Over the last few weeks, we have been pleased to share a series of posts taken from the article titled: “Antibiotics: 21st Century Time Bomb” by Keith Wassung. This series focuses on the issues caused by overuse of antibiotics in today’s society. Last week’s article focused on the problems antibiotics can cause in infants. This week, we conclude this series with a look at a different approach to treating illness – leveraging the healing power of the human body.

Part 5: A Different Approach

A mannequin-like figure holding out a hand to block germsOur bodies contain complex and powerful disease-fighting weapons, consisting primarily of the immune system which works 24 hours a day attacking and destroying foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. When this system is functioning at an optimum level, the body can best combat invading microbes. Many of the characteristic symptoms of illness, such as fever and swollen glands, are signs that the immune system processes are proceeding on schedule.

Medical science is beginning to realize that the key to fighting and preventing illness is by strengthening the degree of natural immunity, the natural body defenses and the overall vitality of the individual

“There is no healing force outside of the human body.”

Dr. Isaac Jennings

A woman walking, generic graphs and statistics behind her

Whenever the immune system deals successfully with an infection, it emerges from the experience stronger and better able to confront similar threats in the future. Our immune system develops in combat. If, at the first sign of infection, you always jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow stronger.1

ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

“In a state of health, people are shut off from the invasion of germs.”

Louis Pasteur

GREATER EXPECTATIONS: The future of health care lies not in treating illness, but preventing it

To maintain a high level of fitness, we must avoid physical decline—not repair it. Open heart surgery, even at its most effective, will never make the heart as good as new. The most effective preventive measures involve change in lifestyle. In addition, as genetic profiles and other predictive tools improve, the art of prevention will grow more sophisticated. Pressed by patients and advancing technology, health care will soon change its focus from treatment to enhancement, from repair to improvement, from diminished sickness to increased performance. The transformation has already begun. Accompanying this will be an increased emphasis on psychoimmunology, the science that deals with the mind’s role in helping the immune system to fight disease, which will become a vitally important clinical field — perhaps the most important field in the 21st century.2

Michael Crichton, M.D.

 

REFERENCES

  1. Weil, A. Spontaneous Healing, 1995, Borzoi Publishing, p. 37
  2. .Crichton, M. Greater Expectations, Newsweek, September 24, 1990. P. 58