The only thing worse than a wolf is a wolf in sheeps clothing.
I got into health several years ago from being sick. I knew that the mainstream stuff wasn't the direction I wanted to go. When I say mainstream I mean the pharmaceutical route. Other parts of mainstream medicine are great and if I get hit by a car you better believe I'm going straight to the hospital. Mainstream health is regulated and has its pluses and minuses. the pluses are you know what you're going to get. An aspirin in New York and an aspirin in California are the same pill, by law. The minus both are toxic and at best a pain relief band aid that won't cure anything.
The person that is completely Pharma is not the person I am writing this specific blog for (even though I wish they would read it anyway) I am writing this for the Alternative Health world. I don't call the things I have found that work alternative health normally, I just call them health. But I have been around long enough to see the pluses and minuses of alternative health.
People tend to develop passion about an issue only when they themselves have had a personal experience with it. If you get cancer or your close family member dies of cancer you may all of a sudden find yourself telling other about cancer. Well, I was sick and the negative aspects of the alternative health industry made me sicker. Does this mean I hate alternative health? No the opposite I want people to get the benefits but not get worse from natural health.
If you've been paying any attention to the info on this site you will see that I am getting more and more educated about nature and its effects on the body and specifically the mitochondria in the cells that power every cell and in turn power the body and all its chemistry. The more I learn about how humans evolved the more I realize that our efforts to improve nature, who has been playing the slow game and developing us over millions of years, may not be the best or healthiest idea.
Of coarse this is bad for business when you know that the earth, food (a very short list of local seasonal no label foods is what I mean by food) and especially the sun are the keys to real health. Not in the way I used to think as people who know me know I grew up in the city and was very opposed to the idea of nature for health.
I think of myself as an immune system cell in the body of alternative health. trying to fight off the cancers that are trying to steal resources from this body to thrive at its expense. You see alternative health is unregulated or should I say not regulated from the outside because you can't regulate natural substances. (trust me the powers that be would if they could figure out how but its tough to do) This means that the alternative health industry needs to regulate itself from within. The 2 easiest ways to make residual money in alternative health are with products or devices. I am an econ guy so I always follow the money to find out why things are the way they are. Its not wrong to sell products or to charge for the device use unless you knowingly change or omit information to keep people from finding out its fake.
My devotion to truth and science has made me unpopular among people selling half truths (lies) not routed in science.
I realize this is already a very long post and I need to finish up and haven't started yet. I did write a supplement company review that immediately got me threatened legally and occupationally. I plan on just sharing things to look for and not naming specific companies in the future as a standard business plan to start a company flood the shelves with products that are sub par and then sell it off (5 year plan) before anyone figures it out is not something that companies want the general population to know. I did do a blog post on - What to look for in a Protein Powder - and that would be a good thing to check out.
Hoping others benefit from my efforts. As Always I appreciate any Shares as I don't profit from this blog I just want to help tell people everything I wish someone had told me.
Ok, traps I stepped in on my walk down the road of alternative health....
Electronic Devices - be careful of anyone who can't explain the electromagnetics of theses devices often referred to as frequency machines. If it plugs into a wall plug (A/C 60 Hertz) be careful your body runs on D/C current and not 60 Hertz and yes this effects the frequency. Which leads us to...
The Herxamer Effect - aka herx ing - this is often called a healing crisis and is the idea that you get worse before you get better. This is true...sometimes just not near as often as people in alternative health would like. Everything is backwards in health (get cold to generate heat, break down muscle to build it up ect) but in nature everything that is a breakdown process is met with a natural a high so you feel good when the hard part of healing is happening. Many people selling products or devices use the word Herx to cover up the fact that the thing is actually just making you feel bad and is destructive to your system. Be careful of anyone profiting from a device or product that says herx.
Detox - This is a big one. I was very sick and the alternative health world said detox, detox detox. What did no one tell me? That toxin accumulation in the body is a result of low charge, specifically when there is not enough power for the sodium potassium pump on the cell which will then open the calcium channel to maintain the charge as an emergency survival mechanism that is not ment to be used long term. When it does it brings positively charged toxins into the cell. What does all that mean? It means that anyone focused on detoxing should be focused on increasing charge as this is why they are toxic to begin with.
Nutrients - Another big one. I could spend a long time on this and it is worthy of its own post but for now I'll say a dead body and a living body contain the same nutrients and chemicals. Whats the difference the dead body has no (light) electromagnetic charge. Anyone talking about nutrients, super foods, sups before spending a massive amount of time talking about light and time is putting the cart before the horse. Beware.
Consider The Source - Never buy a health product or service from a sick person. This seems obvious but it needs to be said. Many sales people in the alternative health world are not hired because they are healthy or knowledgeable but because they are good enough at sales to be unhealthy and still make a living selling health. Nothing wrong with being an overweight heavy drinking, heavy smoking person but this may not be the person to buy your health products from or trust their information. Many times critical thinkers make terrible sales people as they can't just repeat the sales pitch they have been given by their critical thinking employer. The foot soldier is on a need to know level. The generals are the ones calling the shoots and they never enter a store or have interactions with the public in a non controlled environment or they would be exposed as frauds and given the Axe by the customer.
Labels - Remember that the alternative health industry is largely unregulated. The words proprietary blend ( now ccalled healing blend or fill in the black ____blend) means you have no idea whats in it. Remember the best magicians wave their right hand so you won't see what they do with the left. If a company draws attention to one thing on the label look at the competing products. Ask if all the other products on the self have something (like an amino acid profile) why doesn't this one have it.
Also remember that the organic icon and non gmo (butterfly logo) have standards but just because a product has a button that looks like one of those icons on it means nothing.
Studies Show....- If the company conducted the study on their own product that is not a good thing. If the study was on a different form of the thing that bad news. Companies are betting on you not being able or wanting to go through the studies to find out if they are legit. If you know anything about coffee you know that if you drink it when you wake up it has a different effect than right before you go to sleep so I could have legit studies showing different effects of coffee. Because time, location and environment matter. I'm not saying all studies are bad. Just know that a company may have a stack of conflicting information and highlight the pluses and omit the minuses. This is very common.
I could keep going......in fact I will in another blog post as I haven't gotten to chiropractors, muscle testing, super foods, veganism, plastics, sea food and on and on.
I'm not throwing the baby out with the bath water, there is just whole lot of bath water.
Don't be overwhelmed just keep it simple.
Get on the earth in the sun and only eat local seasonal with a focus on fat and seafood. Note that none of that makes you excited like a new device, a new pill or a promise from a practitioner. Take it from me I'm in recovery from illness solution addiction and I should probably start a support group. Why do this site and blog? I told people the wrong stuff and I'm always learning and growing. This blog will allow me to continually update my information and show my learning process.
Have you ever given someone a gift but they didn't value it because it was free?....imagine how nature feels.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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