not what we don't know that harms us;
we do know that ain't so."
to Eubie Blake, but Mark Twain said it first)
Sooner or later, successful practice of the
healing arts comes down to two components: EDUCATION and MOTIVATION. We
need both the singer and the song. A highly educated person is not
necessarily a good patient and a highly trained physician is not necessarily
a good healer. Either may lack the knowledge to really heal, or lack
the motivation to want to search for and apply that knowledge.
There is a whole body
of knowledge only a library away from you. The trick of course, is
knowing what to read, as in a supermarket the trick is in knowing what to
buy. (You can start by reading How to Live Longer and Feel Better,
by Linus Pauling.) Natural healing practice and research is neither
sketchy nor new. There is a vast, virtually forgotten mass of medical
and nutritional research that supports aggressive use of foods, minerals,
vitamins and other natural methods as cures for real diseases. It is a
bit like the continent of Antarctica; it's there all right, but you probably
haven't seen it yet.
There is someone you
know, perhaps in your family, who might very well benefit from healing
knowledge that is out there now. If a person has been told they are
incurable, they have little to lose by learning of specific alternatives to
hopelessness. If medicines continue to be ineffective, maybe one's
illness is not due to medicine deficiency after all. If you have been
told to "Learn to live with it," why not learn to live WITHOUT
why. If you, or your sick relative, have decided to only do what doctors say
and insurance companies pay, you are limited by what they KNOW to say and pay
for. So who knows it all? I would question the motives of anyone who
believes only in pharmaceutical or surgical solutions. No doctor would
admit to being this limited, but when nutritional therapies with large
amounts of vitamins are ignored, or even put down, it is time to question the
open-mindness of the doctor and our health care system itself.
It wouldn't be so bad
if extensive nutritional education were a requirement for being a doctor,
insurance executive, or Congressman. Of course it isn't. The obvious
truth is that the very people with the power to decide what therapies will be
"approved" (and reimbursed) lack both education and the motivation
to correct their deficiency. Surprisingly, a lot of people choose to remain
passive "patients" and stay contentedly ignorant of real
alternatives to drugs, surgery and wimpy "just eat a balanced diet"
In the end, it is
your own education and your own motivation that decide more of your health
than any other factors. If we continue to call out for more and more
medical care, be careful: we may just get it. But do you want it?
Get thee to a library;
Copyright C 2005 and prior
years 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 http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html
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Andrew W. Saul
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