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Conventional or Natural Medicine: It’s Your Choice

The United States medical system excels in the management of medical emergencies, certain bacterial infections, trauma care and complex surgical techniques. Yet at the same time, it seems to have failed in disease prevention and managing the chronic illnesses that fill doctor’s offices, health clinics and hospitals. Patients are waiting until their illnesses become unbearable, and then spending huge sums on surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and prescription and over-the-counter medications, while ignoring the underlying lifestyle-related cause of the problem. Antibiotics, which were thought to be a panacea for a host of infections, are so overused that the body has become resistant to their curative properties.

Society has come to accept chronic disease as normal, even though most of it is preventable through lifestyle modification. Adults and children suffering mild to severe medical problems, from allergies and low energy to more serious conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, that can be cured by returning to a natural and wholesome diet full or organic, nutritious foods. A healthy diet should be accompanied by daily exercise, fresh air and sunlight, cleansing and detoxing the body and learning how to decrease stress.

The human body is an incredibly designed machine that can repair itself when cared for properly. Even when conventional medicine claims that an illness is incurable, committing to and maintaining a healthier lifestyle can change that diagnosis and literally save your life. Here are some things you can do to create the good health you deserve.

Focus on becoming empowered. Accept responsibility for your recovery and health maintenance and learn exactly what to do to help yourself. Emphasize sound nutrition as a core requirement for health. Practice a balanced lifestyle with adequate and appropriate exercise, rest, sleep and most importantly, mental and emotional healing.

Detoxify to help restore the efficiency of the organs and systems of the body. Recognize the importance of the musculoskeletal system as a potential source of interference with nerve transmission and the body’s energy pathways, and as a reflection of the internal physical and emotional state. Most importantly, treat the individual self, instead of the symptoms

Freedom is at the heart of American society. We have freedom of speech, freedom of worship and the freedom of the press. We also have the freedom to choose our own way of health and healing. The more educated we become about what our bodies truly need and the more concentrated efforts we make in this direction, the closer we will come to achieving the ultimate goal of great health and a disease-free existence.


Healthy Vegetable Salad


1 cup avocado 1 cup cucumbers 1 cup tomatoes 1 cup broccoli ¼ cup onion ½ cup fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp pumpkin seed oil 1 tsp Himalayan salt


Chop all the vegetables and toss them together with the salt, oil and lemon juice. It’s easy, delicious and very nutritious.

Brenda Cobb is author of The Living Foods Lifestyle and founder of The Living Foods Institute, an educational center and therapy spa in Atlanta offering healthy lifestyle courses on nutrition, cleansing, healing, anti-aging, detoxification, relaxation and cleansing therapies.  For more information, call 404-524-4488 or 1-800-844-9876 and visit

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