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It Only Takes Common Sense to Be Healthy

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naturalI just discovered a great resource for natural medicine or naturopathy, an example of alternative medicine that focuses on natural remedies and the body’s ability to maintain and heal itself.

I have to admit that I’ve been suspicious about alternative medicine ever since I started showing interest and passion in the medical sciences, but when I read more about naturopathy, and especially when I discovered WellWire, I realized that it’s really all about going back to basics and learning to live a sustainable, self-sufficient, and balanced lifestyle, which are things that I also personally uphold.

When we go back to basics and when we acknowledge how much we’ve been underestimating our bodies’ capabilities, you’ll realize that you can totally do away without taking in all those pills and multivitamin capsules and acai berry drinks, and still be healthy. All you really have to do is, again, look around you and embrace what nature has to offer. And I think WellWire‘s pretty good at advocating this philosophy.

Going back to basics when it comes to health is something that I work on each day, what with all the health trends being endorsed by models and so-called health gurus every hour on TV. It’s tough; I often forget about what my body really needs. And there’s also this ongoing paranoia when it comes to sickness, when really, at the end of the day, health and wellness isn’t about completely obliterating disease from the face of the earth. I think we’ve allowed this fear of disease (and death from disease) to take over our every day lives, that we end up stuffing ourselves with all sorts of meds that end up destroying our liver anyway. What’s even worse is when we shrug it all off and say, “Ah, to hell with it. We will all eventually die of cancer anyway. Let’s live in the moment!” and allow our bodies to waste away in drunken escapades and cigarettes.

Naturopathy is such a refreshing avenue in healthcare because it reminds us of the common sense we tend to overlook each day. Yes, it’s pretty much common sense, really — “eating the rainbow” (every color of fruit and veggies), managing stress to maximize your immunity to the flu, staying outdoors early in the morning to absorb all that sunny, Vitamin D goodness, etc. And with the ridiculous expenses attributed to hospitals and treatments, going back to basics also means saving yourself if not hundreds, thousands of dollars just to stay in shape. The sun is free, for one thing!

So, like I would always tell you guys — just look around you! Nature demands our attention… and for a pretty good reason, too.


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  1. Great article Karla, most people forget about the basics! =)

    Dr. Nishant Rao

    August 20, 2009 at 5:53 am

  2. Thanks, Dr. Nishant! WellWire is awesome, by the way. Thanks for the wisdom!

    Karla M.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:58 am

  3. Karla, I find that getting patients back to the basics helps about 70-75% of my patients with most of their chief complaints. It really is amazing how effective the basics are. Disease is really an adaptive response by the body trying to re-calibrate and balance itself.

    Dr. Gibran Ramos

    August 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm

  4. Dr Gibran, that’s amazing! It just goes to show that we’ve been underestimating how powerful our bodies really are, and how a simple shift in lifestyle could do so much to our immunities.

    Karla M.

    August 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  5. Wow great article there is some good information here, thankyou


    August 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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