OUR PURPOSE AND MISSION
Your Body is an organization created to facilitate positive lifestyle
change by creating safe, nurturing situations in which many aspects
of mind and body can be addressed at once.
The Health Equation:
A healthy body + an open heart + a positive and creative mind
= a happy spirit!
- Empower individuals
to take responsibility for their health
- Motivate individuals
to make positive lifestyle changes
- Support individuals
in reclaiming their right to dream and to be free
- Coach individuals
to optimum health
artwork by Ari Vandershoot,
one of our fasting guests
- Educate the public
about the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles to themselves and their
- Teach self-awareness
to change self-destructive patterns of behavior, unconscious
belief systems and unhealthy habits
- Teach positive thinking,
trust, self-love, and honesty to open the heart
2. Clinical Therapeutics
The clinical approach
consists of detoxifying and nourishing the body, the mind and
the heart. The most elegant approach is based on fasting and
nutritional therapy. Fasting on water or juices or a raw
food diet is the most radical and the most efficient way to treat
and prevent most illness. The nutritional therapy is a stepping
stone to address mental, emotional and spiritual issues that
may create imbalance. To achieve this goal the following methods
are used: meditation, awareness techniques, breath work, laughter
therapy, guided imagery, movement and sound therapy. Adjuvant
therapies such as hydrotherapy, botanical medicine and homeopathy
may be used in conjunction with the nutritional therapy or afterwards.
The 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
The practice of naturopathic medicine is founded on six principles, formulated from the observation of health and disease, and examined in light of scientific analysis. These principles distinguish naturopathic medicine from other medical approaches.
- The healing power of nature.
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process, to act to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery.
- Identify and treat the cause.
Underlying causes of disease must be treated before a person can recover. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal, and should not be suppressed by treatment. The physician must evaluate underlying causes on all levels, treating causes rather than symptoms.
- Treat the whole person.
Health and disease are conditions of the entire organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. The physician must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account.
- First do no harm.
Illness is a purposeful process of the organism. Symptoms are an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. The physician's treatment must support the healing power of nature and therapy must be congruent with the internal order of the organism.
- Physician as teacher.
A cooperative doctor-patient relationship is, in itself, therapeutic. The physician's major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for health, and to be a catalyst for healthful change. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing.
The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention, accomplished through education and promotion of life-habits that create good health. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease.
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