Are you a balancing artist?

You may not realize it, but yes, you are! Much of your life is a balancing act… your checkbook, your family, even your meals.

Before making any big decision in your life, you balance the possible pluses and minuses as the result of that decision. Right now, you even have to balance what you might gain or lose by reading this article.

I’m very familiar with the art of balancing. My job as a physician is to help my patients – people just like you – balance the pros and the cons of decisions they make that will affect their health.

Being a primary care doctor, I help them understand necessary details while also keeping the whole picture in mind. And with a holistic perspective, I also help each patient make the choices that lead to their most optimal health in mind, body, and spirit.

Before you can understand an issue, you need the available facts.

And before I give you a very important fact affecting your health, I have another question for you.

Which of the following is most important in determining your health: Your age? Your income? Your race? Whether or not you work? Your education level?

Would you be surprised to learn that your ability to find, understand, and use health information is more important than any of the above factors?(1)

Would you also be surprised to know that your “health literacy” does not necessarily require years of education or general reading ability?

In other words, no matter what your station in life, you can achieve optimal balance of your mind, body, and spirit by learning and applying relevant health information.

Within the Whole Health Alerts e-letter and website, I want to help you achieve this goal, based on four important principles I use to guide patients to achieve their best possible health – no matter what their age or health status.

As you can see, with this approach we are already striving for the perfect balance in attaining your ideal level of health.

Principle #1: Inclusiveness

We are blessed to live at a time when we can take the best advantage of modern scientific and medical breakthroughs. At the same time, many old traditions that have sustained and nourished people all over the world have also been validated by modern science.

This means that we won’t limit ourselves to just traditional Western medicine. Nor will we limit ourselves to alternative and complementary means. We will use all parts of traditional and alternative practices that work ― the very best of East and West, Ancient and Modern.

By taking this approach you can use proven, effective health information to make balanced choices that ultimately make sense and work best for you! (Always remember to consult your healthcare provider before implementing any suggestions you are given in this newsletter. Only he or she knows your medical history and will give you personalized advice.)

Principle #2: Simplicity

Every time I visit my mechanic, I ask him to talk to me in simple language in order to understand what is happening with my car. Similarly, from years of medical practice, I know that even educated people, unless they are in the medical field, benefit most when health information is presented in simple terms.

Simplicity is NOT necessarily less. It can actually be extremely powerful and profound, as in the concept of washing one’s hands (personal hygiene) to prevent the spread of germs and disease. Countless lives have been saved because millions of people have understood and followed this simple yet powerful advice.

This is a very good example of why I will present complicated concepts and details in ways that are easy for you to understand.

Principle #3: Practicality

The things you need for optimal health, happiness, and spiritual fulfillment are often amazingly simple and readily available. You just need to realize that they are there, use them, and make the most of them. In doing so, you are taking a common-sense, practical approach to maintaining good health. The simplicity of hand washing can be considered a practical means to avoiding serious illness.

Not every solution is universal however, because each person is different. What may work for me may not work for you. And vice versa. But without knowing what the available options are, you will not even know to consider and use them.

For example, you may tell me that you do not care for fruits or vegetables, even though they are an important key to health and longevity. But after I review with you a list of available produce that includes items that you hadn’t considered, it is likely you will find something that you can eat and even enjoy.

To take it a step further, let’s say you do not care for a particular fruit such as apples. After I remind you that you may enjoy similar benefits from eating applesauce, you may include applesauce in your diet and even use it for baking instead of shortening or butter.

Principle #4: Perspective

Many people believe that in the computer age, they can get all the health information they need with the click of a mouse. I would argue that much of the health information from the Internet could be unhelpful and even harmful.

I do not necessarily mean that the information itself is not good. But it could be harmful for the person who does not know how to properly use it, having no context or perspective on its use.

Drinking alcohol is a good example.

You may be confused by headlines from the news and Internet recommending that you drink red wine. At the same time, public health services and stories from friends or family inform you that alcohol can possibly ruin your life in many different ways.

If you read our special report, The Seven Time Bombs Ticking in Your Body, you will have a better perspective on this set of contradictory advice. You will then have the information you need,to discuss with your physican based on your personal circumstances.

Because this special report contains objective information from the perspective of trained scientists, it will help you and your health care professional figure out whether alcohol drinking may benefit you. And if it turns out that you do well with alcohol, you will know better how much and which drinks to choose from.

Zen-Jay Cheung, MD, is a primary care physician and Chairman of the Whole Health Alerts advisory board. Click here to find out how Dr. Zen-Jay’s biodynamic, cutting edge approach to ancient and modern medicine can help you achieve the best health of your life.

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