Lake Shrine Temple in California

Lake Shrine Temple in California

Recently, The New York Times published a piece Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote regarding her recent medical decisions as they relate to her family’s history and struggle with cancer. In the article, she wrote about her choice to have a double mastectomy and later, to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She offered readers the type of options she was offered, such as testing and surgery.

I appreciate her courage to share such a deeply personal situation; I am sorry she had to struggle with such difficult decisions. While I applaud Mrs. Jolie Pitt’s dedication to making her choices known, I believe that many possible options for health and well-being were not offered.

In my 43 years of experience, the combination of dietary practices, activities, and attitudes produces lasting health. It all begins with the desire and willingness to take control of these factors. The daily habits that we form have the biggest impact on shaping our long term health. The science of epigenetics shows that our daily life choices control how our genes express themselves. Cancer genes can be turned on or off through dietary and lifestyle practices.

This checklist will help you move in the direction of health.

– Lasting health starts with our desire to be healthy through natural means.
 
– Health is natural. Our body wants to be healthy and tries to maintain and return to health at every moment.
 
– Health is not all or nothing. You will experience the benefits of any healthy dietary and lifestyle practices you incorporate into your life.
 
– It takes time to gain confidence in your body’s ability to heal through daily lifestyle choices. Once you start to see results, you will gain stronger confidence in your ability to maintain and recover your health.
 
– Our daily lifestyle practices promote mental clarity and calmness that will help us make important life choices.
 
– Create a healthy support network of those that also make health a priority.
 
– Maintain and foster supportive relationships.
 
– A clear direction towards health provides the best results. Choose one diet and lifestyle practice that suits your needs and goals.
 
-Plan your meals around whole grains, vegetables, beans, and fruits. Use a variety of methods to prepare meals.
 
– The combination of books and seminars are important for supporting your journey towards health.

These choices that produce health and longevity are available to everyone. The world is polarizing into two groups of people. There are those who choose personal and environmental health based on aligning and harmonizing with nature. Then, there are those who choose artificial health through trying to control nature, the environment, and their bodies. Which side are you on?