In brief, disease results from a state of deterioration in the body or mind that is caused by changes in the body, leading to dysfunction. The source of a disease can be external, such as with bioengineered diseases, or internal factors, such as with autoimmune diseases.
Well-known Turkish professor Dr. Osman Müftüoglu claims that getting sick is not coincidental. According to him, whether you call it “an illness” or “a simple health problem,” most of the physical or mental symptoms that affect us do not pop up out of the blue. Instead, they generally begin sending signals days, months, or sometimes even years before with some biochemical disorders. If an illness is diagnosed at this early stage, the problem can be solved without any surgical, pharmaceutical, or other treatment. Simple lifestyle changes are enough to heal it.
So, every illness has symptoms, and there are signs before we get truly sick. The important thing is to learn to listen to our bodies and minds and take precautions. There is a difference here between health care and “illness care.” Medication is made to alleviate disorders, but almost every medicine causes another disorder outside the target area. This is what “illness care” is. We should also take note that in illness care, only the symptoms of the disease, rather than the cause, are addressed. For example, if I have headache, I can take a painkiller and it goes away, but I wouldn’t know why I got that headache. This means I’d most probably get a similar headache again.
Health care, on the other hand, means to live by eliminating the causes of diseases. Healthy eating, exercise, and meditation are key elements here. Living this way, there is no need to use drugs, because you never get sick. Our bodies and minds are protected from illness,
In fact, contrary to what we believe, getting sick can be a positive process because it signals that something is amiss in the body or mind.When this happens, if we truly want to heal ourselves, we need to choose permanent healing over short-lived, temporary solutions. We unfortunately cannot achieve this with the solutions offered by the doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. We need to instead look at alternative medicine and dietary solutions. The aim should be to discover the cause of the illness rather than just masking the symptoms.
You’re now maybe wondering if you should stop taking medicines for good? Is there not a good reason to take medicine? After all, the doctors surely wouldn’t give you the wrong thing, would they?
Firstly, I’ve not taken any medication over the past two years, the same time for which I’ve been vegan. I’ve been sick only once with flu, which I treated myself with orange juice. Did I have any headaches or a fever? Of course I did, but I didn’t take any pills. We can, of course, live without medicine. I believe some people are addicted to medicine, and they can’t live without their painkillers, antibiotics, and so on. We shouldn’t forget this: Every solution is inside us, not outside. Medicine is not a solution to every illness, but lifestyle is. No doctor or medicine can help you—only you can help yourself. Have confidence in yourself and make use of your inner strength. Stop seeing medicine as the great Messiah.
Secondly, doctors sometimes prescribe medication without a sound medical reason. This is not to cure us. As I mentioned earlier, if you eliminate the factors causing the disease, there is no need for medication! Here’s a short story that’s relevant here.
My grandfather passed away in February 2013, and I attended his funeral in Istanbul. My grandmother shortly afterwards fell sick, due to her immune system being weakened by her sorrow. My uncle soon fell ill as well. I juiced some citrus fruits, which are excellent sources of vitamin C, for them, but they unfortunately didn’t drink much of this juice because they didn’t believe in it. When the doctor visited them, he told them that fruit juice wouldn’t help, so it had no credibility to them. A few days later, my mother also became sick, but she felt better after a day. I naturally doubled my own amount of orange juice per day.
Winter is officially here, and more and more people are getting sick. Runny noses, fevers, weakness, fatigue, flu, and many other “simple health problems” are bothering us. But what exactly is sickness? Why do we get sick?
Because everyone was falling ill, my father was constantly nervous about getting sick as well. Unlike my grandmother and uncle, however, my father followed my recommendation to take an infusion of citrus juice, honey, and ginger. I like to believe this prevented him from also becoming sick.
When I returned, I found my husband was sick, and as a result, I finally succumbed to the illness as well. The reason for this was obvious to me: I hadn’t been able to eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables in Istanbul as I usually did. Instead, meals had generally consisted of cooked food and Turkish breakfast. Microbes were everywhere because of all the sick people in the family, and with my weakened immune system, I became sick. I didn’t care, though, because I knew my body was telling me, “Celina, something is wrong. Do something.” I drank six pints of orange juice each day for two days, and by the third day, I had recovered. I’m really not exaggerating. I didn’t see the doctor myself, but my husband remained ill, so he did go to see the doctor. When he told the doctor how I had been sick but recovered in three days without medication, the doctor told him that he could get better too if he ate fruits and vegetables like me. Despite this, the doctor gave him a prescription for a cortisone-based medicine, and the result was that he remained ill for another two weeks.
Doctors, all of who take the Hippocratic Oath, can play two roles. They can be an instrument of the pharmaceutical industry, earning commissions and incentives, such as free travel and other bonuses, from their prescriptions. Alternatively, they can be professionals of modern medicine, but they generally only know about this method. Consequently, the doctor is not the Messiah, nature is. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” so our medicine is nature. Think about it. If you are not sick, doctors can’t earn money. If you are not sick, you don’t use any drugs, and the pharmaceutical industry collapses. So at this point, you have to wonder who is working for your health.
As Prof. Dr. Muftuoglu says, most diseases and health problems arise from bad management of our genetic inheritance, our lack of understanding how our genes interact with our environments and diets, and our tendency to load negative thoughts and emotions that trigger chemical processes in our bodies. In this case,it is helpful to understand the relationship between nutrition, genetics,and our environments; to comprehend the importance of physicalactivity, sleep, andstress management;and to balance the body-mind relationship.
Finally, illness is not something that is fated to be. Don’t regard health problems as unexpected events. Protecting yourself from diseases, catching them before they affect you, is directly related to your knowledge and consciousness.
As Buddha said, “Every individual is the author of his own health or disease. Do not accept anything as your fate.” It’s up to you to live the healthy perfect life you want and deserve. Your destiny is in your own hands, and you can write it as you want!
If there is one message to receive from this article, it’s that we manage diseases and our health. As the manager, you can use nutrition, exercise, and meditation (for stress management) as your key assistants.
Celina Stamboli Rodriguez
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