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17 Tips for Achieving Genuine Health

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

August 2nd, 2012  |  19 Comments

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(Or, how I found mine after years of illness) 

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As a busy homeopath and mother, I understand how precious of a commodity time is for all of us.   After detours, mistakes, and years of searching for the healthiest ways of living, I’ve distilled my research and time-tested tips to a simple seventeen. Here are my top all-time favorites.

1)      Stay calm. The world is not as scary a place as the media and other self-serving entities might lead us to believe. When I am anxious or worried I repeat a passage from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”  To know that God is protecting all of us, gives me inner peace.  No matter who you believe God to be, pray or meditate daily. If you’re Catholic, say your rosary. If you’re Protestant, read your Bible. If you’re Jewish, study your teachings. Don’t miss out on the importance of faith.

2)     Don’t watch TV or spend unproductive time on the internet. After working in the field of media, I learned that it is not in your best interest to be subjected to most forms of media as a steady diet. Protect your children from the barrage as well.

3)     Eat like your great-grandparents did. Eat whole, real, and unprocessed foods. Make your meals yourself from single, basic ingredients. It takes longer, but the rewards are worth the effort. There is something therapeutic about chopping fresh vegetables and creating soup from homemade bone stock. And you’ll earn a reputation as a good cook!

4)     Learn enough homeopathy to be able to treat yourself and your family for life’s little unknowns. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know. Homeopathy is timeless and enduring. At the very least, find yourself a credentialed, experienced homeopath and use his/her services liberally.

5)     Stay away from conventional medications as much as possible. Most meds are dangerous and at best superfluous. Every dubious drug has a healthy counterpart either in homeopathy, in food,  or in an herb (My CD “Homeopathy First Aid: Perform in the Storm” is available on my website).  Learn the safe alternatives and use them with confidence.  Save the use of modern drugs for life-threatening situations only.

6)     Get fresh air and direct sunshine at least 30 minutes daily. Throw out the sunscreen. Have you read the ingredients? Sun screen inhibits your body’s natural mechanism to make Vitamin D and is loaded with chemicals not meant to be slathered on the skin. Instead, if needed, protect your skin the old-fashioned way: a hat, cover-up, and common sense.

7)     Get some exercise. I realize how trite this statement sounds, but after years of resisting exercise myself because of time constraints, I’ve come to learn that I’m more productive and happier when I work out. Even a short walk is good enough.

8)    If possible, keep a garden and animals. A flower or vegetable garden can be a sight for emotionally sore eyes.  A pet can bring a smile to your face. They keep us closer to what is important in life: simple pleasures.

100 364619)  Protect your family and the integrity of the family in our society. That means your marriage and the marriages of those around you. A unified family is the basis of a healthy, prosperous and creative society.

10)  Keep your exposure to electromagnetic fields to a minimum. Use the speaker function on your cell phone instead of holding it up to your ear.

11)  Expose yourself and family to the intelligent, creative, and lofty influences of our society. By listening to classical music, reading fine literature, viewing fine art, we are inspired to greatness ourselves. Then emulate and study those who have led successful and creative lives: Mother Teresa, Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Churchill, and Beethoven.

12) Keep family traditions.  Whether they’re based on your religion or created by you, they are important for carrying family into the next generation.  If you don’t have any or enough, the way to establish them is by repeating a meaningful activity, time and again.

13) Eat and drink raw dairy products from animals that are pasture fed and preferably organic such as raw sheep’s milk cheese from Italy, raw goat and cow’s milk from France, Denmark, Ireland, and sometimes the United States.

14) Eat organic. At least as much as possible, buy or grow your own vegetables and eat meat from pasture fed animals. In other words, support local, organic, family farms.  Your liver will thank you too.

15)  Include some fermented food or drink with every meal. Old fashioned sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, fermented carrots, and so on. They provide live enzymes that help us break down the cooked foods we eat. They are excellent for intestinal disorders and are utilized by the healthiest people on the earth.

16) Try to eat raw food at least 80% of the time.   This is not as difficult as one would imagine: drink raw milk, eat fermented and fresh vegetables, dehydrated nuts and seeds,  and incorporate raw yogurt, cheese and butter into your diet.

17)  Do good work. Prepare your food and nurse your family with pride. Whatever it is you choose to do, do it with aplomb, commitment and joy.

These are the tips that have helped me and my family live lives full of vitality and vigor.  What tips have you discovered to maintain your own good health?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________These are just a few of my tips for vibrant health.  Lots more on my website homeopathyworks.net.  Check out this link to read many more of my articles.  Or call (716) 941-1045 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how homeopathy could fit with your health strategy.


Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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19 thoughts on “17 Tips for Achieving Genuine Health”

  1. This is such a great list! I’ve been following most of them. Sadly, I can’t seem to fit the exercise in, but I manage to make my own Kombucha! 😉

    1. Hi livingcrunchy, your site is an inspiration and i love your name. i suppose you’ve read the book Crunchy Cons? one of my fav’s.

  2. Stephen says:

    It would be great to be able to post these items on Facebook

  3. Pam says:

    Thank you. Considering comment of livingcrunchy, I read or saw something recently concerning home exercise. Had a catchy title which I don’t remember, but involved incorporating various forms of exercise into your daily routine, or what you already do, be it cooking, culturing, washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, ascending-descending stairs…or whatever, demonstrating creative ways to add such value to your life & health when there is that desire and your life circumstances dictate such.

  4. Kathy says:

    This is a list I can share with my family and friends! It serves as a gentle reminder for me as well when life’s distractions get me off course. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I agree that the exercise component is the hardest of these tips for me to commit to! Maybe because it is only about me – or seems so. The reality is that if I take care of myself I have more to give others! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Zoe says:

    Are there any retail sources for raw dairy products? What is a good resource for these items. Great list…thanks!

    1. many retail upscale grocery stores carry raw milk cheese. also, if you’re lucky enough to live in Calif or other such states raw milk and cream can also be purchased. if this isn’t happening in your neck of the woods, then ask around for farmers who have CSAs.

  7. Shaz says:

    Shame you mention animal products, no need to condone the torture of these poor creatures. Go vegan.

    1. Hi Shaz, I couldn’t agree more about torturing animals. That’s why I buy my meat from my family farmer who raises them not only humanely, but in a lovely pasture with organic food during the cold winter months. I also raise my own chickens for eggs. They actually have a better life than many humans…lovely garden in which to peck around, by a scenic meadow with a pond on the top of ski hill. We also protect them from predictors. For that, they trade me with good golden-yolked eggs and adorable chicken antics.

      Allow me to address the vegan suggestion. For years, I followed a vegan diet, rather strictly, I might add. That was over 20 years ago. It did a terrible disservice to my now adult son, who I raised on it. It wasn’t until I came to my senses after a traumatic dental appointment and began embracing a traditional diet, such as my Sicilian grandparents, did we see an improvement in in his health…..particularly his dental health.
      The meals I prepare are truly gourmet, nutrient dense, satisfying and thankfully, my son has recovered fully and is masculine and handsome.
      I urge folks to eat like an epicurean or an old time American farmer.

  8. Laura C. says:

    There’s a remarkable number of raw milk cheese’s available at grocery stores these days, especially Whole Foods and its competitors. In Texas we have a chain called Central Market which has an amazing number of them. And for raw milk itself, realmilk.com lists raw milk dairies.

  9. We’ll be doing just that. One at a time. Great minds think alike!

  10. Aimee says:

    Looking at your list now reminds me of how far I have come in one short year since I started on the path of the Weston A Price philosophy. It does seem daunting to try this all at once, you have to go slow especially if the modern lifstyle is one you have been living for many decades. I can say I have about half of the list mastered, thank you for giving me some new goals to strive for!

  11. Shaz says:

    Animals are still treated cruelly at their time of death and there is absolutely no reason why a vegan diet cannot be healthy. Most modern research points to the advantages of a vegan diet. Meat promotes cancer, heart disease etc and has no advantages whatsoever. Check out Dr Colin Campbell, Dr Esselstyn, Dr Joel Fuhrman, Dr John McDougall and Dr Neal Barnard at the
    PCRM site. They all have websites, well worth visiting.

    1. urbnhmstdr says:

      Come check out my homestead where my goats and chickens live long, healthy, happy lives and share their nutrient-dense milk and eggs in return. Although even killing animals with respect and dignity for meat is ethical as well. I’ve met too many recovering vegans over the years for me to believe that “there is absolutely no reason a vegan diet cannot be healthy,” despite what a bunch of “doctors” will tell you.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I am so thankful for your blog! It has already helped me and my family so much. While traveling this week, the kids got sick. Instead of calling my doctor, I went to the health food store to get homeopathic remedies and probiotics. I wouldn’t have this confidence if not for your work. Thank you!!!

    1. Thanks for your support, Jennifer. Glad to hear that you’ve got your family on a healthy path.

  13. LeslieH says:

    I second the thank you. I would love to see some youtube vids of you. There are so many poor videos on you tube regarding homeopathy. People really need to be better educated about them. LOved the post about the eggs to I am considering having my own hens. What do you supplement their diet with besides pasturing??

    1. I find that my hens are perfectly healthy when they have fresh grass and bugs to peck at with some vegetable and fruit scraps from the kitchen along with a bit of chicken feed.

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