Tell ’em Albert. (What a sage…)
As you know, I’m always looking for the best of the best…
It’s this kind of exhausting, somewhat-irrational mission that I’ve set out on — for almost every aspect of my life.
If I want cinnamon, I don’t go to the supermarket, I bring mine in from Costa Rica — because it’s the best I’ve ever tasted.
If I want good food, I don’t settle for what the closest Whole Foods brings in — I move to where the local food movement began about 40 years ago with Alice Waters leading the way (Berkeley, CA.) Talk about good food. It’s amazing here.
If I want information, I want it straight from the source. That’s why I interview experts and ask them questions that I want answers to directly. I won’t settle for information that’s been passed along a long chain of individuals each with their own bias. It’s no different than that game of “Telephone” you played in kindergarten, where everyone sat in a circle and you whispered a sentence into the next person’s ear — only to find out how distorted it was after it went around the room once.
So I’m a seeker, but one that is discerning.
I get hundreds of emails a day. Many from readers like you who have questions that need to be answered. Many that could be answered with great programs and products that I’m always on the lookout for.
Some that even find me, since I get dozens of packages a month. Every time I open one up, I’m hoping it’s something I could share with you that will help you get the results you want — but, unfortunately, they’re rarely any good. Or at least not good enough for me to put my reputation on the line by promoting them.
But some actually are quite useful.
About a year ago, I was introduced to a resource book that I’ve been using ever since. It’s called “The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments.”
I love resource books like this.
I remember a story I heard once (I have no idea if it’s true or not), but it’s about Einstein.
Al was doing a talk somewhere in the world and someone from the audience asked him to recite a certain math equation that you’d expect a mathematical genius to be able to rattle off pretty quickly.
But when Einstein said he didn’t know the equation exactly, the audience collectively gasped. Is Einstein a fraud? He doesn’t know this simple equation by heart?
Einstein sensed the negative chatter and responded like this.
“Why would I bother to fill my head with that meaningless nonsense? If I want that equation, I know just the book to pick up and the page on which to find it.”
Thus, the benefit of a resource book.
A lot of people ask me questions like “what is the best herb for this or that?” or “what is the highest plant based source of nutrient X?” all the time. I don’t bother to memorize these details. It’s been my personal practice to learn from Einstein, because I don’t want my head clouded with all that data. I just want to know where I can find them, and I point people in that specific direction.
In the case above, I do have a resource to share. I use www.WHFoods.com, since their database is fantastic for any food or nutrient related inquiry. Simple as that, I don’t have to memorize data that I may or may not use. It saves space in my brain and it saves me the time trying to make sure the details stick in my memory database.
Back to Resource Books…
Another one of my favorites is the “Prescription for Natural Healing” Book. If you don’t have it, you’ve seen it on the shelf at a health food store near you. Here’s the link in case you don’t recognize the title, you’ll recognize the cover. (click)
This book, just like www.WHFoods.com to me, is one of those “must haves” that either sits on your bookshelf, rests in your Kindle or is stared in your browser bookmarks. It’s the natural health equivalent of Einstein’s little black book of equations.
So for the past year, I’ve been using the “The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments” when I need to research a few things. I have to admit, it’s a fantastic book.
Basically, it is a collection of researched and scientifically proven remedies and protocols that work for all different types of health issues — from allergies to diabetes, to Lyme disease and cancer. It’s just one of those books I’m glad to have around when I need to do some quick research — and that I know I can trust.
It takes a lot of pressure off of my work.
The larger the Internet grows the more likely it is to stumble upon poorly researched — or plain old false — health information.
This is why an appointment with Dr. Google, MD is not the best way to diagnose or treat any disease.
I remember when I was experiencing a list of symptoms about 6 years ago.
I decided to do a quick, preliminary search to see what it possibly could be.
I ended up on the WebMD symptom search engine. Basically, you put in symptoms and it spits out diseases that you could have. I knew I wasn’t going to get anything relevant, but decided to try it out anyway.
My results were shocking.
Apparently, based on my symptoms, I had every disease from cancer to AIDS. I instantly saw how so many people can get confused when they’re using the web to get their health information.
If I hadn’t been online since ’98 or so, I’d have panicked and gotten all my organs removed and immediately asked for prescription of the strongest drug cocktail around. (I’m kind of joking here, kind of not.)
What I’m saying here is that anyone with any knowledge of search engine optimization and back-linking strategy can get their page up at the top of the search engines (this is changing though, which is good news!) Unfortunately, for you, they probably know more about search engine optimization and back-linking than they do about health.
This is why spammy review type websites come up when you search some of the more popular herbs and supplements. These aren’t well sourced and documented articles, they’re advertorials that want to convince you whatever they’re writing about is the solution to your problem.
So where do you go?
You go to the resource books and the practitioners.
Meeting with a practitioner like Dr. Williams or those with a knowledge of Functional Medicine is priceless when you’re looking for the best health. But what is secondary is having good resources that you can use to start your fact finding.
“The Complete Blood Test Blueprint” is a fantastic resource for those who want to take the 30 years of Dr. Williams’ clinical work and compare it to your own blood test results.
“The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments” is another one that I feel is a must have for anyone serious about natural healing.
If you want to read more about this book or get it for yourself, then here’s the link to follow…
I strongly recommend getting the printed version of this book — while it’s great to have the digital for quick searching, the print version is much easier to read and keep around the house for quick reference.
So there you have it, finally, something I’m excited to review that I think you will find of value — plus, I just saved you over 300 pages of storage in your brain, so now you only have to remember where you put the book.
(For that, you can click here)
Your question of the day: What are your favorite health resources?