He wisely said, “first consider the nature of man: then consider his food, environment, customs and mode of life. We view the whole man. Not his disease.”
When I was diagnosed with incurable Thyroid Disease my doctors did not view me in my entirety – they didn’t question my diet, my lifestyle, or my relationship to nature.
They saw the symptoms of my disease and therefore could only see one small piece of the puzzle. The truth is, my entire system was out of balance on many levels.
My diet was crap, my lifestyle was chaotic, I had no connection to nature and my environment, and my relationship to my “self” was in disharmony.
All of these factors contributed to my bodily dysfunctions.
Modern medicine is designed to detect disease and then treat the symptoms of that disease. It’s a good system for detection, but it is incomplete when it comes to healing. It neglects environmental factors, nature, food, and living habits of the patient.
This is a reversed model from what ancient healers understood. Without a basic understanding of where and how the disease originated, true healing cannot begin.
Human beings are out of balance on many levels. We have disconnected from the earth we’re living on and have no concept of how the ground beneath our feet can actually recharge us and improve our energy levels… just as it does for every other living thing on the planet.
We’ve also lost our connection to our daily food and living habits. Which is apparent in the fast food we’re consuming and the high-stressed lifestyle we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
And, most importantly we have lost connection to our selves as miraculous creations in the universe. The human body is an amazing design and it is perfectly suited for our survival. Once we “get” that, we can begin honoring the body, and hear what it is saying to us through our many symptoms and imbalances.
Millions of us are chronically suffering with many preventable diseases such as cancer, arthritis, immune deficiencies, infertility, diabetes, digestive disorders (IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Candida), thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, and other bodily dysfunctions. Our disconnection from the WHOLE body may be one of the big reasons.
Paracelsus, a German physician and alchemist said, “The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.”
Ancient healers understood the inner workings of the body and were able to alter the progression of disease, returning the patient to a balanced condition. One of the ways they did this was by aligning the human being back to nature, and their connection to the environment. They understood we are connected to nature as the provider of the organic materials that make up our body.
Classic Ayurvedic teachings and Traditional Chinese medicine both advise that human beings are a part of the whole universe and are not separate from nature, but are part of nature.
But, we don’t follow the laws of nature. We think we are smarter than nature. And, this is one of our main causes of disease… we are arrogant as heck!
An Arabian proverb says, “arrogance diminishes wisdom.”
Ancient healers applied the elements and cycles of nature to our human existence to help restore health, happiness and deeper connection to everything.
For us modern folks to heal our current health crises, we need to relearn some of that ancient wisdom. It was only in looking at the BIG picture that my own body began the process of healing.
It’s time to reconnect to some timeless wisdom.
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Andrea Beaman is a internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching individuals and health practitioners how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.