9 quotes about nutrition and why I love them!

I, like a lot (dare I say the vast majority) of people grew up believing that Doctors knew all the answers, and that they would never give you a medication that was harmful. That the Government or other organizations would never approve anything that would hurt us. On some level though, deep inside, I never truly trusted. I was always reluctant to take any medications, and I’m even more so that way now with all I know about nutrition and natural healing.

For me, when I’m sick or just not feeling well, sleep has always been my best medicine. I will also do other natural self care techniques, like supplements (short term high quality therapeutic use only), heat/steam, massage, epsom salt baths or poultices, and more. My point being that for me, it is my belief that excellent nutrition, natural healing methods, supporting the body so it can heal itself, regular exercise, alternative modalities like massage, reiki, and more are the best way to stay healthy and heal illness.

These quotes I’ve found are some of my faves about nutrition and healing:

1) “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ”
-Hippocrates

Bearing in mind the quality of that food. No one is going to claim that eating fast food every day is medicine or even remotely healthy.

2) “It is clear that nutrition can powerfully influence cognition, emotion, and behavior. It is also clear that the effects of classical nutritional deficiency diseases upon mental function constitute only a small part of a rapidly expanding list of interfaces between nutrition and the mind.”
-Dr Melvyn Werbach, writing on Orthomolecuar Medicine.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind regarding the connection between mind and body and our overall health. What we feed our bodies also feeds our minds. One cannot be effected alone.

3) “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
-Thomas Edison

I continue to believe, hope and work towards this being truth and everyday reality. Please note that I am not saying all medications are 100% harmful.

4) “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral [a nutrient] deficiency,”
-Dr. Linus Pauling

Food for thought, pun intended. 🙂

5) “For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.”
-Pfeiffer’s Law, Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., PhD.

Double blind, controlled, peer viewed studies are showing this to be true more and more.

6) “The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of allopaths (the orthodox physicians) to destroy it.”
-Mark Twain

It (homeopathy) has been in the news lately as once again the arguments rage as to the effectiveness of Homeopathics. If allopathic medicine can claim that giving a patient a sugar pill but telling them otherwise and thus creating a positive change/cure in that patient’s condition (known as the placebo effect) is successful medicine then if that is the least that can be claimed by homeopathic medicine, how is the former right and the latter wrong?

7) “My opinion, however, is that they (herbs) are superior 95% of the time to any pharmaceutical drug!”
-Dr. Robert E. Willner, M.D.

For myself, the fact that the side effects of so many man-made prescription medicines are/can be more harmful or worse than the original health condition, is enough to consider a natural herb first. Even though (just like with prescription meds) it may take a while to find the right natural herb, or multiple adjustments in dosage to get the desired benefit. I also take into account the toxicity of the prescription medications themselves.

8) “It is time for the general acceptance of the concept that even in some terminal cases, our bodies can be given essential building blocks [oxygen, electrolytes, minerals, enzymes, amino acids] to repair and reconstitute every living cell within a span of 11 months.”
-Everett L. Storey

I can recite cases of this being true. A friend of mine who had breast cancer comes to mind. I’m not going to tell her whole story here today, perhaps in another blog. Suffice it to say she followed her own path of natural healing against doctors wishes/orders and a year later she no longer had breast cancer.

9) “It [the pharmaceutical industry] is the most profitable industry in the world, and partially funds the US government. It surpasses oil in terms of profits and my country recently went to war due to oil pricing. What does that say they will do to keep this other industry in tact? It is up to patients and their families to question what they are being given, and to consumers to demand better, more natural alternatives.”
-Margot Kidder

You have every right, dare I say responsibility to be your own advocate when it comes to your health. Do your research, ask questions, if they refuse to answer your questions – go elsewhere. Learn, try, learn some more, be open minded, use a combination of methods and be patient with the time needed to find the right mix of methods for you. Everyone is different, no one way or one combination of ways works for everyone.

I am not anti anything, I am pro education, pro learning, pro open-mindedness, pro research, pro questioning, pro listening to your body, pro trusting your instincts, pro self-responsibility.

I am definitely pro getting out into and connecting with nature! I love this weather and where I live. Have a great Sunday. 🙂

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Getting personal…

So I’ve made a commitment to bringing my personal story to my blog but I must admit I’m struggling with where to start.

In a discussion I was having with my Naturopath about this, I mentioned that I am actually way more of a private person than I thought I was. Yet sharing my personal growth is the right thing to do. I know in my heart that this is a good thing, for me and for my readers.

Humans are story tellers. Before the written word stories of our history, our families, our experiences were verbally told and passed down from person to person. People want to know how others do things, how they handle life, how they grow and change with all that life throws at us. I want to be a story teller! It is part of my most basic nature to want to help others, and what better way to do so than to share my personal experiences?

If you look at the kinds of things you read, watch (on tv etc) or see happening around you, don’t you learn the most from the things that happen to people you know and to yourself? Don’t you want to hear the true stories of others?

Going back to me finding this hard to do, it is not just about sharing some deep parts of me, it actually is more about not knowing where to start. You might say “Well Valerie, just start at the beginning!” Yet where is the beginning? I’ve been working on personal growth intensely for the last 2-3 years, since I moved to Vancouver, BC; but I have also done a lot of growth in the 4-5 years beforehand too. So where do I start? I am even contemplating working backwards, but I’m not sold on that. I’d like to be able to show all of you how one step has led to the next.

Let’s get started! I did post an “about me” as one of my first blogs that tells how I got to where I became an R.H.N. (Registered Holistic Nutritionist), so I’m going to start there again. I’ve had my issues with food and weight and emotional eating and have been seeking solutions all my adult life. I’m also a big believer in prevention and cure through natural and alternative methods. I struggled to overcome the belief that “modern medicine” was the only way to go. That’s what I was brought up with.

What has led me to so much desire for personal growth though is the belief deep deep inside me that I was and could be more, that I could be authentically me! That there was absolutely nothing wrong with me, and that I should be me. Why would I try to be anyone else?

Here’s where I really start getting personal. I grew up the youngest of 6 in an alcoholic dysfunctional home. There was physical and verbal abuse. I am not looking for sympathy. I know others have grown up in homes that were far worse, yet we all know that our experiences shape us, and are completely the be all and end all while we are living them (at the very least).  I also know that the experience was different for each one of my siblings and I.

I learned a lot of things in that atmosphere. I learned to hide. Hide who I was, hide physically and to escape mentally. I am only now at the age of 50 discovering some of what I hid from and what I hid about my authentic self – which sadly was a lot. Growing up in that kind of home created a lot of fear for me. The subconscious is the most powerful part of your brain and will protect you from things that it doesn’t think you can handle. For example I’ve only recently – within the last week, learned that something I’ve known about in small detail all my life was actually what turned my whole life upside down when I was not quite 5 years old. How’s that for a holy crap moment?? Lol

I think this is a good place to stop for now. I have been working for the last 6-8 years to discover, redo, undo, reprogram, learn, grow and move forward in my growth, life and mind, body, spirit wellness. I keep saying and 100% mean and believe that it is all worth it! As I bring more of my story forward to you I hope you will find it so and that you will be inspired to never stop growing, learning and moving forward. I am living happily in the present , excited about my future, and letting my past go, all at once. No wonder life seems hectic sometimes. 🙂

I’ll leave you with one of my fave quotes:

“Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy.”

― Deborah Day