NATURAL HEALING CENTER
NATUROPATHIC / NATURALIST
SYMPTOMS TO EXPECT WHEN YOU IMPROVE YOUR LIFESTYLE / DIET or Correcting your Lifestyle / Diet may cause you to feel temporarily sick, usually not right at the beginning.
If I were asked, “Which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the field of nutrition”?
I would immediately be forced to reply, it is the failure to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes that follow the beginning of a better lifestyle/nutritional program.
HIGHER QUALITY NUTRITION
What does “a better nutritional program” mean? It is the introduction of foods and nutrients of higher quality and digestibility in place of lower quality foods and synthetic nutrients.
The closer the food comes to the natural state, in which it occurs, or the closer to its raw, no synthetic’s non-fragmented, unheated form, the higher its quality. In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact. The amino acids are in their finest form. The mineral, vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates and “life force” (whole food) are present. The life force, in turn is capable of reproducing healthy tissue.
TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND HARMFUL FOOD PREPARATION AND UTENSILS
The quality of a nutritional program is improved by omitting toxic substances such as pesticides, chemicals, coffee, caffeinated tea, chocolate, pepper, processed and refined foods, tobacco, alcohol, and all drugs, etc. from your diet. Removing microwave ovens and toxic aluminum, most metal and all Teflon cookware from your kitchen is necessary if you are serious about feeling better and living longer. You will also improve your health by removing toxic personal care, skin care and home care products as well as toxins, chemicals and poisons from your environment.
FOODS AND RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS
What is the relation of quality of foods to recovery from illness? The higher the quality of food we eat, the quicker we recover from disease, provided we are able to digest and assimilate properly.
Now, what happens when a person follows these rules and makes a decided improvement in the quality of food consumed? Remarkable things begin to happen to the body as well as the mind. The amazing intelligence present in every cell of the body and the wisdom of the body in its operation, immediately becomes manifest. The rule may be stated thusly: When the quality of the food coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissues that the body is made of, the body begins to discard the lower grade materials and tissues to make room for the superior materials, which it uses to make new and healthier tissue.
NATURE; SELF CURING
This is the plan of nature: The body is very selective and always aims for improvement for better health. The body always tries to produce health and always will, unless our interference is too great. Only then do we fail to recover and degenerate further into disease. The self-curing nature of many conditions such as colds, fevers, cuts, swelling, injuries, etc., furnishes endless examples of how the body tends towards health, always, unless we do something to stop the process.
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS
Usually within three days, the symptoms vanish and we feel stronger due to the recuperation that follows. What are the symptoms or signs that become evident when we first begin to omit the lower quality foods and instead introduce superior food, those that are most alive, more natural than we are accustomed?
Lower quality food has undergone more preparation. Harmful ingredients not found in nature have been added, such as refined, processed flour or sugar, chemicals, preservatives or pesticides etc. They tend to be more “stimulation” than less prepared and more natural foods because the body speeds up to work harder to throw off the poison you just ate. Consequently the withdrawal of stimulation or poison, which follows the abandonment of low quality food, produces a slower heart action, a resting phase, which registers in the mind as relation or a decrease of energy. This initial let down lasts about ten days or slightly longer, and is followed by an increase of strength, a feeling of diminishing stress and greater well-being.
Now let us return to the symptoms that occur in the process of regeneration. The person who starts a better diet, stays on it for three days to a week and then quits will say, “Oh, I felt better on the old diet, the new one make me feel weak.” He failed because he did not give his body a chance to adjust and complete its first phase of action, recuperation. If he had waited a while longer, he would have begun to feel better than before he started.
RECUPERATION; PHASE 1
During the initial stage (lasting about ten days on the average to several weeks in others), the vital energies which are usually in the periphery or external part of the body such as the muscles and skin, begin to move to the vital internal organs and start reconstruction. This shunting of much of the power to the internal region produces a feeling of less energy in the muscles, which the mind interprets as some weakness. Actually, the power is increased, but most of it is available for muscular work. Any weakness that is felt here is not true weakness, but merely a redeploying of forces to the more important internal parts.
RELAX FOR SUCCESS
Here it is important for the person to stop wasting energy, and to rest and sleep more. This is a crucial phase, and if the person resorts to stimulants of any kind, he will abort and defeat the regenerative intent of the body. It is important that he have patience and faith and just wait it out, and after a while he will get increasing strength which will exceed by far what he felt before he began the new program. Success in recovery or improvement of health hinges upon the correct understanding of this point: Realizing that the body is using its main energies for more important internal work and not wasting it on external work involving muscle movements. Be wise, take it easier, and relax. Just coast in your work and social obligations until you are out of the woods.
RETRACING CLEAN UP
Retracing: As one continues on the improved diet and gradually raises the food quality, interesting symptoms begin to appear. The body begins a process called retracing. The body says: “Now we have a chance to get rid of this old garbage and build a beautiful new house. Let’s get started immediately. Let’s get this excess bile out of the liver and gall bladder and send it to the intestines for elimination. Let’s get the sludge moving out of the arteries, veins, and capillaries. These smelly, gassy, brain-stupefying masses have been here too long, out with them!
These arthritic deposits in the joints need cleaning up! Let’s get these irritating preservatives, aspirins, sleeping pills and drugs out of the way, along with these other masses of fat which have made life so burdensome for us for so long. Let’s get going until the job is done, until we have a beautiful house, and from there on we’ll keep it a beautiful ideal model home”.
During the first phase, called catabolism, the accent is on elimination or breaking down of tissue. The entire body begins to clean house, to remove the garbage deposited in all the tissues.
