There are many facets to healthcare — regular exercise, eating nutritious foods, drinking pure water, keeping our teeth and spine healthy, having wonderful relationships with our loved ones and living in a world of trust that with due diligence, everything will work out in our favour. In healthcare, we work hard at staying well because we understand our inborn health potential is on the job. That focus can lead to an internal chemistry of trust that furthers our wellbeing.
Sickcare revolves around the management of symptoms, sickness and disease. It focuses on what is wrong with us. We are, as a result, always waiting to get sick. We become the worried well. When we concentrate on what is wrong with us, we develop the idea that our wellbeing is always beyond our control. That leads to an internal chemistry of fear that can foster disease.
What’s the main difference between health or sick care approaches? Healthcare looks at what supports health and sickcare looks at what makes us sick. Let’s say there are 20 people in a room and out of 20, three become ill and 17 stay well. Healthcare advocates would investigate why the 17 stayed well. Sickcare proponents would conduct studies to determine why three out of 20 got sick.
It is a fundamental law of the universe that what we concentrate on, as individuals and as a society, expands. I believe we attract either positive or negative health experiences into our life depending on what we expect. And although our belief system is not the only factor in disease, it amplifies genetic and environmental factors. We become what we think about.
Here’s the take home message. Educate yourself and act on your health when you’re feeling well, not just when you’re uncomfortable. Realize if you work at getting and staying healthy, your body is more likely to give you years of life and add life to those years.
It takes faith to realize, understand and empower yourself with the fact your body is wonderfully self-healing and self-regulating, that we’re designed to be well. But it also takes faith to believe your body is about to be overpowered by a germ, the flu, cholesterol, cancer, high blood pressure….
Why not err on the greater side of faith? It’s your choice. It’s your life.
Aloha and Peace