Health vs. Illness Education

Health, what is it?

Many people believe that health is an absence of symptoms. The main focus in ‘healthcare’ today is to get rid of symptoms as quickly as possible. The symptoms are looked upon as being the main problem. If a person has a headache, they usually take aspirin or a similar medication.

The reality is that the headache is there because of some underlying cause not from a lack of aspirin. There are many other symptoms that people readily dismiss or cover up such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting, joint pain, emotions, etc. By taking this approach of medicating the symptoms, the true causes can never be dealt with. Not only does the initial cause remain but it can lead to far worse problems down the road.


Warning Signs

Consider this: most people treat their cars better than their own bodies. Our cars have warning lights on the dash to let us know that something is wrong.

What do we do with that light? Cover it with tape and ignore it? Of course not. We take the car in for maintenance or repair work. Now consider this: your body already has its own method of warning signals to alert you to a potential need for care.

Warning Signals in your body are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • PMS
  • Fever
  • And More…

These signals should be seen as red flags or warning lights that alert you that something is wrong in your body.

We Are Designed To Heal

So then, what is health if it’s not the absence of symptoms? It is a state in which your body can operate at its optimum level. This would include the maximum healing achievable after injury and appropriate reaction to stress and illness, in order to maintain your health.

To illustrate, imagine if a person swallows a poison. Their system should get rid of it as quickly as possible by vomiting. Once the vomiting is over, the body returns to being healthy again. On the other hand, the body may not be capable of ridding itself of the poison because the system is too weak to respond due to past trauma, or because of previous medication use that has shut down the normal responses of the body. When the body is unable to release poison it will store the foreign substance in the tissues, fat cells, and joints to protect the major organs and glands from being affected.

Over Time We Accumulate "Layers"

Remember, our body is an organism that is innately in survival mode. The systems are designed to protect the vital organs. By storing toxins within the hiding places of the body it can continue to function as if nothing happened…for a brief time. If the body is not truly healthy, it will accumulate layers of unresolved issues including:

  • Physical Trauma
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Infections

If enough layers of accumulation build up over time, various symptoms will arise. The symptoms depend on what area of the body is being affected the most. Many times even injuries occur because there was already a weakness in the area before the trauma. My approach to health and illness is to find out what the body needs. This may include:

  • Structural/Chiropractic Health
  • Nutritional Support
  • Emotional Assistance

This allows the body to heal, using its God-given ability, one layer at a time. Disease and injury are peeled off like the layers of an onion. The body is able to balance itself and return to optimum health. The end result is that the symptoms disappear and true health is restored.