FARMACY TO THE RESCUE

farmorpharmFor those of you new to my blog site, my name is Jonathan Colter. I am a 56 year old retired doctor that performs tasks slowly, methodically plans life’s events and recognizes the importance of patience in achieving and maintaining good health. I frequently remind readers about the story, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” when it comes to problem solving, changing human behavior and achieving results. I mention all these facts because I was recently introduced to another “Jonathan” who implemented my approach to better health with remarkable results.

1452290396872Although Jonathan is a tad older than me (Jonathan is 183 years old) it appears his doctor chose to address his health problems using FARMaceutical intervention rather than PHARMaceutical intervention. Jonathan is a giant tortoise living in the British overseas territory known as St. Helena. These are the grounds of the Plantation House “the official residence of the island’s Governor.” Jonathan first arrived to this region when he was nearly 50 years old. Over the years, Jonathan suffered some health problems resulting in cataracts in both eyes, a loss of olfaction (sense of smell,) and damage to his keratin beak causing it to weaken and become brittle. Jonathan was losing weight and his health was beginning to deteriorate. The island’s veterinarian, (Joe Hollins) decided the best approach to deal with Jonathan’s declining health was to provide FARMaceutical intervention. He began to supply Jonathan with a mixture of “carrots for fiber, cucumber for moisture, bananas for calories, and a mixture of other items such as guava, lettuce, cabbage, loquat (a local fruit) and Brazilian guava.” By treating Jonathan using a NATURAL FARMaceutical approach,

“his beak developed a sharp edge, he put on weight, and  became more active.” “Too good to be true in an ancient gentleman of that age!” said Hollins. “I now wear welding gloves as his beak has become lethal, and on one occasion he seized one of my fingers and I lost a nail.”

“Logically what has really happened is I have supplemented him not just with calories, but with vitamins, minerals and trace elements, those unquantifiable items that we all need for healthy tissues,” Hollins added. “It’s a delight to see.”

Dr. Hollins provided Jonathan with the “tools” and nutritional “information” his body needed to Re-BALANCE his deficiencies allowing his body to return to a state of optimal health (remarkable for his age.) Pharmaceutical drugs could never have achieved these results. They are designed to stabilize acute emergencies or (commonly) used to maintain a state of diminished health (ex. high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, heart conditions, etc…) They are NOT used to help the body restore itself to its natural state of GOOD HEALTH.

How come Veterinarians understand and VALUE the importance of nutrition for optimal living among their patients and family doctors dismiss the relevance for their patients? How much importance do YOU place on the VALUE of NUTRITION and its role in quality health? Do you think maybe its time to begin re-thinking your lifestyle and providing YOUR body the “tools” and “information” needed to optimize YOUR OWN HEALTH? We can’t expect family doctors to change their thinking unless we are willing to begin changing our own thinking. If we don’t truly understand the essential need for quality nutrition to experience optimal health, why should our doctors waste their time trying to “impose” this important concept on DEAF EARS? You see, it’s not entirely their fault! We, the patients, need to take greater responsibility!

My 183 year old mentor has provided great insight into the lifestyle I live today. I will continue to EAT WELL (80%-90% of the time permitting 10%-20% of calories to come from comfort foods. This provides a realistic eating style that ALL of us can follow,) EXERCISE (to maintain internal health as well as external capabilities for maximal flexibility and function for living an active lifestyle, REDUCE STRESS  (to minimize destructive biochemical activities that harm the body) HYDRATE (to filter the body of food and environmental toxins and sustain a hydrated state the body needs to run efficiently,) and ATTAIN QUALITY SLEEP ( to give the body a chance to recover and repair from the demands we place on it.)

Yes, Jonathan has reinforced my beliefs in LIFE AND HEALTH and taught me that slow and steady really does:

“WIN THE RACE!”

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27 comments

  1. What a great story! Love Jonathan the tortoise, he is an inspiration to live long and well. 🙂

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  2. Absolutely. We can learn a lot from nature if we begin to open our eyes and minds to all it offers.

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  3. Thanks for this information on vitamins, etc!

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    1. Absolute pleasure. Thank you for taking your time to read this story. I hope these articles provide insight to help those in need modify their lifestyles to enjoy better quality and healthier lives. Feel free to ask any questions or offer any experiences you feel may help others.

