The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away: Simple Actions to Shift Your Body and Mind to Optimum Health for Greatest Longevity
Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
Greenleaf Book Group (2010)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (05/10)
This is one of the scariest, yet inspiring, books I’ve read in a long time! Dr. Rashid A. Buttar points out bluntly how toxic our environment is using the example of all the “Do Not Swim” signs posted on the US coastal waters as well as the smog hovering over cities. Buttar says “Health problems arise when these toxins find their way into our bodies — and we have created many ways for them to so, sometimes actually facilitating their entry.” He further claims “All chronic disease, whether it’s heart disease, cancer, a neurological disorder or any other chronic condition for that matter, results from damaged cells as a consequence of oxidative damage.”
Those two statements themselves give enough reason for us to continue reading as well as take to heart the need for looking after our own bodies. As well, according to Buttar the first foundation to better health is Systemic Detoxification of these elements. He also talks about two other foundations: Immune Modulation, and, Hormonal Optimization.
Once the foundations are understood Buttar stresses the importance of following the principles of: Nutrition, Supplementation, Water, Exercise, Vices, Relaxation/Stress Management, Prayer/Meditation, Laughter, and Physiological Regeneration.
The gist of the book is to understand the bottom line causes of illness and disease and take responsibility for our own selves to have a healthy body. This isn’t a new concept, and using a quote in the book by Galen (A.D. 129-199) “The physician is only nature’s assistant.” certainly proves that. Buttar, as a physician, paves the road for us to use nature as a healing source to better health and longevity.
After I read the whole book in one sitting I just sat there in awe. Although I felt I was aware of toxicity in our environment as well as within our bodies and how to circumvent, prevent, or get rid of it, I was taken to another level of understanding. Buttar is very much to the point and does not hold back the facts or how he presents them. He is undeviating, through, and direct, yet he speaks in lay terms so that any reader can understand what is said.
For me, this is one of the most important books at this time and I would personally guarantee that anyone who picks up it up will get a similar response as I did. Buttar’s “The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away” is a forerunner for creating personal health and longevity in the 21st century.