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Hello! I have been reading the Nutrition and Health forums for more than a month and I had read them off and on a year or so ago, also. I've been traveling down a healthier path since my mid-twenties, so "start" is just the best word I could come up with in my thread title.<br><br>
I want to feel empowered when I think about my own health and while caring for my DH (as a family healer, he's his own person with his own choices) and our 8 YO DD (as a family healer while teaching her to listen to herself). I like nutrition first concepts and am open to many different types/ways of healing. I see doctors as humans with certain types of training. Sometimes that training is useful and sometimes it is not. I'm not a fan of pharmaceutical companies running our healthcare systems here in the U.S. I am finding lately that even my preferred holistic or alternative practitioners are not what I am looking for. I certainly appreciate their training and views. I think I am ready to take a more active approach in my own healing.<br><br>
Where and how do I learn? How did YOU get started? Which resources are your favorites?<br><br>
None of us have any serious health issues, but we all have little things that I feel are adding up to quality of life compromises. I have read for hours and hours on the internet clicking from one link to the next. I've read many threads here on MDC. I've talked to friends and various practitioners. It all seems so disjointed to me. If you want to learn about "x", go here. If you want to learn about "y", go here. If you have this symptom or illness or diagnosis, check out this long list of things to try or pop this pill or buy these supplements. I am looking for both something more comprehensive and some step-by-step advice, if that makes any sense....kind of high-level philosophies and low-level details. It is probably two very different conversations.<br><br>
What are your big picture thoughts on health?<br>
What role do you see food playing in a person's health?<br>
What is "healthy" to you?<br><br>
Which healing methods resonate the most with you for yourself? For you when caring for loved ones? Are the methods different depending on the person or depending on the health concern or something else or do you always prefer one method? Perhaps due to comfort level or familiarity?<br>
Do you consider yourself as the family healer or caretaker?<br><br>
If you just didn't feel "right" or "great" or "healthy" in a general sense, what specific steps would you take? Why?<br><br>
Feel free to answer these questions and ask your own and generally participate in a conversation, if you are so inclined. I'd love to get to know you better. I'm also here to learn and am very curious about all of these topics. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My holistic health & healing journey began in 2004 when I was in my early twenties and decided that I needed to heal my chronic severe acne that had afflicted me since I was a pre-teen. My acne was so bad that I was crying about it every day and avoiding going out in public and I still have lots of scars from it now. Anyway, so I started researching online and <a href="http://www.curezone.com" target="_blank">www.curezone.com</a> was one of the first web sites I discovered. They basically outline a detox protocol for healing and the very first thing to do is to take care of any dental health hazards such as root canals and amalgams. I had all my amalgams replaced by a holistic dentist trained in the proper removal protocol during late 2004. I also started doing colon cleansing and parasite cleansing. I recall finding <a href="http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com" target="_blank">http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com</a> somewhere around that time, as well as various other web sites (unfortunately I lost all my bookmarks when we switched from a PC to Mac. I think Kevin Trudeau's "Natural Cures" came out somewhere around 2005, and I bought that and read that, as well as the "More Natural Cures" book. The book has good information for beginners because it outlines many commonly used items that are toxic and hazardous to your health. Things like vaccines, fluoride, etc., which was the very first time I ever heard someone say NOT to get vaccinated and NOT to use fluoridated toothpaste. He doesn't go into detail on these things, so you have to research them further on your own, but that is a good thing because he crams a basic summary of "almost everything" basic to know about holistic/natural health. I think it was also in 2005 when I discovered one of my favorite web sites <a href="http://www.thedoctorwithin.com" target="_blank">www.thedoctorwithin.com</a> which is also a good basic outline of holistic health, and I learned so much from that source too. In late 2005/early 2006 some time I decided to add a series of liver/gallbladder flushes to my internal cleansing protocol. I did 10 flushes, and cured my acne and oily skin 100%. In 2006, I also met someone who introduced me to <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org" target="_blank">www.westonaprice.org</a> which has also been very helpful to me and I believe has led me on the right path to nutrition, which is the most important factor for building health.
 

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Thanks for sharing your resources, ThereseReich, and your thoughts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyone else?
 
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