Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Don’t count on silver bullets

There is no magic cure for illness, so start taking preventative action now

  • Print

For centuries, mankind has been searching for a single cure for all of its illnesses. From evil spirits to germs, early medical practice was focused on finding that one silver bullet that would lead to the cure of all disease.
For example to relieve the pressure caused by headaches, ancient Incans would often drill holes in the top of the skull to let the evil spirits out.
Also, as recently as hundred years ago, mercury was used as a cure-all for a number of conditions ranging from hysteria to typhoid fever. There is even some speculation that George Washington may have died from mercury poisoning, after receiving treatment for a minor throat infection.
Surprisingly, what were once considered cutting-edge medical treatments, would likely seem extremely barbaric today.
On the other hand, when it comes to the prevention of disease and illness, wellness practices have historically been equally ridiculous.
From snake oil, to bloodletting, to tropical berry antioxidants found only in the deepest recesses of the Amazon jungle - many have claimed to be able to provide health in a bottle, but rarely deliver.
The problem with many of the newer wellness and prevention practices today is that they are too narrowly focused on only one aspect of health. For example: It is simply not enough to just eat well and expect to be healthy. Or do yoga every day and expect to never get sick.
True health involves adopting multiple lifestyles’ practices that promote well-being and minimize the risk of disease and illness.
The main difference between someone who gets sick and someone who doesn’t get sick is the fact that for healthy people, health is not an afterthought.
They do not eat well and exercise only to fulfill New Year’s resolutions, or to fit into bikinis before summer vacation. They don’t visit the chiropractor or massage therapist once in a blue moon when they become injured. They don’t purchase cheaper, more toxic cleaning supplies out of convenience.
For them, health and prevention is something that they actively participate in and refine on a daily basis.
This is very different than the silver bullet approach which states: My body is designed to get sick, eventually it will break down and hopefully by then, somebody will invent a pill, supplement or surgical procedure to reverse that damage.
Of course this didn’t work for people who were into bloodletting and mercury treatments, and it probably won’t work for you either.
Regardless of your current physical state, it is never too late to start building health. Thomas Edison once said: "The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
If you need help getting started, finding a health practitioner who provides that level of service would be a great start.

Dr. Christian Chatzoglou, D.C. is a chiropractor, writer and natural health expert.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Do you intend to visit the CMHR once it’s fully operational?

View Results