~ Start with healthy living and holistic healing ~
Oftentimes lip service is paid to preventative health with broad edicts; few specific examples.
What follows is a simple guide containing basic examples that can be “put in play” to improve and maintain health. It demonstrates a few age-applicable practices that serve to remind us avoiding or overcoming acquired diseases is actually our natural birthright. We just need to return or advance to a more natural lifestyle where healing can take place.
The key concept for moving towards this understanding is “primal living.” This is based on lifestyle and healing methods that focus on harmony with our biological, social, and spiritual nature. “Holistic” healing means improving all levels and aspects of our being while moving towards achieving greater harmony in our day-to-day life.
By applying these outlined methods towards rebuilding health, you’re certain to improve, whatever the name of your affliction/condition. Rather than fighting a disease; focus resources on improving your health. This gives your body the best chance of resolving the condition on its own and you will have a very good chance of remaining healthy and fit right into a late stage of life.
Additionally, where you are faced with a demanding protocol of procedures – where the treatment itself is difficult on your body – focusing on improving your health and reducing the mental stress that accompanies the disease gives your body the energy to deal with the rigors of medical treatments.
THE PATH TOWARDS DIS~EASE
These days most of humanity lives in relatively unnatural conditions traipsing across a minefield of technological and chemical health hazards. Even worse is the fact we are largely unaware of the nature of these hazards. In order to live more “primally” we need to become aware of the main health hazards in our environment and learn to avoid or minimize them. If in doubt, try to envisage which condition or course of action is more natural and in harmony with our primal nature.
The main biological influences on our health are environmental factors, nutrition and exercise. Our health is also significantly influenced by our beliefs and emotions. Following the few basic canons below touches upon all of these areas and will get you in a Px7 primal flow preventative mindset — geared toward whatever your age or level of ability.
Age-based, Long-term Preventative Practices
In your 30’s – Ride the Elevator Down; sit with knees above hips when possible
Why is this preventative?
Yes, in your thirties! (I did say long-term.) Remember every step down is an average of 3-times the force of gravity. In nature, the knee doesn’t encounter the “routine spacing” that becomes increasingly repetitive and accumulative with long treks down many levels. Over decades, this wear and tear takes its toll and can also contribute to sciatic nerve and hip problems.
The second point is not related to knees at all: it has to do with reinforcing and strengthening the natural muscle pattern in our backs. Our body was not designed to be in a shape consistently bent at the waist (with the knees parallel or even below the waist) as we sit. Standard chairs are a contemporary invention that actually works against the winding diagonal muscles that make up the musculature of the torso that supports the spinal column and connects the pelvis and the head.
As first identified in a paper by anthropologist Raymond Dart, there are two spiral lines–one on the right and one on the left. With the spiral line, though, these two lines cross each other to form a “double spiral arrangement” of winding diagonal muscles that permit our range of motion in leg and arm movement. Chair sitting for extended period begins to inhibit natural range-of-motion. (As well as perhaps altering body chemistry–as reported in a February 2010 editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Scientists increasingly warn that sitting for prolonged periods – even if you also exercise regularly – can be extremely unhealthy.)
Additionally, a proper sitting position has also been shown to help with another movement (with a facilitating preventative health benefit) related to a healthy digestive function: better bowel movement. Simply using a riser that sets in front of the toilet, when you place your feet on the riser (while sitting), your knees are well above the level of your hips. This makes for a squatting posture that is conducive to complete elimination. (More on digestion below.)