Western medicine believes that germs, genes and environment are the three things that are going to make you sick (as well as things like getting run over by bus.)
The natural consequence of this belief system is that many conventional doctors like to throw some very strong medicine in their patient's direction, regardless of how severe or serious the underlying condition actually is.
The prevailing view is: 'Why suffer, when you can take a few pills to make all the nasty symptoms disappear?' - and it does have a certain logic to it.
The problem is, that logic is based on some very faulty assumptions about human health.
In the holistic model of health, people usually develop physical symptoms of illness (like rashes, headaches, vomiting, snot and fevers, to name but a few) because these symptoms are the mechanism the body is using to try to flush the underlying infection or illness out of the system.
Fevers happen when the body heats up in an attempt to burn-off bad bacteria, and it's usually a pretty effective operation. But if you step in with the Accumol to bring the fever down - then the process didn't accomplish what it needed to, and the underlying infection didn't get properly dealt with.
What does that mean? In a nutshell: it's going to come back, and it may well come back bigger and meaner the second time around.
What does that mean?
Usually, that the Accamol won't work so well next time, which means you're going to shlep off to the doctor for a dose of something stronger, like antibiotics.
There's nothing wrong with taking antibiotics if you're dealing with a serious, potentially life-threatening illness. But if you're not? Then taking antibiotics takes out ALL of your body's bacteria, including the good stuff in your gut that's actually a vital component of a healthy immune response.
What does that mean?
It means that long-term, taking medications to deal with the symptoms of your illnesses actually weakens your immune system, and makes it that much harder for you to fight-off infections, viruses and nasty bacteria.
When you get a cold, for example, that's your body's way of streaming a build-up of toxins out of your body. When you try to shut the snot production process down with medications, all that happens is that those toxins stay in your body and fester.
I know all this runs counter to what so many of us were raised to believe about good health, but you can sum it up like this: the more medications you take, the sicker you'll get, long-term.
Illness is part and parcel of life. Rashes, headaches and snot aren't pleasant, but when all is said and done, they are actually pretty minor inconveniences that are a) serving a very important function, health-wise, and b) are just coming to teach us that something needs to change or be re-examined in our lives. Every illness that doesn't kill us is just fixing something, or sending us a message that something needs to be looked at.
That said, there are still a number of things you can do to reduce your chances of getting physically ill, and we'll take a look at what they are in the next post.