how to be healthy and happy for life

There has been a lot of controversy lately surrounding the validity of "diets" and a vast majority of people are beginning to question the truth behind the science of what is being perpetuated by the mainstream media and thousands of studies conducted by scientists who have devoted their entire careers to researching the effects of different substances on the human body in their own field.

I'm not here to discredit anything that any of these individuals are saying necessarily, and I am definitely not going to sit here and pretend that I'm smarter than any of them – because I'm not. I'm just an average guy who has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years and has achieved exceptional results.

In this post I am going to attempt to compile all of the "truths" that I have uncovered over the past three years or so in an attempt to help out those of you who are looking for genuine advice from someone who has absolutely zero agenda hiding behind his opinions. I have said this before and I will gladly say it again: I am not in this for the money. All I want to do is help you learn how I healed myself naturally and hopefully help you avoid wasting time trying to filter through all the bullshit information that the media and certain doctors would have you believe to be true in order to pad their own pockets.

As I said, this is going to be a summary of literally hundreds of personal hours that I have logged researching and experimenting with different professional's suggestions and theories along with my own personal opinions regarding what finally helped me get on the path toward optimal health and long term happiness. Again, I am not a doctor. I'm just somebody who stopped listening to all the bullshit and along the way discovered new rules and truths that have permanently improved the quality of my life.

Enjoy!

New Rule #1. Meat and milk do not do anybody, any good

Don't get me wrong, I used to eat and drink this stuff too. Yet despite what has been shoved down our throats since the day we all were born (literally), I had to learn the hard way that drinking the milk of another species is downright wrong. It took me a while before I could fully wrap my head around this concept because, like many of you, my entire life I was inundated with messages telling me that "milk does a body good". All throughout grade school even, we were all given the option of having a box of milk with our lunch.

Since this decision had kind of already made for me before ever stepping foot inside the lunch room, I really had no reason to stop and think twice about drinking it because frankly, everybody was drinking it! In grade school, with all the other nonsense I had to deal with on a regular basis, to stop and pose the question, "Does it really make sense to drink the milk of another species?" would have been an incredibly impractical one. I mean really, if everybody's doing it, and our own government is subsidizing it, and if the schools are serving it, it must be good for us, right?...

Boy was I wrong.

Consider this: Most Cows are artificially impregnated and are constantly kept in that state in order to produce as much milk as possible (milk that is intended for their calves btw). Once they give birth, their calves are immediately ripped away from their mothers and are either raised for slaughter or destined to follow in their mother's footsteps. This process is incredibly traumatic for both the calf and the mother. There have been documented cases in fact where mother cows, after having their babies taken away from them, have beaten themselves to death by banging their heads against their cages. Assuming the mother survives this torture, they are then impregnated again, and again, and again. After several years of enduring this cruelty the mother cow will inevitably stop producing offspring (and therefore milk) and will be sent off to a factory to be brutally murdered and harvested for meat.

I don't care what the hell you believe; you can't tell me that this is the way 'god' intended life to be for these poor animals. It is a fact, there is absolutely nothing that we as human beings receive from consuming either meat or dairy that is required for our continued survival. So why the hell are we consuming it?

Money.

The industries that provide us with these 'luxurious and "healthy" commodities' make a lot of money off of our ignorance, and we buy into their nonsense hook, line and sinker because somewhere along the way we forgot how to think for ourselves. We have become increasingly apathetic, selfish and self-centered in the ways we choose to 'nourish' our bodies and for whatever reason, we just stopped caring about why we are eating this garbage in the first place.

I truly have to hand it to the meat and dairy industries, they really have us fooled.

Without going into any further rants, I really would like you to understand this one simple concept before we go any further:

Above all, we are mammals – just like cows. Cow's milk is designed by nature for female cows to feed to their newborn calves – just the same as pregnant female humans are designed to feed their newborn babies. Calves, like human babies, then consume their mother's milk until they are able to comfortably survive without it. Then they stop. Nowhere in nature does it exists where a mammal continues drinking the milk from their mother until the day they die. The mother eventually stops producing the milk, which of course means that the baby stops drinking it.

