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The Wisdom of Symptoms 


We’ve all been there. Getting sick, we grab an over-the-counter fix. It does the trick for a while, but symptoms return, so we try another. After a while, nothing works, so it’s off to the doctor. Prescription in hand, we are hopeful that this will be the end to our suffering. But is it?

The reason it is difficult to get well and stay there is that we view symptoms as an enemy that needs to be eradicated. We never think to question WHY symptoms appear in the first place.

The Importance of Symptoms

Have you ever considered that, while uncomfortable, symptoms are actually beneficial? What if they are a brilliant part of the body’s self-regulating mechanism.

Think about the warning light on your car’s dashboard when dangerously low in oil. Ignoring the red light can damage your car’s engine. The same is true with our body. We can avoid costly “repairs” IF we supply what the body needs BEFORE it breaks down.

Is the body/mind telling us we need to:

  • Change our reaction to stress
  • Minimize junk and processed foods
  • Get more sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Cleanse and detoxify or drink more water
  • Increase vegetables and healthy fats
  • Correct deficiencies with supplements
  • Change our lifestyle or switch jobs
  • Adopt a positive attitude – negative thinking can make us sick
  • Communicate our feelings
  • Heal or end a toxic relationship

In our busy lives, we tend to ignore “warning” symptoms until they are screaming at us to do something. Our culture would tell us to mask the discomfort with drugs, but there’s a better way.

Maintaining Balance

As I mentioned before, the body is a beautiful self-regulating mechanism that constantly strives to maintain homeostasis (balance). When symptoms arise, keep in mind that they are “gestures” the body produces in order to maintain health. Interfering with this natural system is actually counter-productive, unless necessary to save your life.

Here’s how homeostasis works:

  • In cold weather, your body attempts to warm you up by tightening and loosening muscles really fast. This “shivering” reaction creates warmth.  When exposed to intense heat, sweat occurs in an effort to cool you down.
  • When arteries are injured by the overconsumption of “bad” omega 6 oils, stress, or other  factors, LDL cholesterol is summoned to mend the damage (Read The Lowdown on High Cholesterol).
  • Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to stress, whether from an illness, injury, food, or emotion. Chemicals from white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect and heal the body. This increases blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness, warmth or pain.

This mechanism works great to keep us balanced as long as treat our body well. In an unhealthy state, however, the body sometimes needs our help to complete the healing process. While drugs may be a quick fix, they don’t heal.

The Problem with Drugs 

If drugs were the answer, Americans would be the healthiest people on the planet. We take more drugs than any other country in the world.

Modern medicine tends to ignore the body’s drive to maintain homeostasis.  Instead of looking at why the body is producing symptoms – and what can be done to support this process – they focus on eradicating symptoms with surgery or drugs.

While medical intervention is sometimes necessary and can save lives, drugs don’t heal – they suppress. This “band-aid”approach can often create a worse problem than the one you began with.

For example, when a bacterial infection occurs, antibiotics are prescribed to kill the culprit – the”bad bugs” in your gut. Unfortunately, the ones who survive adapt and become stronger, while the “good guys” who keep us healthy have been wiped out. This is how we created antibiotic resistant superbugs. 

Most patients on antibiotics do not get better, so are prescribed an even stronger dose for a longer period of time. After recovery, many get sick again because the drugs have compromised the immune system.

Antibiotics, like other drugs, can also cause dangerous side-effects. A class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, must now carry “black box” warnings alerting doctors and patients that the drugs can increase the risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture. This includes the popular drug Cipro.

Supportive Therapies

Natural healing cures illness by increasing health. Complementary medicine  supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs.

Homeopathy is probably the deepest acting therapy because it identifies and treats the root cause on all levels…mental (chemical), emotional or physical. Once healed, the body no longer has the need to produce symptoms. It’s as simple as that!

Please note: Never stop taking a prescribed medication without discussing the matter with your doctor. 



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