American health and fitness guru, Jack Lalanne, who passed away at the age of 96, used to say that “you have to know how to satisfy yourself, and those who don’t, will fail at life.” The satisfaction Jack spoke about referred to many things – from physical exercise and nutrition to rest and leisure. Remember, it’s important to love and respect others, but if you want to live to 100, don’t neglect the most important person in the world – you.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.