“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” ~ Hippocrates
I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in the last century or so, our health was taken from us.
How? It was a gradual process. It probably started with the development of penicillin. Suddenly, infections weren’t such a major cause of death. But we had to go to doctors to get the drug. And that changed how we thought about doctors.
That small change helped us start thinking we needed to see doctors every time we got sick. Before that, people were generally more self-sufficient. They used natural remedies and let nature do the healing. Only in extreme conditions did they go to the doctor.
In those earlier times the doctor was more than someone who wrote a prescription. People looked to doctors for guidance and wisdom. Is that how you see your doctor today? Many people would say no.
Regardless of how it used to be, lots of people these days think their doctor is the source of their health. But in reality, most doctors are sources of drugs and other invasive techniques. Mostly doctors take the attitude that they have to do something, anything. And that isn’t always the best approach.
As evidence for this statement, look at the long list of side effects for most drugs. And at best, they generally only manage symptoms. They almost never fix the deeper underlying problem. It’s quite a trade off. Big side effects for no cure.
Are there exceptions? Sure. I’d be the first one to go to the doctor if I had a life-threatening emergency. The thing modern medicine does best is keep people alive who might otherwise die. For chronic degenerative disease, the silver bullet techniques of medical profession don’t make a dent.
In fact, your body’s natural ability to heal is far more powerful than anything medicine has to offer. Conditions like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease are not what should be treated. They are, in fact, the expression of the real underlying problems.
For these types of chronic issues, the best approach is helping the body do what it knows how to do. The worst approach is treating the condition itself. Chronic conditions always happen for one of two reasons.
- The body chronically fails to get everything it needs to be healthy.
- The presence of one or more stressors / blocking factors that undermine function.
True healing can never be found by chasing the disease. But it can almost always be found by building health.
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All the best to you for your health and happiness,