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The Health Seesaw

The design of your body is utterly remarkable: it has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. Our fastest computers are nowhere near as complex as the brain, for example. So, this is the big question that Patrick Holford addresses in his new book – Good Medicine.

Drugs are not, by their very nature, part of the body’s natural design. There is a role for short-term medication such as anti-biotics and lifesaving operations, but this should be a small part of medicine – not the mainstay. If you have been told that you need to be on long-term medication that means that there is something that you are doing that is against your body’s natural design.

The vast majority of health conditions you are likely to suffer form in life, especially the chronic diseases, are primarily the result of too much of the “bad stuff” and not enough of the “good”. If we think of our health as a seesaw, we want to be balanced towards the good side of the seesaw- towards good health. When you repeatedly go for the “bad stuff”-a poor diet based on refined foods, a lack of exercise and/or taking too much medication to address ill health – your health seesaw lists towards the “bad side” and your body goes into an unhealthy inflammatory state causing all kinds of body systems become out of balance.

“When enough sins against nature have accumulated disease suddenly results” Hippocrates (c.460 – c.377BC)

So how do you make sure that your body stays on or moves back to the good side of your seesaw? Good Medicine looks at why we get sick in the first place, explains the root causes and how and why the natural approach makes sense. It explains which are the worst and best foods to eat and which extra nutrients and supplements are needed. It is a comprehensive resource of what really works for the most common health problems, not by suppressing symptoms with long term medication but by understanding why we get sick in the first place and dealing with the underlying reasons.