The Best Investment
For Quality of Life In Your Elder Years Invest In Your Health
by Steven H. Horne, RH (AHG)
Most of us spend a great deal of time and energy looking out for our financial well-being. We take out insurance policies to protect ourselves from accidents and unforeseen difficulties. We may save or invest for a “rainy day” or start a retirement account to provide for our old age. Unfortunately, many people fail to invest in their most important asset—their own health and well-being.
Having acquired money, it has little purpose in our lives unless we invest it in things that we value. I would propose to you that one of the most important investments you will ever make is in your own health. What good will it do to save and invest for retirement if you die of a heart attack at age 55? What good will it do to have a million dollar retirement account, but suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia at age 65?
Living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living better. Quality of life is more important than quantity of life, but investing in our health can improve both the quality and the quantity (length) of our lives.
With that in mind, here are my choices for some wise investments of your time, energy and money.
The most important health investment you will ever make is in purchasing healthy food. Dr. Bernard Jensen used to tell his wife to spend money on healthy food because if you don’t you’ll wind up spending more on doctor bills.
Even if you’re on a tight budget, food is not the place to cut corners. Sure, white bread and white flour pasta are cheaper than their whole grain counterparts, but is this really a bargain? No, because whole grains will fill you up faster and you’ll eat less and get better nutrition at the same time.
So, don’t fall prey to the hawkers of the Cheap Food Money Saving Scheme. Like so many scams, it looks appealing on the surface, but you’ll lose in the long run. In this case, you may not lose your life savings, but you will lose your mental clarity, your energy, your health and maybe even your life. It’s not worth it.
Believe it or not, you can actually eat healthy and save money at the same time. How? Skip the sodas, chips, frozen TV dinners and other processed convenience foods and learn how to prepare whole, natural foods yourselves. Purchase a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, lentils and nuts. These foods are surprisingly inexpensive and very filling.
Use olive oil, coconut oil, organic butter and cream for fats. The most expensive part of eating healthy will be purchasing organic, grass-fed eggs, meat, dairy and poultry. However, you’ll be healthier if you eat smaller portions of these foods anyway. Generally speaking 3-4 ounces (1/4 pound) of animal protein is sufficient at any meal..
Nutritional Supplement Health Insurance Policy
When we purchase insurance, we’re buying something that we may or may not need. We don’t want to get into an accident and total our car or have our house burn to the ground, but we purchase insurance so we won’t be financially devastated if these things happen.
Using supplements for prevention of disease is a similar investment. We may or may not need them, but they can help our health from being devastated by unforeseen problems.
Of course, our first investment should always be in quality food, but in our modern world finding quality food isn’t easy unless you grow it yourself. Produce typically spends two weeks in cold storage before it arrives on the supermarket shelf. There is a significant loss of nutritional value during this time.
Not all food we get is organically grown and even organically grown food can be grown in soil that hasn’t been properly cared for. Locally-grown food that is not organic often has more nutritional value.
The bottom line is that it makes sense to supplement one’s diet with herbs and nutrients that help insure we are getting the nutrition our bodies need to stay healthy. Like an insurance policy, we may or may not need it, but it improves our ability to bounce back when we experience difficulties.
There are seven basic supplements that my research suggests most people might benefit from. You may or may not need any particular one of these seven, but they are the place you should begin.
I’d start with a good whole food supplement. Many people start with a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, but in my personal experience, supplements using whole nutrients work better.
NSP’s Ultimate GreenZone is a great example of a whole food supplement and there are others in the marketplace you can also consider. A whole food supplement will not only give you extra vitamins and minerals, it will also provide numerous phytochemicals for which science hasn’t yet determined the nutritional value.
For elderly people, I often recommend taking two tablets of Mega-Chel daily in place of a multiple vitamin. This seems to do wonders for maintaining good circulation and general health.
I’d also consider taking some kind of trace mineral supplement. A few to consider include HSN-W, Colloidal Minerals and Mineral Chi Tonic. Even the best diets are lacking in trace minerals due to our poor agricultural practices.
Most diets are also deficient in omega-3 essential fatty acids. If you don’t eat organic grass-fed meat and dairy products or deep ocean fish (farm-raised salmon doesn’t count) on a regular basis, you should probably take flax seed oil, cod liver oil or Omega-3 EPA.
If you don’t eat yoghurt with live bacteria or other cultured foods daily, you should also consider a probiotic supplement like Acidophilus, Bifidophilus Flora Force or Probiotic Eleven.
A fiber supplement is essential for most people to maintain both colon health and general health. Just taking a heaping teaspoon of Psyllium Hulls Combination, once a day can make a big difference in your health. However, be sure to accompany each serving with a large glass of water.
Most people in our society don’t have enough enzymes because they eat mostly cooked food. Hence, enzyme supplements are another basic nutrient many people need. Enzymes become even more critical as we grow older as our body’s production of enzymes and hydrochloric acid tend to diminish with age.
The final basic supplement to add to your health insurance policy is some form of antioxidants. Naturally present in fresh fruits and vegetables, antioxidants reduce inflammation and free radical damage, the underlying cause of most chronic and degenerative diseases associated with aging. The Innate Renewal Greens is a great choice for an antioxidant supplement because it is so pleasant-tasting and easy to take.
