September 17, 2013 | Posted in Immune System, Mind / Mood, Nutrition, Pediatrics

Much of preventive medicine is based on lifestyle: sound nutrition, exercise, sense of purpose, human connections. These recommendations are based on a complete picture of the human being– body, soul and spirit. See Picture of the human being. See also Polarity, rhythm, Aging.


The physical body is supported by invisible forces that organize dead matter into living tissue. Without them, we would each be a corpse.

Abundant life forces in balance with a clear consciousness and a positive outlook is a good beginning definition of health we can strive for. See Etheric body.

Warmth: Dressing warmly both prevents illness and helps acute illness resolve faster. Feel the temperature of your fingers and toes, and compare them to the warmest part of your body. See Warmth.

Rhythm in daily life, for example with regular bedtime and breakfast time as anchors to the day, promotes health. Periods of rest should occur in this rhythm, and sound restorative sleep preferably beginning before midnight. See Polarity, Rhythm.

Nutritional requirements vary with age, but common to all ages is the need for high quality food, prepared digestibly, and eaten in rhythm with the body’s digestive and healing cycle, mostly governed by the liver rhythm. ‘Breakfast like a king (queen), lunch like a prince (princess), supper like a pauper’ is folk wisdom being supported by studies in our digestive biorhythms. See Breakfast.

High quality food: Organic food is free of intentional toxins, and often shows higher nutrient content. Biodynamic growers intentionally nurture the soil and support the character of each food with planting methods to enhance nutrient content and vitality. In general when you read a label on food, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Real food is words we recognize.

Ideally the average adult would have 5-9 servings per day of fruits and vegetables, wild fish and free range eggs, meat, or poultry, and organic grains or starches in our diet. This general statement must be individualized for each person.

Digestible preparation of grains is best done with soaking them approximately 8 hours before cooking in a mild acid soak (with a squirt of lemon juice or yogurt). A growing number of people are gluten intolerant.  Fermented foods support good bacteria, health, and long life. Pasteurization and homogenization denatures milk protein, making the person consuming it more vulnerable to allergies and poor digestion. See Nutrition.

The environment in the 21st century contains chemicals and genetic manipulations of numerous kinds most of which are known to be toxic individually, and have not been studied in combinations for their toxic effects on humans. The most vulnerable are the sick, the elderly, and the unborn. Environmental toxins and genetic damage (nuclear, GMO) remain major tasks for our society to address as a whole for the sake of health now and in the future.  See GMOs,Earth organism.

Exercise: Conscious effort to include exercise we enjoy must come from each individual, since our daily lives usually no longer require us to exercise. Sedentary modern culture and processed carbohydrates combine to increase obesity, diabetes and other degenerative disease.

Sense of purpose:  Please consider our definition of health (abundant life forces in balance with a clear consciousness and a positive outlook) . Sense of purpose arises from the most human part of ourselves, and can bring health through its focus outside oneself, on the world or on others. Most people’s fulfillment is from some kind of service, or self-expression. When following a valued path, the development of inner qualities brings harmony and vitality to both the physical and finer bodies.

Truth, beauty, and goodness are the foods of the soul and spirit. Our culture’s focus on intellectualism and materialism leaves out the heart forces of sensitive appreciation of beauty. Many cultural values today are coarsened as part of a false definition of ‘freedom’ as ‘anything goes.’ The human being needs sources of real truth, not political slogans, unthinking dogma, or sound bytes. The human being needs art and beauty without sexualizing the definition of beauty and limiting it. The expression of goodness is all around in our culture in many person-to-person contacts. Our institutions may too often reflect self-interest instead of goodness.

When life is meaningless, addictions or other forms of self-destruction appear to be an answer to senselessness.

The remarkable polarities in human make-up both need ‘nourishment’ for health: the dense physical body we carry, and the most sensitive intangible realities that motivate and guide us.

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