ILLNESS OR NATURAL REACTION?
If you have ever experienced food poisoning you are well acquainted with the marathon of diarrhea and vomiting that often accompanies it.
Breathe in noxious vapors and you will undoubtedly begin coughing or sneezing. Exposure to caustic gases will cause your eyes to water.
Coughing, sneezing, fever, vomiting, diarrhea: these are all natural reactions that are designed to rid the body of foreign substances or irritants and maintain a healthy state of balance.
When you are “sick” your body reacts the way it does for a reason. If you are infected with a bacteria or virus, the body brilliantly raises its core temperature to burn up the invader. When the infection is eliminated your body temperature normalizes again. You are sick with an infection, you are not sick with a fever. Treating the fever does not address the infection.
In a similar way, vomiting and diarrhea, as unpleasant as they may be, serve a useful purpose in eliminating toxins from the body. Without these essential survival mechanisms, we would risk dying at the first exposure to poisoning. If you allow the body to work, the poisons are expelled. If you suppress the body’s natural response, the poison remains.
If you were brought up in a “traditional” household, you were raised with an abundance of pills, syrups, and lotions whose sole purpose is to prevent the body from expressing itself. We are increasingly encouraged to develop a dependence on manmade drugs and led to believe that the body is in a state of lack without them.
Surely the human body that fully developed from 2 microscopic cells, is powered by an innate wisdom, is self-healing, self-regulating, and self-replicating, is not sufficiently intelligent or powerful enough on its own to fend off a tiny, single-celled organism. Cue drug of choice here.
Traditional medicine is largely built upon treating symptoms. This is ineffective in that it does not address the underlying root cause, but it can also be harmful to the body by counteracting the body’s natural responses designed to sustain life. Sometimes a symptom is not so much a symptom as it is a natural response or reaction.
To be at our absolute healthiest, we must minimize our reliance on drugs and instead rediscover our faith in the human body, trust in its innate wisdom, and work to build and support its natural balance. A truly healthy body is always built from the inside out.