programmes result in fluctuating energy and insulin levels, sugar addictions, inflammation and excessive free radical production. Instead choose nutritious food that maintains balanced hormones, provides a clean source of fuel, high energy and protects against ageing, inflammation, chronic infections, insulin resistance and free radicals. This food is mainly natural, unprocessed, low glycaemic and has increased amounts of monounsaturated and essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

The ideal diet is the one humans ate for millions of years, before the invention of breakfast cereals, refined sugar, French fries, soft drinks, burgers and chips. The food we are designed to eat is the food we ate when we were hunter-gatherers. The main criteria for a hunter-gatherer nutritional program are:

  • Eating whole, unrefined foods— refining and processing food removes most of the critically important nutrients.
  • Eating a wide variety of foods— hunter-gatherers consume around 75 different wild plants. Many people now eat only around 10 different types of food.
  • Eating mostly plants — the hunter-gatherer diet was 70% vegetables and fruits.

Food is also part of a celebration of life so it is important that as well as nutritious and healthy, our food remains varied, practical, enjoyable and consistent with our cultural identity.

In summary:

We should eat mainly:

  • vegetables, herbs, spices and fruits- broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, celery, spinach, sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, avocado, coconut etc.
  • good proteins — beans, seeds, eggs (preferably soft boiled or poached), fish, organic chicken or turkey, organic red meat (preferably grass fed or wild game). Try and find free range organic eggs from chickens that have been fed flaxseed to increase their omega-3 fatty acid content. Never eat meat unless it is from organic, grass fed animals. Grass fed beef is also high in congugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been proven to have anti-cancer properties. The grains that other animals are fed on always contain fungus and mould. In fact these animals are often fed on grains that were rejected for human use because mould contamination was too high. The fats of these meats contain mycotoxins from the fungus. Studies linking red meat to cancer are talking about feedlot, grain fed, antibiotice/hormone laced red meat. People recovering from severe illnesses such as cancer may need to eliminate most of these acidic proteins as well.
  • good fats — monounsaturated fats e.g. extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts
  • omega 3 fatty acids— fish oils, flax seed oil, flax seeds

We should eat much less:

  • high glycaemic, highly processed carbohydrates — white bread, white flour, pasta, white rice, potatoes and refined sugar
  • polyunsaturated fats e.g. safflower and sunflower oils
  • shellfish (contain heavy metals and pesticides)

We should eliminate (that means if you are currently well you can allow yourself an occasional treat, if you are recovering from a degenerative disease, you should completely eliminate them until you are well again):

  • cereal grains such as wheat, rye, oats, barley
  • red meat from farmed domesticated animals (acid forming, contain unwanted hormones, carcinogenic and are an infectious disease risk). Remember that the domesticated meat of today is very different to the wild game our ancestors ate. Wild game had about 3% fat, whereas modern beef contains 25 to 35% fat and is also laced with antibiotics and hormones. Wild game feeds mainly on grass, farm lot animals are usually fed grains. Wild, grass fed animals contain a large amount of the invaluable omega-3 fatty acids while grain fed animals contain almost exclusively inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Also avoid processed meats such as sausage which have refined fillers, chemical colouring and preservatives.
  • trans fatty acids – cause insulin resistance, cancer and heart disease (check food labels)
  • processed foods, especially those containing partially hydrogenated oils e.g. spreads, commercial salad dressings and margarine. They cause insulin resistance and are carcinogenic (use extra virgin olive oil instead of butter or margarine)
  • soft drinks (acidic, high glycaemic and increase triglycerides). This includes diet drinks because the artificial sweetener aspartame is a slow acting poison (it gets metabolised to formaldehyde and methanol in the body).
  • chemical preservatives and artificial colours

“Everything in moderation” teaching is not supported here. Everything in moderation is fine if you want moderate health, moderate vitality and moderate longevity. If you want more than that, then self-discipline is required to not just go on a temporary diet, but to completely change the way you approach food and health. Benefits include maintenance of a healthy weight, decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, reduced cholesterol and increased energy. Make the changes gradually and soon you won’t want to go back to your old eating ways because of your new found vitality.