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  4. Awww, nice story there and I love that term “farmaceutical”! I love turtles too and think Jonathan looks absolutely great for 183. 😉

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    1. Who doesn’t like an animal story with a happy ending? Hopefully by following Jonathan the tortoise’s lifestyle I can give him a run on his longevity. 🙂

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  5. “Farmaceutical!” Fantastic.

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    1. Sometimes an attempt to be clever helps motivate people to think twice. Getting people to smile while gently nudging them to think about improving their lifestyle can be met with greater approval and response than “dictating” what they “need to do.” You know me, I just want the message heard. If they choose to ignore it, I respect their decision. I just want to make certain I have done all I can to clearly convey the “good health” story.

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  6. I’m learning to take all your posts to heart and if nothing else is improved – my attitude sure has!! I eat better, feel better and gradually (very slowly) losing weight. Dr. Lynn too…
    https://lifeinthegym.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/always-read-the-label/

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    1. Glad to hear your response. I care about the welfare of people more than they realize. I am NOT trying to tell them how to live; I am trying to provide information to help them make the best choices for themselves. Preventative health care is not taught very well in our country, yet our government (and its people) complain about the cost. Learning and IMPLEMENTING what it takes to be healthy would dramatically reduce costs and increase the quality of life.

      As you can see by this article, I am a FAN of SLOW PROGRESS. Slow weight loss as a result of improving one’s lifestyle creates LONG TERM BENEFITS. I encourage people to focus on the healthy lifestyle because the natural end result will be weight loss (if needed.) If we focus on a number on a scale, the day we hit that number is typically the day we reward ourselves by returning to the lifestyle habits that caused the weight gain in the first place. Be patient but be diligent. You WILL achieve the results you’re looking for!

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      1. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  7. Another excellent post…just started my 1000mg of Vit C today….thank you again for always caring for all of us out her…your a natural nurturer and have great compassion…thanks…xxkat

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    1. Thanks Kat. BTW don’t get nervous if you notice a greater intensity of yellowing urine. The body will excrete it and typically alters the color. Let all of us know how your workouts are going. Keep up the great effort with nutrition as well. Enjoying the new location yet (or is it still too new?)

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      1. thanks…yes I take hoards of vitamins now and it does the same to my body….but will be watching for extra color…LOL if you mean location as in house, we are enjoying it, lots of work, probably will never be finished…LOL but the weather for the most part is great…cool in the morning hours but wonderful afternoons….kat

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  8. Thank you for sharing this story. Then you summed it up perfectly with that quote from Heather Morgan. I will learn it because it is the key to life. Thoughts I want to share with friends and my loved ones. Your success lies in your ability to communicate your thoughts for all to comprehend. You are a modern day “Great Communicater.”

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  9. Thank you very much for taking your time to read and thoughtfully comment on my posts. It means a great deal to me and I am humbled by your kind words. Without ever having met you, I feel a true friendship has formed for which I am grateful.

    Don’t EVER stop writing. Your gifts to the world add more value than you may realize.
    Stay (or rather, continue to get) healthy and happy!

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  10. Every now and then, even I get to write something that puts a smile on people’s faces.

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  11. An inspiring story to remind us all that good nutrition is where it’s at! And so true is the quote, “Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” I actually think of this quote as I consume anything. Even in cleaning products or what I put on my skin! Awesome post and here’s to great heath to both Jonathan 1 and Jonathan 2! 🙂 Take care, Koko

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  12. Thank you Koko. Always fun to write about animals and their impact on our lives. Waiting with great anticipation to read about your next DIY project. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Love this example! We live in an impatient culture. Helps to have reminders like this.

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    1. Quite often people respond to health more positively when animals are part of the equation. I will use whatever tools are available to help expose the public to various options they may not typically be provided by traditional allopaths. This doesn’t mean that my suggestions are the only “right” answers; it means they are simply choices that people are entitled to be aware of.

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  14. Hm…maybe I need a vet instead of a doctor…just kidding!

    I love animal stories and I think this is great way to drive your points home 🙂

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    1. Always enjoy including animals in stories when possible. They bring out the best of emotions in many of us. I’m considering making “beagle ears” and attaching them to my head for a new profile photo. People still may not listen to me, but at least they will definitely think I’m adorable! 😀

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  15. Thank you for sharing. Nature has a way to provide what we need to be healthy, it is really up to us. 🙂

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    1. True, but with so much inaccurate information, it can be difficult for the average person to clearly understand a healthy approach to good nutrition while satisfying the emotional component I often mention.
      Turning to nature is a wonderful starting place!

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