Painting over the wet patch

We are all different.

When there is an infectious outbreak, such as meningitis or norovirus, not everyone in contact with the virus or bacteria develops the disease. Have you ever wondered why a group of people can eat the same food at the same table and some of them develop gastroenteritis while others don’t? Or when a colleague comes to work with a cold or flu, why not everyone catches it? If a virus or a bacteria is contagious, surely anyone exposed to it should be infected and develop the symptoms of the disease. Or should they?

Then we face the difficulty of defining what health is. The World Health Organization’s current definition was formulated in 1948, and describes health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” I could not agree more with this definition.

An article published on the 26th July 2011 in the British Medical Journal titled “How should we define health?” questions this now old definition of health and criticises the eagerness of applying new screening technologies and the lobbying of pharmaceutical industries to redefine illnesses and lower the intervention thresholds :

<Most criticism of the WHO definition concerns the absoluteness of the word “complete” in relation to wellbeing. The first problem is that it unintentionally contributes to the medicalisation of society. The requirement for complete health “would leave most of us unhealthy most of the time.” It therefore supports the tendencies of the medical technology and drug industries, in association with professional organisations, to redefine diseases, expanding the scope of the healthcare system. New screening technologies detect abnormalities at levels that might never cause illness and pharmaceutical companies produce drugs for “conditions” not previously defined as health problems. Thresholds for intervention tend to be lowered—for example, with blood pressure, lipids, and sugar.>

For example, lowering the definition of hypertension figures by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association from 140/90mmHg to 130/80mmHg creates millions of hypertensive sufferers overnight. When we label a very energetic child as “hyperactive”, then we are labelling him/her as suffering from an illness that requires treatment.

Health is not just the absence of abnormalities in physical examination, blood tests, scans and x-rays. The body is like a fortress (rather than like a temple): if not in an optimal state of being, opportunist invaders can breach the body’s defences and cause infections; or organs can start malfunctioning due to accumulation of or exposure to toxins, and cause organ failures, autoimmune diseases, or even cancer. Once a pillar of the fortress starts failing, a chain reaction starts. The fortress will show signs of deterioration, like damp stains on walls, or cracks. The body will develop warning symptoms. These symptoms might not even be related to the organ that is failing, like a patch of dampness can develop a few feet away from where water is entering the wall. However, if the fortress is in a good state of repair, it is less likely that harm will come to it.

When we start listening to our bodies, especially if the symptoms are new and become constant, then we know there is a problem. There are several ways of dealing with these symptoms, but fundamentally, they are either recognised as part of something deeper and more complex and treated as such, or they are suppressed with anti-whatever-it-is medication.

In the second case, we would take, for instance, anti-hypertensive drugs to treat elevated blood pressure readings, making it look like the high blood pressure is cured. This would be like painting over the wet patch. We are missing an opportunity to deal with whatever it is that is causing the blood pressure readings to be high. We are suppressing the symptoms, burying the cause even deeper, and ultimately, making the problem worse. If you suffer from eczema, you will know that when you use steroid cream to treat a patch of eczema, the patch disappears only to appear elsewhere. For the fundamental cause of the problem has not been dealt with appropriately.

In the first case, to continue with the example of high blood pressure, we would recognise that in most cases the elevated blood pressure is caused by lack of exercise, or obesity, or a sub-optimal diet. Then we would treat the cause, and by doing this we would be treating this high blood pressure in a more holistic way. We would be, in a word, curing it. It would not be a quick fix, and it would take life style changes, but drastic solutions require drastic changes. If you think staying healthy is costly and requires a lot of effort, do not wait until you suffer from a chronic illness to realise that staying healthy is easier and cheaper.

For the same reasons you service your car every year, you don’t need to be ill to start learning how to live a healthy life, balance your energy and your emotions, eat appropriately, take on some form of exercise, and perhaps incorporate therapeutic fasting to your routine. Illness is the result of an imbalance that is either treated and suppressed, or left to evolve into a manifestation of symptoms. Invariably, in both cases the illness will take over and health will no longer be the predominant state.

I use Bach Flowers, homeopathy, ear acupuncture, nutritional therapy and fasting as tools to restore or achieve a state of well being. As a physician, I am also able to understand the diagnoses and treatments you have been given by your doctors, and even modify them if necessary. I can also recommend further investigations to reach a diagnosis. Do not wait until it is too late. Look after your health now.

There are several ways of using my services:
-Health, Nutritional, Antioxidant and Food Intolerance Assessments (online)
-In-Clinic appointments
-Video-conference appointments.
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If you would like more information, or if you would prefer to make an appointment to see me, please send me an email on bookings@drsauldiaz.co.uk, call 07931679444, or visit www.drsauldiaz.co.uk where you can make an appointment using the online booking system or buy a gift voucher.

Until then, stay well.

 

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