The difference between being Healthy and just not being Sick
The face of conventional medicine has changed a lot over the past decade. In some ways for the better, and others not so much. Everything these days needs to have a name and a drug to treat it with. This is why there are so many “syndromes” around. They are clusters of symptoms, nothing more, there is no clear understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment is often trial and error, much like IVF. If the focus was on being healthy in the first place and not just labeling and treating illnesses, I wonder if there would be so many syndromes. Please note, that I am not bashing Conventional Medicine, it can do some truly wonderful things, but it has become a business of treating illness, not being healthy.
Pharmaceutical companies write the GPs textbooks, that is a fact. Along with every piece of research published there is a motive behind it, either to sell a new drug, or debunk another theory so a new one can take its place. This is why natural medicine is constantly picked on, and so little research is put towards showing its efficiency. There’s no product at the end of the line to label and sell, so therefore no research is funded, but I digress. This does not mean natural medicine is better, in fact if both medicine’s would openly work together, all the gaps in healthcare I feel would be filled. Sadly though the world does not work this way. Partly too its our own fault for wanting to just take a tablet to feel better instead of doing the hard work to maintain our health in the first place. In the end though, pharmaceuticals are designed to treat illness, not maintain your health. If you were healthy, you wouldn’t need any of it (including supplements), but then they wouldn’t make any money. Hence why the shift in GP’s methodology over the past couple of decades.
This also factors into their diagnostic testing, its not about being healthy, its about not being sick, there is a difference. For instance, Vitamin D on a blood test. Though the role of vitamins and their effective measures is still largely unknown, the Vitamin D Council says your Vitamin D level should be around 125. Blood test results though give a range of 50-85 for normal. So below that you have a deficiency, if you are above 50 they say your are fine. The truth is though you are not, your not at a healthy level, but your not low enough to be considered ill.
This is often why I see patients who say all their tests are clear and yet they still feel unwell. Tests cannot measure everything, and the ranges provided do not indicate health, merely degrees of illness.
Realise that all medicine provides is an educated opinion, rarely fact, this goes for natural medicine also. We don’t have all the answers, merely insight to help guide you on your path. Don’t focus on just not getting sick, focus on actually being healthy, being proactive, not reactive. Aim high, not just above par, and this goes for everything in life, not just your health.