"I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world."

So begins the old song “What a Wonderful World,” popularized by Louis Armstrong. In September I wrote about Elly’s being bitten by a shark in Florida, and her subsequent surgery to repair four severed tendons to the small toes in her right foot. Now, eleven weeks later, Elly is playing tennis again, well on her way to full strength. What a wonderful world indeed.

“Nature Cures” is the central tenet of naturopathic medicine. And indeed it does. But first one must understand Nature’s laws and follow them. Nutrition is fundamental to human health and healing. Elly’s surgeon in Florida did a marvelous job of repairing her severed tendons. The podiatrist (also a foot surgeon) who has followed her since we came home a few days after her surgery has been instrumental in guiding us in healing – her physical therapy and gradually increasing activities, recently including tennis, over the past nearly three months. Two days ago, he cleared Elly for playing matches. For the past two weeks, we’ve been practicing, but not going hard.

I asked him to rate the speed at which her foot had healed, on a scale of one to ten. He smiled. “Very fast,” he said. “Very fast. I’ve never seen a shark bite before. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen tendons heal this rapidly.” This in a sixty-year old woman.

Bovine Tracheal Cartilage is one important reason Elly has healed so quickly. She’s been on twelve daily since the day after the shark attack. As described in my article on Bovine Tracheal Cartilage, this supplement first came to prominence back in the 1950s when John Prudden, MD, wrote about its efficacy as a wound healing agent following surgery. Indeed, surgery textbooks in that era noted its marvelous effects.

We’ve used other supplements as well that promote healing, including our Vitamin D-2000 (three daily); Cal Mag Taurate, three daily; Iodine Complex, four daily; and Collagen Peptides, two teaspoonfuls daily. Our diets adheres carefully to the principles described in my “Dr. Ron’s Dietary Principles” article.

I believe that traditional moral principles and disciplined nutrition that follows Nature’s laws as understood by Weston Price form the basis for a good life – whatever inevitable difficulties we may have to deal with. As Price wrote, “Life in all its fullness is Mother Nature obeyed.” Elly and I are thankful to Dr. Price and all who have followed in his footsteps.