‘Looking for a cure for X.’ ‘I just found an awesome cure for my chronic problem!’ ‘This product cures X!’ I am sure you have heard one or more of these before or thought them yourself. Why are we so attached to cures? Do cures actually exist? How can we actually cure our problems?
When I hear people talking about a cure what I understand is that they are looking for a pill, surgery, or injection that they have to do a limited number of times and then never have to think about it again. While that may exist for some things, such as appendicitis, this kind of cure does not really exist. It would be nice if we could cure our diabetes rather than always be checking our blood sugar levels. It would be great if arthritis did not exist and we didn’t always need to be taking pills for the pain. Even broken bones never really heal back to the way they were before.
Now a lot of these things, if we put work into them and change our lifestyle we can reduce if not remove them from our lives. But read that again. Change our lifestyle. So many of the problems we are looking for cures from are due to the lifestyle that we have chosen to live. Now sometimes we are limited by funds or other means but there is always something we can be working towards. Typing this now I think of focusing on improving our hydration practices as being the simplest of these. Hydration effects so many different problems we experience including our healing capacity, diabetes, and arthritis symptoms.
Now eating right, exercising effectively, and all of our other wellness practices are not going to cure us. It is too late for many common problems experienced by Americans. We have created a culture of excess for ourselves rather than a culture focused around maintaining wellness and efficiency for our bodies. We are lazy and want a miracle rather than constantly be working towards the betterment of ourselves and our communities. If we have spent our entire life maintaining a healthy lifestyle most of our cures would not even be needed as many of our common problems would not arise.
Now this is not the case for all health concerns and we often still need more medical treatments for physical injuries and genetic related diseases. We can however start taking the effort to include wellness practices in our lives. It is hard but they can start to turn your health around at any stage. Starting this road towards wellness is hard. The link here can help you get started with this mini class. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my soap box speech.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.