H is for Healing
“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ~ Buddha
The Japanese toast “kanpai” is a wish for health and wealth, with the understanding that health is more important and thus comes before wealth. Money comes and money goes, but without your health, you haven’t got anything.
Many people do not take charge of their own health, but instead leave to men and women called doctors, most of whom are only trained in the treatment of symptoms with patented drugs and surgical procedures. Most of them are on a payroll getting kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies when they should be interesting in curing disease and restoring optimum health to their patients.
Do not misunderstand me. There are great doctors out there that do know what they’re doing, who are interested in genuinely helping people for reasons other than money (the real-life Gregory Houses and Hank R. Lawsons) that have not allowed themselves to be corrupted by the business of medicine. Those are the sorts of doctors I would defer to if I needed help. And were I or someone I knew in a serious medical emergency or accident, I would probably go to a hospital in lieu of any other option. But for the vast majority of illnesses, it takes a long time (sometimes years) to develop these problems and the majority of them are preventable and/or psychosomatic (i.e. all in your head).
So why are we leaving our bodies in the hands of drug dealers and butchers? All a doctor is going to do is ask you questions about your body and then make an assessment based on the information and patterns he has stored in his head. He can’t possibly know your body better than you can because only you can know what you are feeling. And the information that he learned is information that you can learn as well. So why are you there listening to him?
“A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I’m sure that’s true, but they aren’t willing to make healing a high priority. They aren’t willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it.” ~ Lindsay Wagner
I’ve often said that the best way to think of your body is to think of a car and treat your body in a comparable way to how you would treat your motorized vehicle. If a car doesn’t work, it’s a technical problem and there are only so many things that it can be. To fix the car, you simply find the root cause of the problem, address it, and viola! the car will run as well as it did before … unless there’s something else that’s wrong, in which case you just step and repeat until it’s working again.
The human body is no different. Find the cause and you find the cure. But the body is also a self-correcting machine, unlike a car, because it’s alive and a system of living organisms; and if you respect it as such and treat it well, it’ll serve you well. Any medicine you give it is only as good as its ability to help the body regulate itself in getting back to homeostasis.
In my article on organic food, I stressed the importance of not putting crap into your body and in getting the right nutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, and energy you need to keep your body running. If we did just that, and nothing else, about half of the diseases in the world would be eliminated.
The children in Africa are sick primarily because their country is our waste dump and they have no food and water. Find the cause and you will find the cure. It’s as simple as that.
“Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet in an environment equally fit for birth, growth, work, healing, and dying … Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition, and die.” ~ Ivan Illich, philosopher
So what about drugs and surgery? Is there any place for them? The answer is yes, but their role is auxiliary, best used in emergencies and accidents and such. They’re more like a Plan Z than a Plan A.
As I said before, the human body is a self-correcting machine. Every part has a purpose and so the removal and replacement of such parts should be reserved as a last resort. Things like heart disease and kidney disease are preventable and the human body will suffer without them. If taken care of properly, transplants shouldn’t even become an issue.
Sometimes an organ is defective from birth, like a car that was built badly or the steel used in the Titanic. We can’t sue God for the damages, but we can correct the mistake (and, by the way, it’s only a mistake or a defect if it inhibits the person’s ability to function).
And what about drugs? There’s a simple metric for that as well. What is the cause of your problem? If your problem isn’t caused by a lack of drugs, then taking prescription and non-prescription drugs will not make you better. Do you have an aspirin deficiency? If not, then aspirin is not the solution. While it may relieve the pain, it isn’t really fixing the underlying problem, which is caused by something else. No amount of medication will fix your carpel tunnel if you continue to rest your wrists on the sharp corners of your laptop. No amount of pain killers will correct your poor posture and alleviate the pressure of your vertebrae on your lower back nerves. If you haven’t had anything to eat or drink all day, then how can ibuprofen or acetaminophen possibly stop your headaches? And if your life is causing you stress, why would anti-depressants be a better option than a cup of hot tea and a vacation?
Then, on top of not fixing these problems, the over-abundance of such toxins in your body can wreak havoc on your systems and lead to other potentially lethal side effects. Who in their right mind would volunteer themselves for all of that? Someone not in their right mind, that’s who. A little may not hurt, but a lot will most certainly kill you, and there are people ingesting and injecting themselves with drugs on a virtually daily basis. Maybe we’re simply fighting the wrong enemies in the drug wars, because we’ve certainly become a nation of medicinal junkies.
The body is a machine and its problems are technical. Find the cause and you find the cure. You can do this yourself with a little bit of knowledge and experience. And the usage of drugs and surgery should be limited to only medical emergencies.
“Man thought he had a human spirit. That is totally incorrect. Man is a human spirit, which is enwrapped more or less in a mind, which is in a body.” ~ L Ron Hubabrd
Man is a spirit in a mind in a body, like a Russian nesting doll, setting one inside the other (and then at times we have our body in something else and this continues). The spirit directs the mind and then the mind directs the body and then the body in turn acts upon the world around us and interacts with it. But because the mind controls the body, the health of the mind means the health of the body and so it’s not enough to simply figure out the machine. Even the best working car can’t make up for driver error and so we must learn what causes damage to our psyche as well and then work to correct that.
The brain is an organ, a physical machine. It runs on electricity and, at least according to one theory, is the recipient of all electrical signals from the cells. It is the central office, the capital of the nation that is you. Direct all complaints here, it says, and we will take care of you. Along with that information comes all the pain felt by the body and the brain sends this information to the mind, which is the president and the emperor, who determines what course of action must then be taken. Depending on the condition of the mind, it may make rational decisions or it may be affected by mental aberrations (bad advisers) and be in the habit of making poor or irrational decisions that affect the overall health of the body at large. To make the best decisions possible, we must weed out the aberrations of fear and guilt and shame and pain and grief and doubt and so forth until only love and logic remain. Then and only then will be truly be able to heal.
All this obviously represents a huge financial loss to the companies that make products tailored to those diseases. There is nothing wrong with companies making a profit off their contributions to society, but when they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep in business, we have to draw the line somewhere. It’s us or them and I’d rather be on the side that wins that battle.
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