Preparatory Medicine

I was reading this article called 11 Things I wish Every Parent Knew. While some of the things in the list are applicable only for parents, when it comes to the healthcare tips, many of them are true for adults without children as well as parents.

Let’s look at some of these great comments, “Good medicine asks what is the symptom trying to accomplish? rather than simply suppressing it. ” As acupuncturists we ought to know this. But often, we get caught up with our patients in believing that any uncomfortable symptom should be made to go away.

The most important quote is this, ” These days I practice what I call “preparatory medicine” rather than preventive medicine, so that getting sick is not seen as a failure. Being healthy does not mean never getting sick. Life is a journey of ups and downs and the growing child lives in a constant state of flux. A resilient immune system is one that learns how to get sick and get better. Living too clean a life robs us of the information necessary to be fully prepared to recover. ”

How many of us are running around trying to avoid anything that might not optimize our health? This is a wonderful reminder that we can’t do it, nor should we. After all we have this beautiful immune system that when nurtured works very hard to take care of us. Being sick is not a failure.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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