In my daily practice as a general physician, I have come across many patients with lifestyle ailments but sometimes making me feel as I am responsible for their health troubles or it is me who should keep them healthy. Individual Health is not our doctor’s responsibility, Physicians role is to help us understand what’s going on with our physical and mental health and if needed provide us with medication and solutions to fasten the healing process. But it is us who has to take responsibility for our own daily health.
If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then it is possible to help him.Hippocrates
We all have found a pill, for everything that is wrong with our health, never trying to understand the true nature of the cause. So it doesn’t matter much what we eat or how we live because for everything we have that magic pill in the pocket. We have stopped considering that there can be a problem with the way we eat, drink , sleep and live. Few common conditions now even have become normal phenomena’s “it’s ok because everyone has it” and we are popping pills for those on a daily basis.
Lifestyle diseases secular trend is rising, all diseases with the highest morbidity and mortality are directly or indirectly related to our environment, food habits, stress level and sedentary routine. Infectious Diseases mostly being acute are more worried about but lifestyle disease being chronic so being neglected, as we are not aware what’s happening within us in due course until they start to show symptoms in 10 years but the effect is so much that it becomes a burden on the individual and on the family in later years of life.
The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
Modern medicine ( Allopathy) as a science concentrates its efforts on treating a patient but very less efforts on prevention of conditions. Even if allopathy is trying to prevent certain conditions it requires a conscious effort from the individual itself but in today’s world, to find time for ourselves have become so difficult. We are always busy doing something we are always in a hurry to reach somewhere, so we miss out on a lot which is very essential for our living.
It’s high time that we start investing in more whole, less affordable healthcare systems which focus more on prevention and makes us more conscious of our daily habits and needs of our physical and mental self. We need to slow down a little bit in life and start finding time for ourselves. One such beautiful health system which I have come across is AYURVEDA, a traditional healthcare system with scientific research which makes us more aware of eating, drinking and sleeping habits. If Modern medicine and many traditional health systems like Ayurveda work together, we would be able to answer many more health-related questions which are still unanswered.
Science of yoga and Ayurveda is subtler than the science of medicine because the science of medicine is often victim of statistical manipulation.Amit Ray
And we as an individual should start taking our health as our own responsibility and by this, I don’t mean that we should start diagnosing ourselves by reading on the internet but to become more aware of what we eat and how it affects our physical self. With conscious observation will come the understanding of what suits our physical type and what does not. We need to stop taking our health for granted as our physical health is a vehicle for self to experience the beauty of this world and if the vehicle is diseased the life would feel stuck.