Philosophy of Health and Healing

I am committed to assisting your body to understand, and then achieve, optimal health naturally.

I am committed to dealing with the causes of disease, and not merely camouflaging a problem by treating the symptoms.

Everyone is an individual, you have had a unique path in your health life, to bring you to where you are right now; genetics, familial influences especially upbringing, medical drugs, stress, and a hundred other influences including conscious or sub-conscious (or even unconscious) decisions/ choices made, habits formed along the way, conspire to shape you into what you are this day.  I acknowledge, and endeavour to understand that, and demonstrate the uniquely-you approach to your concerns.  Everyone deserves to have super-optimal health, way above just avoiding disease, let alone having to deal with something or other!!

Since I do not think that we get unwell because we lack certain medical drugs, it seems ludicrous to me that we should expect to become well when we do take these drugs?!!!  Unless due to trauma, and then maybe a pain-killer or anesthetic, a healthy person has no place for any chemicals in their life.

Optimal health is 'wholistic', in that not merely physical, but mental, emotional, creative and spiritual dimensions of being must also be included if one is to discover "optimal health".  The best of traditional healing cultures, and modern scientific research, have demonstrated certain truths about healing and health.

1        Given the right nutrients, and sufficiency of them, and if we withhold those things from the body that are destructive of it, then the body's homeostatic (balancing) mechanisms[1] are able to return the sick person to total health.  That is, given the right environment

(internal and external), the body/mind actually heals/cures itself. Vis medicatrix naturae : the healing power of nature.  In this context, one has to know how to avoid practices that predispose to illness and weaken the body's ability to heal itself, and avoid therapies (e.g. pharmaceuticals) which take over a function of the body, or interfere with nature's pathway to cure.  The body is the best doctor: it wants to survive, to thrive, to live without disease, it doesn’t want to die.  If we give it all the essential nutrients it needs, and seek to maximise waste elimination, then the body will heal itself, and regenerate beyond our wildest imaginings.

Get a grip on this fact: according to some laboratory research, our body’s cells appear to be potentially everlasting, immortal even.  Whilst in our bodies, all 100 trillion of our body’s cells have a fairly short life span, and are constantly being replaced (this is called trophoblastic activity) as they wear out, or become damaged.  However, scientists have managed to keep some cells alive indefinitely, for decades in fact, obviously under “perfect” laboratory environments, in which air pollution is excluded, each cell receives its optimal nutrition (light and darkness, warmth, pure air, minerals and other nutrients from unpolluted soil etc.), and where cellular wastes are efficiently removed. 

That instructs us about the importance of optimal nutrition, and the importance of waste elimination, for starters! 

2.            Cure is only possible when the body/mind is in balance.  Balance and cure are two sides of the one coin.

3.            In order to effect a cure, the causes of the disease process must be reversed and eliminated.  Simply treating symptoms of the disease process is not only inadequate and ineffective, it is dangerous.  Symptoms are really valuable messengers; they tell us that something deeper and more fundamental is out of balance.  To simply stop a symptom is like shooting the messenger. 

For example, joint pain (eg arthritis) can be very painful, but simply taking drugs to relieve the pain will not cure the condition.  The arthritic pain itself is not the problem (although it can become unbearable, and in need of palliation, and must be attended to), in fact the pain is part of the solution.  The pain is there as a messenger.  While the pain is there, it is a constant reminder to focus on curative practice.  Cure has to do with reversing the disease process.  When the pain has gone, it is a sign the condition is healing.  The secret here, of course, is to listen to your body and take remedial action when the pain first appears, before it becomes unbearable. But the real secret in this case, is in knowing how to prevent arthritis in the first place, isn't it?

We must deal with causes, not take the lazy way out and merely treat symptoms, if we want optimal health.

The signs or symptoms of every disease state are warnings.  Don't cover up the minor ones, else major ones will come along; act promptly, listen to the message, and change direction.  Little changes are a lot easier than big ones. Prevention is better than cure.  And youth learns more easily than old age.

4.  "Optimal health" is not something we see every day ( ie will the person in perfect health please stand up?)  We have come to accept a mediocrity of commonality, where the State caters to the lowest common denominator.  What the medical system calls normal health is often in fact a pathological state of chronic disease.  But that’s good for business!!!  But not for you, the consumer.

The Public ‘Health’ system is not interested in preventative health, let alone encouraging those people maybe like you who spend a lot of time and their own money in the pursuit of health excellence.  The so-called 'health system' is really disease management based on crisis care.  Crisis management in private enterprise today is considered archaic, ineffectual, and a recipe for disaster.  The present "health-care system" will be shown to be all of the above, mostly it is neither "health" nor "care", and it is grossly inefficient and costly. And just who is receiving the profits of our poor health?  Follow the money-trail.

The naturopathic model of health care provides better outcomes and at a fraction of the cost, both in the short and long terms.

5.  I believe that old age does not of necessity bring disease; there is nothing to suggest that the older we get, the more aches and pains we should have, or the less resistant we ought to be to infections, or the more prone we should become to heart failure or stroke.  What sometimes suggests the above, is when we look around we see a lot of sick, old people. That’s normal isn’t it?  Well, it need not be!

