“The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as
artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven
together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built.”—Tieraona Low
In Life Is Your Best Medicine, Dr. Low Dog weaves together the
wisdom of traditional medicine and the knowledge of modern-day medicine into an
elegant message of health and self-affirmation for women of every age. This is
a book that can be read cover to cover but also dipped into for inspiration or
insight about a particular physical or mental health issue or remedy. We learn
that, despite the widespread availability of pharmaceutical medications,
advanced surgical care, and state-of-the-art medical technology, chronic
illness now affects more than 50 percent of the American population. The
evidence is overwhelmingly clear that much of the chronic disease we are
confronting in the United States has its roots in the way we live our lives.
Research shows that if Americans embraced a healthier lifestyle, which includes
a balance between rest and exercise, wholesome nutrition, healthy weight,
positive social interactions, stress management, not smoking, limited alcohol
use, and no or limited exposure to toxic chemicals, then we could prevent 93
percent of diabetes, 81 percent of heart attacks, 50 percent of strokes, and 36
percent of all cancers. This means each one of us has the power to shift the
odds of being healthy in our favor. If you do get sick, being fit gives you a
much better chance for getting well. Your health has a great deal more to do
with your lifestyle and a lot less to do with taking prescription drugs than
most people realize.
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