I am about to enter dangerous ground. This could even be my last blog post, depending on how my daughter reacts. I might be “done in” by her, as I think it is possible that this subject matter might be even more embarrassing than showing naked baby pictures in the bathtub to your daughter’s new boyfriend. I am about to talk about bowel movements.
When Azlyn was very young, still in diapers, her mother and I were in the process of divorcing. I went to pick her up at her mother’s house one Saturday, and on the 30 minute ride to my house, she began complaining about a headache, and I felt her forehead to discover that she was feverish.
We arrived at my place, and she was sluggish and whiney, and hot and sweaty. Based on my experience as an herbalist, I knew that if she had a fever, her elimination was blocked up. I made a mild tea with catnip herb, stripped her down, gave her an enema using a small syringe, then put her diaper back on, wrapped her in a soft blanket, and held her, while kind of bouncing her on my leg.
Within a few minutes, I heard what I expected coming out, and changed her diaper. In checking the contents (yes, as herbalists, we do that kind of thing), I discovered some really solid material, and some very watery material. A part of the solid material was an incredibly bright green, like neon green that made up a fairly large part of the solid material. It was obviously NOT normal waste material, it looked more like green slime from Ghostbusters or Aliens movies, only solid.
I repeated the enema/diaper/bouncing procedure once more, and all we got was the watery stuff, so it looked like we had cleared out the blockage, and now Azlyn was relaxed, the fever was basically gone, and all she wanted to do was rest for a little while. And in an hour, her energy was right back up to normal (hyper) and she was ready to go have some fun.
While she rested, I called her mom and asked: “Have you been giving Azlyn bright green gum?” She asked me to hold for a minute, then came back and said that they had given her gum the day before, little pieces, but she kept coming back and asking for more, and they kept giving her more. So the gum had evidently been chewed only a few times, then swallowed. She was pretty young, and the concept of chewing gum was a little advanced for her.
If you haven’t ascertained the point of this, I have dealt with fevers many times, with many different people. The most recent was yesterday, with myself. And I have found consistently, that if a fever exists, it is because the main channel of elimination is compromised, or clogged. That is the colon. Typically the urinary system is not equipped to step in and fill the mob of the colon, so the body starts enlisting other channels of elimination, which includes sweating through the skin, and raising the body’s temperature to oxidize some of the waste at the cellular level.
If we will simply concentrate on clearing and cleansing the colon when a fever arrives, the fever will abate, the temperature will return to normal fairly quickly, and our energy will return much more rapidaly. For me yesterday, I only was out of commission from morning until early evening, and today I feel much better. I used some Herbal Cleanse Caps, some Pura-Cleanse, and kept my diet to mildly steamed veggies and some soup, which are easily digested and cleared out. And I only began eating again when my appetite returned, which was late in the afternoon.
So, with apologies to Azlyn for sharing this story, I hope that next time you have a fever, you will remember the bright green gum, and will work on opening your intestinal elimination rather than taking medications that are only designed to mask the symptoms rather than treating the core condition. May your health always be your greatest wealth. Dallin–The Herbmaster.
Here’s kind of a quick little suggestion for those of you who do not necessarily like taking a bunch of supplement pills. There are many ways for nutrients to enter our bodies, one of the really effective ones is through the skin, especially the bottoms of the feet.
Many of you are familiar with reflexology, essentially accupressure on the feet or hands. Many nerve endings are found in the soles of our feet, and applying an essential oil, herbal extract, or strong herbal tea to the soles of the feet and rubbing it in will contact those nerve endings and stimulate action.
I’ve often explained to people that if you get cold feet, you can sprinkle a little cayenne pepper in your socks, and the oils will penetrate even from the powder, warming your feet. Many people report that their entire body feels warmer as a result.
To be even more effective, use a reflexology chart to determine the specific location that you want to reach, and when you massage the oil/extract/tincture/tea into that area, use some pretty firm and deep pressure, as this activates those nerve endings that are deep below the skin.
