What have we lost? Body Wisdom, Health Care!

I had a blister on my face. I just let it go, out of some deep knowing it would go away on its own. I had read about the military doctors before “modern medicine”. For the many wounded they would say, “Let him stew in his own juices.” Many of the body’s own defense mechanisms take time for healing. Nowadays, with “modern medicine”, we can have at hand the all-too-ready quick “commercially advertised” fixes. My facial blemish just went away, with time.

The sad case of a young actor who recently died of an overdose might be the poster-boy for quick fixes that go against the grain of body wisdom, learning self-preservation. One ought to be able to empathize with one’s own body, assisted by thoughtful reflection on, and consideration of the problem. I was able to recall my experiences with the nutritional literature I subscribed to and do for myself what any normally intelligent person can. It’s tough when you can think that medicine knows something you do not know. But trust yourslf to know, or know how to find out. And always check your motivation level: how much do you want to live? How long do you want to live? What must you move yourself to do to make your answer happen?

Are our medical practitioners as oriented to body wisdom as they ought to be? How many would take the time to explain body wisdom approach in each case? Do they have a vested (unspoken) interest in the full waiting room or are they prepared to work for preventative medicine? As they are, more so in England, where the pay system is different because of health care innovations.

Any talk of improving medical care in the U.S. should note what differences will be made by a national health care system. (See Moore’s Sicko.) Preventative measures will make us all more healthy by making self-reliance and personal responsibility a greater factor and more prevalent. A Brit doctor has an added vested interested in keeping people out of the waiting room. Much of the preventative literature came out of the British press.

Two of the most prominent issues in the current campaign should point to two of the most important obligations of government in a world class democracy of which we often boast, HEALTH and EDUCATION. Prima facie evidence of best government practice. Which party can deliver the goods?

We are nearly all of us amateur eaters, where we should be professionals. We are nearly all of us amateur tenants of a body where we should be professionals.

Look at that body. Do you see pride of ownership? Or do you see a slumlord?

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