Where “everything in moderation” is applicable is in relation to the three food groups of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. We need a balanced amount of all three at each meal to balance our hormones. We just need to choose the healthy alternatives out of each of the groups and avoid the harmful alternatives. It’s easy and you never have to count calories. For each meal, take a plate and cover two thirds of it with vegetables, and divide the rest up evenly with healthy protein and healthy fat. It’s just a matter of adjusting the balance. Think of it as supplementing your vegetables with protein rather than supplementing your protein with vegetables. Having the plate covered mainly by a large piece of steak supplemented with some fries for carbs and a few peas as the token vegetable is not consistent with health and vitality. I do not support the use of fad diets excluding any one of the groups. They may be effective in the short term for weight loss, but in the long term they are damaging to our health and longevity.

There are some foods (frequently referred to as longevity foods) that contain nutritional factors other than vitamins and minerals that are important for health and longevity. Many have been proven to reduce the risk of cancer. I recommend that you use as many of them as possible in your nutritional programme. They include broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, flaxseed oil, green leafy vegetables, garlic, ginger, onions, scallions, legumes and almonds.

3) Use Nutritional Supplements

There has definitely been a deterioration in our foods — a decrease in nutritional quality and an increase in toxin content. A balanced diet alone no longer provides us with sufficient vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to optimise our health. Staff at the Treat the Cause Clinic believe nutritional supplementation is essential for maximal health, vitality and longevity. Taking supplements is an additional expense but they should be looked upon as a form of long-term health insurance. Illness is expensive as well. What will be the cost to you be if you don’t use nutritional supplements? We spend more money keeping our car in good condition than we do on our bodies. Not using supplements and waiting for disease to occur is like never changing the oil in your car and waiting for it to break down so you can then get it fixed.

Specific vitamin, trace mineral, antioxidant and herbal supplementation is recommended. Our diet usually contains sufficient vitamins and trace minerals to avoid deficiency diseases but not enough for optimal health. The often quoted Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) are the amounts we require to avoid deficiency diseases, not the amounts required to give us enduring energy and vibrant health.

Antioxidants protect us from damaging free radicals. Our bodies have a natural antioxidant system and we obtain extra antioxidants through fruit and vegetables. However, these systems are overwhelmed. An imbalance between the amount of free radicals and antioxidants is involved in both the development of disease and ageing. Antioxidant supplements correct this imbalance and offer protection against free radical induced degenerative diseases.

Herbal supplements are used to increase the body’s natural resistance and immunity to disease in general. They have also traditionally been used to increase energy and vitality. They have been popular in China for thousands of years. They are the complete opposite of medicinal drugs which are designed to treat a specific disease once it has occurred.

Individualised supplementation programmes are recommended at the Treat the Cause Clinic. However, there are two supplements everyone should take: pharmaceutical grade fish oil (or flax seed oil) and a top quality probiotic.

The goals of any supplement programme are:

  1. Energy (so you can live the life you desire)
  2. Time (so you don’t lose it by not being healthy)
  3. Youth (requires maintaining an anabolic, anti-inflammatory metabolism and avoiding the catabolic, inflammatory metabolism associated with aging). This category of supplements may involve the use of bioidentical hormones.

A hormone is a chemical messenger that is made in one area of the body and travels to other areas of the body to regulate function. Levels of all hormones except cortisol decline as we age as our endocrine glands lose the ability to produce the same amount of hormones as they did in our youth. This decreased production is due to a combination of environmental toxin build up in the endocrine glands, decreased oxygen supply to the glands, poor nutrition, stress and repeated exposure to infections.

It is still debated as to whether we age because our hormones decline or hormone decline is a natural part of ageing. However using bioidentical hormones to maintain hormone levels at a level when we were healthy and full of energy may be useful for long-term health and vitality. This is usually at levels we had in our 20’s. At this age, energy levels are high and degenerative diseases rare. Being told that your hormones are “normal for your age” may not be reassuring if most of the people your age (where the “normal range” has come from) are suffering with low energy and degenerative diseases.

Balanced hormones are one of the keys to restoring anabolic metabolism. Many people who eat well and exercise regularly still find they have no energy, they can’t lose weight, they can’t get fit, their muscles ache and they are constantly injured. They mistakenly think they are not trying hard enough or don’t have the will power. Will power isn’t the problem, the problem is the bodies balance moving in favour of catabolic rather than anabolic metabolism. If hormones are not balanced, and the body has moved into catabolic metabolism, it doesn’t matter how much exercise you do, how many vitamins you take or how many diets you try, it will be a struggle to be successful. Restoring and balancing hormones will move the balance back in favour of anabolic metabolism. This means you finish exercise feeling energetic, muscles stop hurting, results are better and injuries less.

