Editor’s Comments: Over the past few years, we have enjoyed and benefited from the Rick Coupland column on health. He has to take a short sabbatical but perhaps some of his past articles might be wise to re-read. For example, the following excerpts.

His advice for maintaining a healthy heart (2/11 TKC) – In it he wrote, “The Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martial once said, “Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.” Learn to read labels of all food products and try to eliminate (or cut back on) the really bad items from your diet: sugar, white flour, MSG, pasteurized/homogenized dairy products, etc. And stay away from all fast-food restaurants. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put them all out of business!

In the 4/11 issue, he warned against artificial sweetners when he wrote, “To avoid sugar, a lot of people turn to artificial sweeteners. They think that by using these sweeteners, they can not only satisfy their sweet tooth, but also minimize the hazards of high intake of sugar. Unfortunately they are not aware of the dangers that they can suffer from the use of these harmful replacements.”

Then, in May of the same year, he tackled “Radiation from Nuclear Disasters” and wrote, “The type of radiation that nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors from factories emit is known as ionizing radiation. It is very damaging to the human body. Ionizing radiation weakens and breaks up DNA, either damaging cells enough to kill them or causing them to mutate in ways that may eventually lead to cancer.”

One that impressed me was his 2/10 column about beating cancer naturally. His suggestions were all of good stuff but I was particularly struck by his words, “As you know, I am not a doctor, and I don’t have a medical background, but because of all of the cancer in our family, I have done a lot of research over the years on natural cures. We get sick for a variety of reasons, but mainly due to our poor eating habits …”

His March, 2010 column concentrated on Vitamins C & D. He wrote, “While all vitamins are necessary, there are none more important than vitamins C and D. Deficiencies in these two vitamins increases risk of virtually every sickness we have today. Nervous system and emotional disorders, asthma, weak bones and teeth and retarded muscle growth can all be contributed to being deficient in these vitamins.”

In 9/10 TKC, he shared with us his ideas for detoxifying the body, “It’s an undisputable fact we live in a toxic world; chemicals are all around us. They’re in the air that we breathe, the foods that we eat and the waters that we drink, bathe and swim in. We can’t become fanatical trying to avoid them, but we can take strides in trying to cope with them.”

10/10 stressed exercising the body and mind. We all need this, that’s for sure. Rick counselled, “We must discipline ourselves to put aside 15 to 20 minutes a day, 3 or 4 times a week, for a variety of stretching, walking, lifting weights etc., to compensate for what our body is lacking throughout the week. The right combination of exercise and nutrition increases both muscle strength and energy. When your body is working more efficiently, your energy levels soar. Everyday things become much easier to do.”

The following month he reinforced Raw Foods and shared with us a number of popular recipies. Hope you tried them.

He kicked off 2012 (1/12) with a charge against the evils of GMO, “Ever since the beginning of man, there has been always been a conflict between good and evil. “Good” always seems easy to identify whereas “Evil” is sometimes more difficult to spot. “Good” does the work of God and “Evil” does the work of Satan. I suppose there are some that don’t even realize they are in league with Satan and this goes for the individual and a corporation.”

Editor: A good suggestion, dig out some of those old issues of TKC. Maybe a review is just what is needed. I know it helped me. Thanks Rick