I’m unsure if the chart I am attaching here for foot reflexology is capable of being enlarged and readable. If not, there are several locations online where you can find one of these charts for your use. There are also charts for the palms of the hands, which are slightly less concentrated in the appropriate nerve endings, but are way more accessible than yanking off your shoes and socks in the middle of a business meeting. Either way, wishing that your health will always be your greatest wealth! Dallin–The Herbmaster
I saw a refrigerator magnet today that said: “Worrying Really Works–90% of the things I worry about NEVER HAPPEN!” Don’t you love it?
If a person were to come to my house, regardless of what I have put up, or taken down, they will always see a University of Utah Red Rocks Gymnastics team schedule for the current or upcoming year, a picture of an amazing chapel located in Sedona Arizona, and a magnet that says: “The trouble with trouble is it always starts out as fun.” Don’t know why, but that always tickles me to read it.
A good friend of mine has little love notes from her grandchildren on her refrigerator–very sweet.
My mother is an amazing lady. She is single handedly keeping the U.S. Post office in business by sending out letters, cards, and little gifts to friends and family members. She and my step-father are both 80 years old, and going strong, and I love them to pieces.
My mother’s refrigerator has a calendar with all her family’s birth dates listed on it. They added a new listing yesterday for another new great grandchild.
On my mother’s refrigerator for many years was a little notebook page on which she had written the words: “This too shall pass.” I always took that as my mother’s maxim for getting through the rough spots in life, and I’m sure that is what it is. But one day as I was air conditioning the entire house by holding the refrigerator door open while looking for a snack, it suddenly struck me that this statement had an application related to food, and yes, we do hope that everything we eat will eventually pass, otherwise we are well on our way to inflating like a balloon.
In my years in natural health, and the many presentations I’ve done related to healthy elimination, I have recommended to thousands of people that they adopt my mother’s saying in regard to health, nutrition, and especially challenges–they all do pass, and change is the only constant in life.
So what’s on your refrigerator? I would welcome your inspiring refrigerator postings, or even something with a little humor or sweetness associated with it. So post a response, let us share in the words of wisdom from your fridge.
May your health always be your greatest wealth–Dallin, The Herbmaster
‘How can that which will kill a well rat, cure a sick man. For when a farmer wishes to kill a well rat, he will poison him with arsenic, strychnine, and calomel. And when a doctor wishes to cure a sick man, he will administer arsenic, strychnine, and calomel.’ I apologize that this is a very rough paraphrase, I cannot remember the exact words, but this was published by an early herbalist in the United States, Samuel Thomson, around 1830. It was a reaction to the medical techniques of the time, and how his mother had died under a doctor’s care using this type of technique. Needless to say, he was against the techniques of the day, and had more to say about what he referred to as the burn, but and poison technique.
Burn refers to a technique of applying a hot iron to the skin in order to eliminate symptoms of illnesses. It was relatively effective in the short term in making symptoms go away, since it basically put the person’s system into shock, and created a more high priority problem for the body to solve. So a cough or sniffles isn’t as dire to our body as a 2nd or 3rd degree burn.
Cut is a reference bloodletting and the practice of making cuts in the skin to let out the illness. Once again, these produced a weakened state in the body, which would temporarily cause symptoms to go away, and this was what doctors called curing a patient. Unfortunately, when the same symptoms returned in a few weeks, this was treated as a separate illness, rather than the body regaining enough strength to try again in purging toxins using that cough, or those sniffles.
Poison we have already used Samuel Thomson’s words to explain. To summarize these techniques, the frontier was a rough land, and the methods used by doctors were equally rough. A lot of patients were lost through the cure, rather than the problem.
Most of us thank our lucky stars that we were not born in those times that seem almost barbaric, and view our modern medical techniques as being much more advanced and humane. Unfortunately, I have set you up for what is coming next. This is a sequel to the article “Cancer–Revolution in the body.” And now I’d like to talk about modern cancer treatment.
We do not use the burn technique, we use radiation, which literally burns the body from the inside out.
We do not use the cut technique, we use surgery. At least the knife and the operating room are sterile these days.
