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Are We in Charge of Our Health?

August 23, 2011

Are we in charge of our health? YES! to a large extent.

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In this era of groundbreaking scientific discoveries, we can't deny that medicine has gone a long way to help increase life expectancy and fight disease, however, this does not take the responsibility of our health away from us. In fact, the more complex and sophisticated medicine has become, the more we need to get involved in healing our bodies.

Our health is the result of a balance between our physical body, our mind and our soul, if we disregard any of these three inseparable parts of us, we are not seeing ourselves as a whole.

A Doctor alone cannot possibly begin to understand the complexity of every person's wholeness and balance, giving Doctors the total responsibility for our health is not fair on them, nor is it going to help us. Doctors are trained to treat our bodies as a working machine, and they know how the physical body works, so we can take advantage of their particular knowledge and work in collaboration with them.

If we get actively involved with our doctors, our chances of healing are much greater because we know ourselves better than they ever will, so we need to help them, as opposed to blindly giving them the last word.

First of all, we should try to stay healthy by finding balance between our body, our mind and our soul. This is not always easy, since we are a pretty complex mix.
We can start by respecting our physical body: eating well, resting enough, exercising, etc. We should also understand that our thoughts and our emotions play an important role in our health, so we have to beware of what is in our minds and the emotions that come as a result of our thoughts.

We should look into alternatives: Nowadays, antibiotics are given way too much and way too easily, as well as other medications that in some cases are not even necessary and their side effects can be very damaging to our bodies. I am personally a great supporter of alternative and holistic medicine.

I do not intend to dismiss the capacity of traditional doctors, but I believe that a doctor that has a holistic view and is trained in/or supports alternative medicine, has a certain "openness" that allows him/her to look deeper into the patient reality and is more likely to be successful as a healer.

I really like this statement I found from the Canadian Association of Holistic Medicine:

Holistic medicine is a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health.
It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and well being.

There are so many sources of wisdom in ancestral practices like: Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Shamanism, etc... that should not be dismissed, in the same way as our OWN wisdom and intuition should not be dismissed, we DO have a saying on our health, and we need to claim it!!

If you wish to be more involved in your health, try to find a Doctor that sees you as a whole, and even if you can't find such a Doctor, be inquisitive, be informed, watch your thoughts, watch your emotions, trust your intuition, listen to your body, practice meditation, etc.

It is also important to note that what you BELIVE in, is what will most likely help you, so if you believe that a drug will help you, it probably will, as much as if you believe an herb will help you, it will, too.

Our beliefs (whether they are conscious or unconscious) have a great impact in the outcome of a treatment, whatever it is.

There are tons of resources out there for you to be well informed, but pick them wisely, because you can find a lot of wrong information online!
Here below I wanted to share some books and websites that I find useful.

Books

  • Love, Medicine and Miracles, By Bernie Siegel. This book is short and well worth reading, it is written by a surgeon that realized the importance of his patients personal involvement in the success of their healing.

  • Another great book is: The Creation of Health: The Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Responses That Promote Health and Healing, By Caroline Myss.

  • A good reference book: Prescription for Nutritional Healing : A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies.

Websites

I wish you all great health and well being!, and don't forget to do your part!

Have a great week!

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