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Healing by Material Means
By Aris Akavan, ACE CPT, BS MIS

Recently, I was reading a book called Some Answered Questions by Abdu’l-Baha and the chapter called Healing by Material Means caught my attention to the point of wanting to write about it. I don’t like to take medications, even aspirin, unless I really have to and for me to go to the doctor, I have to be very sick. The topic of healing by material means, versus medication, is something that has fascinated me for a long time and it is reinforced when I see the long list of medication side effects.


The body is composed of elements, but when one ingredient in the body increases and another decreases, equilibrium is disturbed and disease occurs. When I don’t feel well, it is usually by my manifestation, eating something too greasy, too sugary, or just too much food, which upsets the balance. Illness and imbalance occurs when we consume processed foods in large quantities. Statistics reveal that processed foods contain carcinogens and toxins. Whether the effects are physical or nervous imbalances, diseases are healed by taking medication to reestablish the equilibrium and the cycle continues.

Curing Without Drugs

 “Now the readjustment of these constituents of the human body is obtained by two means—either by medicines or by aliments; and when the constitution has recovered its equilibrium, disease is banished…The science of medicine is still in a condition of infancy; it hasn’t reached maturity. But when it has reached that point, cures will be performed by things which are not repulsive to the smell and taste of man- that is to say by aliments , fruits and vegetables which are agreeable to the taste and have an agreeable smell. “Abdu’l-Baha

This further explains that all of the elements combined in man also exist in plants and vegetables, and when one element of the human body diminishes, equilibrium can be restored, and thus healed through foods that contain the diminished ingredient.

How Animals Heal

“The majority of the diseases which overtake man also overtake the animal, but the animal is not cured by drugs. In the mountains, as in the wilderness, the animal’s physician is the power of taste and smell. The sick animal smells the plants that grow in the wilderness; he eats those that are sweet and fragrant to his smell and taste, and is cured. The cause of his healing is this. When the sugar ingredient has become diminished in his constitution, he begins to long for sweet things; therefore, he eats an herb with a sweet taste, for nature urges and guides him; its smell and taste please him, and he eats it. The sugar ingredient in his nature will be increased, and health will be restored. “ Abdu’l-Baha

It makes sense that there are animals that can actually sense and detect disease in humans. Chemical compounds called alkanes and benzene derivatives are not found in healthy tissue and natural food sources can combat toxins. Animals, dogs in particular can be trained to detect these toxins and disease in humans.

Healing with Food

The book confirms what I believe: it is possible to cure illness by food choices, but the science of medicine hasn’t developed to that point yet. I look forward to the future “When the science of medicine reaches perfection, treatment will be given by foods, aliments, fragrant fruits and vegetables, and by various waters, hot and cold in temperature.” Maybe next time, when you are not feeling well, consider drinking hot water and eating a fruit high in Vitamin C.

About the Author

Aris Akavan, ACE certified Personal Trainer & Health Coach, is owner of Body Fitness by Aris. Her mission is to assist others in leading a healthier lifestyle by balancing exercise and proper eating habits to achieve the ultimate body & mind wellness. Aris leads by example as she practices what she preaches. She leads an alcohol free and smoke free lifestyle and has worked out while following proper nutrition practices for over 10 years. In the last few years she also started participating in 5k races, adventure runs and triathlons. Visit Aris at: http://www.BodyFitnessByAris.com


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