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The Wisdom of the Greeks


Elizabeth Szlek; Wellness Counselor

It seems that the time has come to look back to the wisdom of the Greeks since many of us are utterly confused by the current state of medicine and nutrition. TMI, for sure! We all must make thousands of decisions daily, and perhaps we need some simple guidelines to help us do this. So, I have researched and found some very simple concepts that will help make choices that will promote long and healthy lives.

First, let’s go back to the beginning of western medicine, to Hippocrates, who has earned the appellation “Father of Medicine”.  One of his pithiest sayings was, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.”  This, from around 400 B.C.  Well, you might say, they didn’t have medicines then, anyway! But, you would be wrong, because they did have medicines, some of which were based on the element mercury, a neurotoxin.  Hippocrates knew that natural treatments were easier on the body, not being toxins. Could food promote better health? Of course!  It’s just that today, we are not being educated on which foods are good and which are bad, or even toxic.  For this, I recommend you take an online trip to the Weston A. Price Foundation website (westonaprice.org), and see what they have to say. This organization was created in 1999 to promote the research of Weston A. Price. I can’t get into the whole story right now, but just know that they are tuned into the value of traditional foods, and they are very savvy about which modern foods are going to kill you. Back to natural!

Second, remember that treatments go in and out of fashion. The “truth” is sometimes elusive, but if you follow the rule that you will try to avoid adding lots of toxins (drugs) to your body, you will probably have a better shot at health. For this segment, I would direct you to Green Medicine Information (greenmedinfo.com), whose website contains thousands of credible research articles on every possible topic in medicine. They promote foods as the first line of defense in maintaining a healthy body and mind. So, food has always been in fashion – but now, yet again, many are returning to using it to maintain health.

Third, we all want to know “why did this happen to me?”, when struck with an illness. I will point you to another wonderful site, that of Dr. Joseph Mercola (mercola.com), where you can enter the name of your current affliction, and probably gain insight into what caused it. In addition, you will probably be able to also learn about prevention and even cure, with natural, healthy foods. Knowing “why?” is powerful, and it can help you or your family to prevent or shorten the length of any illness. It’s not the idea of a “drug for every problem” that seems to have overtaken our medical system. Many, many conditions and diseases are managed and cured through proper nutrition. Just think of it this way: Health of body and mind is directly related in EVERY WAY to nutrition and proper functioning of the digestive system.  Putting a toxin into your system (a drug) can never replace adding the missing nutrient, or making sure your body is functioning properly.  If you are missing even one of the fifty essential nutrients, poor functioning occurs, and with it, the development of problems for body or mind.
Fourth, remember that we do not have all the answers, no matter what anyone says.

The body is a mysterious, wonderful engine that supports our brain and especially, our soul. We are to be good stewards of our body so that our soul can flourish.  When it does, we are in harmony with our true nature, with nature itself, and most importantly, with God.

Elizabeth Szlek is the Director of The Door Counseling Center of Yorkville, NY. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and a certified GAPS Practitioner. She can be reached at (315) 768-8900.

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