Super Trio is a good basic supplement option for those who want a multi-vitamin and mineral. It contains the omega-3s, an antioxidant blend called Super ORAC and Super Supplemental, a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement.
So, if you want to help ensure your good health, invest first in high quality food and then, if your budget allows, take out some added insurance by selecting a few appropriate supplements.
Natural Healing Low Risk Mutual Health Fund
When most people get ill, they invest their money in Big Pharma’s High Risk Common Stock. It’s common because the vast majority of people do it. After all, aren’t drugs “scientifically-proven?” Isn’t modern medicine the best and most advanced option out there?
Unfortunately, using drugs as your first choice when you get ill puts you at high risk for a loss of health. Just like my parents observed, people who wind up taking several drug medications never seem to do well in the health department. In fact, they are at a high risk for a loss of health and quality of life.
How can this be? Well, the answer is simple. Drugs are “scientifically-proven” to address specific symptoms such as high cholesterol, pain, high blood pressure, etc. But, does fixing these specific symptoms result in an overall improvement of health? Often it does not. Instead, there is a net loss of health. The one symptom improves while overall health suffers.
If you’re willing to listen to my investment advice, I suggest that you utilize the Natural Healing Low Risk Mutual Health Fund. You can invest in this program by doing the following:
First, whenever you have a health problem, if it is not immediately life-threatening, try solving it with natural remedies first. For example, change your diet, exercise more, use herbal remedies or supplements, see a chiropractor or massage therapist and look at your emotional issues and stress level.
If the problem doesn’t resolve itself naturally, then try modern medicine as the alternative. Everybody gets this backwards. Natural medicine should be the first choice and modern medicine the alternative. Instead, most people try modern medicine first, and then when it doesn’t work, they use natural medicine as the alternative.
Second, if the problem is life-threatening, then use modern medicine first. Modern medicine excels at stabilizing extreme situations. However, after the situation has been stabilized, utilize natural medicine to help your body heal and to correct whatever underlying imbalances caused you to get ill in the first place.
Investing in Big Pharma may give you instant relief, but it’s also high risk. Natural Healing may not give you the quick fix, but it’s a very low risk option. Sure, what you try may not work for the specific problem you’re trying to correct, but it’s also not likely to further damage your overall health and will probably increase your overall health.
Remember that there are no guarantees with doctors, either. On several occasions where I was having trouble resolving a health problem with natural remedies and went to the doctor, he didn’t do any better than I was doing. So, I went back to figuring out how to fix the problem naturally and learned a lot in the process.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of social pressure to put your money and energy into Big Pharma’s High Risk Common Stock. Insurance policies cover drugs and surgery, but not natural remedies. If you don’t take the drugs the doctor prescribes, you can be labeled non-compliant and lose your insurance. Family and friends may be very critical of your choice to try natural remedies. Doctors may use fear tactics to intimidate you into investing your health and life in Big Pharma.
Here’s a story that illustrates what I’m talking about. My mother had a friend whose husband was developing Alzheimer’s. I suggested she try the Mega-Chel Oral Chelation Program. She did, and after two months she noticed improvement in her husband’s cognitive abilities. However, she stopped the program because it was too expensive. It was costing $150 per month. Their insurance would pay for the drugs, but not the supplements.
Again, I ask, what good does money do if you don’t have the health and mental capacity to enjoy it? The people I see who invest in natural healing in the manner I just described are typically much healthier and lead a better quality of life than the people who are taking a lot of drugs. That alone is enough to convince me that the Natural Healing Low Risk Mutual Health Fund is the best investment for my time and money.
Physical Activity Energy Market Account
In order to get a higher yield on their savings, many people take money from a regular savings account and put it into a money market account or certificate of deposit that allows them to earn interest at a higher rate. Staying physically active does the same thing for your health.
I was fortunate to be able to work with Dr. C. Samuel West in the early 1980s and learn about cutting edge research on the lymphatic system. I learned that the lymphatic system was part of the immune system and helped to remove toxins and cellular debris from tissues. Stagnation of lymphatic fluid is part of the underlying tissue imbalance that causes degenerative disease.
Since the lymphatic system has no pump, it requires deep breathing and muscle movement to function properly. The more sedentary we become, the more sluggish our lymphatic system becomes and the sicker we get. Hence, some form of physical activity is vital to our health.
Dr. West often told us about how people who were ready to die in concentration camps would simply curl up in a corner, stop moving and be dead the next morning. He also talked about native Americans who when they felt their time had come, would go off into the wilderness, sit completely still, breathe shallowly and allow themselves to die. Listening to him I came up with one of my primary laws of health, “To move is to live, to sit still is to die.”
Dr. West didn’t believe in rigorous, push-yourself-to-the-limit exercise. Instead, he encouraged using a mini-trampoline and just gently bouncing, a process he called lymphasizing. He was full of stories about how people had healed from chronic and degenerative diseases by improving their diet and lymphasizing.
While I have come to realize that there is value in resistance exercise (lifting weights) and stretching exercises (such as yoga), I still believe that one of the best forms of exercise, especially for older people, is just gently bouncing on a mini-trampoline.
Of course, walking, swimming or any other form of general physical activity is going to provide the same benefits. It will keep you moving, which keeps your lymphatic system working.