Our whole life we have been led astray. We have been made to believe that the better we feel the healthier we are. As a result, we have created a society where we value getting relief over true health and healing. While it seems logical to want to feel better, it has led to us having chronic, preventable, debilitating diseases.
It is human nature to want to avoid pain as much as possible. However, pain is a normal function of the body. Pain is what protects us from injuring ourselves further. If I sprain my ankle while running, pain and inflammation are the result. These innate responses are here to help, not harm us. Inflammation is how we heal ourselves, and the pain is to make sure we don’t use the foot while that healing is taking place. Here is where we make the mistake, we are taught to rest, ice, compress, and elevate that ankle while taking an Advil or Ibuprofen. All of these actions are done to make the body “heal quicker.” If you follow the office on Facebook you might have read that a lot of research is coming out against the whole idea of RICE. Your ankle will feel better faster; however by stopping the inflammatory healing process, your ankle will take longer to heal, and that may end up causing a chronic condition.
This is just one small example of how we have been taught to sacrifice our overall health for temporary relief. In fact, we don’t have a “health care” system in this country; we have a “relief care” system whose only purpose is to cover up symptoms.
There are two types of symptoms your body produces; those that WARN you and those that HEAL you and both are great for you. Anytime you do something to suppress a symptom you are either stopping the healing process of your body, or covering up the warning signal. Whether it’s pain, inflammation, fever, cough, sneezing, aches, or depression; stopping these symptoms from expressing themselves leads to a better feeling, but more diseased body.
We have spent the past 5,000 years looking for the “cures of disease.” The end result is thousands of ways to cover up symptoms. I suggest that instead of blocking our symptoms, we begin to search for what causes health. If this switch happens we will see more progress in health in the next 50 years than we have in the past 5,000 years combined.