"I don't want to work with conventional medicine, pharmacological drugs and insurance companies," said Jack Tips, a naturopathic doctor. "They have an agenda to keep people on drugs and dictate to doctors what treatments are supposedly right for the individual."
Tips is known for his work in the natural health field through his private consultations, lectures and books.
"From the natural health perspective, each person is biochemically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually individual; and must be treated accordingly," he said. "This is why natural health is a creative engagement with the individual's vitality, rather than a standardized process."
Tips advocates methods of health restoration by using the body's own capacity to express optimal health. He does this through a combination of homeopathy, nutritional and herbal supplements and diet guidelines.
Based in Austin, Texas, Tips recently visited Manila to give a talk on approaches to natural healing.
His lecture was organized by the Comprehensive Iridology Practitioners Association of the Philippines (Cipap), the members of whom include graduates of the advanced course on Comprehensive Iridology of the International Iridology Practitioners Association based in the US.
A sclerologist himself, Tips explained that both sclerology and iridology are methods of diagnosing a person's health by looking at patterns and colors of the sclera (white part of the eye) and iris (colored part of the eye).
Cells need energy
Tips' talk featured the topic of cellular healing and how to restore and improve health by addressing the causes (instead of just symptoms) on the cellular level.
Cells use ATP (adenosinetriphosphate), which is produced by the body, to transport chemical energy for metabolism. "Poor health is the result of diminished ATP production within the cells. The goal is to restore energy to the cells so the cells can perform optimally."
"When the cells have energy to spare, they repair their own genetic code and thus tissue function can improve dramatically.
"There are many supplements that help people daily-ionic minerals, omega-three fatty acids, vitamin D, ubiquinol. Supplementation is done to apply nutrients to address the key 'points of leverage' that interfere with the body's desire to restore its health to the most optimal expression.
"In health, energy is everything, not vitamins, minerals, enzyme, anti-oxidants, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, or any other nutritional commodity, and certainly not any drug that causes side effects," said Tips.
Tips was sickly as a child. His mother brought him to homeopaths who helped cure his ailments. He started studying "the tools and principles of natural health including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and herbs."
He took formal studies with different experts in the fields of diet, naturopathy, tissue-mineral ratios, kinesiology, among others. He is a certified clinical nutritionist and has doctorates in clinical nutrition and naturopathy.
"The principle involved in homeopathy is 'like cures like,'" he says. "The law of similars states that a remedy can cure a disease if it produces in a healthy person symptoms similar to those of the disease.
"Symptoms that we experience are what our bodies do to overcome perceived threats to its integrity. Thus it uses fever, diarrhea, coughs, vomiting, headaches, discharges, eruptions, etc. to help restore health.
"No one knows better than the body how to heal itself. Homeopathy elicits a pathway for the body's own adaptive resources to correct its expressions of discomfort.
"The classical homeopath never 'treats a disease' but only helps the person's innate vitality to correct the cause, and thus the effects, of any discomfort; the homeopath is a specialist in how the body's 'vital force' struggles to adapt and survive."