Rani Joseph Cherian – Author
Covid 2020 lock down days showcased the author in Rani Joseph Cherian (Ranjo). Her passion for writing drove her in publishing several books. She watched doctors and their treatments in various medical systems and learned about nutritional and environmental medicine. Her recovery from multiple fractures with integrated medical treatments inspired her research articles, journals, books and various blog posts of doctors, scientists, nutritionists and dietitians on alternative medicines. Her conviction in integrated medical treatments directed her in writing the book ‘A wellness food guide for your Holistic Health’.
Professor Dr. Ian Brighthope, Australia
Founder President, Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM); Practitioner, Nutritional Medicine; Research and Development of Innovative Therapies; Managing Director, Manufacturing and exporting Industry, Au.
‘A Wellness Food Guide for Your Holistic Health’
The greatest medical problems of this time are the increasing incidence of preventable killer diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and mental illness amongst many others. These diseases are clearly related to lifestyle and the maintenance of health. The problem is we are all relying on the doctor and medical profession to treat and cure our illnesses and disease. This is a fallacy. Also, science promised us relief from the devastation of killer infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses with the advent of antibiotics and vaccines. It is evident now that these promises have been unfulfilled as we witness the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of deadly bacteria and the Covid-19 pandemic. There were no effective preventative vaccines to prevent the deadly pandemic and at this point in time, only partially effective vaccines that don’t prevent infection or its spread, only reduce the severity of the infection. Scientific and medical hubris are a significant problem worldwide and stand in the way of powerful, effective preventative measures that the individual can take to prevent degenerative disease and infection.
In ‘A Wellness Food Guide for Your Holistic Health’, Rani takes us on a learning journey experienced by a family who, like many families, was uninformed as to the power of nutrients in preventing and treating illness and severe diseases. It starts with the devastating effects of a member of the family with cancer and the many lessons learned, taking two generations of this family with open minds to an endpoint where a union of western medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, nutritional and environmental medicine combined together as the most powerful union for the best of health. These modalities properly practiced in the context of lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and meditation ensure the individual has all the energies and cellular building blocks to maximize the expression of their genetic inheritance. Additionally, this provides the best conditions for optimising the repair of damaged cells, tissues and organs such as the heart, liver, brain and kidney etc. and creating a microenvironment in the body for true healing, a concept and practice that is missing in orthodox medicine.
Early in the book the father said to his son “You being a doctor must give awareness to people on the importance of health and give them your Dad’s example. Only now I understand the meaning of the saying, “‘Health is wealth’. As long as we have it we never value it, but realize the value only when we lose it.”
“Anyway, now we’ve to face the present situation. For the timing, don’t tell the seriousness of my illness to your Mom. Let her live in hope for some more time.”
I truly hope that after this book is read by millions, this emotive conversation fades into historical distance for most of the world’s people. It may seem a stretch of the imagination to suggest such a change in the understanding of real health, but it didn’t take long to create global fear in the face of the Covid19 pandemic. The question should be asked, can an approach taken by one family in becoming informed and practicing the best of health be applied worldwide? I believe it can if we and our leaders have the political will. However, this means those with vested interests in disease must be put to the side and excluded from health policy decision making. Whilst they will remain important from the medical perspective, their influence in preventing real health care should be eliminated.
One of the most powerful nutrients for both prevention and treatment, when the diet and all other nutrients are reasonably good, is vitamin C. There is one treatment which should be given to every patient with cancer, autoimmune diseases and severe infections such as influenza, sepsis and Covid-19 and that is high dose intravenous vitamin C. The amazing and outstanding results from the use of this nutrient often come as a shock to doctors who have seen it bring patients quickly back from the brink of death. The family in Rani’s book experienced this ‘miracle’ vitamin. It should be used at the time of first diagnosis rather than wait until the patient is very sick. Vitamin C is known to inactivate viruses, stimulate the immune system, reduce toxicity of drugs and chemotherapy and reduce cancer cells.
The informed public in the west are rapidly becoming mindful consumers of complete foods, complementary natural medicines and safe health practices. These safe and effective options are being introduced to their medical careers, which is contributing to awareness among all health professionals of the potential power of natural health care, NATURE. Grassroots organizations will inevitably bring about the necessary changes to medical systems that will ensure sustainability in Health. Education of all aspects of health also needs reform, and a book like this takes information to a significant personal level. It should be read by all health care professionals.
