Stubborn Family? Join the Club

Jump-Start Health



We've all heard that "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." You might, however, be able to make the horse WANT to drink.

While most people need a jump-start, a strongly motivated person will do all they can to improve their health without you, me, or any doctor telling them to. The very sick person may work harder to heal than almost anyone, and desperate people are often the most motivated of all. Such people need plenty of practical information, but almost no persuasion.

From what I've seen, it is your own family members that may need a boost the most, and accept it the least.

In a hurry?  Peeved because your relations, who should know better, don't listen to your healthy advice? 

Don't feel bad: surgeon James Lind published his citrus-fruit cure of scurvy 1753.  It was not until 1795 that the British Royal Navy mandated the treatment.  Believe it or not, it was not until 1865 that the British merchant navy began to require a daily lemon or lime juice ration!  During the intervening 112 years, countless thousands of sailors died unnecessarily.  Nah, they thought, nutrition can't possibly be the cure for a REAL disease!

Sound familiar?

Perhaps the best way I have found to deal with this is to take the “buffet approach.” Put the information in front of a family member, and then shut up. Let them take all, some or none, as they will.

My grandmother had a handle on this many years ago. “Do as you like,” she said. “You will anyway.”

Copyright 2008, 2004 and prior years by Andrew W. Saul.

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at )

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