Updated version of original article “What Are Symptoms For?”
A better title would be “Why You Shouldn’t JUST Treat Your Symptoms” (because nobody wants to live in agonizing pain), but this information is way too important for you not to read.
Our healthcare system is all about controlling symptoms and ignoring the root cause of disease. Because of this, we tend to spend more time treating our symptoms than actually looking for the cause of them!
Symptoms are a warning sign that something is going wrong in your body, which is why it’s vitally important to learn how to read and understand them!
Would You Want Your Mechanic to Do This??
You’re driving home from the grocery store when your ‘check engine’ light comes on. The next day, you take it to your trusty mechanic, and, when you get your car back ($350 later), your ‘check engine’ light is no longer on.
Awesome. Problem solved!
Blissfully innocent, you drive your car around for a few more days, and it suddenly dies on the highway in the middle of rush hour.
Upon closer inspection, you realize that the ‘check engine’ light never went off! That jackass mechanic just put a small black piece of tape over it!
You’d be livid, right? What an utterly ridiculous thing to do, and to CHARGE you for it!? Oh, he’s going to get a piece of your mind, isn’t he?
This Is Exactly How Modern Healthcare Responds to Your Symptoms
You’d be furious at the mechanic, but most people never think to be mad at the doctor who does the exact same thing!
Let’s say you go to your doctor with a chronic headache, a stomach condition, or a rash. He looks you over for a few seconds, mutters something unintelligible at you, and hands you a prescription 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. The prescription is just a mask for your symptoms!
Moreover, your body eventually builds up a tolerance and your symptoms return anyway. What’s worse, the drug you’re taking usually comes with a few side effects.
So, this means you’ll need another drug to deal with them, and another drug means still more symptoms you’ll need more drugs to counteract.
Conventional Versus Holistic Medicine
I’m not saying conventional medicine is all bad. Not at all. In emergency cases, where life or limb depends on it, you need conventional medicine. No amount of herbs, meditation, or yoga is going to re-attach a leg after a terrible 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 a “whole person” approach to medicine. Holistic practitioners such as osteopathic physicians, 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 and actually listen to you. They’ll ask for a full history of all of your health problems and symptoms, your family’s current and prior health problems, your emotional experiences, and even your upbringing!
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 often advise dietary and lifestyle changes, a healthy exercise program, and herbs and supplements to boost your body’s natural ability to heal.
In holistic medicine, the concentration isn’t on suppressing symptoms but rather getting to the root cause of them so disease can be cured.
Remember: Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. That headache, indigestion, or muscle pain that just won’t go away is telling you that you’re allergic to something in your environment, your stress levels are too high, or your immune system is compromised.
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 properly treat diabetes, autoimmune disease, and digestive conditions, is to listen to your body’s warning signs and take a more holistic approach to healing.
Even if you’ve been struggling with mystery symptoms for years or even decades, and you’re now on more drugs than you can count, you can still get a second (or a third, or a forth, or a fiftieth) opinion.
Find an osteopathic physician or another 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.