Hormones that can be measured and supplemented with bioidentical hormones if necessary include:

  • DHEA
  • Cortisol
  • Thyroid
  • Progesterone
  • Oestrogen
  • Testosterone
  • Melatonin

Rarely is the problem and solution found in restoring only one hormone. In fact addressing only one of the hormones and using supra-physiological doses of synthetic hormones will only make things worse. Usually at least three hormones are involved in regaining balance and balance is everything. For the keys to successful hormone restoration, see hormone restoration.

Principle 6. Control Your Mind to Improve Health

As well as making a healthy lifestyle a priority, research has shown that people who live long and healthy lives also have an intrinsic vitality of mind and spirit. They have a lifelong commitment to their purpose in life. Gratitude, a desire to contribute and an ongoing dedication to learning are values consistently found within these groups. The Japanese call this “ikigai” which means “sense of purpose”. The Japanese believe that the people who live the longest have a very strong “ikigai.” Healthy, successful people who are full of energy wake up in the morning, begin with some exercise and while doing it they focus on their purpose- why they are here, what are they going to do today to further that purpose and how are they going to make the world a better place today.

If you are already ill, the one thing which is consistent in all the literature on healing is that acceptance of the illness rather than persisting anger towards it, is crucial for recovery. That’s not saying we don’t do everything possible to recover from the illness. It’s just that if we see the healing and rehabilitation process as a challenge that we can grow from, we have a greater chance of releasing healing substances in the body than if we remain in anger and depression. Once we accept the hand that we have been dealt, the way to proceed becomes much clearer. Even when the clouds are greyest and your mind appears overwhelmed, there is always hope. Albert Einstein had three rules of work: “1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Refocus your mind and continue your search for healing. If you have a clear mind and an open heart, you won’t have to search long for direction. Direction will come to you.

Harnessing the power of the mind is also a powerful tool in the healing process. Hypnosis and visualisation can be real allies. Visualisation has been used with success in business and sport. It can be just as effective in staying healthy and recovering from illness. It involves creating an image in your mind of what you will be like when you reach your goal. The best way to do this is to develop a personal mission statement for your health that involves your ultimate vision, the actions required to get there and the positive benefits for both you and others. This then becomes the standard by which you make daily decisions that influence your health. Change your mind to change your life.

The keys to reaching your vision include:

  • Set yourself smaller, obtainable goals on the way to that vision. Create a series of victories, each one empowering the next.
  • Surround yourself with people who support you in your journey.
  • Expect setbacks. Have the flexibility to be able to deal with these and reset your course. See the setbacks as references for future success.
  • Never give up.
  • Keep looking for answers.
  • Keep a journal of your thoughts, experiences, victories and learnings.
  • Make the journey fun.

Principle 7. Take Responsibility for Your Own Health

There is no shortage of accessible information on health and ageing. In fact, there is so much information that many people have become confused. Experts often appear to disagree. What is important is that we take responsibility for our own health and keep up to date with as much information as possible. This enables us to make informed decisions about how we should live our lives to be happy and healthy for as long as possible.

The first habit in Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” is to be proactive. This means that between stimulus and response, we have the freedom to choose. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. Proactive people recognise their responsibility and make choices based on values. So CHOOSE health and vitality as one of your values. Conversely, reactive people are driven by circumstance and their environment and make choices based on feelings. Proactive people focus on solutions to problems and not the problems. They take initiative to stay healthy or get well if they are sick. Reactive people wait until something happens to them and then look for others to take the responsibility to get them well.

We need to take responsibility for our own lives, be proactive, take control of our health, focus on solutions, make a commitment to be driven by values and concentrate on improving the one thing which we have control over — ourselves.

“Native people everywhere discovered essentials of life and following fundamental nutritional laws, lived in harmony with nature. Modern civilisation has chosen to ignore these fundamental truths. The wisdom of native societies in understanding laws of nature and living in harmony with these laws is a treasure humanity must not lose if we ever wish to regain our lost strength and resistance to disease.

Though many today would prefer otherwise, nutrition is not a matter of opinion; nor are moral ideals of truth, honesty, integrity, loyalty and service that have been held in common in traditional societies for thousands of generations. The price of societies decision to ignore natural laws governing these fundamental aspects of human life is the physical and spiritual bankruptcy threatening Western Society today.”
Ronald Schmid.

Dr Emerson was recently interviewed on ‘Know the Cause’, the most popular health television programme in the US.

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