There is little doubt that advances in modern western medicine have helped to save the lives of thousands of people. From open-heart surgery to desperately finding a vaccine for the coronavirus, modern curative medicine has a critical role and that we are incredibly fortunate to have it.
In this article, we briefly look at the concept of prevention rather than just cures.
The risk of great innovation in modern medicine is that we, as individuals and communities, become less proactive in our health management. We get sick and modern medicine has the means to treat us, potentially curing the disease. But often the cure may mean adjusting your lifestyle or taking specific medication for the rest of your life.
This approach deals with the issue, but there is another approach, preventative medicine, which seeks to minimise the occurrence of disease and illness. Modern health advocates and systems do actively subscribe and promote this concept; we need to get better and practising it.Prevention and a Holistic Approach
The holistic approach understands that your physical and emotional sides are entwined, for you to be healthy, both need to be managed. The holistic approach treats you as a whole, identifying the various issues that are preventing you from living life to the full. This is more than just treating an ailment.Considerations
When you choose a preventative and holistic activity you’re electing to look at your lifestyle and overall health before you have an issue. By assessing your current health you can take steps to improve it and potentially decrease your likelihood of contracting diseases. The logic is that a healthy body will find it easier to fight any infection, and a healthy body is one that is in the best possible shape physically and emotionally.
This holistic approach helps you to adopt a healthier lifestyle balance. This is something that you must be responsible for. The good news is a qualified health care professional can support this with robust, science-backed insights and advice.
Also, it does not stop you from visiting the doctor and obtaining modern medicines when you are ill. It simply encourages you to maximise your current health and avoid medicines unless they are really necessary.
Preventative health management is often about small and inexpensive changes to your lifestyle and diet that you can make daily, but have the potential to protect your health and well-being in the future.
Written by Nathan C.
Nathan is passionate about fitness, including researching and writing about it.
All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.