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BASIC HEALTH IMPROVEMENT
by Walter Last
most health seekers are mainly concerned with overcoming a
specific health problem, using a specific method or remedy
promising the quickest result. However, in the long run and
as we get older more and more health problems or diseases
pop up and become increasingly more difficult or impossible
to overcome by just using a magic bullet. This then makes
the idea of serious lifestyle changes towards natural living
and holistic healing more attractive, giving us a much better
chance to become and remain healthy and fit right into old
have no doubt that it is our natural birthright to be healthy
and that it is actually unnatural to have a disease. A disease
means that we or possibly our parents did not live according
to our biological, social or spiritual nature. At present
most of humanity lives in rather unnatural conditions surrounded
by a minefield of technological and chemical health hazards.
Even worse is our ignorance about the nature of these hazards
that are mainly hidden from our awareness.
in order to live more naturally we need to become aware of
the main health hazards in our environment and learn to avoid
or minimize them. We can learn from our own experiences and
from those of others and we can also develop our intuition
or ask for guidance through prayer and meditation. If in doubt
about a choice try to imagine which course of action is more
natural or more in harmony with our biological, social and
main biological influences on our health are nutrition, exercise
or how we use our body as well as environmental factors. In
addition to improving these conditions there are numerous
natural healing methods to help us in our quest. These range
from herbs and other remedies to working on muscle and bone
structures and using electro, magneto and vibrational medicine.
aware of the factors that cause our diseases
ROAD TOWARDS DISEASE
in Western society are rarely healthy. Real health - the perfect
functioning of all parts of body and mind - is so rare that
people mistake the temporary absence of disease symptoms for
health. Formerly, people suffered mainly from violent, but
short infectious diseases; now they are afflicted with chronic
degenerative diseases for a lifetime.
main factors causing widespread health degeneration are as
nutrition: food refining, lack of 'living food' rich in
vitamins, minerals and enzymes; incorrect food combining;
unsuitable diet for our metabolic type
pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, medical drugs, food
additives and synthetic garments
pollution and radiation
of sufficient physical activity or exercise in natural,
negative feelings and emotions - and lack of positive feelings
mental attitudes, lack of spiritual or humanistic goals,
lack of faith
damage during birth, childhood and adolescence, lack of
positive role models
genes of poor and deteriorating quality
general sequence leading to the development of poor health
and chronic diseases commonly is as follows. 'Emotional injuries'
received during birth and childhood, as well as negative attitudes
and emotions experienced during later life, block the free
flow of bio-energy within the body. This weakens the blood
circulation and the glandular system, as well as the functions
of affected organs. In addition, inherited metabolic weakness
and poor nutrition as well as chemical pollution combine to
cause an inefficient use of biochemical building blocks and
poor cellular energy production.
a result of this metabolic weakness and the overuse of unsuitable
food, toxins and metabolic residues accumulate in the body.
Toxins (toxic waste products from our chemicalized food) accumulate
mainly in the fat tissue. Metabolic residues consist of protein
debris, mucus, fatty sludge and organic acids.
DEBRIS accumulates when we eat more protein than
we metabolize. Small protein fragments clog up the basement
membrane through which nutrients move into cells and waste
is being removed. Also tiny blood capillaries and lymph
channels become congested, contributing to a wide range
of degenerative diseases.
Originates from the lactose (milk sugar) in dairy products,
from gluten (in wheat products), refined carbohydrates,
egg white, molds and food allergens. Mucus has a special
affinity to mucous membranes, causing catarrh, ear and sinus
problems, respiratory diseases and malabsorption of food.
SLUDGE: Mainly formed from oxidized cholesterol
and polyunsaturated fatty acids, hydrogenated fats and trans-fatty
acids but also by the interaction of chlorinated water with
vegetable oils or body oils. It leads to poor circulation,
senility and heart problems by clogging the blood vessels
and congesting the lymph system.
ACIDS: General overacidity contributes to the accumulation
of organic acids in the tissues and induce inflammations
and mineral deficiencies. Overacidity results from insufficient
cellular oxidation and by the formation of lactic acid after
eating sweet food or food to which we are sensitive or allergic.
accumulate wherever the blood circulation slows down whether
because of emotional blocks (muscle armoring), injuries, or
insufficient use of muscles.
to 30 per cent of the volume of cells in elderly people may
be filled with waste material, usually called 'old-age pigments'.
