These article were first published in French. Here is the english version. The translation is mine, so please forgive my errors in grammar, vocabulary or unclear meaning…I will improve with time!
I am sharing with you a series of 3 articles concerning disease, health and recovery. I’m increasingly distressed about the fact that, though modern medicine seems to claim it knows everything, people die more of cancer today then they did in the 1950’s…
There are a few assumptions I want to shatter and it’s not about treatment, intervention or the pharmaceutical companies,though there would be a lot to tell. It’s more in a matter of philosophy, ingrained belief, or statements that are contrary to healing, contrary to treating humans with dignity, contrary to basic biological function,contrary to basic psychology,contrary even to the idea that we are connected to our bodies and that our bodies are a reflection of our innermost self. Even though it may not please us to be reminded that our body IS us, I cannot agree with the mechanistic approach of modern medicine. This medicine treats the body as if it were a vehicle without a driver. Change the oil, replace the tire, take the engine light off if we can’t find what’s wrong,repair the transmission, take out a few « useless » parts (who needs an appendix anyway?), and when all else fails condemning the vehicle and hoping to recuperate some scrap part for others. Never ask yourself how the driver drives, never ask the driver what’s going on in his or her life, lest we connect with emotional hurt, distressing circumstances,stressful or violent environment, poisonous food or environmental contamination, destructive relationships, trauma…
Because on top of everything else, according to the medical community, there’s is no salvation outside modern occidental medicine. No plant taking, no alternative medical option,no therapy, no prayer, no changes of lifestyle that can heal you.
These article are in three parts:
-Disease should not be fought
-Healing is no miracle
-Death is not a failure
Disease should not be fought
In my reflexion on sickness, health and recovery, I find it necessary to reassess a few commonly accepted beliefs and biases where modern medicine (and the environment?) has become the new religion and is straying from both science and art. (In case you didn’t know, medicine is an art, not a science…it is the art of applying modern science and research to the healing of patients).
It seems we have forgotten that Life remains a mystery and people do heal from incurable diseases, death sentences, or terminal phases.
I am strongly against a recent tendency where modern medicine quickly and irrevocably condemns patients when we, in truth and humility, don’t really know everything (or even much) about healing mechanisms.
Diseases should not be fought!
Listen around you: « he lost his fight against cancer » « together we can fight multiple sclerosis » « she was a fighter till the end » « you’ll have to fight this one to live ».
The dice are now thrown with their venom. Disease is a fight, a mortal combat, a deathly engagement and the strongest will win. And we do have our ammunitions in terms of medication,treatments, interventions to « kill the enemy ». And it is a formidable opponent: vicious, invasive,sneaky, a shape shifter that can even turn your own immune system against you.
Here we are in the arena with our boxing gear against our sickness who wants us dead.
Our stress rises which each passing round; our hope diminishes with each new symptom that appears.
Disease becomes impersonated as an evil entity that is like a parasite, that feeds on us and is just waiting for the opportunity to get us for good.
A real nightmare,isn’t it? But even worse, it is sheer madness!
It is very hard to heal under those conditions.
No matter what is the cause or origin of any sickness, how can we thing of healing in the mist of a war?
Is war a sane model to follow? Too many Hollywood flicks, if you ask me!
Being in a stressful mode, we know, diminishes our immune response, weakens our system, prevents us from sleeping well (sleeping being an essential component to healing), lowers or inhibits our cognitive processes, and so on.
Fighting keeps me alert, ready to fight or flee. Just imagine you had a broken leg and then you have to walk for a couple of miles…do you really think that would promote healing?
Though this is what you are told. Fight disease.
So, whatever sickness is upon you, whatever dis-ease, it becomes essential for you to, first and foremost, regain your inner calm. Refuse to fight your own body; make a lot of space for rest and tranquility in your life.
Remember your body wants to live at least as much as you do; maybe even more. Your body cannot hope for an afterlife of anykind.
Remember that sickness is often the body’s way of trying to regain balance.
Remember that a cancerous cell is still your cell. This sick cell, doesn’t come from somewhere else. It is a part of you and it represents what is happening in you. And this sick cell obeys the law of biology and responds to orders given by the brain.
Listen to your body and even in the middle of all those treatments and interventions, rest. Rest your body; rest your mind.Rest your soul.Remember to play, and think good thoughts.
Take the time to answer these questions you’ve been asking yourself for so long: what do I really need? What are my unfulfilled dreams? What do I need to do to find Joy again? Who I am really? Who do I love? What is the meaning of my life? Where am I going? Is that in my best interest? What should I refuse or reject in my life that I did not dare to before? If I were free, what would I do now?
Have you ever seen a sick animal? It lies down in a quiet corner; it eats less;doesn’t strain, push or try hard at anything;it is patient, truly patient and confident. It does not anticipate.
Earth is a beautiful place; Life is meaningful event though its meaning might be mysterious; the universe is watching over you.
Take care of yourself as you would a sick child: patience, forebearance,benevolence,confidence and tranquility.
Diseases should not to be fought!
For the second article: Plus