Step 0: Do nothing (sleep, meditate, unplug the clock or the telephone).
A vital, invisible step.
Step 1: Collect information (low-tech diagnosis, reference books, support
Step 2: Engage the energy (prayer, homeopathic remedies, crying, visualizations,
ritual, aromatherapy, color, laughter).
Step 3: Nourish and tonify (herbal infusions/vinegars, love, some herbal
tinctures, life-style changes, physical activities, moxibustion).
Step 4: Stimulate/Sedate (hot/cold water, many herbal tinctures, acupuncture,
most massage, alcohol). Risk of developing dependence on step 4 remedies
is influenced by frequency
(how often), dosage (how much), and duration (how long).
Step 5a: Use supplements (synthesized/concentrated vitamins or minerals,
special foods like royal jelly or spirulina). Supple-ments are not step
3. There's always the risk with synthesized/concentrated substances
that they'll do more harm than good, e.g., the men who took fish liver
oil in capsules and had a greater mortality from heart disease (the
oil was rancid).
Step 5b: Use drugs (synthesized alkaloids, oral and injectable hormones,
high dilution homeopathics). Overdose may cause grave injury or death.
Step 6: Break and enter (fear-inspiring language, surgery, colonics,
Rolfing, psychoactive drugs, invasive "diagnostic" tests such
as mammograms and biopsies). Side effects are in-evitable and may include
permanent injury or death.
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