The Alternative of Healthy Living

Clinical nutrition, nutritional therapy and plain old good nutritional management have long included using dosages of vitamins and minerals that are substantially higher than those typically found in the average, contemporary diet.

Our bodies’ requirement for higher dose supplements

The following set of precepts were formulated and published upon the founding of the British Society for Nutritional Medicine, now the British Society for Ecological Medicine, in June 1984 [1] and modified in the first issue of this journal in 1990, as follows.

  1. Man’s diet, even in industrialized societies, may have only a borderline, or indeed low, content of certain essential nutrients. A ‘normal’ diet is not necessarily a healthy or optimum one.
  2. Requirements for essential nutrients vary from individual to individual depending on genetic, physiological, lifestyle and other influences. What is adequate for one person may not be adequate for another.
  3. Illness is inevitably linked with an abnormal biochemistry and an alteration in the metabolism of nutrients and their by-products.
  4. Specific nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids, as well as dietary manipulation in general, provide a potent means of influencing body biochemistry and thus disease processes.
  5. Reproductive processes are nutrient-dependent and sensitive to environmental pollution. Nutritional status of and environmental factors affecting both parents in the preconceptional and periconceptional period, and nutritional status of and  environmental factors affecting the mother throughout pregnancy, are primary determinants of pregnancy outcome.

Making different health choices can change the world

Just imagine what would happen if we all just followed the 10 simple behaviours listed below.

  1. Take responsibility for your own health, foster awareness and lead by example
  2. Eat a diet that’s varied, balanced and made up largely of whole foods—choose not to buy processed or GM foods
  3. Buy/cultivate local/regional whole, organic/biodynamic/sustainable foods, including heirloom varieties—avoid relying on supermarkets as your primary source of food if possible or at least choose wisely
  4. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle—exercise moderately, breathe fresh air, drink clean water, manage stress effectively, get enough quality sleep, minimise your exposure to toxins and harmful radiation sources as much as possible
  5. Micronutrients—prefer fully natural products and ingredients
  6. Support ethically sound, enviromentally friendly companies and products
  7. Where possible support the self-healing capacities of your body and try to choose a healthcare practitioner/doctor who is qualified in and respects the fields of medicine you believe are most appropriate to your needs.  Or you can educate your doctor—do your own research and show him/her the options that are out there.  That’s Health Choice!
  8. Communicate the challenges and ways to overcome them to ensure that our fundamental right to natural health is not eroded.  Awareness and education offer empowerment to make positive change
  9. Act local, think global!  Focus on the ‘next generation’ and work with kids—help them to understand and get involved with nature, natural food and wholefood preparation
  10. Support pro-health freedom, pro-organic, anti-GM organisations—these organisations are on the front lines on your behalf.