Unfortunately, medicine always had a missing link. People are dying and suffering regardless of modern technology. And, even though we have had many breakthroughs in modern medicine and have saved many lives because of it, we are still missing a vital importance in the meaning of health. What is means to be healthy. And how to restore the body of sickness. I applaud the Doctors who have took the initiative to think and perform outside the box. The box of modern medicine was, and still is too narrow. So narrow, no patient can fit!
It is promising to be in a world that is opening their minds -literally- to a new Mind/Body medicine. The mind is so powerful, that one thought can manifest the future of your health or even disease. The mind can even, dare we say, heal a disease.
At first, wrapping your mind around this can seem esoteric, and rightly so. The ability to understand how your thoughts become your action, takes patience. And patience isn’t a practice that many Americans can handle.
People suffer from an injury that took years to develop, one small move - bending over - is all it takes to send their bodies over the edge into debilitating pain. To the point where their back says, “I can’t sustain this anymore! I have been supporting your unhealthy habits for years!” Yet, most of my patients ask, “How long will it take to heal, Doc.” Because, as you might very well know, they have a life to get back (pun intended) to and can not be dragged down by this! What do you mean, you don’t want to take the time to take care of the very thing that allows you to stand upright?!! Sure, one visit to my office will fix a lifetime of overuse and underpaid treatment to your back. Now is the time to give it a rest, to listen to your body, to understand its likes and dislikes. I have heard many people say, “you don’t know your back is there until you can feel it.” That is exactly why it is crying out. You don’t listen to your body. You ignore it, abuse it, and eventually it breaks up with you. Just like a spouse would if you gave him or her the same treatment. So, here you are, suffering and impatient. What are you going to do? Go to the PCP and get pain meds. That way you can play the round of golf without feeling any pain. You can live your life without ever knowing or feeling your back. Until the pain meds wear off and the injury is still there. The damage to your back is getting worse. And your body starts to compensate in other areas. Setting your body up for further injury down the road, but this time your hip, your ankle, your knee will cry out! Now you’re a mess! Are you going to take the time and spend the money for quality care? Or maybe, ignore the pain again, bring on the cortisone shots! That must be the answer, but hey, if that doesn’t work, there is always surgery! But, do you even have the time or patience for proper post surgical rehab when you didn’t take that time when the injury happened in the first place?!
This, "hurry-up fix me doc," mentality is relayed throughout our society. We want our happy meals fast and cheap. Versus indulging in a home cooked, organic (free of toxins) meal. We want a pill to lose weight and a pill to fall asleep. A drink to forget our miseries and a cup of joe to keep us alive! Sadly this mentality is seen at our very own Doctors office. Aren’t Doctors supposed to be the epitome of health? Doctors inhale lunch full of toxins and take anti-acids to relieve themselves of the very own symptom their patients complain about. They spend 2 minutes to diagnose, write a prescription, and send them on their way.
What if we took the time to “reset.” To indulge in the moments we are in. To really listen to our bodies and understand how injuries and disease manifest. It doesn’t take one moment for your body to create a disease, it is a lifetime of programed choices. Choices that we don’t take the time to understand the effects it might have on our system later on. And even when these choices lead up to an injury, we need to take that opportunity to make a change. Change our thoughts in order to heal. Thoughts about your health, thoughts about how you treat your body. Thoughts will eventually turn into your destiny. A destiny that you can consciously choose, because you will be listening.
“Age” is just a series of injuries that have not yet been helped….
Medicine’s missing link, is within yourself. You have to own your body and be responsible for it. Take care of it, caress it, massage it… Much like Chris Farley does in the video clip below. If we take care of our bodies- it will thrive. If we don’t, we will destroy it!
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