I cannot tell you how many thousands of times people have asked me what to do for a health problem. It takes no time at all to formulate the question: “What is your advice for this condition?” If only the answer were as quick and easy as the question is. After over 30 years of experience in natural therapeutics, I now have what may be the closest thing to an equally concise answer, and here it is: “You need to change your entire life.” Change your life. If you want to get better, that is what you have to do. The first step is to read a lot, a whole lot. As we liked to say in our college days, “Don’t start vast projects with half-vast ideas.” You have to be willing to develop an entirely new relationship with libraries. If you are well educated, and especially if you are a health professional, you will have to unlearn much of what you’ve been taught and start afresh with the rather disruptive thought that natural healing may actually work. If you are not highly educated, you will need to abandon your anxiety and fear of reading and doing research. If you have never tried being a vegetarian, start. http://www.doctoryourself.com/cooking.html and http://www.doctoryourself.com/DY_ch02_web.html If you’ve never juiced vegetables, start. http://www.doctoryourself.com/juicing_2.html and http://www.doctoryourself.com/juicefast.html If you’ve never read articles in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, start here: http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom If you’ve never taken vitamin C to saturation, start. http://www.doctoryourself.com/ortho_c.html and http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html If you’ve never taught your doctor something, start. http://www.doctoryourself.com/naturedoc.html If you’ve never taken a course in how to meditate or otherwise reduce stress, start. If you have never done a half-hour fitness workout each day, start. http://www.doctoryourself.com/exercise_avoid.html If you’ve never given up alcohol or smoking, do it now. http://www.doctoryourself.com/alcohol_protocol.html If you have never used an interlibrary loan to get a valuable health book, start. http://www.doctoryourself.com/libraryloan.html “A person who doesn’t read is no better off than a person who cannot read.” To quickly cut through the treacle, I ask clients this most pointed of questions early in a consultation: “What are you willing to do to get better?” The answer I want, of course, its, “Anything.” But as with wedding vows or new year’s resolutions, I know better than to hold people too rigorously to their dreams. Flexibility was never more necessary than with self-health care. I will accept a two-thirds effort, for, as a teacher of some experience, I pass anyone at a 65%. More is better, but if you were to entirely change two-thirds of your life, I’d be satisfied and also impressed. Especially if you hold to it for more than a year. And I think you’d be impressed with the results you got. There is no such thing as a free lunch, a quick fix, or a magic wand to cure illness. I wish there were easy answers to people’s health questions. There aren’t. There are answers, all right, but they are not easy. “Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry tomorrow. Teach a man to fish, and he will always have food.” This is my personal and professional philosophy, because it is true. Modern medicine has created more co-dependents even than co-pays. We’ve learned to hold out for a magic bullet, such as a new miracle drug, breakthrough surgical procedure, or new organ transplant. What rubbish. Oddly enough, we’ve also “learned” to discount the healing power of Nature, and the tremendous therapeutic benefit of lifestyle changes, vegetarian diet, raw food juices, and vitamin supplements. Okay, that was then; this is now. There is a new paradigm, an entirely new way of seeing health, opening in front of us. You have likely heard that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same as the word for “opportunity.” On the other hand, the very word “patient” implies passivity and powerlessness. The Doctor Yourself philosophy is against that. When people ask me for a solution to their particular health problem, they would have me fall into the role of being their doctor. The Doctor Yourself philosophy is against that, too. Me-teacher-you-dumbbell, or me-doctor-you patient, or me-politician-you-voter, or any other paternalistic or maternalistic stay-in-your-place tradition will not pass muster with me. Such were the old ways, and they are obsolete and unproductive. You want productive, you follow leads and dig. Whether it is for oil, gold, or information, it requires action, your action. Question authority. Do it yourself. If you want to change your health, you have to change your life. If you have read this far, and still feel that you need to consult with me, please click here for appointment and contact information: http://doctoryourself.com/contact.html Copyright 2007 and prior years by Andrew W. Saul.