Natural Hygiene is a way of approaching life. It was never meant to be a set of rules etched in stone. Life ain't perfect. So lighten up! Have a tomato with a potato. Have a bit of white sugar with some whipped cream on some blueberries every decade or so. Good advice from Dr. Goldberg.
Common Errors Of Natural Hygienists (And Other Health Seekers) - 6|
by Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C. D.A.C.B.N.
Error # 6: Being Unforgiving With Ourselves
Natural Hygienists in general tend to be a fairly straight-laced crew. They take their health seriously...very seriously. In fact they take just about everything seriously including themselves. I am all for personal responsibility...we could use a whole lot more of it in today's world. For Natural Hygienists, however, sometimes their serious nature tends to get in their way of sucking some enjoyment out of life.
Natural Hygiene is a way of approaching life. It was never meant to be a set of rules etched in stone. For many health seekers, however, Hygiene becomes a Master they have created who watches over each person continuously and wants to extract a severe penalty from them should they commit any form of violation.
Dr. Goldberg I ate a tomato with my potato the middle aged Natural Hygienist bemoans to me, do you think I should go on a thirty day fast in order to detoxify because of that? she continues.
I had some berries with whipped cream onddd top another relates and then I found out the whipped cream had some sugar added to it! What should I do? says another.
Frankly I haven't seen anyone suffer too much from eating potatoes with tomatoes or from having a bit of sugared whip cream once in a blue moon. I have, however, seen a lot of people over the past thirty years do themselves serious damage from anguishing over such minor matters, whether it be regarding food, exercise, sleep, or any other related health issue.
Let's get one thing straight. Life ain't perfect. We are all going to age and suffer physical deterioration in the process. In the end we are all going to die. And...for all I know we might even have to do the whole thing over again! So lighten up. Have a tomato with a potato. Have a bit of white sugar with some whipped cream on some blueberries every decade or so. Quit feeling so damn guilty about every little infraction (many of which are not really infractions anyway). Be kind to others and be kind to yourself. Do the best you can and then don't worry or stew about it. Whether your life ends up being a long one or a short one, you'll enjoy it a whole lot more that way.
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Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., D.A.C.B.N. is a co-founder of the International Natural Hygiene Society, a Certified Hygienic Practitioner, Clinical Epidemiologist, and Director of The Goldberg Clinics in Atlanta, Georgia and West Palm Beach, Florida. His website can be found at www.goldbergclinic.com