In This Chapter
Understanding nature’s role in curing illness
Weighing the pros and cons of natural cures
Knowing when to seek conventional care
Modern medicine does a pretty good job fighting infections and acute illnesses. Unfortunately, its track record for preventing and treating chronic illness is abysmal. In fact, many chronic illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and arthritis, are now epidemics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the United States spend 86 percent of their healthcare dollars on chronic diseases — most of which are preventable through diet and lifestyle changes.
When you go to a conventional doctor, however, you rarely get educated or trained in proper nutrition or a healthy lifestyle. Instead, the doctor hands you a prescription for a medication that typically treats the symptoms and has a laundry list of very scary side effects, few of which are mentioned at the time.
There’s a better way: Nature’s way.
Over the course of a couple million years, the human body has evolved to develop incredibly ...