Continuing from #9, remember that it is important to be optimistic, but you have to be careful not to overdo it and think that everything is peachy. This finding was revealed in a study by Frieder Lang, PhD, who found that older people who have a way-too-positive outlook on life will suffer from a lot of disappointments, which will lower their quality of life. “Pessimism makes you more conscious, whether it’s about your health or about following instructions,” says Frieder, and that’s why we have to be moderate in our optimism, particularly at an advanced age.
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.