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If you inadvertently swallow something toxic and you call the poison control center they

will most likely tell you to induce vomiting right away.

If you have ever experienced food poisoning you are well acquainted with the marathon of

diarrhea and vomiting that often accompanies it.

Breathe in noxious vapors and you will undoubtedly begin coughing or sneezing.

Exposure to caustic gases will cause your eyes to water.

Coughing, sneezing, fever, vomiting, diarrhea: these are all natural reactions that are

designed to rid the body of foreign substances or irritants and maintain a healthy state of


When you are “sick” your body reacts the way it does for a reason. If you are infected

with a bacteria or virus, the body brilliantly raises its core temperature to burn up the

invader. When the infection is eliminated your body temperature normalizes again. You

are sick with an infection, you are not sick with a fever. Treating the fever does not

address the infection.

In a similar way, vomiting and diarrhea, as unpleasant as they may be, serve a useful

purpose in eliminating toxins from the body. Without these essential survival

mechanisms, we would risk dying at the first exposure to poisoning. If you allow the body

to work, the poisons are expelled. If you suppress the body’s natural response, the

poison remains.

If you were brought up in a “traditional” household, you were raised with an abundance of

pills, syrups, and lotions whose sole purpose is to prevent the body from expressing

itself. We are increasingly encouraged to develop a dependence on manmade drugs and

led to believe that the body is in a state of lack without them.

Surely the human body that fully developed from 2 microscopic cells, is powered by an

innate wisdom, is self­healing, self­regulating, and self­replicating, is not sufficiently

intelligent or powerful enough on its own to fend off a tiny, single­celled organism. Cue

drug of choice here.

Traditional medicine is largely built upon treating symptoms. This is ineffective in that it

does not address the underlying root cause, but it can also be harmful to the body by

counteracting the body’s natural responses designed to sustain life. Sometimes a

symptom is not so much a symptom as it is a natural response or reaction.

To be at our absolute healthiest, we must minimize our reliance on drugs and instead

rediscover our faith in the human body, trust in its innate wisdom, and work to build and

support its natural balance. A truly healthy body is always built from the inside out.

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