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is now!

When it comes to ‘health’ most people truly want optimal wellness and longevity. No one really desires to be sick. Yet our hospitals and cemeteries are full of victims of lifestyle related diseases. Over the years many patients have said to me, “If only I had stopped smoking years ago; if only I had exercised more; if only I had beaten my sugar addiction; if only I had looked into healthy eating; if only....” It is a great thought to believe we are immortal, until we discover that we are not.

It is possible to live a long, happy and healthy life and to pass without experiencing the suffering associated with long drawn out diseases. However, with most people such a possibility would require change NOW. No measure or effort is too small. Simply making the decision to alter one’s daily lifestyle is a big step in the right direction. Small changes in eating habits can have a huge impact, while regular daily exercise, early nights and proper hydration will promote high energy levels and clarity of mind. Make a decision to go sugar-free. Refined sugar hit the market as a commercial product in 1820. Prior to that it was mostly only consumed by the royals, who often suffered with 21st Century diseases. The people of the past generally had bitter palates. According to the Medieval author, Culpepper, most preferred bitter herbs and savoury dishes. Children were rarely rewarded with sweets, as they too preferred bitter. These days we generally reward our children with sweets, often setting them up with a life-long addiction to healthdestroying products. Dr Weston Price, who spent ten years in the field studying indigenous societies, found that the disease-free population groups, that mostly lived to well over one hundred years, rarely consumed anything sweet. Even fruit was a delicacy only eaten when in season. Price documented many cases of robust indigenous children who all had naturally bitter-savoury palates. We probably all know people who violated the natural laws of health for decades before suffering any consequences; but recent statistics indicate that such anomalies are very rare these days. We probably also knew people who enjoyed the pleasures of bad living for just a season before decline and death took them by surprise.

A New You

More than a holiday, it’s about your life! Living Valley is a world renowned health retreat with a consistent record of success. Our team includes therapists, naturopaths and carers all dedicated to providing you with the optimal opportunity to heal, using the most up-to-date therapies, information and clinical advice available.

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Change requires tenacity. Habits can take weeks to beat, but firm resolve will produce a lifestyle that can elevate you right up to the high places of life! It is worth the effort. m

Gary Martin ND. Living Valley Springs Gary Martin is the Co-Founder and Director of Living Valley Springs - Australia’s premier health retreat – for over 25 years. Backed by a team of natural health professionals, Gary has played a pivotal role in transforming lives and is passionate about advancing a major health revolution in Australia!


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