INatural Health Options: Stay Well With Empathy, Body Awareness and Healthy Eating

Stay well using natural health options, including inner medicine suggestions such as breathing, sweat lodge, empathy, body awareness, healthy eating and a chart of specific herbs for the cold season.

| December 1997/January 1998

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    Feel a cold coming on? Two hours in a home-built sweat lodge will help you fight the infection.
    ROBIN THOMAS
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    The essence of the MediCult, the modern cult of medicine, is the idea that patients are cured with drugs and/or surgery and that everything else is superfluous. It is a rare doctor who tells you about using natural health options such as nutrition or any of the other alternative health procedures that have proven efficacious over countless centuries.
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    Wild sage tea is one of the most effective cold and flu remedies we have.
    ROBIN THOMAS
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    Whether you take it externally or internally, aloe is a potent remedy.
    ROBIN THOMAS
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    Chart of specific herbs for the cold season.
    PHOTO: ROBIN THOMAS

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Finding a way out of the prescriptions and pitfalls of the health care system using natural health options. (See the cold herb chart in the image gallery.) 

Everyone wants good health. But what exactly is it? Is good health merely the absence of disease? Is good health hereditary, something we are born with, or is it something that we create for ourselves, a way of life?

As MOTHER readers have discovered over the past 27 years, it is a serious mistake to accept the notion that health is something we simply obtain in exchange for visits to the medical doctor. But hundreds of billions of dollars of government Medicare and Medicaid given exclusively to traditional medical practitioners is legislating that if we seek solutions elsewhere, we will do it alone.

People in the United States are faced with a dilemma today. The State has given itself the power to mandate conventional medical care, in particular as it applies to children. At the same time, at least 80,000 deaths each year are attributed to poorly administered medical care, according to Harvard Medical School research cited in the enlightening book The Great White Lie by Walt Bogdanich (Simon & Schuster, 1991).



The essence of the MediCult, the modern cult of medicine, is the idea that patients are cured with drugs and/or surgery and that everything else is superfluous. It is a rare doctor who tells you about using natural health options such as nutrition or any of the other alternative health procedures that have proven efficacious over countless centuries.

So what should we do? How do we steer our society towards a more enlightened future? The answer lies in small but critical decisions we make every day. We can either buy and prescribe what we need to be healthy or we can think of the root causes of our illnesses and help to cure them naturally. Ultimately, our daily decisions may prevent illness from latching on to us in the first place.

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1/8/2008 4:31:34 PM

I HAVE 2 AUNTS THAT ARE DIABETICS. ONE AUNT WHO DOESN'T CARE WHAT SHE ATE, NOR DID SHE CARE IF SHE WALKS OR DOESN'T WALK. SHE TAKES MANY DOSES OF INSULIN, AND SEVERAL TYPES OF INSULIN, AND SO IS SUFFERING WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH HER FEET AND CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS, THE OTHER AUNT WATCHES WHAT SHE EATS, WATCHES HER BLOOD SUGAR, TAKES HER DIABETES MEDICATION AS NEEDED OR PRESCRIBED. FUNNY THING IS BOTH AUNTS ARE SISTERS, AND THE YOUNGEST ONE IS THE ONE WHO IS WORSE OFF. AND THEY ARE ONE TO TWO YEARS DIFFERENT IN AGES. I ALSO DATED A GUY WHO HAS DIABETES, AS WITH MY ONE AUNT, HE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT HIS LIFE, HE CHECKS HIS BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS, 3-4 TIMES DAILY, BUT THE ONE THING THAT IRITATED ME IS HE DRANK LOTS AND LOTS OF BEER (18 PACK) DAILY, AND WONDERED WHY HIS LEVELS WERE OFF THE CHARTS, AS WELL AS A GLUCOSE LEVEL OF 35. IT SEEMS TO ME HE HAS A DEATH WISH. ANYWAY, I USED TO RECEIVE THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS BACK IN THE 90'S AND RAN ACROSS THIS ARTICLE REGARDING CACTUS AND DIABETES. I TRIED TO SAVE THE MAGAZINE BUT LOST IT IN ONE OF SEVERAL MOVES. I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT THE CACTUS (NOPALES)LEAF HELPS PEOPLE WITH DIABETES. I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE STATED THAT IT HELPED TO SLOW IT DOWN, STOP IT, AND EVENTUALLY REVERSE THE PROCESS OF DIABETES. I HAD BEEN CURIOUS FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND MY FAMILY ON BOTH PARENTS SIDES IT SEEMS HAS SOME FORM OF DIABETES THAT I THOUGHT I SHOULD LOOK INTO THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS FOR THAT ARTICLE. I REMEMBERED SEEING A PICTURE OF A COUPLE IN THE MAGAZINE AND KNEW THAT I WOULD RECOGNIZE IT AND IT WASN'T UNTIL TODAY THAT I SAW THE PICTURE AND REREAD THE ARTICLE. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOME RECEIPES TO TRY OUT. NOT ONLY THAT BUT ON A PERSONAL SIDE I HAVE A HISTORY OF URINARY TRACT INFECTION THAT IF I LET IT GO SOMEHOW GOES INTO MENINGITIS. SO NOW I AM ARMED WITH SOME INFORMATION I WILL USE IT TO MY ADVANTAGE THANK YOU MOTHER EARTH NEWS.







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