by Bob McCauley, CNC, MH
Someone asked me recently: “Why should I take any health advice from you?” Good question. Why should you trust anyone’s health advice? I have been in the natural health business since 1996 and I have met hundreds of health professionals, some self-proclaimed, others accredited in some way.
I am a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. I have certifications to perform Live Blood Microscopy. I’m currently (2011) studying to become a Naturopathic Doctor. I have learned a lot from taking these courses and seminars. It has made me read books and watch videos that I would not have done otherwise. And it gave me a formal background in human physiology and how the body actually works. It’s a good thing for someone like me to know. In particular, I have studied the human digestive system because all disease begins in, and ultimately stems from, the digestive tract, in my opinion. All disease comes from our diet. We inherit none of it. Understanding the digestive tract is to understand the source of disease.
I have also talked to many people about health. I had a radio show for 2.5 year, Achieving Great Health, the first radio show ever to promote a raw food diet and completely natural health. I had over 150 guests, some several times. David Wolfe, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Viktoras Kulvinskas were all on several times. Peter Ragnar was on 20 times and we created a CD set from our sessions. I also talked to Peter for more than 20 hours off the air. I learned so much from all of them.
But what I really have learned and know about health is that which I have experienced myself. Every health guru that I invited on my radio program as a guest said the exact same thing. We know it because we do it and it’s amazing. We are not lucky. Happenstance has not been kind to us because we have authored our health. And if you are sick you are the author of that disease.
If you want to be healthy read lots, study, watch videos, documentaries and talk to people. But how do you know who to take advice from? The answer is to look at how healthy the person looks to you. What does their skin and hair look like? Are their eyes clear or hazy? Do they look haggard or tired? Are they clear thinking? Over the years I have seen some of the most ridiculously unhealthy people trying to explain to me how to be healthy. The MLM crowd is particularly amusing because many are promoting genuinely healthy products such as noni or mangosteen and yet they do virtually nothing else to be healthy, thus they look terrible. Some of the people I have run into at health expos look ridiculous. I’ll never forget the grossly obese guy in the Solgar booth at the Natural Products Expo a few years ago. I wanted to ask him what he was doing so I could avoid doing it.
I’m not perfect, but for 53 I look far better than most people my age. I can still run six minute miles, and I am no one special. Anyone can do what I am doing if they are determined. It only takes doing it.
If you are looking for health advice from someone, wonder to yourself if you would one day hope to look as healthy as they are now.