Health, Healing & Hummingbirds

Scientific information on improving serious disease through nutrition and treating the causes of disease
 – summarised from 100 of the world’s most cutting-edge health books

Basic healing principles

There are 3 basic principles for healing:

1. Get the good stuff in. Give your body the fuel and tools it needs to work at an optimum level. Good food, nutrients and all the proper vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Make sure you aren't deficient in anything important as the different nutrients all work together. 

2. Get the bad stuff out. Make sure your body can detoxify out all the toxic substances and toxic by-products of bodily processes properly. Stop as many toxins from getting in in the first place, and do a detoxification program to get rid of the ones you have. 

3. Reduce your body’s total load. The total load concept is that lessening the body’s overall burden/work and stress level in one area, will improve health generally and improve the body’s ability to heal because the body’s total load (or burden) is lessened. Fixing one problem frees up bodily resources that can be then be used to help other parts of the body function better and so begin to heal.

Reducing total load may include treating primary or secondary infections, making sure dental health is adequate, healing the gut, avoiding overexertion of any kind and making sure sleep is adequate.

The body needs to have the optimum amount of every essential nutrient. Ill people have far higher requirements for nutrients than do healthy people and due to biochemical individuality one person's need for a specific nutrient may often differ by 10 fold or more. Detoxification also uses up a lot of nutrients.

Addressing all of these things takes a huge burden off the body and allows it to more easily make the various homeostatic adjustments and chemical reactions necessary for good health. When body doesn't have to waste all its nutrients and energy slowly processing toxic waste or struggling to digest food, for example, it can use that energy to power up the very energy hungry immune system. This means getting fewer new infections and an increased likelihood of clearing long held ones.

Lots of small changes which let the body work better as a whole add up to bigger changes and improvements over time.

The key to healing is not new and ever more exotic or specialised drugs or herbs, but a focus on all the nutrients our bodies need to live and to function optimally and to heal. To do all we can to support the body's impressive healing abilities, and not get in the way of them.

One more basic principle

4. Heal the gut and eat a high quality diet. No disease can he healed without first healing the gut and almost all diseases involve poor gut health. Good gut health involves improving the entire digestive system including the liver, pancreas, bowels and gallbladder, not just the stomach.

As Dr Sherry Rogers explains, 'The road to health is paved with good intestines.'

When the gut is healed food will be will digested properly and so you'll start taking in nutrients from the food you eat again. At least 50% of the immune system is also housed in the gut so good gut health is vital for good immune system health. Eating the wrong foods can also disrupt neurological health, hormone and neurotransmitter levels, detoxification capabilities and many other bodily systems. Food affects the body in the same powerful ways as do prescription drugs, and so must be considered with the same amount of respect. Food is not just fuel.

No amount of supplements can make up for poor gut health and a poor diet. Supplements have an important role to play in later stages of bodily repair but healing the gut and working out a nutrient dense diet that suits you has to come first.

'Good nutrition and vitamins do not directly cure disease, the body does. You provide the raw materials and the inborn wisdom of your body makes the repairs. Someday healthcare without megavitamin therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anaesthetic.' Andrew Saul PhD.

"The brain and body simply have to have certain raw materials to work with in order to function properly." Nora T. Gedgaudas.

"All of the structure and function of the human body are built from and run on nutrients. ALL of them." Janet Lang.

“What you eat has more power over disease and aging than any other medicine your doctor can prescribe. Food is awesomely powerful.” Dr Sherry Rogers.

“Modern medicine is not scientific, it is full of prejudice, illogic and susceptible to advertising. Doctors are not taught to reason, they are programmed to believe in whatever their medical schools teach them and the leading doctors tell them. Over the past 20 years the drug companies, with their enormous wealth, have taken medicine over and now control its research, what is taught and the information released to the public.” Abram Hoffer MD

“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.”  William James (1842-1910), American Philosopher