Power of Alternative Healing
by Meskerem Abegaz
you ever wonder why the first three letters in the word diet are
die? Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop reported that “dietary
imbalances” are the leading preventable contributors to
premature death in the United States. As Ethiopian-Americans,
it is essential that we keep informed of the health risks associated
with our diet. Dr Koop strongly recommends the expansion of nutrition
and lifestyle modification education for all health care professionals.
The changes that are necessary will not be implemented as long
as physicians continue to earn a living solely by prescribing
“band aid” medicine that simply treats the symptoms,
since this is far more lucrative than prevention of the disease.
Chronic disease currently accounts for 85% of the national health
This is due to the fact we spend
little time treating the causes of chronic disease before major
illness develops. The greatest atrocity is that society has come
to accept these conditions as normal, despite evidence that almost
all disease is preventable. The Center for Disease Control states
that cleansing the body from effects of wrong eating and a well-balanced
“diet” can prevent 37% of cancer and 54% of heart
disease. Research has shown that the present medical systems ignorance
of the natural health principles, the perpetuation of normal health,
is the fundamental cause of all disease.
Doctors and physicians are confronted
with patients suffering from ailments for which conventional medicine
offers only temporary fixes and superficial treatment of symptoms.
The magic of antibiotics is no longer effective as a host of new
resistant infections appear. It is clear that contemporary western
medicine is in a state of crisis and that our current treatments
are simply not effective.
The elements that are necessary
for disease prevention and management of chronic disease include
hygiene, a calm balanced mental state, proper nourishment, a sound
work and home environment, and physical conditioning. The fundamentals
of alternative healing are far from new. It is mankind recalling
his understanding of health and preventive medicine. Over time,
medical wisdom evolved within a framework, which connected health
to a state of harmony or balance, and disease to a state of disharmony
or imbalance. It has taken into account the variables that contribute
to both. As the general public becomes increasingly aware of the
inadequacies of conventional medicine, a growing number of people
are turning to alternative medicine. Everyday people are beginning
to understand and appreciate alternative medicine’s approach
to health. The fundamental principle being that health has to
be inclusive of mind, body, and soul. It blends science with experience
to focus on the patient as a whole. What was once considered a
“passing trend”, is on its way to becoming the primary
medical approach of people across the globe. The objective of
alternative health care is to advocate and bring to the forefront
these said principles in an attempt to end all human suffering
through prevention of disease.
Mekerem Abegaz is an Atlanta based freelance
writer and a columnist for Tadias magazine.