We do not use the poison technique, we use chemotherapy. Toxic enough that if your liver (the body’s poison control center) is weakened, they will not use chemotherapy. And doesn’t it make your hair fall out? Some cure!
Oh, and though it does not apply to cancer, you may find this interesting. The active ingredient in Decon, which is used to kill well rats today, is also called coumadin, used as a blood thinner in numerous circulatory based illnesses. It would be nice to say, “We’ve come a long way baby” but unfortunately, unless you start looking for alternatives, we really haven’t.
Now I’m mostly a positive person, and it does not really please me to bear this kind of news. But I will use what I need in order to shock you enough that you will open your mind to alternatives rather than blindly accepting what has been told or taught to us.
I live in a world of choices and alternatives where we can choose how we manage our own health. The important thing to realize is that we do need to manage it, rather than simply reacting to health problems when they come along. We offer the ounce of prevention, but you may choose to buy the pound of cure.
In the blogpost mentioned above, we talked about how the preventive course is basically the same whether you are avoiding a disease, or assisting your body to eliminate it. The only difference would be the intensity of the actions, shifting from maintenance levels to therapeutic levels.
Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine, but his procedures were more closely aligned to alternative health professionals. Every new doctor must take the Hippocratic oath, which basically pledges them to follow the Hippocratic method, which begins with nutrition, then, if necessary, drugs (Hippocrates drugs were what today we call herbs, whole food products rather than isolated chemicals, which produce harsh results rather than balanced effects), and as a last resort surgery (elective surgeries and cosmetic surgeries would not be considered as acceptable if one strictly adheres to the Hippocratic Oath). Finally, Hippocrates core statement for all doctors was, “First, do no harm!”
Have I shocked you enough? May we now move on to interesting but positive posts for awhile? If so, then we return to our greatest wish for you, “May your health always be your greatest wealth!” Dallin–The Herbmaster
Individual body cells are incredibly intelligent. If, in any way you dispute that, let’s place you in a lab and see how well you do with creating complex chemical compounds, or a regulated oxidation process.
The idea that cancer is an organized rebellion against tyranny inside your body may be a new concept–I certainly have not heard anyone teach it, and I originated the theory I’m about to describe on my own, so if anyone else feels that I am borrowing from their work, it is purely co-incidental.
This “Cancer Revolution” theory will also provide you with a more complete understanding of why current medical research will never find a cure for cancer. The simple answer is that they are “barking up the wrong tree,” but let’s give a clearer enumeration of what is happening. The following information is provided with sincere apologies to individuals who are truly dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. The motives of organizations are not always the same as those of individuals:
REASONS CANCER RESEARCH WILL NEVER FIND A CURE TO CANCER
1) Cancer research is about money, NOT cures! Cancer research receives money from taxpayers, and from private contributions, the amounts appear to be in the tens of billions per year just for cancer, not including heart disease, diabetes, etc.
2) Even more important is that the obvious is being ignored in research because there’s not much money in it for the AMA, hospitals, and drug companies who are unwilling to invest money into projects that cannot pay for themselves in the end. And preventative approaches for both avoidance and cure do not result in expensive machines, procedures, and medications that will remunerate the billions that it costs to conduct comprehensive studies with proper corroboration. Once again, budgets trump compassion.
With this preface, the “Cancer Revolution” theory originated for me when I had some live blood cell analysis done years ago. It is very sobering to view cancer cells in your own bloodstream in your mid-twenties; however, it was explained to me that everyone has cancer cells in their system, but that does not mean that you have cancer. Having cancer would officially be defined as the state when cancer cell growth consistently exceeds the capacity of the body to eliminate or destroy them.
With this simple explanation, we have already explained how to avoid and cure cancer. If our body has ways to eliminate or destroy cancer cells, support and enhance those means. I guess I could end the article here, because it is just that simple, but I won’t. I promised you a tale of intrigue involving political machinations, and conspiratorial rebellion against tyranny, and I am going to deliver. So now the plot thickens.
POLITICAL MACHINATIONS AND INTRIGUE
It is no secret that most of us aren’t exactly kind to our bodies. We breathe air that is polluted, consume water and foods that are laden with organic and chemical toxins, do little to support healthy elimination, don’t exercise enough, live stressed lives, and foster unhealthy attitudes. In short, if we were the ruler of a body kingdom, we overtax our people, and do not provide enough services in return. In the political world, we call that a despot.
In my live blood cell analysis, it was explained to me that once a normal cell metastasizes to become a cancer cell, its metabolic processes change. In fact, they are rather closely resemblant of plant cells in their processes, a rather imperfect copy.
Returning to the original statement in this post regarding the intelligence of body cells, I had one of those moments of enlightenment–is it possible that cells metastasize as a response to a harmful environment, and that they actually choose to replicate, as closely as possible, the most healthy organism that they have come in contact with–a PLANT?
Is it possible that our body cells have become so fed up with our despotic rule that they have gone into outright rebellion in order to attempt to set up a different kind of government–a plant government inside of a human body? And that when more and more cells metastasize and divide, forming tumors, that these are rebellious citizens of our body who are attempting to stage a coup and overthrow a terrible dictatorship? And that this terrible dictator is actually US–you and me?
QUASHING THE REBELLION
I don’t happen to have an extra billion dollars lying around to conclusively test and prove this theory. But sometimes a penny’s worth of common sense is more valuable to human lives than a billion dollars worth of research. I’ve got a penny, and more importantly, we all have common sense. And the work being done by complementary and alternative health practitioners focuses on the preventive approach to restoring health in those with cancer.
And what is that preventive approach? Whether you have cancer, or want to avoid it, you take preventive measures by doing the right things to build your body systems and avoiding the wrong things that destroy it. Health is the natural state of the body. If you become a great ruler, your body will respond, because the citizens (cells) of your body will no longer be overtaxed, and they will be receiving the necessities to thrive and flourish. (Hint: This same approach works with all dis-ease conditions, not just cancer.) May your health always be your greatest wealth! Dallin–the Herbmaster
This post could also be be named “A Tale of Two Herbs” since I’m going to tell you stories about the background of two herbs. So put on your footsie PJ’s and get a cup of warm tea, then settle down in your coziest chair to read on. And the conclusion of this blog is an explanation of a new extract we are currently testing that I think would be fun to call “Nerve Re-Leaf.”
The first tale is the story of an herb called White Willow Bark. This herb has a long history of use–in Egypt, for inflammation, and was even written about by Hippocrates in the 2nd century B.C. as a febrifuge (reduces fevers). Indications are that Lewis and Clark used white willow bark for various ailments on their expedition in 1803.
German Scientists in the early 1800′s identified a specific compound they classified as the key active ingredient named salicin. Testing showed that salicin is an effective analgesic, or pain reliever, with anti-inflammatory properties. Cool stuff, only a bit expensive to extract; however, public demand grew rapidly. Work began on a synthetic, and German labs produced salicylic acid. Unlike salicin, salicylic acid was very harsh on the stomach, and frequently caused ulceration. In the mid-1800′s, a less harsh version was developed, named acetylsalicylic acid (yet still harsh enough to cause ulceration and even poisoning in some people). The Bayer drug and dye company in Germany used this acetylsalicylic acid to produce a product they named aspirin, and you pretty much know the rest of the story. But keep in mind that a viable natural product had been produced from white willow bark, and one that had thousands of years of documented history from at least three different cultures, and was endorsed by the Father of Modern Medicine, Hippocrates. (Note: Thanks to Wikipedia and Cathy Wong, http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/willow_bark.htm, for details that I did not know on this story.
The second tale is the story of Lobelia Inflata, or simply Lobelia. This herb is also referred to as Indian Tobacco (does anyone else find it ironic that we call Lobelia Indian Tobacco, but the native Americans also introduced us to a more common product that is just called tobacco? Why don’t we call that Indian Tobacco?), which native Americans smoked to relieve asthmatic conditions and other respiratory and nerve distress. An early herbalist, who is one of my heroes, Samuel Thomson, wrote about this herb extensively in his “New Guide to Health, or Botanic Family Physician.” The herb has been identified as “the thinking herb” due to its ability to find the specific areas of need and facilitate healing, sometimes producing exactly opposite effects (for example, it can act as an emetic if your system is filled with toxins that need expulsion, or sooth and relax a troubled stomach if that is the action that is needed). Lobelia is particularly effective with the nervous system, assisting in soothing and restoring nervous balance.
