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Staying Healthy With the Seasons

Elson M. Haas, MD is the founder and director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California. He has been a practitioner of integrated and preventive medicine for more than twenty-five years. His books are classics in the modern healthcare field. STAYING HEALTHY WITH THE SEASONS revolutionized the fields of preventive and integrated medicine when it was first published in 1981, and introduced a seasonal approach to nutrition, disease prevention, and mind-and-body fitness.

“There is a purpose for all available medical models, and allopathic or Western medicine certainly plays an important part. However, with more of a focus on education and prevention, with a dietary sense and awareness of environmental and stress issues, a clearer and healthier human being will have greater disease resistance and less need for antibiotics and potentially harmful diagnostics and treatment measures.”

“The misuse of foods and other substances we call “foods” is a main factor in the formation of many acute and chronic ailments. The “common cold” and “flu” are primary signals that the body needs to clean and rest itself. Overindulgence in foods, improper intestinal elimination, and the intake of more toxins (unusable materials) than the liver or the kidneys can detoxify result in a buildup in the tissues and organs. This must be regularly balanced by the abused body in bouts of elimination which we know as “illnesses”.

“Follow the secrets of the centenarians, who live close to the land often in the fresh air of the hills and mountains, working and eating close to Nature. Even if you live in a more stress-filled city, with knowledge and practice you can add years to your life and life to your years! Remember to eat moderately and simply, eat a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods, and especially, eat according to the seasons.”

“The Chinese medical classic, the Nei Ching, tells us that long ago when people did not live by the laws of nature, they succumbed to illness and lived only half their expected 100 years. Modern people have a similar dilemma. Western, or allopathic, medicine’s role is to step in at this point with the heroics of saving and remedying those who have gone beyond their natural limits. Its diagnosis and treatment are defined in terms of the rational, linear aspects of existence, ignoring the roles of sensitive compassion and the intuitive understanding of the deeper mental, emotional, or lifestyle problems which go along with illness. The Oriental system, Tao (the way), which teaches right living and the Western system, which is concerned with very sick people, can work together.”