However, despite our best efforts in the field of complementary natural medicine, current health practice in the west still focuses on the treatment of disease as opposed to the prevention of disease and optimization of health.
The ‘drug and disease’ paradigm is costly, not only in monetary terms but also the human toll of pain and suffering, iatrogenic (doctor caused) death and the impact on productivity and quality of life. Despite an increasing awareness of the importance of lifestyle factors and prevention, mainstream medical professionals are trained to think and act in terms of disease and its pharmacological end points and interventions. The wakening of Rani’s family in other ways, the exposure of their doctor son to the miracles of vitamin C, are the changes at the individual level that drive systematic changes.
To date prevention has largely been something of a secondary consideration in most medical schools and practices, and true health optimization in this context is still in the minority. Whilst governments have made investments in prevention a priority, the key emphasis of prevention has been the drive to reduce preventable death and disease by addressing the risk factors of tobacco use and the harmful consumption of alcohol. This is clearly inadequate when nutritional factors play a role and are frequently a primary cause, in nearly all medical conditions. Nevertheless, to ensure natural health care plays a major role in health optimization, government health policies must be inclusive of natural healthcare services and products. What this means is that our governments, in India as well as the west, need to embrace a ‘Healthy Model’ approach to health, encouraging people to seek natural healthcare products and services. The ‘Healthy Model’ of health requires that people are given the necessary tools and encouragement to maximize their health, such as those in this book. Some of the keys to achieving Super Health are the judicious use of foods, nutrition and nutritional supplements, regular physical exercise, the avoidance of pollutants (chemical, electromagnetic, biological) and the practice of positive mindfulness through simple techniques such as meditation. Studies have shown that expanding the use of natural health care and complementary medicines could save many billions of dollars a year in direct healthcare costs, whilst maintaining consistency in patient outcomes.
The long-term benefits of the methods in this book are profound. Better informed choices for individual self-care will be an absolute necessity for sustainable health care systems to be successful. Governments should also look more closely at what implications this might have in the context of national health reform. Hospital admissions and adverse drug events can be reduced significantly and billions of dollars could be wiped off the total illness care expenditure. These savings could be used to promote better nutrition, physical fitness and the application of safe and effective natural therapies and lifting the poor out of poverty.
Governments must incentivize individuals to achieve their optimal health and fitness. The rapidly changing attitudes among the general populace worldwide also necessitate a change of training and attitudes among the orthodox medical establishment. In the words of the American author, Spokesperson and activist for healthcare reform, Dr. Andrew Weil, “It’s just astonishing that something (nutrition) that is so central to health is given such short shrift.”
As long as this attitude prevails in medicine, the adoption of a true ‘wellness model’ of healthcare in our society would seem much less likely. Fortunately there are many GPs and academics who are now becoming open to the use of nutrients in diet, nutritional supplements and dietary modification as viable options and even alternatives to pharmacological interventions.
Certainly there will always be a degree of ambivalence, stubbornness, even hostility from the biomedical diehards and the academic power brokers, but eventually the system will change to be in accord with the robust published evidence. As you will see in this book, there is a rational and scientific evidence base to reinforce the use of nutrition including supplements, herbs and spices in the management of every patient with every disease, including physical and mental illnesses and trauma. Research in the field of nutritional medicine is growing at a phenomenal rate, and now that the human genome has been unraveled, the science supporting it is more impressive than ever. Serious, considered, moderate and continuing long-term reform is needed at every level of all health care systems, including the World Health Organisation; governments, policy makers, universities, medical schools, post- graduate colleges and the professions. Resistance to change will be high as it always has been to evolution, change and competing advances. This is not caused by ignorance or prejudice but the irrational fear of loss. Loss of power, of income, of self-worth and position in society. To achieve sustainability, our current disease oriented health system requires gentle, persuasive, firm and strategic reform. Failure to reform is not an option; as this excellent informative book delightfully illustrates.
“Prevention is better than cure,” is well depicted in this book. This book will give you some insights for lifestyle modification and dietary changes. While reading and sticking on till the end, will create in you a desire for gaining and maintaining good health and wellness for yourself and your dear ones.
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