Virgil, a poet of the Roman Empire, said, "Health is the greatest wealth." As a child I was told that when my paternal grandmother was dying of cancer she said, "When you have your health, you have everything." When you are healthy, you are more able to enjoy life, be productive, and love and be loved. The goal of this website is to help you achieve true health and make the most of your life.

The percentage of Americans who are truly healthy has declined over the last several decades. A Mayo Clinic study reported that 7 out of 10 Americans currently take at least one prescription drug. The number of people taking prescription drugs was 48 percent in 2007-2008, up from 44 percent in 1999-2000. Twenty percent of Americans are on five or more prescription drugs. [1]

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that even children have rising rates of chronic illness. The incidence of asthma in children is up to 9%, almost double the incidence of the 1980s. The health of American children is, in many ways, getting worse rather than better. [2]

The incidence of cancer of many kinds and at all ages is rising. Some of this is due to longevity, but there are increases in cancer incidence even in young people. [3] Currently, 42% of Americans have had a diagnosis of cancer.

There are times when conventional medical treatment is the wisest choice, such as after a major accident or for life-saving surgery. However, for most chronic illness the medical system manages rather than even attempts to cure disease. We are expected to keep paying exorbitant sums to refill prescriptions month after month for the rest of our lives yet never really feel good, healthy or even normal.

This website and the book Healing Basics offer alternatives to use with conventional treatment or alone. They provide well-documented information demonstrating that a better way to improve health often is naturally by improving lifestyle and diet. Helpful lifestyle changes include avoiding exposure to toxic substances, moderate exercise, correct breathing, and pursuing peace.

The best help for health problems is often found in the kitchen. After I was diagnosed with cancer, I was determined to do everything I could to optimize my chance for a good outcome. I discovered much useful advice in the Weston Price Foundation book Nourishing Traditions. Their principles for returning to dietary basics are very wise; unfortunately many of us with food allergies or gluten-intolerance cannot eat the ever-present favored foods that are included in many of their recipes. Therefore, I have adapted their principles to be friendly for people following food allergy or gluten-free diets and have done the same with advice from other sources. The recipes in Healing Basics focus on easy digestibility and maximum nutrition, as well as fitting requirements of the special diets discussed on this website and in the book.

I also learned that diet and lifestyle changes that are good for cancer are also good for heart disease, diabetes, allergies and other chronic illnesses as well as being ideal for hunger-free weight loss. The discovery of this broader perspective is the impetus behind this website and book. Almost everyone can improve their health using the principles in this book. If your health is good, read and apply these principles to help prevent future problems.

Keep in mind that the information presented on this website is my opinion based on my personal experiences. (However, documented information from medical studies is also given here). I am not a doctor. Consult your health care provider to determine what is right for you to do.

My hopes are that by improving your nutritional and lifestyle practices you will be able to optimize your health and prevent future health problems and that we will all enjoy the sunrise of good health.