I was ecstatic when I read today that this sick economy keeps patients from the doctor. This is tip number one: AVOID going to the doctor! What a wonderful opportunity to learn how to be well! In the story I was reading physicians are worrying about people skipping their medicine and putting off tests which they feel will result in more expensive treatments later. Too me, all they are doing is fanning the fires of fear. Most likely when we stay away from doctors we get better! In fact when doctors went on strike a number of years ago the morticians screamed. The death rates went down! More people die from cancer treatments than from cancer and the third leading cause of death in the United States are ones that are Iatrogenic, (death from doctor treatments!)Trends today show that filled prescriptions have dropped in pharmacies and diagnostic tests have dropped in many hospitals. Maybe the trend will continue showing a drop in the spiraling healthcare costs! Wouldn’t that be a silver lining benefit for individuals having trouble paying their insurance premiums or for the self-insured municipalities facing reduced revenue for their budgets? Better yet, but not recommended to all, is to stop paying your insurance premiums and learn how to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner! Health is the easiest thing we can do once we get rid of all the propaganda polluting our minds on how much we have given credibility to drugs, hospitals and physicians! They can no longer help us! We have to help ourselves! And the best way is to study food!Which brings me to the best way, the second tip, that is most valuable. It is the adventure you can partake in where you investigate how to take care of yourself at home. Your kitchen is the best place to practice healthy cooking and eating. There is plenty of information out there. For the scientific evidence go to, The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell or to, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. For some philosophy read, The World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle. And for some Real practical applications pick up The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health by Michio Kushi and Alex Jack. That book will show you the way!I hope everyone with a bit of extra time from a layoff will learn how to help themselves to health in these sick economic times.