The following is a sequel to "Disease and Healing vol-1.1". Here we will examine the benefits of getting sick and what disease means to us.
Our body is equiped with a most extensive and intricate defensive and healing system ! When we violate the elementary laws of health or subject our body to severe stresses or other adverse environmental factors our body reacts with self defence. With various defensive symptoms such as pain, fever, diarrhea, fatigue or loss of appetite the body will signal that it has taken the defensive action aimed at restoring health to itself. But in our ignorance we totally misunderstand these warnings and healing symptoms calling them "diseases". Instead of letting the fever, the proper rest and temporary abstinence from food acccomplish the health-restoring goal for which the body has initiated these symptoms, we suppress the fever with medicines, we eliminate the pain with drugs and we try to feed the sick with as much "nourishing food" as possible to "get him well soon ". Thus, we counteract and break down the body's own defensive and healing efforts and cause it serious damage. Now the condition may have changed from the "accute" to the "chronic". As we continue to interfere with the body's own healing activity, the serious chronic condition such as elevated blood pressure, inflamations, immobility of joints, hardening of the arteries, skin eruptions and even tumors may develop. Even these conditions however are not "diseases", as we understand them. The negative conditions that must be suppressed or eliminated, but are our body's own often desperate but nevertheless positive and beneficial attempt to cope with increasingly adverse conditions to protect the organism from total destruction. Thus, disease as we know it, is a self-defensive effort of the body to restore the impaired health. Disease is not a negative condition which should be combatted and suppressed ("CURED") with all available means, but a positive constructive process initiated by the body's healing forces and aimed at restoring health. Unbelievable as it may sound we actually need disease to get well!! When the body becomes ill only the disease ( more correctly called "health restoring activity" ) can bring it back to health again. And so, we do not "cure" a disease, but cure a sick body, and restore health often with the help of disease ! Which is nothing but nature's own way of getting you well.