Andrew Weil, MD and Deepak Chopra, MD are two of the world’s most renowned experts in the field of holistic health. Holistic, or “whole-person” medicine, means attending to the body, mind and spirit. Comparatively, conventional medicine solely looks at the physical body and is more focused on identifying and treating a problem, as opposed to trying to prevent what caused it in the first place.
Holistic medicine has become wildly popular, largely because preventive practices are increasingly valued and give the patient control over their own life. Dr. Weil and Dr. Chopra have gathered together what you need to know most when it comes to preventing disease, protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s, reducing stress, boosting energy, and curing everyday ailments. Use this essential how-to guide on what to take, what to do, and what to avoid.
How-to Prevention Guide for the Diseases You Fear Most
To ward off deadly diseases, it’s critical to avoid certain toxins you may be putting n your body, such as bad fats. Counter this by ramping up the good stuff.
1. Avoid Toxic Fats
Toxic fats are trans and saturated fats such as margarine, vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated oils. These deadly substances raise LDL, the bad cholesterol in the blood stream, and cause plaque build-up in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack over time.
Do an Oil Sniff Test
Check all commercial products made with oil for toxicity before you eat them by doing the “oil sniff test.” If the oil is rancid, it’ll smell similar to oil paint, which is actually oxidized linseed oil. If you get a hint of this odor in anything that has fat content, whether it’s nuts, whole-wheat flour or oils themselves, don’t eat it.
Store oils away from light, heat and exposure to air. If you can’t find a place to do this, then refrigerate them. And don’t buy oil in bulk, unless you’re planning to use it up quickly.