Once this idea was brought to my attention that was it for me. How much more simple could it get? If we aren't designed to consume it naturally, then we should not do it.

This same simple idea fits in with the meat we consume as well. I know now that human beings do not in any way benefit from eating meat so I simply decided not eat it anymore and I feel better than ever! Again, if it doesn't help me out nutritionally – which means I can't survive or depend solely upon that source of calories for survival – then I might as well be eating cardboard or Styrofoam, because it's essentially the same thing.

If you'd like to learn more, I invite you to check out this video lecture about the perils of dairy and meat from one of my favorite healthy living advocates, Dr. John McDougall!


New Rule #2. All drugs are bad


I know what you're going to say, but please hear me out. What part of a human being is made up of a synthetic drug? If your answer was none, then you are correct.

Once that idea was planted in my brain, an entirely new paradigm began to form inside my head and I have never thought about drugs the same way since.

It's a simple idea that has incredibly profound and far reaching implications. This idea caused me to seek out answers to questions such as, "Why are we creating these synthetic drugs to mask the symptoms of our illnesses instead of actually creating drugs to cure them?"and,"What are these drugs actually doing to help us heal in the long-term?" The answers I came up with were rather plain – long term, they don't do anybody any good.

To elaborate further, let me paint a picture for you:

Imagine you are driving your car down the highway and all of the sudden your check engine light turns on. In this situation, to fix the problem would you just put some tape over the light so that you couldn't see it and continue on your merry way?...I didn't think so.

Yet that is exactly how the majority of Americans are being treated for their illnesses and it is causing a nationwide health crisis. Think about it, you go into the doctor's office for the flu or a sore throat and they prescribe you "medication" which you believe is going to help cure your illness. But in actuality, all your doctor did was give you access to powerful, synthetic drugs which have been engineered to mask your symptoms so that you can still "function" while your body does its job and heals you from within.

In reality, the doctor didn't help you – if anything he/she merely prescribed a drug (not natural) to mask the symptoms (body's natural check engine light) so that you could continue along (driving) until either one of two things happened: a) it goes away naturally (assuming it wasn't that big of a problem to begin with) or b) it gets worse and worse because you aren't actually dealing with the underlying problem – in which case your doctor continues to do what they have been trained to do which is treat the symptom rather than the underlying cause until your health inevitably spirals completely out of control then before you know it you are really sick and wind up on a hospital bed or worse!

Now as far-fetched and extreme as this scenario may seem, these are the types of truths that I have carefully been observing in my own life. I now believe this truth to be self-evident: Medical doctors prescribe medicine to help mask a patient's outside symptoms. Nutritional doctors prescribe proper nutrition and exercise to help cure the patient's symptoms from the inside, out.

What I now believe is that we need more doctors who are educated in human nutrition; because without proper nutrition there is no doubt in my mind that you will get sick. Nutrients are naturally found within a variety of edible plant sources (vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.) and the lack of certain specific nutrients from these natural sources will cause a wide variety of problems in the human body that can only be cured with proper nutrition.

So for me, the only conclusion that I could draw from all this information was that raw, natural nutrition grown from the earth is the primary route to ideal health and that synthetic drugs are no good because their sole purpose is to mask our problems – and just like the car analogy from earlier, if you continue to ignore the underlying problems things will get worse before they get better.

Today I live a happy and completely drug free lifestyle and I could not be more thrilled about it!

Because I eat healthy foods that contain all the natural vitamins and minerals that my body needs, I don't have all the common problems that most human beings are suffering with day after day. I honestly can't remember the last time I had a headache or sore feet from standing up all day. And despite not having had a vaccination or flu shot in years, I can't remember the last time I was really sick. I also feel much more energetic, happy and at peace now that I'm off all the stuff that was holding me back from being truly healthy.

