Introduction to Truth Seeking
Advantage has developed
some quick-and-easy steps and tips to help you jump start your path to
true health and wellness. But you must know that it is just that - a
information contained on this site, together with the books and links
recommended, will require you to examine and rethink everything you
know and have been taught about diet, health and nutrition. (You
could get a head start - and an alternate but very illuminating view of
some of your favorite health books - by reading these "thumbs up" and
"thumbs down" book reviews.)
At the root of the disparity between what has
actually been discovered and what we tell each other about what it
takes to be healthy is the germ
theory of disease. This theory was very successfully promoted by
Louis Pasteur, despite the crucial discoveries of Pasteur's
contemporaries Antoin Bechamp and Claude Bernard which showed that a
compromised, unhealthy biological terrain provided the environment
needed for disease. From this germ theory came the vaccine myth,
against which Bechamp argued strenously and in vain.
We now have a health - or more accurately - sickness
care system that is fast careening out of control and towards a
veritable modern holocaust in which the
drug and medical supply industries are the only clear winners. This
modern holocaust is only magnified by rampant dietary
mis-advice and ersatz
promoted to the public despite the decades of efforts of MDs,
researchers and scientists to alert us against these
substances. This mis-advice and these food "innovations" are then
official approval by the USDA
through its Food Pyramids,
and reinforced by our belief that the FDA is
a true "watchdog
agency"that will do everything possible to ensure the safety of our
food and drug supply. In addition we
believe the myth that we are now
life spans as a result of what modern science has given us.
Because so many of us overlook what
our elders, such as Weston A. Price and many others, had to teach us
about what the healthiest diets looked like, too few today question -
for example - the
cholesterol theory, or the underlying
truths about vegetarianism. On the
other hand, doctors who try
to sound the warning bell are ignored (or worse) while disappointed and
disillusioned consumers are
increasingly feeling the need to learn how to help
themselves. The most successful of us will be those who
consider seriously the teachings and discoveries of researchers like
Weston A. Price who gave us many clues into the less obvious, but
underlying signs and signals of declining health.
And of course, no one
the answers. What Health Advantage has done is piece together
authoritative information from a wide variety of sources, both
historical and contemporary, in order to form a "roadmap" we can
use in our quest for better health - not to mention a safer, cleaner
environment. In addition, we have drawn from basic physiological and
most high schools and colleges today. Key among these is that the
systems of body, including the circulatory system, respiratory system,
endocrine system and so on, do not operate in a vacuum but in highly
interrelated ways. And because our body
systems are interrelated, when an imbalance occurs in one body
other body systems are affected as well.
Put another way, the body is a biological terrain - an ecosystem - in which, as Pasteur himself admitted on his deathbed, "the germ is nothing, the terrain is everything."
So, with the
journey of a thousand miles
begins with the first step" let's begin with an overview of
health and nutrition - or perhaps more appropriately - the astonishing
lack thereof. We conclude with some ideas for becoming your own "health
insurance/assurance provider" by taking charge of your
To begin, it is a tragic fact that the majority of Americans erroneously believe that we are among the healthiest and long-lived groups ever to grace the planet. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH, and our children stand to pay an even higher price for our illusions than we are - or will be - paying. Learn about The Real State of Our Health.
One of the main causes of our poor health status is that we have, especially since World War II and the explosive growth of giant ag-tech-food industries, become the most overfed and undernourished nation on earth. (Although other so-called developed nations are not far behind.) The inescapable truth revealed in The Real State of Our Health and elsewhere is that IF WE DON’T CHANGE THE WAY WE EAT AND THE WAY WE GROW AND PREPARE OUR FOOD, WE WILL NOT SURVIVE! Check out Some Un-nourishing Modern Traditions and More Un-nourishing Traditions.
many of us
assume, and are led to believe, that as long as we can drag ourselves
out of bed each
day – and various diagnostic tests cannot pin a label on our complaints
– we have nothing to worry about. And yet many, if not most of the
degenerative diseases which plague our modern society take years and
decades to develop to the point at which a diagnosis can be made.
Genetics play a role of course, but a
minor one. Diet,
nutrition and lifestyle have far greater influence over our individual
ability to maintain health.
In other words and just like planet earth, our biological terrain is alterred in various ways every day of our life for good and bad - primarily by things we have at least a measure of control over. Thus it is not actually a "germ" that causes a chronic or degenerative problem to become diagnosable or even an acute condition such as the flu to develop, but rather a gradually depleted and ultimately overwhelmed biological terrain.
recognize - and accept - that technologically sophisticated tests
can and frequently do obscure the underlying issues and we each also
that the eventual price for our own neglect and oversight of these
be high. Consider how overlooking the
Stephen Gyland, M.D. of
Unfortunately the accumulating warning signs of damage are too often ignored or discounted, allowing them to fester into full blown catastrophe. THIS NEED NOT HAPPEN TO YOU. Before your body reaches an actual state of crisis know that there are, in fact, any number of signs and signals your body and mind may send you in order to get you to mend your ways that may not – yet at least – have been labeled as a “disease”.
Know too that - as in Dr. Gyland's case
health catastrophe has landed on your doorstep, there ARE a myriad of
"natural" methods you can use in conjunction with your treatment
choice. Consider one Mom's story, but
know that even in serious health
crisis, persistance and attention can
pay big dividends.
In the end,
Grandma were right - there is a lot, perhaps more so today than ever
that we can do to maintain – and even substantially improve - our
our life) without having to simply rely on drugs or surgery, or for
on distasteful foods. More and more good, solid research is proving
this to be
true. Supplementation is now a big part of that picture, as is
diet and making better food and lifestyle choices, so long as we
understand what these choices really should look like.
We at Health Advantage have spent the last fifteen plus years carefully researching and evaluating the information you will see here and feel confident that it represents the best of the best. But as Mark Twain once said: “Beware of what you read in health books, lest you die of a misprint.” With this important idea in mind we recommend that you invest some time in developing a knowledge base so that you can adequately represent yourself in your own wellness program. This site, along with the links and resources we provide will go a long way toward helping you do just that.While we have developed quick and easy ways to help you get started - and which should help make big improvements in your health - in the end, your success ultimately depends on you, the effort you are willing to invest, and your current state of health. Because of that unalterable fact, all of what we offer here is intended to augment, not replace required medical care.
should, in our opinion, always be to minimize the use of toxic drugs
invasive surgeries and diagnostic tests, it also is important to
if you have, or suspect a medical condition and/or are taking
medication, you MUST work with your health care practitioner so that
response can be monitored to your benefit. Know that many physicians
today are hamstrung by insurance requirements and a plethora of state
laws and regulations. This sad fact gives new urgency to an observation
made by Benjamin Rush who was the personal physician to George
we put medical freedom
into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will
into an undercover dictatorship."
if your practitioner refuses
with you on your new endeavor, find one who will. That is, after all,