Most Americans don't think twice about putting their health in the hands of orthodox medical doctors, or their faith in the latest medical technology and drugs. After all, countless lives are saved because of modern medicine.
But a growing revolution known as alternative medicine is gathering speed, forcing both doctors and the public to rethink the treatments that provide overall health and longevity. Nearly 40% of American adults have tried some form of alternative therapies. As a nation we currently spend an incredible $34 billion on herbs, massages and yoga, just a few of alternative medicine's most popular healing techniques.
Here are the most vital alternative medicine secrets you need to know, revealed by 3 highly-esteemed pioneers in the field.
The Sacredness of Food
As prescribed by pioneer Kathy Freston
Best-selling author Kathy Freston who recently penned "The Quantum Wellness Cleanse," has inspired countless Americans to look at weight loss in a whole new way. Her key to a maintaining a healthy diet is simple and attainable: choose what you eat with integrity and care.
"People think they have to change everything overnight," said Freston. "We can make small changes, point ourselves in the direction of health and then just take those little steps and recreate momentum."
Conscious eating means thinking about what you put in your body. Freston, a vegetarian, recommends eating plant-based alternatives to animal foods to not only feel healthier, but to become a more conscious citizen of the world.
Kathy Freston's #1 Secret: A 21-Day Detox Plan
Kathy Freston's most important secret involves doing a "cleanse" once or twice a year to detox the body.
Here's how: eliminate caffeine, alcohol, gluten, animal products and sugar from your diet for 3 weeks. During that time eat healthy foods. Freston highly recommends foods associated with the Mediterranean diet, an eating lifestyle praised for its ties to heart health and longevity. Some Mediterranean diet staples include walnuts, chickpeas and other legumes, vitamin-rich leafy greens like kale, heart-healthy olive oil and fresh fruit, packed with phytonutrients.
Freston's detox plan may seem challenging, but you'll be rewarded with amazing energy and probably shed a few pounds to boot.
The Importance of Alternatives to Traditional Medicine
As prescribed by pioneer Dr. Joseph Mercola
For over 20 years, Joseph Mercola, DO, a board certified osteopath has been fearlessly pushing the boundaries of the traditional doctor's role, working to empower patients with alternatives to traditional medicine His website is the most visited alternative medicine destination on the Web, receiving over 12 million hits every month. He's often controversial, yet many of his pioneering ideas, including the importance of vitamin D and the health hazards of high fructose corn syrup, are now part of mainstream medicine.
"Most traditional approaches focus on drugs and surgery and tend to ignore the foundational causes," says Mercola. "What I seek to do is apply the truths that essentially allow our body's health to take precedence." Disease is less likely to occur once you've incorporated healthy habits involving food, diet, exercise and sleep into your lifestyle.
Dr. Joseph Mercola's #1 Secret: Krill Oil
Dr. Mercola's #1 secret involves upping your intake of animal-based omega-3 fatty acids to protect against cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, joint health, PMS and more.
Dr. Mercola recommends krill oil, an excellent source of animal-based omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Krill are tiny ocean crustaceans that other fish eat; they're low on the food chain and sustainable for the environment. Krill oil is superior to fish oil; it contains more antioxidants and is less perishable.
If you have a seafood allergy, do not take krill oil. If you are on blood thinners or supplements that thin the blood, check with your doctor before taking krill oil.
The Healing Power of Meditation
As prescribed by pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra, MD, an international authority on mind-body healing has been introducing ancient healing traditions to the West for over 40 years. His 50 books, including the latest, Reinventing the Body and Resurrecting the Soul, and his countless TV appearances have made him the most recognized face of alternative medicine in the United States.
Our current knowledge of how brain chemistry works supports the significance of the mind-body connection. For example, happiness causes the release of opiates, serotonin and oxytocin in the brain. "You feel happy because these chemicals are antidepressants," says Dr. Chopra. "They actually increase your self-esteem and your confidence," In addition the healthy release of these chemicals can actually boost the immune system.
Dr. Deepak Chopra's #1 Secret: Daily Meditation
Meditation is Dr. Chopra's #1 secret for achieving the mind-body connection. By practicing the art of meditation for as little as 5 minutes a day, you'll learn how to get centered by quieting the mind. Incredible health rewards are associated with daily meditation including lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving immune health.
Click here to see Deepak Chopra demonstrate his meditation techniques.