The bottom line here is that all drugs are simply a band aid covering up a much larger problem that your body is trying to warn you about. When you get a headache, that doesn't mean you need Tylenol, it means you need to eat right and exercise more often. If you feel tired at the end of the day, that doesn't mean you should down a 5-Hour Energy! It means you are probably not eating the right foods and should probably get some fresh air, maybe go for a walk outside. Feeling bloated, fat? Perhaps you have trouble sleeping at night? You guessed it! The prescription should start with eating healthy, organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and seeds along with 30 minutes of exercise each and every day.

Once I learned this it changed my life forever. Now I know that I am in control of my own health. Now I realize that even if I had health insurance for the rare emergency, that I would not need to bother going to the doctor for something silly like a sore throat or trouble sleeping, because I now know that is merely my body's check engine light telling me that something in my life needs to change before it gets worse.

No pill can make up for that.

New Rule #3. Daily exercise is the most extraordinary things any human being could ever do for themselves, ever!


I don't know how else to say this really except that once I began exercising daily, my life has never been and will never be the same again. I have written about this subject in great detail regarding the benefits that I have personally experienced from choosing to exercise every day and I'm sure by now you have all grown tired of reading about it so I will try and be brief:

Simply put, I believe we are all designed and put on this planet to enjoy and experience our environment through movement. I also believe that this movement can be expressed in thousands of different ways which can all be summed up in one simple and eloquent word: exercise!

I have said this before, but exercise is not just a means to an end. It should never be looked upon as some chore that you must do each day or every other day in order to maintain a certain body image. Instead, I think exercise should be looked at as a gift!

For me, the gift of exercise is what gets me out of bed in the morning – it is a huge part of what I look forward to each and every day of my life! And although the way in which I exercise may vary from day to day, the one thing I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that exercise will forever remain one of my favorite ways of expressing physical gratitude for the gift of life that has been given to me.

The majority of my life I took this gift for granted and I wound up paying the ultimate price: misery, hatred, gluttony, obesity and self-abuse. These were all warning signs sent from my body and my creator trying to let me know that this is not the way I should be living.

After learning about all the horrible mistakes I had been making, I decided to make some drastic changes and set my sail towards a different destination that would eventually lead me to places I actually wanted to go: I wanted to be healthy, I wanted to be happy, I wanted to live without drugs, I wanted to appreciate what I saw in the mirror every day, I wanted to love myself and I wanted to be loved in return for being that person.

In short, I just wanted to be Corey again...

All of these things and more came true for me after applying this wisdom to my life. But I couldn't just talk the talk; I had to walk the walk.

The trials and errors along the way were many, but I finally feel like I've found a solution that doesn't just claim that it works, but actually works! That combination began with daily physical expressions of love and thanks for the life I have been given. Second it involved coming to the conclusion that I was not put on this earth to cause harm to other beings and that I need to live in harmony with nature.

That revelation then led me to the understanding that human beings were not put on this earth to ingest a pill for every ill that we happen to contract. We have these amazing natural warning signs that are built into our bodies to inform us of the mistakes we might be making in our lives: The more alcohol, the more sugary drinks, the more we smoke, the more we partake in activities that are not in tune with how we are designed to live, the worse our symptoms ultimately become – just as nature intended.

Final Thoughts


Regardless of what you believe, I hope you have kept an open mind and have found something intriguing about what I wrote that will lead you down a path of self-discovery and self-healing.

Whoever you are, whatever your background, I know that you have problems that you could use some help with. We all have problems. My goal in spending my time writing this is to provide a beacon of hope for those that might not have access to resources or people that can help you to change and become the best version of you that you can possibly be.

I understand that change is not easy, especially change that goes against what everybody else has been telling you is true your entire life. But this isn't about everybody else is it? This is about what is best for you. You deserve to be happy, healthy and free from the shackles of a chronic illness. You already have it in you to heal yourself. Take control of your life and have the courage to become the person you were put on this earth to be.

Take care of yourself!

-Corey Barton

P.S. If you would like some guidance, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help.