Micro-dilutions of natural substances that stimulate and strengthen the body's own healing ability. Dr. Dave interned with master homeopaths in California and Seattle and has practiced Classical Homeopathy for 30 years.
Botanical medicines have been used since the dawn of man, and before that by animals, to relieve suffering and disease. Most pharmaceuticals were derived from plants. The whole plant, like the whole food is better suited to work with our system. The herbal medicine is not only something that you take from a bottle, but a living experience in which you participate.
"Let your food be your medicine" and let it be delicious. Dr. Dave is a gourmet natural foods chef. At naturopathic school it was hard to get him out of the kitchen. "I could get the notes later, but the cookies were just coming out of the oven." In his teens Dr. Dave worked as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant. After naturopathic school he started a whole foods restaurant and also a juice bar. In keeping with our practical approach to natural health, we emphasize easy strategize to eating well. ("If it's not easy, you're not going to do it.") This we call our 15 Minute Gourmet or One Pot Cuisine. We want you to take home with you the healthy changes learned at Bald Mountain Retreat.
The skin is an organ of elimination. Therapeutic sweating speeds detoxification of your body, promoting health of mental and physical physiology. Hydrotherapy, whether a cold plunge after a sauna or a morning dip in a pond or a cold rinse at the end of your shower rejuvenates your health.
Live food is the basis of nature cure. Enzymes and nutrients in uncooked ("sprouted") food heal disease. Started early enough, diet can cure anything.
Modified fasting, giving up certain foods or classes of foods for a period of time is an effective way of allowing the body to achieve a better balance. A more complete juice fast is a powerful way to interrupt the body's negative metabolic rut, allowing a healthier homeostasis.
Even light exercise can deliver profound results. Easy, non-strenuous exercise, that is actually fun and easily incorporated into your routine, performed for less time than you'd imagine improves your health. You don't have to pound along by the side of the road, or drive 20 minutes each way across town to the gym to benefit. (Not that there's anything wrong with getting vigorous or going to the gym.)
Yoga is not just the postures (asanas), but the movement between the postures. Yoga is not just the session, but how you live between the sessions. Simple stretches or challenging poses, Dr David gets you into new positions.
Super foods make up for the mineral depletion of our soils. Food delivers nutrients many times better than vitamin/mineral pills. For example, because the machine breaks down the cell wall better than you do, 1 juiced carrot equals 20 chewed carrots. So when you drink a glass of carrot juice made from 7 carrots you are getting 140 carrots worth of nutrition. That's a disease-curing, health-restoring super food. Certain green powder super foods available in a jar at your local health-food store (or online) are excellent.
Stop trying to heal your psychology, to fix your problems, to overcome your deficiencies. Stop fighting with your negativity. Opposition doesn't work. You can't win. Stop acting like you're in control, like you're the boss. Cooperation, not dominance, is the answer. Adopt a compassionate, creative attitude to your negative experiences and those experiences turn from stumbling blocks into stepping-stones. "You find, paradoxically, that what you've been running away from is the source of your authentic being," James Hillman. The solution to your problem is right in front of you.
Read more at The Poetry of Disease.
Weight Loss Programs-
Feeding is governed by the most primitive part of the brain, the bulbous expansion of the spinal cord within the skull, the brainstem. The brainstem controls the "Four Fs," feeding, fighting, fleeing and mating. Each of these activities tend towards a highly focused state. In this trance-like, quasi-meditative state of unified attention we perform without distraction or worries; we know we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. This clarity of purpose explains the attraction of horror movies ("fight or flight" response) and the seduction of food. Kabbalah exhorts us to elevate the lower brain functions to higher centers, to bring the light of consciousness to the "Four Fs": fight for a just cause; do not flee from phantoms; love with your heart and head, not just your lust; eat consciously. Break the trance. Modify your habits. Drop the fork. Re-pattern. Re-establish a new basis. Develop a better relationship with hunger. Find your clarity of purpose somewhere other than at the table.
General Principles for Daily Living.
Peace of Mind