Billions of dollars are spent every year looking for the cure to disease, whether cancer, AIDS, heart disease, or any of the other devastating afflictions that perpetually plague us.
While the noble efforts of these research scientists are certainly appreciated, perhaps our focus has been a bit skewed. It is not suggested that we give up on the quest for effective treatments, but rather that we bolster our understanding of creating and maintaining health.
After all, does it make more sense to continually contract diseases and disorders and then fight an uphill battle to regain some semblance of health and wellness; or to consistently take positive, proactive steps to drastically reduce your chances of getting ill in the first place?
It is understood that there are no guarantees in life. But at the same time, you can significantly improve your odds of living your healthiest life possible by adopting the proper set of habits and educating yourself on the steps that lead to longevity.
The unfortunate truth, however, is that many people feel that their efforts would be all for naught. That since their parents and grandparents developed heart disease, and diabetes, and cancer, that they themselves are destined for the same eventuality in the absence of a miracle cure. They feel that their actions are fruitless; that they are helpless in their fight against an already sealed fate.
If you live in the “rust belt” of the United States, the odds are pretty good that your automobile will develop some body damage over its lifetime. Does this mean that you never wash your car because it is going to rust out anyway? Of course it doesn’t. If you care about your car, it means that you’ll fight extra hard to protect your investment.
The reality is that most of the top killers today are lifestyle related, regardless of your family history. Just because you inherit the genes doesn’t mean that you have to continue the lifestyle.
Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune disorders--all of these conditions are greatly impacted by diet, lifestyle habits, depressed nervous systems, our home environments, etc.
Until we change our focus from the curing of disease to being a participant of our health, history is destined to repeat itself. Remember that the body has the capacity to heal easily, as long as there is the proper balance and flow of energy. The key to staying healthy is not to inject “cures” from the outside, but rather to get the innermost layers, systems and organ functions (such as the meridian/organ systems used in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in order first, and then to reinforce it with layer upon layer of healthy, productive lifestyle habits.
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