Wouldn’t it be nice if every time your car broke down, it would fix itself?
This sounds like a fantasy, however, this is just what your beautiful body can do! When you have a cut, the blood washes the dirt out and seals the wound, the skin begins to grow faster and within a matter of days you cannot find a trace of injury. If you ingest poison, your body will create diarrhea or vomiting to purge the unwanted substance as soon as possible. In the case of any injury, our body knows exactly to repair itself in the most efficient way.
Every living thing is dedicated to survival, to prolonging its life to the maximum. Each organism will do its best to adjust to any change in the environment in order to survive. This miracle is called the universal law of vital adjustment. This law has always existed and it always will. We can see as many proofs of this law as we want, in every blade of grass striving through the concrete, in every rabbit changing the color of its fur with the seasons, and in every human being surviving in today’s challenging and constantly changing world. It continues to amaze me how this universal law of adjustment applies to every one of us in many ways. When we understand this important law, we lose the fear that for some mysterious reason, our bodies could become ill and could kill us. Our bodies are dedicated to our survival, not our death. The disease-like conditions that our bodies create, such as coughing, sneezing, fever, pain of different kinds, high blood pressure, etc. are nothing but the body’s effort to survive. Ironically, when the body heals after taking pills, it most likely heals not because of, but in spite of the medicine. I feel sad that such a great misunderstanding exists even among many health professionals. I wish science would do more research on how to help the body heal itself instead of treating the symptoms. By suppressing symptoms, we counteract the wise efforts of the intelligent human body.
According to the law of vital adjustment, our bodies adjust to the changes in our environment, including the harmful changes, such as pollution, radiation, noise, lack of sunlight, etc. Similarly, the body adjusts to the consumption of harmful substances. It develops a new pattern that is actually the best way of coping with the situation. This pattern can quickly become a habit. That doesn’t mean that your super-intelligent body is craving harmful substances, but that it has adjusted to the poison. Unfortunately, our poor bodies have been forced to adjust to so many thousands of harmful circumstances, that they can scarcely distinguish the healthy from the harmful. I find it amazing, even amusing that the human body continues to survive in spite of so many damaging factors, like smoking, taking drugs, overeating harmful foods saturated with chemicals, spending lifetimes indoors without fresh air or sunlight, nearly motionless, surrounded by high voltage electromagnetic fields and radiation, breathing in all kinds of pollution, showering with fluoridated and chlorinated water, experiencing constant stress, etc; and on top of that we adopt numerous smaller ills that seem so innocent, like wearing high heels and makeup, sleeping in soft beds, wearing dark glasses, drinking coffee, eating candy and many more. It took many years for me to discover that many habits I was lovingly taught to acquire for myself, were actually harmful. In fact, I have changed so many commonly accepted habits that I don’t even want to risk putting them into this article. Yet those changes have made my body healthier and my life more joyous.
There is so much confusion in our lives today that we pay top money for workshops and seminars to learn how to do the simplest things that every animal knows naturally. The most popular classes today are not “Is there Life on Mars?” or “How to Become a Millionaire” but those that teach the most fundamental behaviors, like how to eat, how to sleep, how to run properly, how to relax, how to stand straight, how to sit correctly, how to see without glasses, how to exercise, how to spontaneously express emotions, how much water to drink, how to breathe, even how to go to the bathroom. There was a time that we knew all these things naturally. I try to imagine what a natural human being looks like and I cannot.
Every one of us is living with thousands of adjustments that our body has succumbed to in order for us to survive. We pay for each one of them with our health and life span. The way to better health lies in the unburdening of our organisms from having to adjust. However small, every effort towards natural living makes a difference. For example, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, sleeping with an open window at night, wearing clothes made from natural fibers, drinking pure water, exercising, getting sunlight regularly, not suppressing sneezing, yawning and stretching, reducing stress, turning off electrical devices when not using them to rest from harmful electric fields, reducing use of soap and chemicals, buying organic produce, and thousands more, including giving your microwave to your enemy.