It has long been my desire to bring these two herbs together, marrying the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of white willow bark with the even more broadly ranging characteristics of
lobelia. At one of my recent herbal hours, we created a sample batch of a white willow bark and lobelia combination, and added a little capsicum as a catalyst, to move the product more quickly to the body to reach the desired location. Being an alcohol extract also affords easy absorption for topical application.
We have sampled out some bottles of this product, and would actually like to have a few more people trying it if you are local to our area, and would be willing to supply written documentation regarding your results.
A couple of months ago, I created a natural first aid kit. I do not call it an all natural first aid kit because I have included super glue, which I do not think by any means could be classified as a natural remedy, but since superglue was originally developed to be used on battle fields as a quick way to stop bleeding, I felt that since, in an emergency, we are more concerned with results than means, this should be an essential. Quite honestly, I am hoping that readers will submit their suggestions for additions or substitutions, let’s create the best natural first aid kit possible.
Natural First Aid Kit
1) Duct Tape–Bandages, bleeding, tourniquets, slings, etc.
3) Bandana–sling, cordage, bleeding, etc.
4) Aloe Vera Gel–Burns, open wounds, mouth sores, mix with slippery elm for poultices
5) Lobelia Extract–Alcohol base–nerves, lungs, emetic, soothing muscular rub, kills germs
6) Slippery Elm Capsules–Bites, stings, fiber, stomach, makes nutritious pudding, safe for babies consumption
7) White Willow Bark Capsules–Natural analgesic
8) Cayenne–Shock, blood flow
9) Catnip–Fevers, stomach, nerves, safe for babies consumption
10) Essential Oils–Antiseptic, assorted external uses
11) Ginger Root–Motion Sickness, stomach
13) Elastic Bandage
15) Tea Bags–Swelling, bleeding, bites, stings, skin, mouth and eye irritations, moisten and apply
16) Tampons/Maxi-pads–In addition to obvious usage, great for padding, gauze substitute
17) Surgical knife
18) Super glue–Apply as a liquid bandage, used by U.S. Military
19) Safety Pins–Fasten Sling, sharp point like a needle
20) Alcohol–We use grain neutral spirits which can be used externally, or internally
24) Saline–Rinsing and cleaning wounds
On my last visit to an eye doctor to have my eyeglass prescription updated, in addition to the astigmatism and near-signtedness I already new about, I was informed that I have the beginnings of a cataract forming on my right eye. I also learned that this usually does not happen until a later age, but to me it seems that any age would be unacceptable. And like any other non-healthy condition, since the body’s natural state is health, then there should be a way to provide our bodies with the nutritional tools necessary to restore a better state of health.
With that in mind, I decided to research and then undertake a process to reverse the cataract, and while I’m at it, see how much I can improve my vision as a whole.
To keep this article short and simple, I’m going to hit the highlights, and if you wish to do more research, that is easy to do.
1) Needed nutrients: Vitamins A,C,E, Zinc, Selenium, Bioflavonoids, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
2) Foods rich in part or all of these nutrients: Leafy green vegetables, bilberries, citrus fruits, grapes, northern fish, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, squash, carrots. Eat plenty of these and reduce your intake of most animal foods.
3) Supplements: Use easily assimilated sources of vitamins and minerals, consume extra of the nutrients listed above, I am using Ocuvite from Bausch and Lomb, and Super Zeaxanthin from a company called Life Extension.
4) Other Processes: Eye Wash, NAC drops, Pin Hole glasses.
A) Eye Wash–I use an Eye Wash Formula from Dr. Christopher Herbs that is quite strong, and actually includes cayenne pepper. While this seems like a hellacious thing to do to your eyes, aside from maybe thirty seconds of discomfort, it is actually very invigorating. I mix the formula with water, and apply using an eye cup. (Note: We do offer an Eye Wash Powder and Eye Cup combination available from our office).
