Prevent Illness With Naturopathy

In November, reported that “more than 59 million Americans had no health insurance for at least part of 2010, an increase of 4 million from the previous year”. As it turns out, half of America’s uninsured are actually over the poverty line. And in the current economic climate, many are living in survival mode. To insure or ensure health, is that really the question?

Well, that was my question as I looked into health insurance quotes recently. After reading over all the policy options on Anthem’s website, I became frustrated and thoroughly confused. I realized that what I wanted and needed are two different things. I want preventive health coverage and emergency care coverage, but not at the risk of shelling out every cent I make.

So I took a break. Mulling around the house a bit, I found myself fixated on the worn spine of a book I know all too well. A book that has gotten me through many a dis-ease, as its author would say. That book is none other than Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. A classic informational text exploring the power of thought and the ways it can manifest in our bodies.

You may have heard that as a nation and a global community we are entering a new paradigm; one that is rife with shifts in our personal and professional lives. I feel like both of mine are in the spin cycle (though it does makes for fantastic creative output, let me tell you.) Changes, challenges, transitions; call them what you will. The fact of the matter is that you are an evolving Soul attracting to you exactly what you must experience at any moment ever and always.

And what does insurance provide for the evolving Soul attracting to it exactly what it requires to experience at any moment ever and always? Nothing, of course.

Following naturopathy or a more holistic lifestyle, however, can bring boundless energy, pleasure, and greater joy to ones life. So here is my suggestion to the cost conscious: Honor your pocketbook by insuring your body to the best of your ability, but ensure the well-being of your body, mind, and spirit through naturopathic practices.

Contributing medical doctors and writers to report that Naturopathy is “an alternative medicine approach that uses your body’s own abilities to stay healthy. Rather than focusing on illness, naturopathy seeks to promote wellness.” Here are but a few of the ways I incorporate naturopathy into my daily regimen:

  • Exercise. Hello!
  • Meditation will always come before medication.
  • Detoxify the body with bacteria-free, reverse osmosis water.
  • Gratitude is the best attitude.
  • No food allergies? Better to ask the body.
  • Energy modalities like reiki or quantum touch work only when the mind and body are open and ready to receive healing.
  • Chiropractic changes lives. I adore my chiropractor! Many long-term chiropractic clients would agree that they go for relief and stay for wellness.
  • The healing power of touch soothes many aches.

No problems with gluten? Those without Celiac Disease can still be gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant. Try the finger test. Hold out either of your hands, fingers together. If the top of your pinky rests below the upper crease of your ring finger, then you are most likely gluten intolerant. Only medical tests can tell you for sure, but they are pricey.

Other examples of naturopathic treatment include nutrition, spirituality, coaching or counseling, and herbal supplements. Try one and see how you feel. It could just change your life. It continues to change mine everyday.


  1. Wonderful article! I am always looking at more natural ways to feel better.

  2. Hey, thanks Sharon! Hope you find a golden nugget or two in those tips. There's so much to learn about taking great care of the self. Blessings to you!

  3. I totally 100% agree with you Tanya… These health insurance prices should be against the law. Even for a normal family it's outrageous. I ran into this same problem when I left the corporate world. Ouch!

    But I use a lot of the same practices you do. I meditate, I'm full of gratitude, I thank God everyday for a healthy body, I exercise, I get plenty of rest and I drink plenty of water. I feel great and alive and I know it will stay that way.

    Thanks for sharing this. Really enjoyed this post.

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  4. This was great to read! I moved to the US in 2008 from Germany and I am shocked at how this medical system works… I thought doctors are there to help find the causes of symptoms and help prevent from further diseases. The whole insurance and medical industry is so out of balance here, it's not even funny. I am even thinking of getting rid of all the insurances. All I need is my chiropractor here and my homeopathic doctor from Germany, he helps me over the phone. And for that I don't need insurance.

    The system won't change if people don't change but what can you expect when the majority eats plastic foods and lives in denial. But with some patience and providing good information, we can do baby steps to raise some awareness.

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  5. Hi Tanya,

    I definitely encourage naturopathy as well. I am trying my best to live a healthy lifestyle as well to prevent myself from illnesses and diseases. Medication is only good for minor illnesses. But if we hit some complicated diseases, medication may only ease our pain or lengthen our life for months or a few years but it will not totally get rid of the disease like cancer.

  6. Yes, absolutely, Franziska. I think Naturopathy and holistic living are the right things for the right reasons. American's health system is maldesigned and misfunctioning. As a culture, if we do not learn to listen to our bodies through some of the practices mentioned in the post, what good are we doing to ourselves?

  7. Totally agreed, naturopathy is awesome when it comes to proper "thinking" of health and all that is included … these simple practices are worth it!

  8. Tanya, a well-written and very important post. If people take care of themselves by avoiding chemicals and unhealthy eating, they could avoid a lot of health issues. I love the term dis-ease! That describes so much about being unhealthy.

    I do the same things Adrienne does to stay healthy. I consider this an investment in my future!
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  9. I'm drinking some green tea right now. I read an article about the benefits of green tea and how it has the highest quantity of antioxidants that attack free radicals. Studies show that countries where green tea is drank on a regular basis have significantly less cancer cases. It also burns fat, and i've started putting on some weight lately, so i need this :)

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  10. In some parts of India, people use the roots of sarsaparilla and Chrysopogon zizanioides to purify the drinking water. It also enriches the minerals present in it. Natural foods do not contains toxic substances and chemicals. Hence this is completely safe to use it.

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