As we are mostly attuned to, a similar set of symptoms are generally grouped together and referred to as a specific condition or disease, with symptoms by themselves often treated in isolation and termed as such. As we are all unique individuals, each person may not necessarily present with the exact same constellation of symptoms which define a specific disease or condition, but instead intermittently report various signs indicating all is not well.
“The term ‘DISEASE’ is an all encompassing way to look at the absence of health but we can take comfort in the fact that ‘the body’s natural state IS HEALTH!!” It used to be thought that a mutant gene caused cancer, but that realm of thinking has now changed thanks to the field of epigenetics, simply being the study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off. As prominent researcher in the field of cellular biology and epigenetics, Dr. Lipton explains:
‘We now know the environment determines the fate of the cells, not the genetic pattern, so if cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they are in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.”
The word symptom is defined as: ‘Disease being expressed in terms of signs or symptoms. When we express how we feel and what we feel, we are describing a symptom’, but as we well know, there may often be a myriad of generalized symptoms which often requires a dedicated practitioner to diligently join all the dots and diagnose correctly.
Increasingly however, conventional medicine is now recognizing that the alternative focus on prevention rather than cure has an important role in health care. It is alternative medicine, for example, that first focused on healthy eating and a chemical-free lifestyle as being key to preventing disease in the first place, and these principles have now thankfully become fundamental to modern health care.
Above all else, should we choose to be in the ‘drivers seat‘, there would be a greater emphasis on taking charge of our own destiny, as WE are personally responsible for our own health outcomes. Today, we are certainly lucky enough to live in a world where there is such a diversity of health professionals on hand, both in the conventional medical world as well as the often overlooked Holistic Healthcare field focusing on natural healing.