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What is Natural Health?
Sue Frederick, author of A Mother’s Guide to Raising Healthy Children As published in

As a mother and a journalist, I’ve been an advocate of natural health for many years. I believe that natural medicine holds the answers to many of our primary health concerns. It offers a noninvasive, practical approach to preventing and treating disease using time-tested remedies such as herbs, vitamins, homeopathy, and a healthful diet.

First, let’s look at what conventional medicine has to offer. Your physician will certainly be helpful when you’re sick by giving you a diagnosis of your condition. Most likely, you’ll also walk out of the doctor’s office with an antibiotic prescription in hand.

Antibiotics are not the answer to every illness and when overused can weaken the immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to the next illness and to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Your physician will probably not explain how to boost your immunity to prevent future illness.

On the other hand, practitioners of natural medicine will teach you how to strengthen your immunity to disease through nutrition, herbs, and vitamins so that either you won’t get sick at all or will recover more quickly with fewer complications.

Natural medicine offers a noninvasive, practical approach to preventing and treating disease using time-tested remedies such as herbs, vitamins, homeopathy, and a healthful diet.

Many of us are fed up with expensive, risky, and ineffective conventional medicine and have taken charge of our health by consulting practitioners of natural medicine. During 1990, Americans made more visits to alternative practitioners than to primary care physicians, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Furthermore, curing rather than preventing disease is costly, notes Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: “Many practitioners realize they’ve come to the limits of technologically oriented disease intervention, and those limits aren’t only scientific, they’re financial. We can’t afford the conventional medical system anymore. We need a new healing paradigm, which promotes health rather than treats disease.”

Pizzorno identifies five basic premises of natural medicine:

*It honors the healing power of the body.

*It honors the healing power of nature.

*Natural practitioners take the whole person view – including body, mind and spirit.

*Natural practitioners identify and treat underlying causes of illness rather than just symptoms.

*Prevention is the best cure.

To help make these ideas understandable, I often tell friends to make their healthcare choices by answering the following questions:

*Will the treatment enhance my long-term good health or will it hinder it?

*Will the treatment work with my innate healing abilities or suppress them?

*Are the side-effects of the treatment worth it?

Natural remedies, such as herbs and homeopathy, offer the best answers to these questions. These remedies are time-tested and honor the healing power of both nature and the body. By working with natural medicine, I believe that we can enhance our long-term good health, as well as the quality of our lives.

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