Wellness Advice

Preventative Health Care: The Optimal Approach To Staying Well

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an expression that certainly holds true when it comes to family health care. A little bit of effort and awareness regarding our health can prevent serious life-altering disease. It is amazing to see how much time and money we are willing to spend fixing up our cars, homes and even the outside of their bodies (hairstyling, make-up, clothes) but how little time and energy is spent on taking care of our health and wellbeing.

Preventative health care is a way of life. It requires a shift in our priorities so that we invest a little time, energy and money each day. It’s all too common to see those priorities shift dramatically after a life threatening incident (heart attack, diagnosis of cancer, etc). Why should it have to get to that point for us to value our health, especially when it is often, at this point, too late?

Listen to your body! We have been conditioned away from being in touch with our bodies and therefore we often fail to recognize those messages that tell us things are getting out of whack. While conventional drugs have provided miraculous results in certain areas, they have also encouraged people to completely dissociate from the messages our bodies are trying to convey. ‘Minor’ symptoms like constipation, migraines, or skin eruptions are the body’s way of warning us that something is wrong. If we ignore these messages by popping laxatives, pain killers or slathering on creams that mask the problem, we block off that communication with our body.

Instead, we should be listening to those messages, trying to figure out why the symptoms are happening, and doing what is necessary to bring the whole system back into balance.

The purpose of alternative and preventative medicine is to re-establish that communication between one’s self and one’s body. The more aware we are of the way our body functions at its optimum, and the more tuned in we are to those indicators that it is starting to go off kilter, the easier it is for us to prevent serious health complications. It’s like listening to your car. When you hear a strange noise in your engine, you do not ignore the noise for months until it just conks out. You take it to a mechanic who can nip the problem in the bud before it leads to more serious complications. Why don’t we do the same with our bodies?

We are built to handle some strain, and the body has its own unique ways of telling us when that strain is becoming too much. If we don’t listen, we get ill. If we do listen, we can stop adding to the strain before the body gives out on us. So, how do we maintain this balance to stay healthy?

While it does require a little more effort, it does not mean that you have to be a health fanatic. Healthy living requires one to have fun and enjoy life, so it is not a matter of becoming dogmatic and rigid.

There may be the odd day where your kids are at a party and eat too much junk. You may have a couple of really stressful days at work and you feel like you’re going to explode with tension. You may have the occasional night on the town where you overdo it on the martinis and only get 3 hours of sleep. That’s ok….as long as you are proactive and bring back the balance! You can afford these diversions by making sure you compensate for the damage done.

If your kids binge on junk at a party…pump up the water, fruit and veggies for the next week. If you know you are under stress, book yourself for a massage or reiki treatment at your first opportunity or practice meditation. You’ve overdone it with the booze…take some wheatgrass shots, B vitamins and lots of water the following day (or better yet, before you drink) and go to bed early for the next 3 nights. It is only natural that we live a less-than-perfect life, that we veer off the ‘path’ and indulge every so often, but there are endless solutions to bring us back on track.

We are in a time where more and more people are taking their health care into their own hands. To experience the benefits of preventative medicine, work with a homeopathic doctor and devote a little extra time and energy to your health each day. When you seek out a health care professional, make sure they have the time to really hear your health concerns, and that they educate you about preventative medicine, and how to take control over your health. Interestingly, the word doctor comes from the Latin root ‘docere’ meaning ‘to teach’. Ultimately that should be the responsibility of your health care provider, to teach you how to take care of your body, mind and soul. When you take a proactive approach, you will realize that preventative medicine is a small investment relative to the incredible payback of a long and healthy life!