Health doctor is a fiction character. On the other hand, medicine is a huge industry with 34.4 million
doctors, nurses and their supporters around the world. Not one doctor of health yet exists.
These pages have been created to promote health for what it is, quite apart from what is related to medical
professionals and their varied therapies and interventions. I am aware of the tendency to trust writers
qualified in medical fields to provide health commentary. Paradoxically, those writers have never received
health training. As I have no academic qualifications, I take it as an advantage to put forward an unbiased
proposal that would benefit everybody without the constraints experienced by those who make a living
out of the gigantic medical industry.
Health should be the guiding science of humanity, explaining what we are by unravelling the body
mechanisms that make us happy, living free from illness.
It may be acceptable to seek scientific knowledge with the use of sophisticated microscopes for the benefit
of the medical industry, as it is the use of radio telescopes to advance astronomy. The enormous
expenditure demanded by those endeavours may or may not be justified, but the absence of funding for
an authentic health science and the training of health doctors is certainly unjustified and shocking.
Investment on health could fill a painful gap in the world’s population, providing health guidance to
individuals and institutions.
I became aware of this absurdity after a trip from Sydney to Melbourne, where I spent my holidays early
in 1984. As I walked along the streets of Melbourne I felt a tingling sensation in my arms and hands. It
ceased after a few minutes and returned later in repeated cycles. The following day I was returning to
Sydney when the tingling gradually turned into a pain that made it almost unbearable to hold my car’s
steering wheel. As soon as got to the suburb of St Marys I went to see a doctor who diagnosed arthritis
and prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication —to which he added sleeping pills the following day— to
allow me some rest during the nights.
The pain subsided, but I had to keep on visiting the doctor for a new prescription each time I run out of
medication. One day I candidly asked him how long was the treatment going to last. He matter-of-factly
replied: “Permanently”. I turned around shaken, and walked into the street without saying a word.
Scepticism came to my rescue with a strong signal, as medicine suddenly appeared as an unwelcome
friend. The only thing I knew with certainty was that I wanted to recover my health. It seemed as an
almost impossible task. I had nowhere to go for reliable advice. Doctors, or so-called general practitioners
were easy to find in any built-up area. Health advice, on the other hand, seemed to be the domain of an
amorphous range of alternative medicine providers whose academic background seemed varied and
uncertain. Once again, they all practiced therapies of one sort or another, but that was not what I was
looking for. I wanted advice on how to adopt a way of life that helped to restore my health.
The public library down the street became the lighthouse, a reliable indicator of the direction I was going
to follow. I had no idea how distant the place of arrival would be. The library was a logically organized
place, where the book sections clearly identified with names that represented health and medicine
separately as they should be. My medicated history suddenly came to an end. I read books that made me
aware of the so-called diseases of civilization, and arthritis was one of them. I learnt about calories and
adopted a diet consisting mainly on vegetables, cereals and fruits, free from processed foods. All of this
involved a change of lifestyle that sent both, pains and medicines away at the same time.
However, little I knew about the changes I would undertake until now, when scientific studies during the
last few years have contributed to make the methods to achieve health more coherent reliable and
Ariel Gallo is a former translator, dedicated to healthy lifestyles research and practice since 1984.