Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Book review: "The Four Pillars of Health" by Dr Benjamin Page D.C.

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The best monographs are not those that contain only information, but those that convey readers a philosophy, a set of integrated ideas on how to improve one's life. The book of Dr Page falls amongst those that leave a philosophical imprint on readers, transmit practical knowledge, and at the same time, awaken the curiosity to learn more about the subject.

While most books on preventive or therapeutic medicine tend to adopt radical positions in one way or another (for example, "do not consume animal proteins"), Dr. Page's book shows an uncommonly realistic balance with solid scientific basis. It is the first time I read in a book about health, not only a description of how animals are treated in industrial farms, but also how to raise animals (in this case, free-range chickens) in a healthy, natural way.

The philosophy of individual responsibility that the book transmits is coming from afar. The author is a descendant of chiropractors. His grandfather was already a practitioner, and the book tells us how his desire to heal and help other people has been transmitted from generation to generation within the family.

The book provides practical advice gathered first-hand. When the author is describing how to organise a farm, he explains in detail the importance of dividing the area of ​​cultivation into five zones, planting herbs and vegetables near the house because those plants require frequent attention. It is obvious that the author has managed a farm itself, and that he knows what he is talking about.

The ideas presented in the book are rooted in a spirit of personal independence and self-sufficiency in the maintenance of one's health and well-being. It is a spirit that the author developed in his student days, and that he is now conveying convincingly, giving hands-on advice.

When Dr Page is writing that, in his daily life, he tries to go on foot whenever he can instead of using his car or public transportation, he is preaching with example. The same thing happens when he is telling us about his morning routine that includes a period of meditation, and drinking a herbal infusion. These are examples that every reader can immediately follow.

Another part of the book that is also providing immediately applicable advice is the chapter on sleep, and on the impact that daily rest has on one's health. Chiropractors are specialists in the nervous system, and they know how to handle psycho-somatic conditions. They know precisely what we have to do in order to improve our sleeping habits.

The book chapters that are dealing with a bad bodily posture (a sign of incipient or present disease) and a bad spiritual posture (what we say to ourselves when we are incorrectly interpreting reality) are providing readers with the necessary guidelines to address those problems, although making it clear that, in severe cases, the help of a specialist is necessary.

While the book begins by graphically describing the life of a sick person (tired, overwhelmed, disoriented), it ends up in an optimistic tone by talking about positive stress (eu-stress), and how it differs from detrimental stress. Dr Page is emphasising the importance of a positive internal dialogue as a basis for a healthy, happy and balanced life. A very interesting book for anyone who wants to take a step forward in his health and well-being.

Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com

Image: cover of the book "The Four Pillars of Health" by Dr Benjamin Page D.C.

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