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					Alternative Medicine is Preventive; Western Medicine is Curative

Have you heard the term “wellness?” It has two contexts, one in
alternative medicine and one in Western medicine.

In the alternative medicine world, <i>wellness</i> means taking care of
yourself so you don't get sick. Let's find ways to avoid cancer, heart
disease, mental illness. We can do this through changing our diet,
exercising more, and changing our energy fields.

In Western medicine, we wait until we get one of these diseases, then we
rush heroically to “beat the disease.” In Western medicine, the term
<i>wellness</i> means “early detection” of disease. If you walk into a
“Wellness Center” in a hospital, you'll see mammogram screening rooms,
MRI machines and other tools to scan for the existence of disease.

Is that wellness? To me, it's not. Wellness is about staying well, it is
about avoiding disease in the first place. When a person is told “You
have cancer,” it is a major blow to their psyches, and their lives. Why
go through that if you don't have to? Why not do whatever you can to
avoid that terrible day?

Western medicine treats the “pre-detection” part of life as a kind of
random soup of nothingness. You can't really do anything about any of
these diseases, you just get them or you don't. No rhyme or reason to
it, it just hits you, and then you deal with it.

Genetics is a big factor in the Western medical model. If you get
cancer, ah, well, it was in your genes that you'd get it. You see, your
great grandfather had cancer, so it was inevitable that you'd get it too.

Huh? Unfortunately, Western medicine can't explain why siblings get or
don't get diseases supposedly passed on from their parents. One sister
dies of cancer at a young age (because of genetics) and the other sister
lives to be 100 (genetics).

For my part, I'm going to take the best care of myself possible, and not
play a silly waiting game for disease.

				
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