I want to start this article with what could seem like a simple question, what is true health?
Most people living in western culture judge the state of their health based on how they feel and how they look. It’s this mentality that is actually causing people to develop health problems and chronic pain.
Ask anyone that has survived a heart attack, “How did you feel 10 minutes before having your heart attack?” Many will tell you that they felt fine, good or even terrific. Yet they were 10 minutes away from having a potentially fatal heart attack!
There’s a great chance this person looks like the ‘average Joe‘, like you or me. They may have looked good and even felt good. However, they were NOT healthy! This is why we need to change they way our minds work by asking this important question. What is true health?
Stop Looking And Start Listening!
How many people are walking around your town RIGHT NOW with diabetes or cancer but have no idea? All because they still look and feel fine! Conversely, just because you are experiencing symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t heal!
Remember we said, “symptoms can be a blessing”. It’s actually your body doing a good thing (I know, bear with us!) letting you know there is a problem. Furthermore giving you the opportunity to fix it!
Your body giving you a symptom can be an example Of your body actually performing a proper function, so listen to your body!
Have you ever hurt your knee? The pain can literally prevent you from:
- Crouching, or bending down
Sometimes even taking a few steps feels almost impossible. However, what the pain is actually preventing you from doing is the things you shouldn’t be doing. Things that could actually make the actual problem worse.
Often, people will take a muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, or painkiller to help ease the symptom of the knee pain and allow you to get through your day with more ease. However, what you are actually doing is fighting the body’s natural self-protection mechanism and overdoing it and making the problem worse. Click here to learn more about why medications can be dangerous to your health.
The Definition Of Health
True health is not about how you feel or look. The World Health Organization’s definition of health is when your body is in a state of “complete physical, mental and social well-being”. That’s true health. Nowhere in their definition does it say being healthy is looking good or feeling fine! It’s all about function and healing!
Your body is designed to function and heal optimally IF you give it the opportunity to by removing the cause or interference. Put simply, this means removing or minimizing physical, chemical, emotional stress.
Click here to read more about the Effects Of Stress – Stress Can Be Good For You?!
Make the important decision today to stop ignoring the symptoms (and signs!) and start looking for solutions.
It’s like getting a rust spot on your car. Sure you can throw a little paint on it and make it look ok on the outside. But, eventually that rust will spread and deteriorate to the point where it’s no longer an easy fix. Don’t treat your body with that same disregard.
Stop taking medication to mask the pain! Instead, start looking for solutions so you body can heal properly and even prevent problems from rising in the first place!
I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom:
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Dr. Casey Sinclair, D.C. is a leading holistic healthcare doctor trained in functional medicine. He has extended his reach around the world by co-founding Family Health Advocacy, a health advocacy group lead by doctors and health professionals providing resources and education on global health matters. He has been fortunate to act as health a consultant to some of the largest companies in North America and as a professional speaker he’s had the privilege of speaking to thousands of people. Dr. Casey is an advocate for people suffering with chronic pain and fibromyalgia and has authored a book on the subject.