This is comparable to 30 per cent of a city or a household
being filled with refuse dumps. Just as dumps become infested
with rodents and insects, the waste accumulations in the body
provide favorable breeding-grounds for microbes and parasites.
are healing efforts of the body designed to destroy any foreign
invaders in addition to reducing the heavy load of toxic and
obstructive residues (mucus) accumulated in the body. The
use of drugs in fighting these infections prevents this cleansing
action and reduces our vitality still further, while the body's
immune system - its ability to defend itself against foreign
invaders - is simultaneously damaged.
the body is still reasonably strong, it fights these invaders
and simultaneously reduces the load of stored wastes. This
is experienced as an acute (sudden and severe) infection,
often in the form of a cold or fever. However, as the body
becomes weaker and the amount of stored wastes increases the
body does not fight any more. It will be content with limiting
the invasion to a certain part of the body and chronic (low-key
but long-lasting) infection results.
the immune system becomes too weak to limit the chronic invasion
and it becomes more generalized as in autoimmune diseases,
cancer and leukemia. However, it should be understood that
this 'invasion' does not necessarily occur from the outside.
Especially in the case of cancer, it is more an 'uprising
of germs' created by the disintegration of diseased body cells
- similar to a revolution spreading in a country with dissatisfied
inhabitants. This is the so-called cancer microbe, a fungus-related
pleomorphic organism also active in most autoimmune diseases
German cancer researcher P.G. Seeger demonstrated in thousands
of experiments that the virulence of cancer cells depends
on the nutritional status of the host. Another interesting
study found that viruses breeding in hosts that are deficient
in protective nutrients, such as selenium or vitamin E, tend
to mutate and change from benign into very virulent and lethal
forms. With sufficient levels of these nutrients someone was
immune against the benign form of the virus but not against
the mutated form that came from a deficient host. Most of
the influenza epidemics that periodically sweep the world
with new virulent strains originate in selenium deficient
parts of China. Furthermore, the African HIV epidemic appears
to have emerged in northern Zaire were many people are selenium
deficient. The lesson from this is that poor nutrition breeds
Addictions and Allergies
health deterioration, closely linked to the weakening of the
immune system, takes place with the development of addictions
and allergies. These are extremely widespread in our society.
the body is confronted with a difficult food it enters a state
of stress. The glandular system is induced to pour adrenal
hormones into the bloodstream and this may be felt as an uplifting
stimulation. Eventually, the body begins to crave this stimulation
and this leads to an addiction to that particular food. In
our society, these food cravings develop mainly for sweet
and fried foods, bread, dairy products and red meats.
many years of using addictive food the glandular system is
markedly weakened and stronger stimulants are required. You
then become addicted to alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco or various
drugs. Eventually, even these will not achieve the desired
effect or only for shorter and shorter periods.
body becomes chronically fatigued and disease symptoms begin
to surface evermore forcefully. Some symptoms can be linked
directly to incompletely digested foods that are absorbed
through a weak intestinal wall this is then called a food
allergy. Disease symptoms develop selectively in parts of
the body with hereditary defects or in those weakened by subsequent
misuse or injured by accidents.
any food, if used to excess by susceptible people, can cause
allergies. However, certain foods such as rice and vegetables
rarely cause allergies while others carry a high risk of causing
them. These high-risk foods are called 'problem foods' because
in addition to allergies they frequently cause health problems
in people who are not susceptible to allergies.
who are prone to allergies are generally overacid with a weak
sugar metabolism and hypoglycemia or diabetes, low blood pressure,
a weak immune system, permeable intestinal wall and lack of
digestive enzymes. Alkaline individuals, on the other hand,
rarely have allergies. Instead, they are insensitive to pain
and skin irritants and may suffer from chronic degenerative
diseases or become victims of an unexpected heart attack or
stroke. However, the same problem foods are major contributing
factors in the development of disease of both groups.
main problem foods in our society are:
milk and its products, also lactose added to processed foods
and oats and to a lesser extent the other gluten grains
rye and barley (beer!)
foods, especially household sugar
fats (for example margarine) or heated oils and fats
overuse of alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco and drugs
five groups should generally be used sparingly. Sweet and
acid fruits, honey and salt are often incompatible with people
of a certain constitution or metabolic body type. Also foods
that are incompatible with our blood group often cause problems.
