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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 034. | June 29, 2023
034: Cure vs Care…Aligning Diet with Healthy Living with Dr. Greg Fitzgerald
034: Cure vs Care…Aligning Diet with Healthy Living with Dr. Greg Fitzgerald

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Join Dr. Frank Sabatino and Dr. Greg Fitzgerald on an enlightening journey into the world of natural hygiene. Driven by a passion for making a difference, Dr. Fitzgerald’s exploration began when he witnessed the declining health and fitness levels of his high school students. This pivotal experience led him to delve into various health practices and redirect his career path toward natural health and wellness.

During his studies, Dr. Fitzgerald had the privilege of encountering a true luminary in the field—Dr. Alec Burton, a founding member and past president of the International Association of Hygienic Physicians, Inc., USA.

Guided by Dr. Burton’s wisdom and integrity, he became increasingly captivated by his mentor’s philosophy. With degrees in chiropractic and osteopathy, Dr. Fitzgerald’s approach to healthcare was shaped, deepening his understanding of holistic well-being.

At the heart of natural hygiene lies the belief that health is attained through healthful living. Dr. Fitzgerald explains the innate design of the human body for optimal health, with sickness and disease arising from disruptions to this innate balance.

Natural hygiene encompasses the study of life, health, biology, and physiology, highlighting their interconnectedness and profound influence on overall well-being. It underscores the vital importance of maintaining equilibrium and embracing a holistic approach to health.

Dr. Fitzgerald emphasizes that true health and vitality are achieved through the harmonious integration of all elements of natural hygiene. What sets natural hygiene apart is its holistic perspective on health and wellness.

Rather than focusing on a single aspect in isolation, a balanced approach that incorporates nutrition, exercise, rest, sleep, and sunlight nourishment taps into the body’s innate capacity for healing and rejuvenation.

Dr. Fitzgerald challenges the prevailing misconception surrounding cure and care. In conventional medicine, symptoms are often seen as adversaries to be eliminated, leading to a focus on symptom suppression.

Natural hygiene offers a refreshing perspective, viewing symptoms as intelligent responses that signal the body’s natural healing processes. It underscores the importance of caring for the individual, providing the necessary conditions and support for the body to restore its normal state of health.

Recognizing the challenges in shifting paradigms and overcoming ingrained beliefs, Dr. Fitzgerald reminds us of the transformative power of natural hygiene.

By embracing a holistic approach, honoring the body’s wisdom, and creating an environment for healing, individuals can embark on a journey toward vibrant health and well-being.

This captivating episode serves as a catalyst for reevaluating our understanding of health and our role in our own well-being, inspiring us to tap into the timeless principles of natural hygiene.

[02:00]             Frustration with the health of high school students was catalyst enough for a


[04:00]             Why Natural Hygiene is so effective

[08:30]             Counterintuitive medical practices

[14:30]             Medical misinformation and what to do about it

[18:00]             The case for fasting

[22:00]             What the body goes through when fasting

[27:30]             Avoid rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic  

[30:30]             When you’re tired, your muscles get tight

[32:00]             Meditation, tapping and other helpful modalities

[37:30]             Dr. Fitzgerald recommends membership in the NHA

About Dr. Greg Fitzgerald

Dr. Greg Fitzgerald is a highly esteemed healthcare professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience in osteopathy, chiropractic care, and naturopathy. He embarked on his educational journey at the prestigious Pacific College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he pursued a dual degree program in Osteopathic Medicine and Chiropractic. Additionally, he attended the Sydney College of Chiropractic, further honing his skills in chiropractic care. In 1983, he successfully graduated from both institutions, earning his degrees.

Prior to his osteopathic and chiropractic studies, Dr. Fitzgerald dedicated himself to a comprehensive three-year full-time course in Naturopathy, emphasizing his commitment to a holistic approach to healthcare. During this period, he gained invaluable insights into natural healing modalities and complementary therapies.

Throughout his education, Dr. Fitzgerald had the privilege of being under the tutelage of Dr. Alec Burton, an esteemed figure in the field of Osteopathy and the Dean of Osteopathy at the time. Under Dr. Burton’s guidance, Dr. Fitzgerald was fortunate to be introduced to the timeless principles of Natural Hygiene, which greatly influenced his approach to healthcare.

With over four decades of professional experience, Dr. Fitzgerald has established a thriving private practice in Sydney, Australia. His dedication and expertise have earned him a stellar reputation among his patients and peers. Driven by a passion for sharing knowledge, he has also contributed to the field through his work as a lecturer. Prior to travel restrictions, he had the honor of delivering lectures at the NHA’s Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, for three consecutive years.

In recognition of his expertise, Dr. Fitzgerald was interviewed by Mark Huberman, the NHA President, for Health Science in 2018, further cementing his position as a trusted authority in the healthcare community. He continues to share his insights and expertise through his contributions to True Natural Health, the Australian Natural Health Society’s quarterly magazine, where he is featured as a regular contributor.

Dr. Greg Fitzgerald’s impressive educational background, extensive clinical experience, and commitment to holistic healthcare make him a revered and highly sought-after healthcare professional in the field of osteopathy, chiropractic care, and naturopathy.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, and stress.

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy the incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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