Most people think of health as the absence of disease – the absence of pain, illness, or an active diagnosis.
In truth, it’s the opposite: disease is the absence of health. If a person is overweight, the hallmark of nearly all disease, they’re lacking health – healthy lifestyle behaviors (the way they eat, move and think).
If someone gets diagnosed with cancer, the medical model is to ‘kill’ the cancer. But what caused those cells to become cancerous?
If someone gets diagnosed with cancer, the medical or allopathic model is to ‘fight’ the disease, ‘kill’ the cancer. Sounds good, right? But what caused the cancer? What made those particular cells in the body become cancerous? Doesn’t it make sense to also engage in strategies to become healthier? Or even better, employ those strategies to prevent a disease?
Human physiology doesn’t make mistakes – when there is high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity, heart attack, autoimmune disease, cancer – whatever – there’s a reason for it, it’s not a mistake, the body isn’t making an error. The body is merely adapting to its environment; your body’s environment is determined by your lifestyle choices.
The reason for a condition, a ‘dis-ease’ is a lack of health – an overwhelming influence from behaviors (stress, lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle), and/or environmental input (poor diet, toxicity) that are incongruent with human physiology, thereby causing health to deteriorate. And sometimes, for example with high blood pressure in an elderly person, it’s actually a healthy response, an appropriate response and is not a pathology. Another example is a fever – that is not a sign that your ‘sick’; it’s a sign that your body is engaging in a healthy, appropriate response to a pathogen. Taking Tylenol to quell a fever is counterproductive to your body’s immune response.