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Preventing Illness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 19:18
Contrary to what the medical profession would like us to believe "modern" medicine is not truly interested or directed at prevention of illness. Over the past centuries it has not been the medical profession that has been concerned about illness and prevention of illness rather it has been a small group of men and women (some of whom have been physicians) who have often taken their lives and personal reputations in hand and researched, developed and then stood up for what they believed.

Take for example Johann Schimmelweiz, an obscure Austrian Physician and Obstetrician. Schimmelweiz made the following observation, if a physician would merely wash his hands between deliveries and examinations, the risk of childbed fever, one of the leading causes of death in the world at that time (the 19th Century), the incidence of this complication could be significantly reduced. Tens of thousands even millions of lives could be saved. When Schimmelweiz made his observations known to his physician colleagues, they laughed at him. The more he pursued trying to get his fellow physicians to wash their hands the greater the reaction against him. Eventually, he was thrown out of medicine, and put into a mental institution for his beliefs.

Today, no physician, surgeon or obstetrician would perform surgery, examine a patient or deliver a baby without scrubbing their hands and wearing latex gloves to protect their patient and themselves from infection. Yet, most have little or no understanding of the real cause of disease and that most illnesses treated in medical practice could be prevented.

Most discoveries of prevention are made by single physicians or people like you and me, who see something that is dangerous and want to change it. Compared to many other industries the medical profession lags way behind the rest of our society. In recent years attention to injury has brought prevention into focus in the auto manufacturing industry with seat belts, crash bags, safety glass, crush zones. The airline industry is another area where prevention has become important.

To the average physician, prevention relates to immunization. Immunization has been one area of medicine where there has been a clear intention to find viral and bacterial diseases and create vaccines to give the body immunity to them. In the past 100 years we have literally eliminated yellow fever, dengue, polio, small pox, diphtheria, pertussis from the raging killers they once were.

To do this, hundreds maybe even thousands of men and women, some medical doctors, other scientists and still others just interested parties banded together to recognize these problems and find solutions. Their efforts ranged from simple tasks such as washing ones hands to complex tasks such as redesigning sewer systems and sanitation systems for whole cities. New ways of looking at what we eat and what problems our diet may cause (such as feeding British sailors limes to keep them from getting scurvy), improving roads, decreasing pollution in the air, changing environmental factors, and even going to the moon and outer space has added to our knowledge of what cause’s illness, safety and environmental problems.

In each of these situations a problem was identified and one or more people set to work looking for a solution. Whatever the final results solution, it was created not by a system, but by individuals.

This also true with prevention of illness. If you want to keep yourself healthy, you cannot count on the medical profession to do it for you nor bring to you, the means by which it can be done. Only area of your life where this is not true, at this moment, is in the area of immunization.

If you want to live longer and be healthier you must find the answers for yourself. You can neither rely on the medical profession nor on your own personal doctor. The medical profession is not directed at solving medical problems but rather treating them with medications and surgery. We like to think of the "modern" medical profession as a system of "Interventive medicine." That is, you must first become broken or sick before they can fix you. The system has little interest in preventing the creation of your health problems however, once you are sick the full resources of the medical profession can be brought to bear for you. They can 1) fix you, and 2) keep you from getting sicker.

This is much like the concept of closing and locking the barn door after the horses have left. While it is true that if you have become sick it is important to stop and even reverse the illness process, but the system should be designed to keep you from getting sick in the first place, rather than waiting for you to get sick, and then trying to get you will.

Over the course of the next months and years we will begin a process of organizing a resource area on this web site where you, the participant and focal point, can look to and find information on how you can improve your health, prevent illness, insure well-being and heal yourself and your loved ones who have become ill.

Prevention has little or nothing to do with taking medications, having surgery. It does relate to changing your negative habits, improving your life style, improving your diet, exercising more often, thinking and feeling better. It may include problem solving and if necessary being in therapy.

 

Healing has everything to do with:

  • Creating a safe and wholesome living situation
  • Proper exercise and stretching
  • Positive thinking, elimination of lies, and unresolved conflicts
  • Mental and emotional harmony and balance
  • Working at a job or career, which supports you, your family and your lifestyle
  • Creating a healthy supportive system of relationships, love and nurturing
  • An emotionally healthy spiritual view of life, living in an intelligent Universe
  • Appropriate nutrition for your own individual needs

Another way to look at prevention is the creation of harmony and balance between the six major forces of our life. When talking about the concept of harmony and balance it is not intended to mean that each of these forces must be equal at all times for they are rarely equal at any given moment.

