A look at the following two definitions:
Holistic Health:According to the AHHA (American Holistic Health Association): With Holistic Health, people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one’s own health. Holistic health definition
Libertarian: According to the Libertarian party: Libertarians believe in, and pursue, personal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. Definitition of Libertarian
Notice both definitions share the word “responsibility“? Taking responsibility for your health is a very libertarian concept. Making intelligent, educated decisions for yourself and family are the very foundations upon which freedom is built. For a long time, I bought into thinking the “experts” in the medical field knew best. I bought into the lies that were told to us to keep medical staff in their place. Lies that kept us afraid to speak out and intimidated us into keeping quiet. I am not sure that most of the providers even knew the truth. They just kept parroting what they had been told. The medical system likes to keep the primary care providers so bogged down with unnecessary paperwork that they don’t have time to think for themselves. That is how they keep up the charade and keep padding the pocketbooks of the pharmaceutical industry. Then one day I woke up. I am not exactly sure what really started my awakening. I think it was when I was working as a hospice nurse in Idaho and took care of my my peers dying of cancer. One by one I watch lives being snatched away in the prime of their life, leaving children and spouses behind. They were victims of the Nevada test site underground and above ground nuclear bomb tests from the 1951 to mid 1960’s. Nevada Test Site They are called downwinders. Definition of Downwinders. This term is used for victims when, after a nuclear detonation, radioactive dust is carried up into the atmosphere and deposited hundreds of miles away (downwind). The government lied to the people back then stating that 1) The white dust that fell from the sky and looked like snow on the ground after an explosion was not harmful (the kids played in it) 2) Milk was safe to drink 3) The radioactivity from the explosions was very short lived, only a few days. What was interesting was those that lived close to the explosions were given dosimeters to wear and encouraged to sit outside and watch the explosions. The dosimeters were collected after the tests. I decided to do some research and found out there was more to the story than what these poor victims had been told. The radioactive isotopes were of a type that had a half life of many years, not days. That was the beginning of me not blindly trusting the government about anything. Over and over I have seen in my practice lie after lie after lie. The pharmaceutical companies have financial motivation to see that their products are used . In July 2013, the Supreme court ruled that drug companies are exempt from lawsuits. Supreme court rules drug companies exempt from lawsuits This gives them no incentive to make sure their product is safe and does what it claims. It is up to us to take care of ourselves.
After leaving mainstream Western medicine (allopathic), I began to search for some answers. Mostly I saw our system as “broken” and creating victims eternally tied to an unending string of diagnoses and designer pills to match. No cures. Just bandages. And pills to help the side effects of the pills prescribed. I knew deep down that many of our health problems in the United States are brought on by ourselves (not all). You can’t sleep? High blood pressure? Hot flashes? Back pain? Anxiety? Depression? Acne? Athletes foot? Yeast infection? Anger? Sexual dysfunction? Diabetes type 2? There are pills for all those diagnoses. They cover up the underlying cause of the problem. They do not cure it. Just as people become dependent on the medical system for every aspect of their health, many Americans are dependent on the government in the way of subsidies. These subsidies come with a price. Medicaid recipients can have a lien placed on their home and the property is seized after they die to pay the medical bills they incurred while alive. Medicaid and lien
I set out to find answers. After speaking with many seasoned patients about how they cured themselves without the benefit of a doctor (I lived in a very rural area), I learned about the many uses of honey and charcoal. How healing cabbage juice is. How eating a little dirt with your vegies was really very healthy (now, many of us get our probiotics in a pill). I observed how emotional support from friends and family really made a difference in healing. They taught me so much. I decided to research their cures. It took awhile to find, but eventually I was able to locate other research and validate these simple cures.
Health is not just the absence of disease. It is being the best you can be. Being resilient. Enjoying life in all facets. Taking responsibility for our actions concerning the health of ourselves and our loved ones. If we want to eat junk food and sit around watching TV, we know it will come with a price. That is our right to act this way. Too much of this results in obesity and other health problems. If we decide we do not want to become a victim of our circumstances, we take a more proactive approach. If we stay complacent and allow the government to make our healthcare decisions for us, we are never truly free. If we learn how to take care of ourselves, we start to break free of the chains of dependency. We will have the energy and strength to go out and dig up the garden. We can cut firewood without worrying about throwing our back out. We have the energy to help a neighbor. Our minds are clearer and, with that, comes the ability to make even more informed decisions through reading and meeting with like minded people. There is a wonderful world out there when we rely on ourselves and each other. You become a participant in life, not a spectator/victim.
Holistic health is about taking responsibility for all aspects of our lives. Physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health. If one part of the four pillars of health is off, it affects the other parts. My goal is to provide simple and inexpensive ways we can take care of ourselves that are readily available. My hope is to educate on all four pillars in upcoming articles.
Our culture seems to think we are “pampering ourselves” when we take time for self care. That couldn’t be further from the truth! We can better take care of our loved ones if we take care of ourselves. Give yourself permission to take excellent care of yourself.
A Simple Exercise
Stress is the number one epidemic in our Western culture. It kills. Learning to manage stress is literally a lifesaving skill.
Here is one free exercise that only takes 5-10 minutes and has proven to reduce stress, lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system, lower cortisol levels and reduce anxiety: Breathing and how it affects health Abdominal breathing lowers stress
1) Find an area where you are comfortable and won’t be disturbed for several minutes. If you are at work, go out to your car- or somewhere quiet.
2) Sit comfortably and raise your ribcage to expand your chest. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Concentrate on your breath and try to gently breathe in through the nose, counting to 5. Hold for 2 heartbeats and slowly release your breath counting to 5 . Your upper chest and stomach should be still, allowing the diaphragm to work more efficiently with your abdomen, rather than your chest. Repeat, breathing through your nose only. No mouth breathing. Breathing with your upper chest is part of the stress response. Do this slowly and deliberately. Take the time to clear your head. Notice where you are tense and relax those areas. Repeat exercise for 5 minutes. Do this at least twice a day for maximum benefit . Feel better?
Any time you find yourself in a situation where you feel stress coming on, immediately start breathing from your diaphragm. Even if you are not able to get away at the time.