The Future Of Health
"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." ~ Thomas Edison, 1902
We haven't seen the type of progress in health care that Edison predicted. While medical care is highly advanced today, the stresses and toxins of modern life have combined with our sedentary lifestyles to make most people less fit and more susceptible to sickness than ever before.
And so health is an area where there is amazing potential to help people. A great site would entertain and enlighten people, while helping them restore their well-being.
Good health, at the most basic level, is alignment with one's true individual path of fulfillment. As we stray from that, health problems start appearing. There are three ways a well-being proponent can help people:
Of these three, psychological and nutritional tips are the most important because they are preventive. We'd all like to prevent actual sickness from ever striking us, right? Doctors tend to be focused on curative rather than preventive solutions: That's their primary training and practice. And about half of Americans are rather careless when it comes to safeguarding their health through adequate nutrition and good fitness practices. This old Chinese proverb is prophetic in that regard:
- Psychological solutions work by removing stresses and improving a person's positive outlook and zest for living.
- Nutritional solutions work by nourishing us, energizing us and eliminating toxins.
- Medical solutions usually work by repairing damage, giving us another chance at life.
"The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness."
Isn't it interesting how well Edison's quote aligns with this proverb? Modern medicine is more ingenious than ever, but inattention to preventive measures is as prevalent as it's ever been. It is essential that good psychological and nutritional habits be encouraged, starting at an early age. In a previous post titled The Future Of Safety, I proposed a program of exposing kids to safety advice at an early age using posters taped to refrigerators. Let's add health-related posters to that effort, and include people of all ages!