Good Health Starts Before You Were Born

I am always torn between the fact that I do believe diet can play a huge role in preventing disease and healing those who already have a disease. At the same time, as a healthcare provider, I can see my patient’s struggle with the guilt of chronic disease. Many of these people eat a good diet. Some even eat a good diet by the standards of Weston A Price. Still, uncomfortable symptoms may remain part of their life for long periods of time.

These people feel frustrated by their inability to heal. Other people take pills and find miraculous relief. The pills do nothing for them. They find groups that have tried various nutritional interventions and they try these, sometimes for years, but may continue to be plagued by symptoms.

Sally Fallon Morrell spoke at the Weston A Price Conference this weekend and reminded me that good health is our birthright. When our parents don’t eat well, then we may be cheated of that birth right. The Chinese knew this. As an acupuncturist I have always been taught that our parents pass on “ancestral qi” or jing to their child. If the Jing is good the child has more reserves and will remain healthier even in difficult times. If the Jing is poor, the child will have to work harder for good health.

It’s important to remember that what our parent’s ate is important to our health. In my class we tended to related Jing to DNA. However, Sally reminds us that disease is less about genetics than it is about diet. Given the importance of the energetics of foods to the ancient Chinese, I am sure they understood that far better than most modern practitioners.

These ancient practitioners also understood that parents can’t always get the best foods. For them, it may have due to famine or other hardships. For us, it may be because we are told to eat diets that don’t provide the nutrients we need to take in. The ancients knew that good eating habits were the best thing for those with poor Jing.

Most people in the United States likely have compromised Jing at this point. Eating well is far more important than ever, but the information out there can be more confusing than ever. It’s important not to blame our parents and grandparents for not making different choices when they made the best ones they could make. We also shouldn’t blame ourselves for all those years eating margarine rather than real butter.

Chronic disease now exists. Many of them, like type II diabetes, are epidemic. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other diseases are no longer rare and unusual but are quite common. Diet is a huge factor. Sorting through the conflicting dietary information can be difficult. It’s important not to blame oneself for doing the best you can with what you have at any time. Diet and alternative medicine can be very helpful. However, long term diseases do not often disappear over night. We hear about those that do but many more people work with their problems for years before fully healing. It’s important to work with your body over the long hall to heal. Always refine your diet to see what works best for your body. There is no one diet for everyone. There are certain principles but they need to be adapted to individual bodies and lifestyles.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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