“And if you know who you are,
You are your own superstar
And only you can shape the music that you make”
Supertramp, Easy Does It
Back in the 80’s one of my favourite bands was Supertramp. Even though I would sing along to the lyrics, I never really took much notice of the words and didn’t understand their meaning. As my life understanding has expanded and evolved over the years, their words are making more and more sense. Whilst the lyrics of their songs pertained to the world in general, my topic of course is around health.
Without wanting to put too fine a point on it, ladies and gentleman, when it comes to our healthcare system and our understanding of health, we are in crisis.
The sad thing is, most people are not aware of this. They believe that getting ill is normal, and that there are no known reasons for this happening. They believe the body has made a mistake, is stupid and should operate at 100% capacity even when we are unconsciously doing things to it to consistently break it down. They believe it’s OK to fill it with drugs or cut bits out of it, and that this is the normal and natural way of doing things. Let me tell you, whilst this may be normal, it is certainly not natural, and there is a better way.
Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff
Unfortunately we appear to live in a society, in our so-called ‘advanced’ Western world, where it is not until we actually get ill that we think of implementing healthcare procedures. Our healthcare system is built on the philosophy and practice of going to the doctor once you already have symptoms in order to receive a diagnosis, which is generally followed by the suggestion of a cure or quick fix (most often by way of medication or surgery). In our so-called sophisticated world, this is considered normal. I can assure you it is nothing of the sort.
I too used to think this was normal. I grew up in the UK and the only healthcare option I ever knew of for the first 28 years of my life was going to a doctor. It never entered my mind that there may be other options. By the age of 7 I had experienced severe hayfever (for which I was given strong antihistamines) and ongoing ear infections, flus, sore throats and consequently had my tonsils taken out at age 5 (thus depriving me of the very parts of my immune system which were actually doing their job of endeavouring to keep me healthy), to name just a few of the ailments I experienced. Never did my parents think there could be a reason for these symptoms beyond either randomness and bad luck or ‘it’s the pollen and bugs’.
By the age of 18 years I had experienced appendicitis (the offending appendics being taken out, there goes more of my immune system), shingles (no medication available, just weeks of bed rest), excruciating bladder infections (requiring invasive surgical procedures and drugs), intense thrush infections (yet more medication), yet more hayfever and nosebleeds (requiring yet more antihistamines) to name a few more of the ailments I experienced. Always the answer was to go to the doctor, be given an option of either medication or surgery, and that was apparently the answer. There was never, ever, any questioning as to why the symptoms were there in the first place, and did they have an intelligent reason?
Now, let me say, and I have said this before, I am not anti-medication or anti-doctor. No, indeed not at all. I am highly grateful to both these healthcare solutions, but the reality is, we must start to wake up to the reality that these solutions are not the only answer, and often or mainly represent in truth the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff solution. Physical symptoms are the end result of a body and mind which is not happy. Our body may not be happy mentally, it may not be happy emotionally, it may not be happy physically, and dare I say it (because this word is almost taboo in our society) it may not be happy spiritually. We must look deeper if we want to find the cause of our illness or dis-ease.
“We may have the latest hifi systems and super-duper home lighting systems, but do we actually know how to operate our own body?”
So what is the crisis I am talking about here?
It’s a crisis of awareness… or rather of ignorance… and in particular of being ignorant (which means to ‘ignore’) the truth of what is. We are very much unaware, despite the fact we feel so advanced with all our whizz-bang technologies, of what really causes illness and how to rectify it without medication or surgery: we may have the latest hifi systems, or super-duper home lighting systems, or luxury jet liners and superyachts, and many other amazing technologies, but do we actually know how to operate our own body? For most people the answer to this is a definitive no – we are highly ignorant as to the internal workings of our body and mind. Our consciousness and awareness it seems have a long way to go in catching up.
And herein lies the problem. We wait until we are in crisis before doing anything, because we are unaware of the damage that is happening to our health before things get too late and we are already ill with symptoms. We do not recognize (‘re-cognize’ with our mind) the signs along the way. We think it is normal to get ill, when it really is not. We are unaware of what creates illness, or health, and many people are unaware that options beyond even medication or surgery even exist!