However, never introduce new changes into your lifestyle just because some authority recommended it. Always observe the reactions your body has to those changes. If you feel better, continue. For example, I used to have a habit of eating before bedtime. When I tried to eat just two hours earlier, I immediately began to sleep more soundly. My body showed me that this was a good change, and I adopted this new habit. I realize that these little changes add a great deal of health and enjoyment to my life.
Sometimes our body has adjusted to harmful habits so deeply, that it takes longer periods of time for the health benefits to surface. For example, I used to like to sleep on a soft mattress. Once, I read an article describing how healthy it is to sleep on a hard surface. I tried sleeping on the floor, but had such an achy back the next morning, that I immediately quit. Many years later, I went hiking in the Cascadian Mountains and slept on the ground for one month. In the beginning, I had an achy back for a week. Then my sleep became so sweet, as never before in all my life. Since then I have always slept on a hard surface simply because soft beds make my back achy.
I encourage you to follow your own intuition, your own feeling, and your own experience. I do not want you to do anything because I, or somebody else who is considered an expert, say so. We are each unique individuals with different body needs. We need to be our own best expert.
Let’s do an experiment. If you went to an organic fruit stand right now and picked out one fruit, what would it be? A pear, apple, orange, fig, papaya, banana, grape, avocado, mango or cherry? Is everyone reading this article picking the same fruit? Probably not. We are all individuals. Your body knows what you need. Whatever fruit you choose, that is what your body is ordering from you today. Your job is to get your organism what it needs. Tomorrow your body may want the same fruit or something new. Let your body lead.
Let’s imagine that a piece of dust is falling into your right eye. Which eye will blink? Your right eye, of course. Your left eye won’t blink by mistake, because your body never makes mistakes. We have been created perfectly. When we underestimate the wisdom of nature, and stop listening to the messages our bodies give us, we get into trouble. For example, what is the standard response to fever in our culture? Aspirin. I trust that if my body has created a fever, than I need a fever. When the body creates diarrhea, then I’m glad to be saving money on a colonic irrigation. As I write these lines, I become fascinated with the fact that I used to have these, and other symptoms regularly, but since I adopted a more natural lifestyle, I haven’t been sick for many years now. Taking medication to stop fever, diarrhea, or other symptoms would work against the wisdom of the body. Our body never makes mistakes. If we listen carefully to our bodies, we can all know what we need to do to feel better.
I would like to share with you a story that illustrates how I first began to listen to my body. Ten years ago, when my family had only been on raw food for two months, my children began craving different fruits. Sergei asked for mangoes and blueberries and Valya asked for olives, grapefruits and figs. If I gave Sergei a mango, he would eat it right away and immediately want another. Once, I bought him a whole flat of mangoes thinking that would last him a week. He sat down and ate the entire flat in one day, peals and all. He then said, “I wish there were more mangoes!” The same thing happened with blueberries. I bought him a two-pound bag of blueberries and he ate it in one sitting. Valya liked figs. She’d ask for fresh figs, dry figs, black figs or green figs. She could never have enough figs; she also liked eating olives and grapefruits.
That summer, we visited Dr. Bernard Jenson, a world famous clinical nutritionist. I asked Dr. Jensen what Sergei needed to eat to help him recover from diabetes. Dr. Jensen looked in his books and told me that the best thing for Sergei to eat would be more mangoes and blueberries. I was shocked. I then asked him what Valya needed to eat to help her asthma. He said, “figs, olives, and grapefruits.” I couldn’t believe his words. I said, “that’s exactly what my children have been asking for!” Dr. Jensen then asked me what my cravings were. I told him that I didn’t know because I always ate what was on sale.
Dr. Jensen helped me to understand that our bodies naturally crave foods that aid healing. My children’s bodies communicated with them sooner than did my poor confused adult body. My husband and I started to pay more attention to what our bodies were telling us, and within several weeks, we became aware of our own cravings.
Today, everyone in my family eats slightly differently. I know that when we develop an appetite for certain healthy things, (not coffee and doughnuts) it is our body asking for particular nutrients. The human body is more beautiful and wise than we can comprehend. Just remember, your body never makes mistakes.