Underlying Cause

Understanding “natural health” is sometimes confusing because our society likes things fixed with a single pill. A natural approach to health focuses on underlying causes. In other words, a naturopath would not recommend aspirin for a headache, but would try to determine if the headache resulted from mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalances or stress and would make recommendations to restore balance to the person so that the headaches did not occur.
On simple problems, it is easy to see the links between the underlying cause and the problem; however, on more chronic, complex problems such as arthritis and heart disease, it is much more difficult because there is not just one underlying cause.
Generally the key to the underlying cause is nutrition. Besides air and water, food is the substance most frequently put into our bodies. Because of this, it has a great capacity to affect our health both positively and negatively.
Most major health issues have proven links to diet. Many of our modern diseases did not exist prior to the industrial age when our food supply began to be processed and refined. The most common health problems in America have their origins in diet. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, attention deficit disorder and more.
One common theme I hear from people is that their health condition is genetic. Sometimes it is, but more commonly, their condition is caused by the diet they inherited rather than the genes.
Much of the focus of nutritional supplements is to fix the imbalances created by the standard American diet. Many valuable nutrients have been processed out of our food supply. The omega 3 oils are an example. Most natural oils contain some component of omega 3; however, these are processed out because they tend to be unstable and go rancid quickly. Since the omega 3 oils are virtually non-existent in our diets, the supplement industry has provided many choices from fish to flax. The health benefits of these oils range from better skin and hair, better brain and nerve function, improved immunity, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better mineral absorption and less arthritis pain – all from something that is
processed out of our food supply.
As a nation, we have the most abundant food supply in the world, but it is also one of the most processed and denatured food supplies anywhere. I think that it is no coincidence that two separate studies reported the following statistics regarding the health of the American population. In the study reported by Johns Hopkins we ranked number 12 out of 13 countries on 16 major health indicators. In the study conducted by the World Health Organization on similar health markers, we ranked number 15 out of 25 industrialized countries.
The good news is that the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself when given proper nutrition. If we could fix our diet as a country, I wonder how healthy we all could be.

Note to all of you readers – Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for reading and/or following my blog.


About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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2 Responses to Underlying Cause

  1. Tony Cardinal says:

    Kim Rabon’s dad- I am having trouble with inflammation through out my body. I have osteoarthritis about every where except my neck. I have tried glucosamine did not seem to help but this fall has been extremely bad. I don’t know if the quality I was using was very good. I need some help so I can cut down or quit Celebrex. Look forward to hearing from you

    Sent from my iPad Thank you, Tony Cardinal

    • Tony – Hi – One of the best supplements for systemic inflammation is Zyflamend. When Celebrex and Vioxx were being removed from general usage a few years back, Zyflamend was touted as the best alternative by several very reputable M.D.’s. We always stock it and it is always on sale.

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