“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to care for his tools.” Spanish Proverb
With the onslaught of viruses going around, I decided that it was a good time to talk about symptoms and their purpose in our health. Many of us view symptoms as our enemies when in fact they are our friends. Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us that there is something wrong. They are the messengers of the body and it is in our best interest to listen to them and not try to simply drug them away. We must look at the symptom and determine what it is telling us. It is trying to point us to the wrong that we are doing. Symptoms are the body’s way of trying to right the wrong being done. When we drug the symptom away, we actually work against the body’s defense system. Let me explain.
Medically speaking a symptom is defined as a sign or indication of a disease or illness. It is thought that if the symptom is treated and eradicated, then the disease or illness has been cured.
Symptoms are viewed differently from a natural healing perspective. They are viewed as indicators that there is an abnormal condition within the body which is producing a state of “dis-ease”. A symptom is the body’s effort to eliminate toxins from the body; to return the body to a state of health when stimulated; to undo any damage that has been done to the body. A symptom is the body’s effort at staying alive while coping with anything detrimental that has been done or is being done to the body. Symptoms are the body’s attempt to restore health and maintain life. By treating symptoms as friends, we deal with the wrong being done instead of squashing the symptom through drugs or other means.
A fever is an example of the body doing its job of protecting us and returning us to health. When invaded by foreign organisms (viruses), the body heats up to kill the invader. There are many more examples of the body protecting us – runny nose, cough, skin eruptions, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. I encourage you to listen to your body, to try to determine the wrong-doing that needs to be righted, and to simply cooperate with the body in eliminating the dis-ease and returning back to a state of health and vitality. Instead of being in a hurry to get back to work, why not call in sick, go to bed, drink plenty of freshly squeezed juice and water, take extra Juice Plus+, fast all food to give the body more energy for healing, and be patient while your body does its job? Let’s take time to take care of our health, listen and cooperate with our body, and therefore reap the benefits in a healthy immune system that can fight off cancer and other diseases that are rampant in our society.