A fever is your friend.
Symptoms Are Our Friends: While most doctors enter medical school because they want to heal people, what they will find out when they get there, or at least by the time that they finish, is that in most cases, they don’t heal people, they treat symptoms. So, what are symptoms? Symptoms are the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. A fever often signifies an infection and the body raises its temperature because most pathogenic (disease causing) organisms thrive in a particular temperature range (approximately 98.6° F – healthy body temperature). So the body raises its temperature in an effort to kill the invading organisms. Is a high fever a problem? Yes, once a fever gets much over 102, negative effects can result and that type of fever should be managed. But a fever below that range is how the body naturally fights disease. Suppressing the fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen also suppresses the body’s ability to fight the infection and allows the microorganisms to continue to grow and reproduce. If the body temperature does get too high, cold compresses or even a cool or cold bath, will lower the body temperature quickly and safely without any detrimental side effects on the liver (as can happen with drugs). But a fever under 102 is the body working hard to heal itself. Don’t fight it with drugs. Keep hydrated, rest and monitor the fever but a fever is your friend.
Treat The Patient Not The Symptom: Pain is also a symptom. Pain is the body’s way of protecting itself. If you sprain your ankle, pain is present due to the inflammation (which is required for the healing process to occur) and to tell you that there is something wrong with the joint so that you can rest it while it heals. Chronic knee pain could be a sign of a misaligned spine causing unbalanced weight distribution resulting in increased wear on the one knee. Current day physicians are quick to suppress pain through pharmaceuticals. In the case of the chronic knee pain, this would allow you to continue to walk heavily on the one leg causing more and more damage until a knee replacement is needed. A natural health practitioner might ask the person to stand on two scales at once to see if the weight balance is off. They might recommend chiropractic adjustments to correct the misalignment and eliminate the problem. They might also recommend antioxidant rich foods to aid in scavenging the free radicals that are created by the inflammation. A natural health practitioner would aim to support the body in healing the cause of the pain, not to mask it so that further damage can occur.
Balance: When you do not feel well, perfectly well, your body is telling you that something is out of balance. You should pay attention to the signs and work to restore health and balance. It could be your diet, your spinal column, your energy, your emotions, your lack of quality sleep or any number of things but fundamentally, you are experiencing the signs of DIS-ease and these signs are your friends. A fever or headache does not mean that you have an ibuprofen deficiency! A natural health practitioner will help to restore balance and health. Consider consulting one today. A list of practitioners can be found through an internet search or by visiting http://www.wellnesspossibilities.com.
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