The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, the trees are beginning to put on their robes of scarlet, gold and russet, a hint of woodsmoke hangs in the air and the sound of migratory geese has begun to punctuate the stillness here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mounds of pumpkins and bins of rosy-cheeked apples dot the roadside. School buses again pick up reluctant scholars and teachers comment on how short the summers are these days. Sigh. The signs of fall are everywhere
Signs urging you to "get your flu shot NOW" are cropping up like poison ivy in the spring. I have never gotten a flu shot and never will. (If you want to know why a trained MD doesn't believe that flu shots--or any other shots, for that matter--are a healthy choice, reply to this email and I will send you information.) I have learned over the years that by supporting your innate, God-given immune system, you will not need any shots or other chemical potions during the so-called "cold and flu season."
Want to know my "secret wellness prescription?"
It's simple. In fact, it's really common sense if you think about it.
1. Be grateful. Spend time in prayer and read the Bible daily to nourish your soul. Even if you are not a Christian, you can still get much from reading the Bible, especially the Gospels, and Psalms and Proverbs.
2. Avoid things that require your body to expend energy detoxifying them. Replace them with safer natural products that support immunity.
3. Learn to listen to your body so that you know which foods provide you with energy and clear focus and eliminate the ones that do not.
4. Know how much sleep you need to function optimally and make your sleep time regular and sacred. (Avoid prescription and OTC sleep aids). 5.Exposure to sunshine in the summer months and supplementing with a quality D3 when sunshine isn't plentiful helps your body have adequate vitamin D, which functions as an antibiotic, antiviral and hormone.
6. A quality food-based multiple vitamin (I love Young Living's Master Formula) is a necessity given our current shrinking low quality food supply.
7. Use targeted supplements to support body systems that are struggling.
8. Create margin in your life to guard against stress.
9. Drink plenty of pure (not bottled) water.
10. Do NOT implicitly trust your doctor. Do your own research. Ask questions and demand answers. Informed consent is your RIGHT. Because your doctor is (probably) heavily influenced by pharmaceutical reps and their marketing propaganda, has little to no time to read the journals, and is fearful of censure by the state medical licensing board for deviating from the "Standard of care" (established by the drug companies), he/she may not want to answer your questions and may try to bully you. It is totally possible to "fire" your doctor and hire a new one. I have done it many times.
There is much more that could be said. but these are the basics of the ones I consider foundational. Even making one or two changes in your lifestyle can result in radically improved health. (You can trust me on this even though I am a doctor. I tend to learn everything the hard way.)
I encourage you to read through the remainder of this letter to learn about new products and ways that you can get free stuff simply by placing a qualifying order. Over the years since I joined YL I have placed 100 monthly orders and have received hundreds of free items, plus loyalty points that I have redeemed for thousands of dollars of products. If you haven't already taken advantage of the Loyalty Rewards program, this month would be a great time to do so! This month's freebies are all part of my winter month wellness arsenal--and they should be part of yours, too!
All this being said, if you have any questions or concerns with anything in this letter, please contact me. I am here to serve you!
Call or text (828)260-0800, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook message!
P.S. Since laughter IS the best medicine, I leave you with this meme. (Sorry if this is a tad unseemly--it made me laugh)