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
Today, we have more synthetic chemical compounds than some species of animals.
And, daily, more being manufactured. 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 basics.
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 emergency procedures.
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 bodies 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.
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
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 if absolutely necessary, as tools
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. Cause and affect. 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 relationship.
MONEY! 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
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 affects."
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.