Believe it or not, sometimes I get emails from people contacting me for the first time, from a hospital, asking for help.
They say, “I’m in the hospital with an infection in my kidney (gallbladder, intestines, liver, name an organ…), and they want to operate on me. What can I do?”
Well… first and foremost, if the infection has grown so bad that they are hospitalized, then they are in the right place!
Hospitals and modern medicine excels at traumatic, life-threatening, and acute onset illness.
For the folks who contact me from hospital beds and emergency waiting rooms, the time for using food as medicine has passed.
One thing I educate people on in my health and wellness practice, is that food and herbs generally work more slowly, and have an accumulative and long-term effect to both prevent disease and heal the body.
People who are seeking immediate treatment do not understand how using food as medicine actually works. There are no immediate remedies or quick fixes. That’s a Western/modern medicine mindset.
Diet and lifestyle improvements offers long-term wellness and needs to be implemented with a preventative mindset. That means… BEFORE the illness fully takes hold of the bodily systems.
Using food and herbs as medicine preventatively, gives the body the energy to keep the immune system strong, ensures detoxification organs are working well, and the glands are supporting various bodily functions – and all of that helps fend off illness better.
This does not mean that an illness will not come into your body if you make diet and lifestyle improvements, or that you’ll won’t ever have to be hospitalized for anything. It just means that your body will be better prepared for an illness when/if it does come, and your recovery time will also be improved.
The best advice I offer folks who contact me late in the game, so to speak, is to NOT wait for the next hospitalization to start the process of healing. Alter your diet and lifestyle the very same day that you are discharged from the hospital. Give your body the preventative medicine it needs so you don’t have to lose another organ, or gland, or fifteen feet of your intestines.
If you would like to learn more about naturally preventing and healing illness, check out my online health programs, or sign up to work with me one-on-one. I’d be happy to help you on your journey to improved health.
And, always remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.