Instead they are dynamic and related to the moment and to our overall life situation. For some, the spiritual aspect of life is the most important part of life. For others the non-spiritual worldly self is most important. This balance may change over time as it has historically does in India where when a mature man reaches his forties he may leave the business/relationship world to enter into a monastic and spiritual life.

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For the majority of us simply balancing work (job, career, avocation), play (a combination of physical, mental, family and often even spiritual aspects of self, which may include hobbies, sports, reading, and even watching TV or movies), family (marriage, children, parents, brothers and sisters, and friends), physical (the physical aspects of life, including but not limited to our diet, the physical, mental and emotional environment we live in, where we live, daily exercise patterns, our stress, relaxation, the times we live in) as well as the mental aspects of our life (how we see ourselves what we believe about ourselves, our view point, religion, what we allow to stress us, our emotions and the choices we make and the reasons we use to make them) and finally, our spiritual aspect (where and how we see our selves in the Universe, how we relate to the Intelligence of the Universe, religion, our conceptualizations of life and death, birth and rebirth and enlightenment).

As you will likely see here immediately, there is often a significant amount of cross over and interrelationship between definitions and subgroups within these Six Aspects. Nothing operates alone or in a vacuum. In the end however, each aspect has a role in how we live our life and our mind, spirit, and body can work either for us or against us in creating health or illness.

The concept of harmony and balance is one which is fluid and can only be arrived at through self knowing, listening to our thoughts and our body, as well as understanding our spiritual self. For most of us this can only be accomplished through a process of trial and error. Unfortunately, the majority of people, have lost sight of this concept and see life as fixed in a process of right and wrong, good and bad rather than trying, learning, growing and evolving.

Harmony and balance are determined by our inner feelings of self-knowing when we do what makes us feel good (and is in the best interest of the community) then we feel good about ourselves, when we do something that makes us feel uncomfortable or bad we have violated our inner truth and often what is in the best interest of our community.

When we eat poor quality foods, we do not feel good, when we breathe fouled air we feel ill, when we cheat, lye or steal, we feel as if we have done something wrong. When we do not get enough rest, we feel tired and when we have too many negative thoughts we feel negative or depressed. It is as simple as that. The problem is not in our inner striving for harmony and balance but rather in the confusion of our society which has distorted our beliefs, and hence our ability to recognize how we feel and recognize what we really know.

Today many people believe that it is more important to work for money and the financial good of the family, than it is to work for the emotional, mental and spiritual good of the family. Hence, children act out their loneliness, their frustration and their sense of rejection in the form of rebellion and juvenile delinquency. Bad kids you ask? No children who are crying out, children who are out of balance because their parents are out of balance.

The physical body acts in the same way. When one or more of the Six Aspects are out of balance stress is created. This is natures system for telling us we have fallen out of harmony and balance. If we listen to our body and use our feelings and inner knowledge to correct the imbalances we learn, we grow and we evolve. Through a process of trial and error we work at solving problems, more learning, more growth and more evolution. If we try again and again until we can ultimately solve all problems and conflicts. In doing this we recreate our internal harmony and balance, we then can evolve to our highest level on that issue. When we do this stress is relieved and our body and its chemical, neurologic and hormonal systems, as well as its immune system, is brought back into optimal functioning and performance.

If we do not try, or if we only try and give up, if we try and do not learn or grow, or if we end up not finding solutions or picking faulty solutions, our body cannot return to normal optimal function but will instead remain in a state of stress. Ultimately chemical, neurologic, hormonal and immune systems remain out of balance and illness will not only enter into us, for our body will not be capable of optimally resisting or fighting it and illness will be the end result.

In this series of short papers, we are looking at these issues, we will be dissecting them and pointing out how this process, the breakdown of wellness and the creation of illness works and what you can do about it. The key however, is not within the physical body and what it does right or wrong, nor is it in the bacteria, viruses, parasites or external events that effect us as the medical profession would have us believe, rather it is within us and in what we believe about our selves and the world we live in. To help you to understand this you will require an open mind. Here you can see how it starts for what we believe can alter how we see the world. This can change what we think about our life experiences and what we believe in and hence how we respond to trying, learning, growing and evolving.

Illness, disease, cancer and most life-threatening diseases are preventable. Until they reach the stage of chronic disease or irreversible disability they can be reversed. Once irreversible, there is still hope, even with loss of function, to live a healthy and happy life.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 23:04