In addition, any food that contains pesticide residues or
added synthetic food chemicals is a potential health hazard.
I do not believe in a safe limit for these chemicals, especially
as limits are set for each item individually while ignoring
the cumulative and potentizing effect of multiple chemical
residues and additions.
and Economic Factors
the present poor eating habits deeply ingrained in our society
and the all-out chemicalization of our lives it is almost
impossible to remain reasonably healthy - and very few people
do. Almost everyone has obvious or hidden health problems.
From attending to children, parents and grandparents of the
same family I have seen how the level of health rapidly deteriorates
in the youngest generation.
trend is also clear from statistics and general observations
for anyone who wants to see it. Statistics showing increased
life expectancy due to greatly reduced infant mortality are
irrelevant for judging the health of a population. These figures
simply mean that more babies survive the early-childhood infections,
that we have better plumbing and that more elderly people
are kept artificially alive by organ transplants or on life-support
this is not health. More relevant statistics show that most
people in Western countries suffer from chronic diseases and
that the percentage of chronically disabled people is increasing
rapidly. Arthritis, cancer and Parkinson's disease used to
be diseases of old people. Now they are affecting children
and juveniles. Health authorities so far have ignored the
claims of natural medicine that it is the superior form of
treatment for chronic and medically incurable diseases. The
very fact of a high rate of chronic disease in our society
attests to the inability of the medical profession to successfully
treat these diseases.
is highlighted by the embarrassing phenomenon of the falling
death rate during doctors' strikes. Statistics show that whenever
there was a strike by doctors, the death rate in the affected
population fell dramatically. In 1976 the death rate fell
by 35 per cent in Bogota, Colombia. In Los Angeles County,
California, it fell by 18 per cent during a strike in the
same year, while in Israel it fell by 50 per cent during a
strike in 1973 (Mendelsohn, R.S. Confessions of a Medical
Heretic. Contemporary Books). Only once before had there been
a similar drop in the death rate in Israel and that was during
another doctors' strike 20 years earlier. After each strike
the death rate jumped again to its normal level.
these strikes emergency care was provided. This means the
patients who lived longer during the strikes were those with
chronic diseases. They obviously benefited from a reduced
exposure to medical drugs, operations and other technological
interventions. There are an abundance of statistics, estimates
and case reports of the great number of patients who are in
hospital or worse because of disease caused by medical drugs
and medical technology. One of the many books exploring this
subject in detail is Medical Nemesis by I. Illich (Pantheon
our medical and economic leaders do not want to face reality.
They brainwash the public into believing that the present
health situation is completely normal. Finally and most importantly,
the whole economic structure of Western civilization is based
on the production and distribution of goods and services that
are contributing to poor health. These include chemicalized
agriculture and food processing, the pharmaceutical industry,
technological medicine and the petrochemical and plastic industries.
guiding motto for industry is 'profit', while for the consumer
it is 'convenience'. The price for all to pay is the loss
of health. This situation is the natural outcome of a society
based on selfish motivation. A change for the better can only
come when more and more people realize that ultimately they
harm themselves with selfish attitudes.
the Principles of Natural Living to Restore your Health
ROAD TOWARDS HEALTH
first and most important step in reversing the deterioration
of your health is to realize that you may have caused it yourself.
Because of ignorance and habit, we select the wrong foods;
because of laziness, we do not exercise; because of lack of
self-control, we create destructive emotions. Therefore, only
the realization that poor health is the result of a lifetime
of wrong living - including the living habits of our parents
- can initiate a real change for the better.
next step is to find guidance on the road towards health.
