The ancient Greek philosopher, Hippocrates (aka – father of modern medicine), taught his students that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods as was thought by the Greeks, rather it was the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits. Hippocrates said, “first consider the nature of man: then consider his food, environment, customs and mode of life. We view the whole man. Not his disease.”
When I was diagnosed with Thyroid Disease none of the doctors viewed me in my entirety – they didn’t question my diet, lifestyle, or my relationship to nature. They saw my disease and therefore could only see one small piece of the puzzle. What you put your attention on grows and if all we see is disease, then that is what grows.
Had my doctors applied the Hippocratic model of healing they would have been able to clearly see I was out of balance on many levels. My diet was crap, my lifestyle was chaotic, I had little connection to nature and my environment, and the relationship to my “self” was in disharmony. I was highly self-destructive, lacked spiritual awareness, and an understanding of the universe. All of these factors contributed to my dysfunction.
Modern medical practice is designed to detect disease first and then treat symptoms of that disease. It neglects environmental factors, nature, food, and living habits. This is a reversed model from what the great sages and ancient healers understood. Without a basic understanding of where and how the disease originated, true healing can’t begin.
Human beings are out of balance on many levels and don’t fully understand our connection to nature, the seasons, the environment, our food and living habits, and our self. This is one of the main reasons millions of us are chronically suffering with so many preventable diseases such as cancer, arthritis, immune deficiencies, infertility, diabetes, digestive disorders (IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Candida), thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, and other bodily dysfunctions.
Paracelsus, a German physician and alchemist, made groundbreaking advances in the field of homeopathic medicine. He said, “The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.”
My own healing journey began by opening my mind and attempting to understand myself, my disease, and my connection to nature and the environment on a deeper and more intimate level.
Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” So that’s where I began; I changed the quality of my diet and incorporated healing foods as my medicine. But that was only the beginning. I knew there was more to healing that I needed to understand.
With each passing season, as my body grew stronger and healthier, my mind became more clear.
Wise sages and healers understood the inner workings of the body and were able to alter the progression of disease, returning the patient to a balanced condition. One of the ways they did this was by aligning the human being back to nature, and their connection to the environment. They understood humans were connected to the universe and to nature as the provider.
Classic Ayurvedic teachings and Traditional Chinese medicine both advise that human beings are a part of the whole universe and are not separate from nature, but are part of nature.
Nature provides us everything we need for survival, just as every other creature on the planet. But, we don’t follow the laws of nature. We think we are smarter than nature. This is our main cause of disease… we are arrogant.
An Arabian proverb says, “arrogance diminishes wisdom.”
Ancient healers understood that man is a smaller version of the bigger universe. They applied the elements and cycles of nature to our human existence to help restore health, happiness and deeper connection to everything.
For us modern folks to heal our current health crises, we need to follow the wisdom of our ancestors.
If you are one of the millions of “health-minded” people that are eating well but still struggling and can’t seem to achieve vibrant health or a deeper connection, join my webinar where you will discover:
Ancient wisdom of the healers & sages
The Hippocratic method for understanding and deciphering illness on many levels
Lessons from the Nei Ching (The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine)
Tools needed to free yourself from disharmony and disease
How aligning with nature can balance and heal your body
- Understand and heal your energetic body, emotional body and spiritual body.
Andrea Beaman is leading a webinar on healing the whole body on January 11. Read more about it here.
By Andrea Beaman