B) NAC Drops–Research has been done using a naturally occurring amino acid combination called N-Acetylcarnosine with cataracts and glaucoma. While the results are encouraging, they are not definitive. I’ve been unable to find any indications of contra-indications with them. The best conclusions I have been able to reach for myself are that they may prevent the progression of a cataract, and may also reverse it, and are unlikely to cause short or long-term damage. I am using a version of this product from Vision Clarity, although there are several brands available online.
C) Pin hole glasses–These glasses replace a lens with a perforated black plastic panel. Looking through the pin holes exercises the eyes, and will actually make objects become more clear without using your corrective lenses. Wearing them for 15 minutes per day and using your eyes for reading or watching tv, or while on a walk provides the proper exercise which is intended to strengthen the eyes. (Note: I am researching some additional exercises one can do to strengthen eyes as well, but am not yet adopting anything there.)
Conclusion: I am reporting on a process that I have adopted for myself, not recommending a specific regimen for any other person. As an herbalist, I am willing to try things on myself first after doing the research and determining what I believe to be safe and efficacious.
(I am also going to be making a bilberry extract with some other circulation-stimulating herbs added.)
My expectation is that I will see improvements gradually with my overall vision, and am hoping also for a reversal of the cataract. This will probably take several months to happen, but I will report on anything significant that occurs. I have also discovered that there was a fair amount of activity in natural vision improvement in the early 20th century which kind of receded as a movement, but has somewhat revived in more recent years. I have a book called “Strengthening the Eyes” written by Bernarr Macfadden published in 1924 which shows exercises, etc., for natural vision improvement. He claims that “eyeglasses are eye crutches–nothing else.” My personal belief is that we as a society have accepted marketing as science, and need to examine each condition to determine what is truth and what is marketing.
May your health be your greatest wealth. Dallin–The Herbmaster
We call it Wholistic health for a reason, we’re concerned about what goes inside, but also what we contact on the outside. I have tried a variety of alternatives to the aluminum chlorohydrate antiperspirants that people slather around under their arms without any thought to the fact that this is the same aluminum that has potential links to cancer and alzheimer’s. My experiments range from simply eliminating the aluminum by using a “deodorant” instead of an “antiperspirant,” to more natural brands, like Tom’s of Maine (somehow Maine just seems too remote to have bad ingredients), and the Thai deodorant sticks. I kind of like the Tom’s product and the Thai stick, but neither is something I can rave about, and somehow I think that our morning rituals should be something that sends us off into the world feeling GREAT about ourselves, and I believe that a deodorant should supply you with a long-lasting positive experience that you can be excited about.
I like to share some of my experiences as they are happening, and this week, you are going to be exposed to at least two, if not three of those experiences. I’m going to provide you with a really terrific link on making natural deodorants, then later this week I will provide you with my regimen for reversing a cataract, and then I’m going to introduce the pain and nerve extract that we created at a recent herbal hour. Fun stuff, right?
So on to the Herbal Deodorant. I found a terrific website/blog called Crunchy Betty. I think it might be love at first sight, since she has a great name for the site, uses a 1940′s pinup girl cartoon as part of her logo, and then introduces her “crunchy” home remedies in her own inimitable style. The location I want you to visit is: http://www.crunchybetty.com/a-millionish-uncommon-and-not-so-uncommon-uses-for-coconut-oil. She offers a DIY coconut oil deodorant that uses essential oils to create a lasting positive aroma, oils like ylang ylang, sweet orange, and tea tree. It’s a simple recipe, and Crunchy Betty also gives alternative versions of the recipe in some of the links on the page. She then provides a follow-up that includes her journal entries while using the product and comments from readers. It looks like the only concern is that underarm skin is delicate, and you need to start mild, and for ladies, probably not apply the deodorant immediately after shaving until you have determined just how sensitive your own little pits are. Sounds like reasonable precautions to me.
So I have determined to make some of this product myself. If you decide that you also want to do so, I have the most fantastic essential oils available from a company called doTerra, they are the only certified therapeutic grade oils on the market.