There is so much contradictory advice on offer that it is
utterly confusing for the aspiring health seeker. Worldwide,
the healing arts are in a state of chaos. The sterile healing
monopoly of the medical establishment is beginning to break
down and multitudes of different healers are rapidly filling
out by reading, listening, meditating and experimenting which
healing system is most appropriate for your own needs. Then
start a determined healing program using careful self-observation.
can be seen from the above discussion that disease is not
something that happens suddenly - for example one day you
are healthy and the next day you are sick because cancer has
just been detected. Instead, your state of health has greatly
deteriorated over many decades to only a fraction of what
it might be in true health. Even suddenly appearing infections
are only possible because of a gradual deterioration of the
should be measured as vitality, as the body's ability to regenerate
itself. An indication of the inherent vitality of the body
is given by the speed of wound healing or bone mending and
possibly hair and nail growth or, in a more scientific way,
by the electric potential of body cells. Sometimes radionic
methods may be useful in giving an estimate of vitality.
reasonably objective way of measuring health is with electro-acupuncture
diagnosis. There are different systems, such as Dermatron,
Vega, Thera and others now commonly linked to computer programs.
Basically, the electrical resistance of acupuncture points
on hands and feet are measured. From this it can be seen which
meridian, organ or gland is overactive or underactive and
to what degree. Suitable remedies may be selected by introducing
them into the electric circuit and observe their reaction
on an abnormal reading. Also the health of teeth and jawbone
positions can be assessed in this way. At a return visit a
repeat diagnostic read-out will show the effect of the treatment
program and point to necessary modifications.
to this yardstick, hardly anyone living at present may be
more than 90 per cent healthy, while most people in 'normal'
health live at below 50 per cent of their personally attainable
health potential. When a chronic degenerative disease becomes
manifest, the health rate drops to below 10 per cent and at
death, of course, it is zero.
is meaningless to be elated about the success of conventional
medicine in greatly reducing the number of people contracting
certain infectious diseases. It is the overall number of unhealthy
people that counts. If one disease is eliminated, unhealthy
people will simply contract a different one. What is needed
is a general health improvement that will effectively reduce
the total number of people becoming sick and ultimately hinder
the development of any disease.
with better genetic stock and improved living conditions we
should be able to live an active and enjoyable life until
the age of about 120 years and then quietly withdraw from
the body. This is the presently unknown 'natural death'. For
most of us who have serious inherited weaknesses and misused
our body for many decades this may not be possible to achieve.
Nevertheless, better health and an enjoyable life are possible
for almost everyone. The key to success is in your mind!
basic requirements for real healing involve the reversal of
the factors previously listed as the cause of health degeneration.
They include natural living - good nutrition, proper breathing,
sufficient physical activity, improved emotional and mental
attitudes - as well as specific procedures, uppermost of which
is cleansing, the purification of body and mind.
fundamental aim of all healing is to provide the body with
more vitality. True healing is always a holistic process,
involving all levels of the personality - physical, bio-energetic,
emotional, mental and spiritual. A health improvement program
may include the following steps.
your nutrition: discover and break addictions and allergies;
avoid chemicalized, refined and other problem food; pay
attention to food combinations; select food suitable for
your body type and condition; use suitable supplements.
metabolic wastes and toxins: drink plenty of unpolluted
water and use colonics, laxative foods, suitable packs;
stimulate the skin; have repeated cleansing periods.
microbes and parasites from your body using electronic zapper,
colloidal silver, oxygen therapy and herbal parasite cure.
the body with regular exercises such as yoga, tensing and
stretching or suitable outdoors activity.
energy flows and work out specific problems with reflexology,
acupressure, ear acupuncture, magnet and meridian therapy,
massage and homeopathy.
natural living conditions for yourself and your family by
minimizing synthetics and plastics, pollution and harmful
radiation in your home. Frequently be in fresh air with
mild sun exposure; bathe in the sea or unpolluted streams;
walk on grass barefooted.
meditation and mind control, learn to express your negative
emotions appropriately, practice generating positive feelings
and emotions; love yourself as well as your neighbor; adopt
a positive or spiritual philosophy of life. Find a worthy
goal or ideal and strive to manifest it.
or join a health or healing group to support and heal each
addition to these self-help measures it is advisable to seek
professional or expert help for specific problems. However,
it would be self-defeating to see your health-improvement
efforts as a deadly serious matter, as a 'life-or-death' struggle.
Like everything else in life they are best conducted in a
light and playful way, exploring and enjoying yourself - even
if it sometimes hurts.
Healing Means Growing - Learning and Applying the Laws of
important general principle in healing is to aim for an overall
balanced condition. Generally, every condition within our
body is the result of the interaction of two opposing forces.
