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 causes people to develop the health problems and chronic pain that they do. 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 person, like you or me. They may have looked good, felt good, but they were not healthy! So we need to rethink and ask ourselves, 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 your body doing a good thing (I know, bear with us!), letting you know there is a problem and 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 literally prevents you from running, jumping, walking stairs, crouching, or bending down and sometimes even taking a few steps. The pain is actually preventing you from doing the things you shouldn’t be doing and making the 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.
It’s time 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 and 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