What Are Symptoms For?

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We live in a society where our healthcare system is about controlling symptoms and ignoring the root cause of disease. What are symptoms? Symptoms are a warning sign that something is going wrong in your body. Once you learn how to read and understand them, your health will improve ten-fold.

What Happens When Your “Check Engine” Light Comes On?


Here’s the conventional healthcare model in a nutshell: You’re driving around in your car and the check engine light comes on. You take it in to the mechanic. When you get the car back, the check engine light is no longer on.




You continue to drive the car around for a week but it suddenly dies on the highway. Upon closer inspection you realize that the check engine light never went off. There was just a small black piece of tape over it!



It’s the same principle when you go in to see your doctor about a chronic headache, a stomach condition or a rash. He looks you over for a few minutes, takes note of your symptoms, and gives you a pill or cream to prevent you from feeling the pain or discomfort. This is just like the small black piece of tape over your check engine light.



Eventually, your body builds up a tolerance to the drug and your symptoms return. What’s worse, the drug you’re taking usually comes with a few side effects. These cause more symptoms you’ll need more drugs to counteract. You’re not actually solving any of your health problems this way.



You are synthetically suppressing your body’s natural warning mechanism and setting yourself up for worsening health problems down the line.

Conventional Versus Holistic Medicine

I’m not saying conventional medicine is all bad. Not at all. In emergency cases, where you need to be stabilized and your life depends on it, you need conventional medicine. No amount of herbs is going to re-attach a leg after a horrific car accident, after all.



However, when it comes to treating chronic ailments such as digestive disorders, headaches, back pain, and autoimmune disease, you’re much better off turning to holistic medicine. Holistic medicine is “whole person” medicine. Holistic practitioners like osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and nutritionists treat you as a whole person, instead of just a set of symptoms with medical insurance.



When you visit with a holistic practitioner, they’ll spend real time with you. They’ll take your full history of your health problems, your family’s health problems, and even your emotional experiences. They’ll get a sense of you as an entire human being so they can figure out where your “dis-ease” originated.



A holistic practitioner will advise dietary and lifestyle changes, a healthy exercise program, and herbs and supplements to boost your body’s natural ability to heal. There is no symptom suppression in holistic medicine unless it’s critical to stabilizing your condition.



What are symptoms? They are your body’s warning signs that something is wrong. That headache, indigestion, or back problem is telling you that you’re allergic to something in your environment or your stress levels are too high.



Symptoms are designed to gently clue you into the effect your current lifestyle is having on your body. If you continue to ignore and suppress these critical warning signs, you’ll feel fine for a short time, but your health will only get worse.



The best way to avoid diabetes, autoimmune disease, and cancer is to listen to your body’s warning signs and take a holistic approach to real healing. If you’ve been struggling with mystery symptoms for years or even decades and you’re now on more drugs than you can count, get a second opinion.




Find an osteopathic physician or other holistic practitioner in your area who can help you figure out what your symptoms are telling you. Once you get to the root cause of disease and eliminate it, you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier life.



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About Author: Jaime A. Heidel