In oriental philosophy there are the concepts of yin and yang.
Yin is female, cold and passive; yang is male, hot and active.
In our Western thinking we see body processes as interplay
between overactive and under-active conditions, tension and
relaxation, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous
part of our healing, we aim for balance not only on the biochemical
level, but also in our emotions and thinking. As an extrovert,
for instance, aim to go into inwards by meditating and learning
to listen. If you are an introvert, then try to become more
outgoing and open in your relationships and social interactions.
The following table shows the general principle of opposing
forces that rule our body.
pulse and breathing
pulse and breathing
dilated, mouth dry
narrow, mouth waters
muscle tone, body rigid
muscle tone, body soft
an example on how to use this table, if you often feel tense,
fearful, aggressive, or have high blood pressure, inflammations
or pain, then blue color therapy may help, or using more magnesium,
lecithin, or apply the south-pointing pole of a magnet.
Nutrition – Bad Nutrition
was the main tool with which I helped patients overcome a
wide range of diseases claimed to be medically incurable.
Unnatural nutrition is one of the major causes of our diseases,
while natural nutrition is an equally powerful agent in curing
these diseases, and rejuvenating our body.
of our commonly eaten food contributes to gradual health deterioration,
and the development of chronic diseases. This is a main reason
why there is such a high incidence of chronic degenerative
disease in our society.
rules are designed to guide us towards healthier eating habits.
There are different schools of nutrition, which do not always
agree on the same principles and sometimes even contradict
each other, just as in politics, religion and other areas
of human endeavor. The diet rules in these pages are based
on the principles of the earlier 'nature cure' movement, but
modified according to the findings of modem clinical nutrition
research and my own experiences in overcoming diseases.
the successful elimination of diseases, I have found that
the less ideal the patient's diet was, the more specific the
remedies, supplements, or other therapies needed to be. Conversely,
on an ideal diet, specific interventions could be kept to
a minimum. I have also noticed that the different nutritional
requirements between the various metabolic types begin to
disappear when an ideal natural diet is adopted and all can
eat similar food, although in different proportions.
our diet to an ideal natural one requires a considerable shift
in eating habits, and re-educating our taste buds. It often
also requires greatly increased time and energy for food preparation.
For most of us this is not easy. While some take to it enthusiastically,
others need to be driven by the hope to overcome a debilitating
disease, and most are content to make just minor adjustments
or gradual improvements as a preventive measure or to overcome
an existing health problem. Therefore, I use a graded approach
with a high-quality diet for gradual health improvement and
maintenance of good health, and a raw-food diet for maximum
healing, rejuvenation and maintenance of optimal health into
I have presented each diet in its pure form, most individuals
will not be able to adopt fully one or the other diet but
rather move gradually towards their dietary goal in a period
of months or even years. You may also need to modify the diet
according to your special requirements, as described in the
chapter on Metabolic Types and Blood Groups. However, ultimately
it is best to learn to trust your body in telling you what
it needs. If you are not addicted to a certain food but crave
it, then it is probably good for you.
need to realize that we ourselves can choose to a considerable
degree how healthy we want to be and how long we want to live
in good health or, alternatively, which diseases we are willing
to accept for the comfort of satisfying our present taste
preferences, and maintaining potentially harmful living habits.
Of course, other factors such as our mental and emotional
condition, the environment, how we use our body, have a strong
influence as well, and are covered in other articles.
overall health improvement I suggest that you experiment with
as many of the methods in these pages as you can. On the biological
level these are mainly intestinal sanitation, allergy testing
and cleansing. Some idealistic individuals may embrace these
measures enthusiastically while others will try a little here
and there but generally wait until poor health launches them
more determinedly into a program of health improvement. For
those, however, who want to start right now, here is the prescription.
natural therapists believe that most disease starts in the
bowels or, more generally, in the gastro-intestinal tract.
This certainly is a common factor in many diseases and requires
our initial attention. Allergy testing is most important for
sensitive individuals and children with health problems.
and cleansing are required to remove the heavy load of metabolic
wastes and toxins that most of us have stored in the body.
This cleansing process often leads to unpleasant symptoms
- healing reactions, also called healing crisis - which we
frequently must endure before we can advance to a higher level
of health. This is especially the case for those with a chronic