This was how it was for me 30 years ago. I had no idea there were other options, until life became so bad I was forced to seek out other options because what I was doing was not working. And thank goodness there were, and are, many other options to be found. And even though these options exist right now, apparently less than 0.1% of the population are aware of them! Not even one percent!
Time for Change
Recently at a healthcare congress in New Zealand it was made quite clear to delegates that our current level of healthcare costs are already unsustainable, and predicted to get worse unless something changes. Healthcare spending is the highest budgetary item for government right now, and most of it still focuses on the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach to healthcare.
At the same conference, a doctor shared how in only 40% of doctors visits is a health diagnosis usually made, and only 5% of the time can the cause of illness normally be determined.
The very sad fact is, there are many therapies available today which do know how to identify the cause of illness, (many of which I have trained in), but unfortunately, we still live in a society which is unaware that these other solutions exist. It’s a sad fact, and a fact which must change if our healthcare system is to improve.
People must learn that it is they themselves who must take a high degree of responsibility for their health. If we learn to be in tune with our mind, emotions, body, spirit and environment, we can learn to spot the signs of illness before they manifest as symptoms. This is all possible, and is the highest level of prevention and self care.
We can also learn what really causes illness in order for our body to bring itself back into balance without medication or surgery. It is all possible, it is all here now, if you know where to look, who to go to for help and how to implement these rather different healthcare strategies. It is all possible right now, but the question is, are you ready for this? Are you ready to take radical responsibility for your health, to become self-masterful in all areas of your wellbeing? Or would you prefer to rely on something external, or even internal (meds, supplements) to change your bio-chemistry? Are you ready for a new era in healthcare?
Because you see, you must be open, ready and willing to see new horizons if you want to experience something new or different. A closed or fearful mind will not see these opportunities, as I have also written about in other blogs (eg ‘when perception is reality‘, ‘misperception the missing piece‘,’perceptual blindness – a barrier to healing‘and many more).
Despite the fact that many people are not yet ready for these answers, often because they have not yet experienced enough pain to want or need to change, there are many people who are looking for new solutions. And primarily it is to these people that I am speaking.
I know what it is like to want to have other options, and not to know where to look for them or find them. It’s disheartening and frustrating, and just prolongs the amount of time it takes to get well, not to mention the amount of money we may end up spending on healthcare solutions. Recently I watched a news item about a man needing a drug to ‘cure’ his cancer which cost $150,000. I was staggered. Seriously? It doesn’t have to be this way if you know why the body builds tumours, ie, the meta physical (‘beyond physical’) reasons behind illness, and how given the right conditions the body is designed to self-heal.
As I have said before, we do not need to wait until we are in a personal health crisis to look after our health, although many people unfortunately do. We can learn to spot the signs of illness before they happen, although for many of us (including myself) we often first have to get ill and then work backwards to understand the signs that were already there but we never spotted at the time! We humans are slow learners, and as one of my very first teachers said to me “we think we are so clever, but really we are still in Kindergarten”.
My wish for humanity is that we wake up en masse to the healthcare solutions that are already here, but not yet well known, and start to take advantage of them sooner rather than later. If we truly want to improve our personal health, and that of our healthcare system as a whole, we must do this, there is no other way out of our global healthcare crisis.
Which is why I say ‘self care – a revolution in healthcare‘ – the responsibility lies with each and every one of us to learn that taking care of our own health from the inside out is the only way to go, and ultimately brings the greatest results and highest levels of personal satisfaction. This is true sustainability.
Be well 🙂
“You’re holding the world in the palm of your hand,
Watch’ya tellin’ your children you don’t understand
If you know what the meaning is
Oh-oh so you better beware,
So you better get, so you better get light in your head,
So you better get, so you better get peace in your head…”
Supertramp, from the album Crisis? what Crisis?
Kim Knight is a leader in a new era of healthcare. You can find out more at kimknighthealth.com