I am prompted to write on this topic in response to a blog I just read having to do with being sick. I personally so hate being sick that I have gone into the health field in order to get as much information as I can to be as healthy as I can be, especially now that I am moving into my ‘later’ years.
That is why I am constantly on alert to find information I can pass on to you regarding how to get well and stay well. Here is a link that you may appreciate, right now, regarding fighting off this autumn season’s colds and flu, particularly if you, like me, are apprehensive about flu shots after reading all the current negative publicity warning against them. There are effective natural ways to prevent, or fight off, colds and flu. Check out this article:
Cinnamon, Ginger and Onions Strongly Protect Us from Colds and Flu
The blog that I just read was talking about some people who have emotional holds or a ‘victim mentality’ with regard to being sick – and in the case of being diagnosed with a serious type of illness, feel powerless to overcome it. I suppose feeling ‘doomed’ when receiving a diagnosis like that could be operating for some people. Since I have spent years dealing with health conditions in the most natural way possible, and have successfully treated my hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) with diet, I have a hard time relating to someone feeling a diagnosis is a prognosis – i.e. feeling like “I am a diabetic and there is nothing I can do about that….”.
A diagnosis is a labeling of a condition – the word means ‘knowing through’ – it is a word describing your condition, determined by a doctor, based on your symptoms, clinical signs, and any procedures or lab tests that were done – which the doctor looks at in order to come up with a label for your condition. For example, appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The suffix “itis” means “inflammation”, so any word that has -itis at the end, is saying something is inflamed. Mastitis would be inflammation of the breast; cystitis is inflammation of the bladder; tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, etc. Again, it is a description of a condition.
The prognosis, is knowing beforehand. Thus, when a doctor gives a prognosis for a condition, he is giving his best guess as to what the outcome of your condition will be, based on his education and training, his experience in treating other patients with the same condition, and current medical information from studies, etc., that concern your condition. He is speaking from his range of knowledge. This is one reason to get a second opinion on methods of treatment – another doctor may have a different perspective on the condition, or may have used different methods of treatment. And, just an aside – if you go to a surgeon for an opinion, he is going to look at your condition through surgical eyes, and how surgery could ‘fix’ your condition. That is his specialty. A surgeon will most likely recommend surgery.
The health industry can be very confusing. When receiving a diagnosis, with a specific recommendation for treatment, what do you do? In the case of cancer treatment, there is a group that feels chemotherapy and radiation are the answer. Another group says there are more holistic, natural ways of treating and resolving a person’s cancer, and that people with cancer die because their bodies have been poisoned with chemotherapy – not because of the cancer.
We are so fortunate to have the Internet – we can go to it to find information on just about anything we have a question about – so doing some research on the condition you have been diagnosed with should probably be your first action. Find out as much as you can about the nature of your condition, the causes, treatment available, and various outcomes of that treatment. Look at traditional medical sources – but also look at alternative medical sources – get as much information as you can. You can also see another doctor for a second, and even third, opinion, regarding recommended treatment of your condition. Do not make hasty treatment decisions. Give yourself a bit of time to assimilate the information you have gathered. Talk to your loved ones and as many people as you can who may have been in your situation. Then make your decision. I want to stress that it is Your decision. No one else can make it for you. You have to get quiet, and get in touch with what it is you really want to do. This is not easy. You just make the best decision you can, with the information available to you.
The article that prompted my writing this, concerned a man who had been diagnosed as diabetic, and felt his diabetes was so unique that no treatment modalities in existence would work for him – his condition was ‘special’ and would not respond to any kind of treatment. The article took the position that the man was a victim and felt ‘doomed’, with his condition. Here is my response:
“I think what you have written is very interesting, and probably true for many people. I do think there might be another possibility to consider, with this man who feels he is ‘different’ or ‘special’. Sometimes people have a vested interest in staying in the condition they are in. In looking at a person’s condition from that perspective, one might ask what it is that the person is getting out of, being in that state (i.e. diabetic). Perhaps he needs to feel special. Has he become more important to his family members or loved ones, because of the condition? Is he relieved of some responsibilities that he otherwise would be expected to meet? What are the benefits of remaining in that state, for him? Sometimes, people do not really want to get well. I know that when I am sick, I get to be waited on and fussed over.
I had a friend whose family placed a value on being sick – you were not really important unless you were sick. There was even some competition going on in that family about who was the sickest. I am not saying this particularly is the case with the man you mention, but if this kind of system is operating in a family, it is pretty hard to initiate change.”
So – we tend to get sick when we are stressed – stress weakens our immune system and we become susceptible to whatever germs are around – or even to a condition that has been passed on to us through our genes – prolonged stress will activate our inherited genetic tendencies to develop a certain condition. We all know by this time that the way to stay healthy is to get enough sleep, exercise, drink enough water, and eat a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. That is the bottom line.
If we end up getting sick, there are ways to get well. Your body wants to get well – it wants to be in homeostasis, or balance – and it will do that, if we allow it to – by getting enough sleep, exercise, drinking enough water, and eating a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables.