(From Dr. Andrew Saul's www.DoctorYourself.com and elsewhere

  • "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.  This especially includes your health care." -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "For a Native American, a healing is a spiritual journey. As most people intuitively grasp (except maybe doctors, who are trained to disbelieve the idea) what happens to the body reflects what is happening in the mind and spirit. People can get well. But, before a patient can do so, he or she must undergo a transformation --of lifestyle, emotions, and spirit-- besides making the necessary shift in the physical body."   Coyote Medicine, by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.

  • "...One Apache Shaman I revered told me, "I'm about as powerful as a dead chicken. At first I thought he was joking or being modest; than I began to see why he was slow to take credit for a healing. "The patient must do 70% of the work of getting well", "he said. The Creator does 20%, and I do 10, which is barely worth mentioning." Most of what a patient can do to get well, he told me, is to make a firm decision to bewell. This is where the medicine person steps in, taking seriously a vision as healthy, when no one else can or does. He or she creates a shared story of a mutual spiritual quest." "   Coyote Medicine, by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.

  • "Don't bother looking in the history books for what has slaughtered the most Americans.  Look instead at your dinner table.  There's an old saying:  "One fourth of what you eat keeps you alive.  The other three-fourths keep your doctor alive."  We eat too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things.  Scientific research continually indicates nationwide vitamin and mineral deficiencies in our country.  We spend over one million million dollars (one trillion) each year on disease care in America.  Is it any surprise that doctors consistently place among the very highest incomes?" -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases."  Plato

  • "Nearly two-thirds of a million men died in the Civil War.  All other U.S. wars put together add about another two-thirds of a million soldiers killed.  That means that about 1,300,000 Americans have died, totally, in all the wars in U.S. history.  That is a lot of deaths."-- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "It's supposed to be a secret, but I'll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within."  Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

  • "Natural healing is not about avoiding doctors. It is about not needing to go to doctors. A dentist is not upset if you are cavity-free. A doctor should not be upset if you are healthy."  -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "The idea is to be well. The first step is wanting to be. The old Chinese saying is "When you are sick of sickness, you are no longer sick." The second step is to do something to improve your health. Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own wellness. I think we should leave no stone unturned in our search for better health. I also believe that you get out of your body what you put into it. Your body will respond to your efforts to improve your health. The time to start is right now. Another old saying: "If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, then who?".."  -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "Today, right now, we lose more than that number of Americans each year because of cancer and heart disease. So always remember that disease is the real enemy."  -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "About 10 million soldiers were killed in World War I, charging machine guns and getting mowed down month after month. There were nearly a million casualties at the Somme and another million at Verdun. A terrible slaughter went on for four years. Yet, in just the two years following the war, over 20 million people died from influenza. That is more than twice as many deaths from the flu in one-half the time it took the machine guns."  -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "During the American Civil War, three times as many soldiers died from disease as from battle. Today, alcohol and tobacco kill nearly as many Americans in one year as the entire Civil War did in four."  -- Dr. Andrew Saul

  • "if we doctors threw all our medicines into the sea, it would be that much better for our patients and that much worse for the fishes."  Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D.

  • Be careful in reading health books. You may die of a misprint. Mark Twain

  • How can I get thinner? Give up lunch and dinner. Alan Sherman

  • Joy, temperance and repose 
    Slam the door on the doctor's nose. Longfellow 

  •  Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.   Hippocrates 

  • In your one human lifetime: 
    Your eyes will blink 450 million times, you will breathe 650 million times, you will grow 1,000 layers of skin, your nails will grow 7 feet, you will lose 70 miles of hair from your head...  And your heart will beat 2,500,000,000 times!

  • If you rub your forearm briskly for a few seconds, 300,000 skin cells will come off of it. By age 70, you will shed 105 pounds of skin. 

  • Your bones are 50% water. 

  • IN ONE DAY: a person doing light work sweats three quarts of water... and a baby cries an average of 133 minutes. (Thanks to Science Kit / Boreal Labs)

  • By the time you are 88 years old,  you "have consumed 300 tons of food, air and water." R. Buckminster  Fuller 

  • One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. 
    The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.  (Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.) 

  • What is a weed? 
    A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.  Emerson 

  • Americans'  wastefulness imperils their future.  Our resources are fast giving out, and the next problem will be to make them last.  Austin Bierbower  April, 1907 

  • Every week, Americans throw out about 420 million pounds of food.  ("Bizzaro Facts," WOKR News, December, 1996)

  • There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.  David Hume 

  • There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.  Mahatma Gandhi 

  • If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. 

  • Of several remedies, the physician should choose the least sensational. Hippocrates 

  • The work of the doctor will, in the future, be ever more that of an educator, and ever less that of a man who treats ailments.  Lord Horder 

  • If you really want to help this world, what you will have to teach is how to live in it.  Joseph Campbell 
  • When all the land is destroyed, 
    and all the fish are dead, 
    then will the white man learn 
    that he can't eat money. 
    (Native American saying )

  • The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it. 

  • In the US, 100,000 cattle are slaughtered every day. 
    Source: ABC-TV PRIMETIME LIVE, Thursday, April  30,  1992 

  • The germ is nothing; the soil is everything.   Louis Pasteur 

  • Not only is example the best way to teach, it is the only way.  Albert Schweitzer, M.D. 

  • There is a principle which is a bar against all information, 
    which is proof against all argument,
    and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance. 
    That principle is condemnation without investigation.
    Herbert Spencer 

  • Doctors give drugs of which they know little, 
    into bodies, of which they know less, 
    for diseases of which they know nothing at all. 

  • Never, no never does Nature say one thing and wisdom another.    Frederick von Schuller

  • What ails the physician that he dies of the disease 
    That he would have cured in time gone by? 
    There died alike he who administered the drug and he who took it, 
    And he who imported and sold the drug, and he who bought it. 
    (Verses upon the death in Baghdad of the physician Yuhanna ibn Masawayh in the year 857). 

  • The carpenter desires timber, the physician disease. Rig Veda IX. 7.9)

  • Hunger is not the cause of death, for deaths approach the man who has eaten. (Rig Veda X. 10.5)

  • I find medicine is the best of all trades because whether you do any good or not you still get your money.  (Moliere: "A Physician in Spite of Himself," 1664)

  • Commercial beer wastes a lot of water in its production. Home brew beer or mini-breweries use a lot less water in their production and hence more eco-friendly.

    To make a barrel of commercial beer requires 1,249 gallons of water. This makes 31 gallons of beer. Or, 258 twelve ounce bottles of beer to each beer barrel. Or, every twelve oz bottle uses 4.84 gallons water/bottle.

  • "For every inch you gain in girth, the body grows approximately four miles of blood vessels to nourish the extra tissues. Blood which would normally be sent to the head and brain remains in the abdominal cavity, aiding the digestive organs with thier increased work load. " --Dr. Stephen Chang, "Complete System of Self Healing Internal Exercises."

  • Creation And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetable of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?" And Man said, "Supersize them." And Man gained pounds. And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair. And Satan brought forth chocolate. And woman gained pounds. And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad." And Satan brought forth ice cream. And woman gained pounds. And God said, "I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them." And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof. And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds. And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained pounds. And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil." And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest. And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery. And Satan created HMO's