The question rather ought to be, what brings what? Does age bring disease, or does disease bring aging?  What are the factors of aging?  Sickness is caused by poor attention to health principles, not merely by the passing of time. Many people experience longevity without any aches or pains, with heaps of vitality and energy.  They have learned the lessons of good health, and live by the so-called laws of health, the ‘seven doctors of good health’. There are about 6 or 7 populations throughout the world of old folk living well past 120, 130, 140, even 150 years of age, enjoying optimal health, free of any aches or pains, signs or symptoms, without any medication not even a doctor! So do not accept the mediocrity of our chronically ill western civilisation in which the older you become the sicker you can expect to be; rather, with age let wisdom come into her own; discover and practice the laws of good health and become less sick, more healthy.

Wisdom pays due respect to the laws of good health, which have been described as the "Seven Doctors" which quite simply are, paying conscious attention to breathing fresh clean air, drinking fresh clean water, eating fresh raw food, bathing in sunshine, ensuring good quality rest, doing adequate exercise, and having a happy heart.

6.  We suspect that, in Australia and America where general medicine is based largely on pharmaceutical drug intervention, fewer and fewer people today actually die from "natural causes".   Most aged deaths can be put down to the failure of organs and systems which have been exposed to a lifetime of chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, the items of personal care such as toxic soaps, deodorants, sun-screens, toothpaste etc., as well as ever-increasing amounts of electro-magnetic radiation exposure, let alone the plethora of pharmaceutical medications such as antibiotics, antacids, analgesics, anti-arthritics, anti-arrhythmics, anti-cancer, anti-depressants, anti-histamines, anti-diarrhoeals, anti-emetics, anti-hypertensives, anti-inflammatories, appetite-suppressants, atropine-like drugs, anti-asthma drugs, anaesthetics (and we have just started on the "a"s !), all of which over time (some quickly, some more insidiously) pollute the body, causing accumulation of toxins in tissues, fluid imbalance leading to chronic dehydration, acidification of organs and tissues, energy imbalances in organ systems and less and less nutrient absorption and utilisation at cellular levels. 

Given that we are polluting the external environment[2] to the point of global inability to support life with over 100, 000 chemicals in common

production today, and given that many of these find their way into our bodies via the air we breathe, drinking water, and food, and bathroom and personal care products and skin care products, it ought to be self-evident that the less we take pharmaceutically, the better health we will enjoy.  I for one am hoping for a day when all the above medications will be seen for what generally they are, useless, indeed positively harmful pollutants of our internal environment which serve most often to compromise good health, and shorten our lives.

7.  It is ideal to discover health enlightenment before conceiving a child; the best start we can give our children is for both parents to be in good health prior to conception;  good health is the greatest heritage a parent can leave for a child.  But it is never too late to seek and find better health, which translates into more energy, greater vitality, stronger resistance to diseases, better digestion, better quality sleep, greater sense of well-being, and a "lightness of being" the experience of which alone can confer understanding.  We have people in their 70s turning on to good health, and our satisfaction is in seeing their aches and pains disappear, minds become clearer, and starting to look with the optimism of good health to the next 20 or 30 years or more.

Good health is too often wasted on the young, they tend to take it for granted.  How much better would it be to actually discover good health when you are young?  That remains a role for the mother especially, and to be able to lead by example.

8.    Good health is a  way of living not merely to avoid illness, but to enjoy positive vitality without the distraction of sickness; it involves education, learning about your body, listening to its innate wisdom, signs and symptoms, discovering what is best for it, and learning how not to take it for granted.  We need very much to learn that for happiness you need to put your own health above everything else.   Good health is a journey, one of excitement, for who knows what is possible?   It is a journey of discovery, of inner harmony, joy and vitality.  And it is one of power, in taking responsibility entirely for your own experience of health.  The old adage is more true now than ever: "If you haven't got good health, you haven't got anything".  In many ways, your experience of this life, this journey, is the experience of your body. One's thoughts, one's attitudes, one's philosophies, even one's faith, are largely predicated by, as well as reflected in, the physical experience, and health (or disease) is a large part of this.

[1](that is, the body's innate wisdom, knowledge, and desire to achieve a balance)

[2]It is interesting to note that the philosophy driving our relationship with the external environment, namely the greedy compulsion to exploit,

dominate, and irreparably alter the natural values of our ecosystem for material gains (ie, the dollar), is the same philosophy that drives our attitude to our internal environments (our bodies). Especially in the West where we are seeing the total "medicalisation" of our society, for purposes of exploitation and profit motive.  In both arenas we are not being concerned with the side effects of such callous disregard for nature, as on the one hand we witness the pollution of our planet to the “eve of destruction”, and on the other, the pollution of our bodies also to the point of premature sickness, disease and death.


1. (that is, the body's innate wisdom, knowledge, and desire to achieve a balance)

2. It is interesting to note that the philosophy driving our relationship with the external environment, namely the greedy compulsion to exploit, dominate, and irreparably alter the natural values of our ecosystem for material gains (ie, the dollar), is the same philosophy that drives our attitude to our internal environments (our bodies). Especially in the West where we are seeing the total "medicalisation" of our society, for purposes of exploitation and profit motive.  In both arenas we are not being concerned with the side effects of such callous disregard for nature, as on the one hand we witness the pollution of our planet to the “eve of destruction”, and on the other, the pollution of our bodies also to the point of premature sickness, disease and death.

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