Sodium is an essential constituent of every tissue in the body, whereas mercury is a toxin with no known role in physiology. Salt is so crucial to physiology that many mammals will actively seek it out in the form of salt licks and so important to humans that it was once used as currency, whereas mercury exposure is associated with neurodegenerative disease and is widely feared. But if a patient suffers from hypertension it is likely to be salt they are told to avoid, even though a drastic reduction in sodium intake has been shown to have only a minimal effect on blood pressure, resulting in average reductions in the order of 5.5/2.8 mm Hg .
It's hard to think of a chronic disease that has not in some way been associated with excessive inflammation and/or excessive weight gain. It's also hard to think of a more elegant way to naturally address both of these concerns than by correcting the ratio of omega-three to omega-six fats in the body since a preponderance of omega-six from consuming diets high in linoleic acid is now thought to be a major contributor to both.
As a healthcare provider, there are few things more satisfying than watching a patient's condition improve or resolve completely with a single treatment. Among the many holistic treatment modalities, homeopathy is one of few that targets the vital force directly, and has been the agent of some of the most dramatic natural cures, in some cases the sole agent. In some cases, it is a single dose of a single remedy, and these cases are perhaps the most satisfying although more often, it requires repetition of the remedy or multiple remedies to achieve a satisfying result, as anyone who has worked with homeopathy knows.
Encouraging patients to make healthy lifestyle changes is integral to the practice of holistic medicine, since so many modern diseases relate directly to modern lifestyles. The new year provides a perfect occasion to prioritize this with patients, since so many people spontaneously resolve to relinquish old habits around this time, or begin new ones, often with the specific goal of improving their health. But we all know from experience how many of these people are likely to fail, and wonder perhaps if there are natural means to assist patients in keeping their new year’s resolutions to become healthier.