This past Saturday, the LHHC once again partnered with the Lionville Natural Pharmacy to celebrate their 33rd year in business.
While noshing on wraps provided by Ron's Original, and fruit salad, participants took in the wealth of information by three wonderful and knowledgeable speakers: Phillip Getson, D.O. of TDI, Robert Butera, PhD. of YogaLife Institute, and Sarto Schickel.
Dr. Getson gave us a primer in thermography - a diagnostic technology that detects changes in the physiology which could indicate a potential problem (like cancer), before it becomes detectable in the anatomy (through x-rays or mammograms).
Bob Butera presented a synopsis of his book, "Meditation for Your Life", outlining the six main styles of meditation, and how to choose the one most appropriate for your personality.
And Sarto returned to speak about his book, "Cancer Healing Odyssey" which documents his wife's full recovery from stage IV ovarian cancer, through conventional medicine, diet, detox and cultivating a peaceful spirit.
The subject matter was different for each presentation, but the core message echoed throughout the day: healing really does begin from within, and making (seemingly) simple lifestyle changes in terms of diet, attitude, physical activity and stress levels can have profound, even lifesaving, effects.
I know, preaching to the choir, right?
But there was something much more poignant about seeing thermography images and xrays, and viewing documentation showing what happens in a body before and after trading in a diet of processed food for organic. Something that hit home when we were guided in conscious breathing exercises.
Even though we keep hearing this same message, the same recommendations, most of us still have a ways to go to really get that.
The food we eat, the air we breathe (or neglect to breathe), the demanding lifestyles we lead are not in alignment with how our bodies actually function. It seems obvious that we would suffer as a result, and therefore making changes on those levels could only be a benefit.
Doctors and allopathic medicine can only do so much. Even holistic therapies can only do so much, from the outside in.
It's up to the individual to bring forth what is within themselves - to choose to live in harmony with the natural order as much as possible.