Alex Steelsmith
"Spring is in the air: everything is new, rising from the earth, being born again. Everywhere, energy is moving from roots into new shoots, reaching for the light. It seems that every living thing is growing, greening, budding, and expanding. But what about you? Is your energy in sync with the season? Are you, too, brimming with new vitality? Is the life force regenerating itself within your body?"

          "The effectiveness of natural medicine has led to enormous popularity; as a result, a whole new breed of self-appointed natural health 'authorities' has suddenly emerged from the woodwork-or the network. Everywhere you look, it seems natural medicine is being oversimplified and marketed by people with no training or legitimate degrees in natural medicine."
-From "Infomercials May be Misinfomercials"
(Published in The Honolulu Advertiser in 2009)

          "Perhaps the most striking example of a medicinal plant that shares its name with an extremely low-nutrition commercially processed product is marshmallow. Those spongy white entities known as 'marshmallows' are among the few products to make the USDA's 'Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value' list-they may have only slightly more nutritional value than the Styrofoam packing nuggets they resemble-yet they derive their name from one of the most multifaceted healing plants found in the natural world."
-From "What's Not in a Name"
(Published in The Honolulu Advertiser)

          "Spring is in the air: everything is new, rising from the earth, being born again. Everywhere, energy is moving from roots into new shoots, reaching for the light. It seems that every living thing is growing, greening, budding, and expanding. But what about you? Is your energy in sync with the season? Are you, too, brimming with new vitality? Is the life force regenerating itself within your body?
          "Since ancient times, Chinese medicine has linked springtime with upward movement and growth in the body. In order to have enough Qi, or energy, for growth and transformation, it is said that your 'kidney Qi' . . . needs to be strong and flourish. To this end, certain herbs have been utilized by Chinese medicine practitioners for thousands of years. These herbs can fortify your kidney Qi and assist you with the transition from your winter hibernation into the glory and light of spring."
-From "Energy-Boosting Herbs for Spring"
(Published in The Spring 2007 edition of Vision magazine)

          "The Holy Grail of EBM (evidence-based medicine) is the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Elevating this to Holy Grail status may inadvertently downgrade other types of evidence to a lower order of value. For example, we have ample historical and anthropological evidence that certain practices from Chinese medicine worked for thousands of years, but no 'studies' were conducted prior to the modern Western conventional medical paradigm. Some followers of EBM tend to demote the value of the collective wisdom of some of the world's great healing traditions-including some knowledge passed down to us over millennia by countless generations.
          "EBM may also tend to discount clinical evidence. Every day, doctors weigh empirical evidence in clinical experience, draw conclusions, and witness powerful transformations in people's lives that often defy studies. An oversimplistic EBM mentality can reduce the mysteries of medicine to a cookie-cutter approach and overlook the deep nature of the healing process. For some, it may be about statistical abstractions, not about you as a unique individual, what you are experiencing, and what you need.
          "Perhaps the most glaring shortcoming of EBM: randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials are prohibitively expensive. Frequently the only ones who can afford them are pharmaceutical giants with obvious conflicts of interest, seeking to establish evidence for products they stand to profit from-hardly the place to begin if you want objective, un-biased scientific inquiry."
-From "Evidence-Based, or Evidence-Biased?"
(Published in The Honolulu Advertiser)

"'To sleep: perchance to dream . . . ' If Shakespeare were alive today, he might be more apt to simply write, 'To sleep: perchance.'"

          "Allopathic doctors (MDs), are trained to offer pharmaceutical drugs and surgery for a wide variety of situations. Thus, MDs tend to prescribe drugs for many conditions. From an allopathic perspective, this may be useful and the best choice; from a naturopathic perspective, however, drugs often suppress your symptoms without necessarily treating the underlying causes, and their side-effects may lead to dire consequences for your health."
-From "Knowing When to See a Naturopathic Doctor or an Allopath"
(Published in The Honolulu Advertiser)

          "'To sleep: perchance to dream . . . ' If Shakespeare were alive today, he might be more apt to simply write, 'To sleep: perchance.' Modern-day statistics are alarming: insomnia has become such a common problem that, according to the Australia Prescriber website, up to 25 percent of Australians report trouble getting enough sleep...
          "The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines sleep as 'The natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored.' The American Heritage Dictionary echoes with 'A natural, periodic state of rest for the mind and body.' It is no coincidence that natural is the very first adjective used by both of these definitions. Sleep is one of your most essential natural healers, your great restorer, and it regenerates every aspect of your body, mind, and spirit.
          "Your ability to sleep is the result of a choreographed ballet of chemistry that takes place in your body every night...
          "If you are not sleeping well, for whatever reason, you need to restore your ability to sleep-in other words, restore your great restorer itself. Remember that sleep is your natural restorer; it is best restored through entirely natural means."
-From "Natural Sleep Solutions"
(Feature article published in Nature & Health magazine in 2007)


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