I have reviewed many of Hippocrates quotes and considering the man was born around 460 BC, it is truly a prodigious feat to have achieved the level of recognition and respect that continues to the present day. As you read the following quotes, think about his wisdom and how it applies to the good health of our society today.
“Walking is man’s best medicine”. I have told my patients that movement is one of the keys to life. Anything living that stops moving ultimately dies. Movement allows the body to perform all functions necessary to sustain maximum function.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. It is wise to recognize that the earth bears all the food needed to fuel our bodies. Synthetic technology will never be able to duplicate or replace the values that real food offers. If we suffer from the absence of good health, it is not the result of a pharmaceutical deficiency. It is the deficiency in our willingness to do what is needed to maintain optimal health.
“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has”. As doctors, our vision of health has become too tunneled. We want a simple algorithm to take us from diagnosis to cure. We have lost the ability to recognize the wholeness of a person and the importance to provide treatment to the whole person rather than simply treating the disease. Patch Adams, MD once quoted, “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” As doctors, we need to lift our faces from the computer screen and look our patients directly in their eyes. This will help us open our hearts and our minds to THEIR NEEDS and provide better care!
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease”. Hippocrates knew there was an innate intelligence within our bodies and recognized the importance it played in good health. Today we call this our Immune System. This is our army that combats disease. If our immune system is in a state of Dis-Ease, it is unable to maintain optimal health. Poor dietary habits, high levels of stress, improper hydration (WATER), sedentary lifestyles, inadequate sleep and poor nerve communication as a result of spinal nerve interference (chiropractic care), lead to the weakening of the immune system. Many people turn to doctors with recurring illnesses for a cure and are usually prescribed some form of drug (ex. Antibiotic). Will this strengthen the immune system? Is the drug the solution to the underlying problem? I am not opposed to medication, but the treatment should not end with the drug. We as physicians need to educate (which is the definition of doctor) our patients on their role for the outcome to be successful. Good health is NOT the absence of disease. Good health is the balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
I hope this information provides some insight and motivates some self introspection. Are you taking responsibility for your health? Are you setting an example for your friends and family to help navigate the roads to better health? Are you tired of the health care system’s financial burdens and bureaucratic red tape? Are you simply TIRED OF FEELING BAD? Please let me know your thoughts. Reply to this blog with any questions. I will gladly offer my thoughts. Wishing you and yours the best in good health and happiness.