The Secrets of How to Feel Twenty Years Younger in 90 Days or Less!
by Dr. Pete Hilgartner
Hilgartner Chiropractic Clinic (e-book)
When you take your canary into the coal mine and the canary dies, you know, unless you are already suffering from severe cerebral necrosis, that it is time to leave. Dr. Hilgartner starts off by examining the canary indicators for general health in America today. It’s clear that the canaries are dead. If you don’t want to be next, this book has some good ideas to consider.
One of the first is to learn from President George Washington’s final illness. Subjecting yourself to the most influential medical experts of the day can be worse than doing nothing. Washington was suffering from acute laryngitis (which he probably could have survived by doing nothing) when he consulted with the best medical professionals available at the time who essentially bled him to death.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get help when you need it. Dr. Hilgartner himself suffered from Gulf War Syndrome, severe disc herniation, and degenerative joint disease. While he opted out of the recommended surgery, he did get help from alternative health professionals. It took some time but he recovered from all of his conditions and even claimed to be able to do things at age forty-four that he had been forced to give up at age twenty-four. After this introduction, he tells us what he has learned from his illness and from his chiropractic education.
Hilgartner identifies the three main causes of disease as physical, chemical, and emotional stressors. He also identifies what is not a cause of disease or death, in particular, old age. When we say someone died of old age what we’re really saying is we don’t know why he died.
Perhaps there are rare exceptions but typically genes are not a cause of disease either. There are many cases of identical twins in their later years in which one twin looks ten years younger than the other. Since both twins have duplicates of the same genes it’s difficult to blame bad genes for the poor health of one twin.
A fascinating study was done which shows that human beings are more than just physical and chemical components. Cells from different organs of the same person were placed in different Petri dishes, fed, and kept healthy. When cells in one dish were stimulated, not only did they respond, but so did the cells from the same person in all the other dishes. Cells from other persons did not respond, only cells from the same person. This energy goes by many different names but has been experimentally proven to exist.
As a chiropractor Dr. Hilgartner naturally focuses on the importance of skeletal structure but also covers other important factors needed for good health, primarily nutrition. Dr. Hilgartner points to the first sixty pages of Nourishing Traditions as a good starting place. He also warns against processed, pasteurized foods, artificial sweeteners, and chemical supplements masquerading as vitamins. Other lifestyle considerations for good health include proper sleep, exercise, leisure time and a positive attitude.
I don’t know if you will feel twenty years younger after following all the advice in this book but you can’t go wrong in the process. The engineering side of me was hoping for schematics for a time-travel machine but I will have to keep looking. This thumbs-up book has a lot of good advice on how to avoid becoming the next dead canary.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2011.