Hello and Happy Easter to all!
Yes, I have been over-indulging in the delights of chocolate treats over this Easter time like perhaps a lot of you) so thought it timely to get back to basics.
I am very excited about this newsletter as I have sourced my information from OSWA (Orthomolecular Support WA Nutritional and Environmental Medicine), patron Dr Bradford S Weeks MD.
The following principles will change your life! Read on…
The Principles of Health
- eat real organic food (unpesticided, un-preserved, unrefined, un-sweetened and un-coloured)
- drink real water (avoid pesticide run off, chlorine, fluorine and heavy metals like lead and copper and mercury contamination)
- and be merry (enjoy and appreciate what you have – say a Grace and reflect more on your fortune than your worries).
Those three rules are the minimum for enjoying a healthy life. But, if you want more health and vitality, consider the Prescription for Vitality!’ (Why settle for health, when you can have VITALITY!)
Everyone knows that health is never to be found in a pill but rather, good health is rooted in healthy habits. Everyone can develop these healthy habits of ‘nutrition, exercise and thought’. Of course, good luck also helps: as regards genetic karma, choose your parents wisely! Regardless, though, you can certainly ‘tilt the scales’ in your favour.
Let us begin by sharing an inspirational story about the nature of healing (from Dr Brad). Read on……….
The Three Brothers
An Emperor of ancient China once asked his court physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art of healing. The physician, whose reputation was such that his name became synonymous with medical science in China, replied:
“My eldest brother sees the spirit of sickness and removes it before it takes shape, so his name does not get out of the house. My elder brother cures sickness when it is still extremely minute, so his name does not get out of the neighborhood.
As for me, I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin so that, from time to time, my name gets out and is heard among the lords of this land.”
Chinese medical doctors offer much wisdom regarding the topic of health. The story points out that small disturbances “the spirit of illness” or subtle energetic imbalances arise and if untreated, develop into more physically manifest materialistic lesions. In this story, the greatest physician works at these subtle levels and is therefore, the least famous. Preventive medicine is, after all, never as sexy as open-heart surgery. But, as the patient, which doctor do you value the most? The one who saves your life or the one that keeps you out of trouble in the first place? Or, which patient would you like to be? The “turkey” (as the cardiologists refer to their open heart patients) getting carved up on the surgical table or the boringly healthy, high performance healthy-most-of-your-life patient whose health habits reward you with vitality well into your older years?
From the oriental medicine perspective, most of western medicine’s suppression of symptoms as inappropriate in that it “locks the robber in the house”. Rather than cleaning house through detoxification and bio-therapeutic drainage while rebalancing the cellular biochemistry, most western medicines are double-edged swords. They help somewhat but with significant side effects. To be specific, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications suppress symptoms but do NOT usher the robber out of the house. At times this “suppressive therapy” is highly appropriate (for example life threatening situations) however, we have misused antibiotics. Today, every doctor in America agrees that antibiotics are inappropriately overused to the point of creating a frightening scenario of drug-resistant bacteria. Today, we have scientifically validated non-toxic and non-suppressive remedies designed to enhance our immune system and vitality.
So – what imbalances (“dis-eases”) are at the root of your illness? Dr Brad describes this in terms of a musical metaphor. Being a music lover, I love this description:
In order to play an instrument well (to be healthy) one needs four factors:
- a well-built and well- maintained instrument
- a tuned instrument
- someone who loves playing the instrument and
- someone who has composed or can create de nova (improvise) a musical piece.
Those four factors represent, respectively
- the physical body (the instrument)
- the vibrational or etheric body (being tuned)
- the soul’s delight in life (the joy of the musician) and
- the birthright of all humans to participate in the spiritual act of the creation of their life (the composer.)
So, for this reason, all Dr Brad’s protocol recommendations are designed to correct imbalances!
- your biochemistry (physical body)
- your vitality (energetic, vibrational, habit body or “chi”)
- your emotional being (the soul) and
- your “decider” where your self-esteem lives (your spirit)
Dr Weeks believes that all four of these ‘bodies’ interweave and affect each other constantly. That being said he also believes that the predominant process is a trickle-down effect meaning that your thoughts values and attitudes affect your feeling, attachment, urges which in turn affects your sleep processes, growth and regeneration forces, stamina (vitality), which finally affects your physical body.