Have you ever had a cold or flu?
And you recognized that you were sick because of a set of symptoms that appeared which were previously not common in your daily life?
We all recognize the classic symptoms of a cold like a runny nose, headache, congestion, or cough. Or the fever, chills, and vomiting typically associated with a flu. We get that these symptoms are indicators that our immune systems are trying to recover our health.
We get that eventually these symptoms will go away.
So is it that much of a stretch to apply this same type of thinking to any set of symptoms?
Let's say that you have been diagnosed with a "disease" like diabetes. Your symptoms probably include elevated blood glucose levels and possibly you are overweight.
But what if you find the root cause of your symptoms in the first place so that they can be eliminated?
What if your blood glucose levels are lowered to a healthy range without medication and you lose weight?
Do you still have symptoms of this disease?
Without symptoms do you still have this disease?
I hope people will come to start thinking of their health concerns like having the cold.
They have a set of symptoms. But it doesn't mean that their symptoms have to last. It doesn't mean that these symptoms have to define their lives. It doesn't mean that disease has to define their lives.
Because if we begin to think of disease as a sum of its parts, then we can see where we can make progress. We can truly find the root cause of our symptoms. And we can eradicate the symptoms instead of alleviating them through medication.
Wouldn't you rather get rid of your symptoms for good than try to cover them up?
Because the reason for our body displaying symptoms in the first place is to give us a warning. It's the body's way of telling us that something needs our attention. How incredible that our bodies have this way of communicating with us!
So we should pay attention.
And learn to appreciate our symptoms. Learn from our symptoms.
Learn to give our bodies what they need and less of what they don't need.
Because when you ignore one set of symptoms and try to hide them, mask them, then you are only asking your body to display a new set of symptoms.
Our bodies will keep speaking to us through this way until we listen.
Only when we start to understand this dialogue with our bodies will we find our way to true wellness. And out of the medicine cabinet.