Here the focus is on removal of the gross and immediate body obstructions. Wastes are discarded more rapidly than new tissue is made from the new food. This becomes evident as weight loss.
This persists for a while, and then followed by the second phase, called stabilization. Here the weight remains more or less stable. During this phase, the amount of waste material being discarded daily is equal to the amount of tissue that is being formed and replaced by the newer, more vital food. This occurs after the excess of obstructing material in the tissues has been removed.
This state persists for a while and then followed by a third phase, a build-up period called anabolism, wherein weight starts to go up, even though the diet is lower in calories than it was before. At this point, much or more of the interfering wastes have already been discarded.
The tissues which have been formed since the diet was raised in quality are more durable and do not break down easily. Also new tissues are now being formed faster. This is due to the improved assimilation made possible by the improved digestion.
The body’s need for the usual amounts of food decreases, and we are able to maintain our weight and increased energies with less food. As the body progressively increases efficiency and decreases in tissue breakdown under exercise, so do we gradually need less and less food to maintain life.
The higher the percentage of quality food one lives on, the slower the rate of tissue deterioration, into which one evolves. A sick body requires a gradual carefully worked-out entry into this stage, where one is able to live on a 100% quality food diet.
Returning to the symptoms which occur on a superior nutritional program, people who have had tendencies in the past to recurring skin rashes or eruptions will frequently ten to eliminate poisons and harmful drugs through the skin with new rashes or eruptions. If they go to a doctor now who is not familiar with this aspect of nutrition, he will diagnose it as an allergy.
They ask “How come I’m eating better now than I ever did before, and instead I’m getting worse?” They do not understand that the body is retracing.
The skin is getting more alive and active. It is throwing out more poisons more rapidly now that the body is building more power that is saved from those hard-to-ingest meals, which have been discontinued.
These toxins being discarded are saving you from more serious disease, which will result if you keep them in your body too much longer, possibly hepatitis, kidney disorders, blood disease, heart disease, arthritis, nerve degenerations, or even cancer, depending upon your hereditary or structural weaknesses. Be happy you are paying your dues now in an easy-payment plan.
CONSTRUCTIVE HOUSE CLEANING
With some people, colds, which have not appeared for a long time, may occur, or even fevers. This is nature’s way of housecleaning. Understand that these actions are constructive even though unpleasant at the moment. Do not try to stop these symptoms by the use of drugs. This is sometimes referred to as a “Healing Crisis”.
RESPECT THE CURING PROCESS
These symptoms are part of a curing process, So please do not try to cure a cure. These are not deficiency conditions or allergic manifestations if you are eating properly in quality and quantity. Here is where experienced advice is of great value. Unfortunately, there are few books present today which give full guidance to the average reader. Try to find guidance through a doctor, teacher, or consultant who has the requisite experience in this most confusing of all subjects, “Nutrition in Relation to Health and Disease”.
MILD OR SEVERE SYMPTOMS
You may be eating perfectly concerning quantity, quality and observing the correct rules, and still symptoms will occur. Those who have lived better lives in the past, who have eaten better foods and who have abused their bodies less will have reactions ranging from almost none or very mild symptoms that may be uncomfortable. Those who have lived worse lives and poisoned themselves more will experience more severe symptoms if their liver, kidneys, or other important eliminating organs have been damaged. When they have been renovated to the point of fair working order, they will no longer produce symptoms.
However, the great majority of people find their reactions tolerable and are encouraged to bear with them, because of the many improvements which have already occurred and are becoming more evident with each day. This acts as an inspirational force to them.
The symptoms will vary according to the materials being discarded, the condition of the organs involved in the elimination and the amount of energy you have available. The more you rest and sleep when symptoms are present, the milder they are and the more quickly they are terminated. Be happy you are having symptoms.
YOUNGER AND HEALTHIER EVERYDAY
Realize deeply that your body is becoming younger and healthier every day, because you are throwing off more and more wastes, which would eventually have brought pain, disease, and much suffering.
*** Those who have the worst symptom reactions and follow through to their successful termination are thus avoiding some of the worst disease which would eventually have developed had they continued their old eating habits.
Do not expect to go on an ascending scale of quality, that improving your diet will make you feel better and better each day until you reach perfection. The body is cyclical in nature and health returns in a series of gradually diminishing cycles.
For example, you start a better diet and for a while, you feel much better. After some time, a symptom occurs, you feel nauseous for a day and have diarrhea with a foul-smelling stool. After one day, you feel even better than before and it goes fine for a while. Then you suddenly develop a cold, feel chills, and lose your appetite. After about two or three days (assuming you do not take drugs or do anything else about it), you suddenly recover and feel better than you did for years. Another example: Let us say this well being continues for two months, when you suddenly develop an itch or rash. You do not take anything special for it. This rash flares up, gets worse and continues for ten days, and suddenly subsides. Immediately after this, you find that your hepatitis is gone and your energy has increased more than ever before. The rash became an outlet for the poisons in the liver that produced the hepatitis.
We must learn to obey the laws of Nature. We must learn to eat simple, pure and natural foods, properly prepared and combined. Our bodies in return will cast off all the poisons we have taken in during our lives. The mysteries of the body, the operations of nature, and the vital forces working in nature are far beyond what our minds are capable of recreating or defying, if we eat poison we will be poisoned. Drugs are poison to the body which is why the Medical conglomerate have had to admit they have no cure for anything, The most noteworthy research scientist, researches only fruits and vegetables. What they refuse to look at is the cure could only come from our maker. He alone has supplied just what we need from the earth, for our health. He is the Greatest Scientist. This is not the alternative; this is the only way to real health.
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