What Does Good Health Really Mean?
I love Chiropractic and what it does for you, so I want to share something special quotes with you today. First of all I want to talk about the word health. The English word "health" comes from the Old English word hale, meaning "wholeness, a person who is whole, sound of mind and well."
If you're healthy, you're WHOLE in ever sense of the word.
The most famous modern definition of health was created during a Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization which says:
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
It didn't say, health is the absence of symptoms. Hippocrates said, "We must turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease to learn the truth." and "A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses." I have to agree with Hippocrates.
I read a book recently and a few of the quotes stuck out in my mind. H.G. Bohn said, "Nature, time and patience are three great physicians." I've always felt, our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense and that's one of the reasons so many people need chiropractic care. People are giving their bodies orders that don't make sense.
People come to this office wanting instant relief and to be fixed overnight. Benjamin Disraeli said, "Time is the great physician." and I have to agree with him. There was an old Spanish proverb that I liked. It said, "A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his own car and tools."
These kinds of thoughts and ideas on health have been around for centuries. Alexander the Great even said, "I am dying with the help of too many physicians." while Benjamin Franklin said, "GOD heals, and the doctor takes the fee."
"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." Mark Twain I like this and it's so true.
For you, physical health should mean a good, whole healthy body, which is healthy because of regular physical activity (exercise) of some type, good nutrition, lots of good, clean water, sunshine, a nervous system that functions at 100% with no interference, and adequate rest. People are exposed to so much "physical health propaganda" data these days that it is hard to decide what is relevant and what is not. Our type of care is not 'sick care' but 'real health care.' We don't treat your symptoms. We treat your body and remove the interferences. That's what we do best.