Are You Sick of Sickness?
by Helen Saul Case
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 19, 2013
Better health? It takes effort. You have got to want it, and then you have got to work for it. There is no one-step solution. We need to eat right, and drink plenty of water, and take our vitamins, and drink fresh, raw, vegetable juice, and exercise, and reduce stress. All of these things make your immune system stronger, and your body inhospitable to sickness. This isn't easy. But isn't suffering from illness harder?
Know Your Options
I was raised in a household where instead of drugs we used vitamins. They are far safer and often more effective. When I went off to college, I thought I'd give mainstream medicine a try. Not only did drugs not cure my own "feminine ailments," they actually made things worse. I went back to what I knew: vitamins and nutrition work. I'm not a doctor, but I believe you don't have to be a doctor to help yourself. My father explained that medical doctors are trained to practice medicine and prescribe medications. Natural, vitamin alternatives just aren't visible in the medical tool bag. I sought out nutritional cures because I needed to. I go to my doctor, but I don't always get the drugs she recommends. Using vitamins and nutrition to prevent and cure illness works better for me. Sure, we can always go to our doctors with our health problems. But wouldn't it be nice to not need to go?
Ditch the Drugs
Adding a chemical to your body doesn't address the underlying cause of illness. No cell in the human body is made out of a drug. You have a real choice: medication or nutrition. One of these two choices is remarkably safer, cheaper, and, in many cases, more effective than the other. Guess which one that is? People put their faith in pharmaceuticals because they are sick and they want to get well. But when drugs don't work, which is surprisingly often, we have to make a decision. We can choose to keep returning to the disease-medicate-disease-medicate spin cycle or we can choose to get onto excellent nutrition and a healthy life style. You may find that your doctor agrees, but simply needs some education about the benefits of vitamin supplements.
Take Your Vitamins
I sure do. There is no single magic bullet in the list of essential nutrients. They are all important. The right dose is crucial. High doses help the body get adequate amounts of essential nutrients when it needs them. Many people do know the value of great nutrition, but knowing how to use high-doses of vitamins to treat our health issues is another story. Which vitamins should we take? How much? (Really, that much?) Do they work? Yes. Vitamins do work, and you don't have to take my word for it. Experienced physicians Abram Hoffer, M.D., Thomas Levy, M.D., Carolyn Dean, M.D., Ian Brighthope, M.D., Ralph Campbell, M.D., Michael Janson, M.D., and many others have shown time and time again the safety and efficacy of nutritional therapy. Clinical evidence is strong. Vitamins and nutrition can prevent and arrest chronic disease.
Know that You Can Do This
Learn about your options, especially those you aren't likely to hear about in the doctor's office. Read studies on effective vitamin therapy, and then check the references. If you don't have time for all of that, orthomolecular books can help. You don't need to be reliant on a drug-based medical system.
(Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women's Health Problems and coauthor of Vegetable Juicing for Everyone: How to Get Your Family Healthier and Happier, Faster!)
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org
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Ian Brighthope, M.D. (Australia)
Ralph K. Campbell, M.D. (USA)
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. (USA)
Damien Downing, M.D. (United Kingdom)
Dean Elledge, D.D.S., M.S. (USA)
Michael Ellis, M.D. (Australia)
Martin P. Gallagher, M.D., D.C. (USA)
Michael Gonzalez, D.Sc., Ph.D. (Puerto Rico)
William B. Grant, Ph.D. (USA)
Steve Hickey, Ph.D. (United Kingdom)
Michael Janson, M.D. (USA)
Robert E. Jenkins, D.C. (USA)
Bo H. Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D. (Sweden)
Peter H. Lauda, M.D. (Austria)
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D. (USA)
Stuart Lindsey, Pharm.D. (USA)
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Erik Paterson, M.D. (Canada)
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