Food is your best medicine

>> Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cesar B. Ortiz

I want to start this column by making it known to the readers of Northern Philippine Times that I am not the usual “traditional doctor” of clinics or hospital. I was trained in complementary health care under the mentorship of the late Dr. John R. Christopher of U.S.A., the founder of the College Of Natural Healing in the State of Utah. From there, I pursued advance training through online education on homeopathy and nutritional healing. And I am an active member of the Integrated Naturopathic Association For Asia And The Pacific Inc.                                
Therefore, whatever information and or medical data that may be encountered here about health issues are totally based on facts and supported by actual medical and nutritional researches, various medical sources like – Medical Journal of Medicine, health books authored by known health and medical practitioners abroad. To name a few and I want to acknowledge them here:
                  Dr. Ray Strand, M.D. - author of two famous books, “What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You” and “Death By Prescription”     
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. - author of “Spontaneous Healing” and “Eating Well for Optimum Health”
Dr. Reginald B. Cherry, M.D. - author of series of books “God’s Pathway to Healing”
Dr. Henry G. Bieler, M.D. - author of “Food is Your Best Medicine”
Dr. Harvey Diamond, M.D. and Marilyn Diamond – authors of “Fit for Life”
Dr. Don Colbert, M.D. – author of “What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You”
Dr. James F. Bach, M.D. & Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C. –authors of “Prescription For Nutritional Healing
Dr.  Douglas Lobay, N.D. – author of “Unlimited Health”
Now, let us proceed to the pathway to natural healing. At this point I would like to emphasize and give this important advice: Don’t practice self-medication.
Yes, you read it right! Many are not aware they are doing more harm to the body by seeking just a relief for their body pains. The body pains are just symptoms telling us something is wrong in our body. By self-medication, the relief we achieve from the over-the-counter drugs is putting our internal organs to over work.
As a result, a more serious and chronic disease is what we get. Have you ever thought why there are many cases of kidney failure, liver disease even cancer among the younger generation? You guessed it right. The bad practice of self-medication is among the many factors.
I mentioned chronic disease is the result of many factors, but in general Dr. Bieler mentioned three basic conclusions as to the cause and cure of disease. Let me quote him…
“The first is that the primary cause of disease is not germs. Rather, I believe that disease is caused by toxemia which results in cellular impairment and breakdown, thus paving the way for the multiplication and onslaught of germs.
“The second conclusion is that in almost all cases, the use of drugs in treating patients is harmful. Drugs often cause serious side effects, and sometimes even create new disease. The dubious benefits they afford the patient are at best temporary (underscore supplied by me for emphasis)…
 “My third conclusion is that disease can be cured through the proper use of correct foods. This statement may sound deceptively simple, but I have arrived at it only after an intensive study of a highly complex subject: colloid and endocrine chemistry.”
“My conclusions are based on experimental and observational results, gathered through years of successfully treating patients. Occasionally I have resorted to the use of drugs in emergency situations but those times have been rare.”
Indeed, I find the foregoing conclusions of Dr. Bieler a revelation and truth about disease. His more than 50 years of general practice healing his patients without surgery and just using nutritional foods is unparalleled in the field of medicine and was never questioned even until his death in 1975.
Allow me to share to readers and would be followers of this column a quotation I borrowed from Dr. Bieler’s book, “Food is your best medicine.” 
The message behind it, I hope, will open the minds of many about drugs and self-medication. 
As Carl  Linnarus said: “To live by medicine is to live horribly.”  More about natural healing connection in the next issue. Stay healthy.


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