Una entrevista con un Naturopath periodista-dado
vuelta: ¡Ast Tiefholz!! (Parte-Ii) Esto
contináa de donde me fui el mes
¡Estoy aqui con Ast otra vez con má s preguntas y má s las
respuestas! Aqui es la parte el concluir
Fatmah:¿Cómo usted obra reciprocamente con sus clientes?¿Qué
clase de clientes usted recibe y qué sufren generalmente?
Ast: ¡Espero que obre reciprocamente con ellos de una manera
amistosa y profesional! Veo a muchos de gente tensionada; gente con
problemas de la piel (también mejore tratado con naturopathy que
Allopathy); gente con desórdenes digestivos. Es absolutamente comán
tener un funcionamiento de la gente con el mismo o la actual
enfermedad similar. Porqué esto es asi que sigue siendo un misterio.
Encuentro a veces que veo a gente con los problemas que necesito
tratar en mi propia vida. Es un poco una calle de dos vias,
Fatmah: Del mundo de hoy, la obesidad es el problema má s comán
sufrido por joven y viejo.¿Qué clase de tratamiento usted sugiere
Ast: Hay ningán ra'pido-fija balas má gicas. . Minimize animal
fats, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods. . Eat more
fresh / raw fruits and vegetarians have good quality protein, eat
organic meats if you are omnivore, vegetarians have to balance their
amino acids carefully. . Don't fry foods, stop eating at McDonalds
etc, eat a variety of fresh produce, drink at least 2L of water per
day and.... . this is the big one... . GO OUT AND DO SOME EXERCISE
INSTEAD OF SITTING AT A DESK ALL DAY. . And have fun when doing it -
don't see exercise as a chore, coz that's really what turns people
off. . Also, and this is a secret that not many people let on about:
stop counting calories and measuring yourself and weighing yourself.
. It's not about finding a magic number. . It's about changing
lifestyle habits. . And if you have the odd slice of cake, it isn't
going to kill you: it's good for the soul, and will prevent you from
feeling deprived. . It's what you do 90% of the time that counts. .
And get the kiddy winks active and into exercise from an early age.
. At the risk of sounding like a crotchety old bag, too many kids
these days get plenty of thumb exercise from Play stations these
days, and not enough spend time swinging on monkey bars and playing
. Fatmah: What do you think is the best way to let people know
about Naturopathy? . It is better that they know about it without
being subjected to the complex treatment of allopathic medicine. .
How can we motivate people about Naturopathy (offering no
side-effects and a complete life style modification)?
. Ast: Tell them. . Give lectures at community groups. . Get on
community radio. . Write articles. . I actually disagree that good
health is promised by Nat and not by Allopathy. . There are no
promises, because naturopathy requires active participation from the
client. . Doesn't matter how much they spend on herbs and
supplements if they don't change their lifestyle habits. . Also, a
good many doctors are interested in promoting healthy lifestyle
habits in their patients.
. I think what is important is to have a holistic practitioner,
and also to have a good doctor and a good naturopath who work in
tandem for the best interests of their patient. . No one school of
therapy has all the answers. . Acupuncture, homoeopathy,
naturopathy, Allopathy and all other therapies have their roles to
play. . What I believe is extremely important is for every
practitioner to know their boundaries and limitations, to know what
they can treat and what they can't, when to refer, and the right
kind of therapist to refer to. . If you get this combination right,
it is highly beneficial for all concerned: the client gets the best
care they can, and practitioners build up a network of therapists
. Fatmah: It's commonly seen (especially on the internet) that
most of the MD's call Naturopathy as the call of the wild. .
Treatments such as Aromatherapy are referred to as "Making Dollars
out of scents" and Ayurveda as "Ayurvedic mumbo-jumbo". . They also
claim that Naturopaths PRETEND that precise medical treatment is
less important than maintaining body balance. . Such criticism is
faced by Naturopaths! . Is there any way Naturopaths can criticize
Allopathic medicine? . Naturopathy, being the oldest and the most
successful method to cure people is reliable and has long term
effects. . What do you have to say about this? . A
. st: For a start, the internet, although a wonderful tool, is
hardly the gospel on all things. . I've never heard naturopathy
being called the Call of the Wild, so I can't really comment on
that. . There is a lot of mistrust, though, and it's been that way
since early in the 19th century when medicine diverged between the
mechanistic and the holistic. . Descartes has a lot to answer for!
. I don't think the answer is to criticize orthodox medicine. .
It saves a lot of lives, and no points will be gained by the
naturopathic camp to go mudslinging in dirty politics. . We are far
better to rebut specific slurs when they occur, and raise our heads
high and allow our actions to speak. . Public education is also a
more positive way to spread the naturopathic message than ridiculing
medicine. . In fact, engaging in petty dealings with Allopathy will
only give them more ammunition to cut down complementary medicine.
. Having said that, naturopathy has a reasonably high profile in
Australia, and is generally respected. . There are a few highly
conservative types who feel threatened by it, and pharmaceutical
companies get pissed off because they can't patent plants, but in
general, naturopathy is well-received. . The main debate here is
about what constitutes a suitably qualified practitioner.
. And another thing - where do we get this ongoing myth that
naturopathy is unscientific? . I have to tell you, Fatmah, I
recently wrote a 5000 word essay on Vinca minor, a herb with
properties similar to Ginkgo biloba. . I had to wade through 70
published papers from universities all over the world, replete with
data, stats and other very scientific modes of investigation to
gather the information necessary. . And this was cutting it short. .
There were over 300 studies done on this one plant and its
therapeutic applications. . And that's just the one herb.
. Fatmah: What would be your advice to the public regarding
. Ast: Try it, you might like it! . It's effective, it's gentle,
and it's safe. . Find yourself a qualified and registered
practitioner with whom you have rapport, and your life will be
. This was Ast Tiefholz, a journalist-turned-naturopath from
Australia. . I will get back with you next week with some excellent
tips on how to maintain your health in this scorching summer!!
. TIP OF THE MONTH:
. To sweeten your ice tea, don't use artificial sweeteners as
they are known to cause many problems, especially Aspartame and
Saccharin. . In general, you can use moderate amounts of sugar (less
than what you usually consume) or a bit of honey.
¡Hasta el mes próximo, el cuidado de la toma y sea sano!!
el "curativo vendrá naturalmente al cuerpo si se da qué necesita