I will supply an update after using this product for a while, and I intend to create a scent that is slightly more masculine and sporty for my own use, which will likely use some lime, lemon grass, a hint of peppermint, and some tea trea oil. Either this will be a great combination, or I will end up smelling like a sanitized snack bar offering Sprite and candy canes. Either way, I think it will be nicer than no deodorant. And thanks to Crunchy Betty, love your site!
Americans as a whole are very competitive. Even if you do not consider yourself to be competitive by nature, there are some areas that we all want to win, and see others win, such as the battle for a long healthy life. But Americans are losing that battle at a higher rate than other countries, and a higher rate than is necessary. Let me share with you some sobering statistics.
While the United States represents only 6% of the world’s population, we consume 45% of the world’s prescription medications and are #1 in medical expenditures. So we should be the absolute healthiest nation on earth. NOT SO!!! We are 37th in the world in overall health, and LAST among developed nations in limiting preventable deaths. With apologies to many dedicated professionals in the medical field, WE HAVE FAILED OUR PEOPLE! For many whose lives could have been saved or their health bettered, we have already lost the battle. But for the present, and the future, we do not have to fail, or lose. We can change, and we are changing. How rapidly is up to us.
Our people recognize that one choice health care, what we call traditional medicine does not work. Our government has realized that it does not work, and whether you like all that the bill includes, Obamacare does offer more options for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). And the people are speaking that they like this approach, with Consumer Reports documenting in 2011 that 38 million Americans made over 300 million visits to complimentary and alternative practitioners.
Since you are reading this blog, the chances are good that you are already among that 38 million people who accept CAM approaches as valid and useful. So now I’m asking you to spread the word. There is strength in numbers. If 38 million people do just one thing more to exercise preventive health, we will save lives and improve lives. If 38 million people get just one more person to take greater personal responsibility for their health, and to research CAM alternatives, the number will grow to 76 million Americans. If 38 million Americans formally ask their employers to research health programs that educate and challenge employees to preventive health measures, then tens of thousands of companies will begin to clamor for a different approach to health insurance, and the power of those dollars will drive new initiatives. If 38 million people pass along better health practices and prevention to their children, then preventable childhood onset illnesses will diminish and we will raise a healthier new generation. If 38 million people help family members reduce prescription medications and surgeries through better nutrition, supplements, and visits to chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, herbalists, nutritionists, physical therapists, and many other valued professional disciplines within the CAM universe, then our country can move from 37th in overall health to a much higher number. Reaching #1 in this category isn’t even in the same ballpark as winning the world series or the super bowl, because winning here is saving lives and improving lives. In fact, as The Herbmasters slogan states: “Health is our Greatest Wealth,” and that makes it more important than improving the economy.
I would like to propose that right now, today, you swear to do the following things, starting now:
1) Pledge to OWN your own health and to positively influence your entire family;
2) Commit to SHARE whenever possible to other people that they have health choices available;
3) ACT in your community to demand more preventive choices (your company, your local government, your local supermarkets, your local farmers markets, your churches and social organizations, etc.)
So let’s boil this down to three words to remind you of what this commitment entails: OWN, SHARE, and ACT! We can all remember that!
Recently I have been in communication with a company called WMC Business Services, www.wmcbusinessservices.com. They identify themselves as an insurance and financial consulting agency, but the thing that impressed me most about their organization is that they are working with businesses to contain their health insurance costs by promoting the use of preventive and CAM services. The provide programs that can save businesses money through educating and promoting preventive measures and non-invasive treatments, a kind of a “health before hospitals” approach. As they expand their reach throughout the U.S., I see a major revolution coming, and soon, in what employees should be expecting from their companies, and what employers can expect from their employees in terms of health insurance. I encourage you to check out what they are offering, especially the videos that explain more about these types of services.
Within this coming year, each of us will inevitably be touched by Obamacare changes. May I suggest that you learn how to work the system to gain more access to complimentary and alternative medicine? Do it now, because your health is your greatest wealth!–Dallin–The Herbmaster