Peachy the Magazine June July 2014 - Page 124

In Search of Hippocrates “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” The human body is designed with an incredible ability to heal. When given the proper tools it has an amazing ability to fight infection and disease. Most diseases plaguing Americans are related to a poor lifestyle and diet. The inflammation that develops is the body’s response to environmental toxins, processed foods and diets high in sugar and fat. Even when patients are chronically ill, improvement in diet and lifestyle allow the body to reverse the damage. “Healing is a matter of time but it is also a matter of opportunity.” Hippocrates believed that the body must be treated as a whole and not just a series of parts. Modern physicians are recognizing that many diseases affect multiple systems of the body. He believed that a person’s attitude and desire to be well contributed to their outcome. Modern 122 PEACHYTHEMAGAZINE.COM medicine parallels our society today. Patients want the quick fix. Most diseases occur from chronic bad habits. It is unrealistic to believe that they will improve quickly. When approached correctly a disease can be considered a chance to change habits and ultimately improve longterm health. For example, if a patient is pre-diabetic it is easier to put them on medication and suggest they watch sugar in their diet. However, this should be an opportunity to incorporate good nutrition and lifestyle changes that will prevent the ultimate development of diabetes. The medication just covers up the symptoms. It will not prevent the disease or its complications. Patients and physician ́