naturopathic healing

Medicine, Health, and Well-Being

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Medicine and healthcare are areas that most people generally take for granted. Only when sickness takes place do most people bother to think much about health and well-being. In America, most people make a doctors appointment and get the “medicine” they need. However, much controversy surrounds the medical industry here due to its toxic extremes. So many drugs (more accurate than saying medicine) are given to people that America is known by many as a drug nation. Extreme drugs are given to people and these toxic concoctions slowly destroy the person taking the drug from the inside out. When we are sick and need treatment, we want a treatment that will cure us, plain and simple. That is not the case with most pharmaceuticals however. They are so toxic that they saturate our blood with chemicals that may destroy the bacteria or virus or whatever…but they also destroy us. Antibiotics for example…if you get strep throat, amoxicillin will kill the growth but it will also destroy things in our body that help us and keep our immune defense strong. It is a paradox to most because we need antibiotics to fix us and most are unaware of a natural healthy alternative. The answer is preventive medicine. By building our immune systems and strengthening our overall state of wellness we will not get strep anymore!

In past paradigms, physicians sought to emphasize the elimination of the disease by treating the symptoms. Thus if one had a fever, the physician would try to regulate the body temperature accordingly. Seeking the cause of the fever was the next step in the evolution of medicine. Finding out what caused it would help prevent it. This led the physician down the rabbit hole searching for answers. Now instead of emphasizing the elimination of the disease by treating the symptoms, we seek to achieve a heightened state of good health by embracing a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent disease. By building our immune system we can make ourselves impervious to sickness.

However, it is a slippery slope to achieve such a state and great care must be taken. Naturopathic medicine employs all useful techniques to achieve a high state of health. Naturopathic philosophy utilizes a holistic approach and uses the least invasive way possible to heal. Lifestyle, diet, and exercise are three major areas addressed. Naturopathic physicians include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, counseling and other psychotherapies, and surgery only when needed. There are seven medical principles on which naturopathic medicine is based…

1. Do no harm

Naturopathic physicians seek to do no harm by using natural therapies. Toxic pharmaceuticals are not used to treat patients. Natural remedies are employed. This is also a healing philosophy for us to embrace. Love one another…

2. Nature has healing powers

In the text Taoist Cosmic Healing, Mantak Chia introduces the first section of Cosmic Healing Chi Kung: “Cosmic Healing Chi Kung emphasizes connecting to the chi emanating from heaven and earth.” Gaining mastery of our chi will elevate our state of health and well-being. Chi Kung (also called Chi Gung) helps the practitioner to gain control over his or her health by working with the will, the intent, and the manifestation within the chi. Understanding what chi is and how it impacts our health is thus an area of serious study for all seeking to gain a heightened state of good health.

For more information: http://www.sanszu.com/

3. Identify and treat the cause

If someone murders a friend, we don’t just bury our friend and say that’s that. Instead we seek out the killer and establish justice so no onje else gets killed! Similarly we don’t just take penicillin to get rid of strep throat, we take measures to strengthen the integrity of our health and well-being so we don’t get strep again.

4. Treat the whole person

Don’t just focus on the manifestation of the sickness, treat the cause. The cause is not limited to the physical body. The mind has a HUGE effect on the body. Therefore to truly attain good health, the physician needs to understand the state of mind of the person needing treatment. This goes very in depth. The mind is very complex and is responsible for most sickness.

5. The physician is a teacher

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine says: Naturopathic physicians are primarily teachers, educating, empowering, and motivating patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet.

6. Prevention is the best cure

Adopting life habits that support health and prevent disease is a must in order to achieve a strong state of well-being.

7. Establish health and wellness.

“Health” is defined as a state of optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. “Wellness” is defined as a state of health, characterized by a positive emotional state. Achieving a high level of health and wellness is crucial to aviod sickness.

Avoid pharmaceuticals!!! Avoid toxic drugs!!! Hippocrates the “father of western medicine” said: “Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.”

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9 Comments

  1. Paula said,

    March 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I am definitely going to read more about chi. Thank your for such a well-organized and thouhgtful post.

    • lukescott313 said,

      March 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      absolutely!! the san szu site should help, i might make an upcoming blog about chi 🙂

  2. پرینتر said,

    March 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I read some thing about persian healing !
    can U tell us some thing about them?

    • lukescott313 said,

      March 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      umm…i know they use a lot of herbal medicine. A very similar approach in terms of food and consumption. Utilizing the earth and all the plant based medicine is a practice employed. I need to study more about the specifics of persian healing tho to go more in depth 🙂

      salaam

  3. ramaink said,

    March 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    My son has been taking kung fu lessons for a while now and his teacher believes in the power of chi. And I must admit, I think its fascinating.
    We try to avoid taking medicine too unless the pain becomes unbearable.
    Thank you for following my blog!

    • lukescott313 said,

      March 11, 2012 at 1:10 am

      awesome! having pure intentions is one of the most important parts of kung-fu. We should never WANT to hurt anyone. kung-fu should be used primarily as a tool for cultivating good health. in america most kids think of it as a way to fight people and fighting is not what the art is all about. Altho it has martial application and can be used in self-defense if necessary, its roots lie in transcendental meditation.

      Have a good weekend 🙂

      • ramaink said,

        March 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        Yes, that is exactly what his teacher has told us. Kung Fu is not for fighting and should be used only as a self defense, if necessary. And we like the sound of that too. 🙂

  4. sholashade said,

    April 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I am a doctor but and I know medicine has its uses, but too often people just want a pill for everything! People want pills to lose weight, pills to gan weight, pills to keep them from worrying, pills to change their moods, pills to get focused. Those same people wantto take zero responsibility for playing any part in their own healthcare. Its a sad state really that only fuels the corporate greed of the drug companies!

    • lukescott313 said,

      April 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      don’t get me started! 🙂 pills for everything! all these chemicals change people. they change the way people think, the way they behave. people become addicts and lower themselves to degrading positions to get their next fix. horrible!


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