Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.
From Medicine and Big Pharma With Love
For those who are in a habit of either ignoring or just missing disclaimers at the bottom of an article -- I am not a doctor of any kind, and nothing that follows should be understood as a medical advice.
Good, now that we are not stepping on toes of lawmakers, let's talk a little about this idea of not using any drugs or nutritional supplements -- with this central point that our bodies, once given our full mind's support, know how to take care of themselves.
To think otherwise would mean forgetting about the simple fact that for the most of the human history -- and let's not leave prehistory out of the picture -- there were no doctors, no drugs, no nutritionists around to make our species survive, while even a mighty dinosaur went extinct.
There is something in our genetic constitution that has withstood all micro and macro predators, all unfavorable conditions, pandemics, absence of hygiene, and nothing short of gods' anger hitting us.
And yet, with the invent of medicine and drugs it all changed, as we became culturally programmed to believe that we are some fragile beings with our very survival heavily depending on medicine.
Then another army of brainwashers showed up in great numbers, telling us how we are bound to perish if we don't follow their recommendations for consumption of right -- if not the only right -- foods.
Both have become fierce enemies to each other, so that a doctor may lose their license should they try to heal with other methods than by drugs and scalpel, and no one is to claim to know a cure -- unless it's coming from the almighty Big Pharma.
We have heard of cases of scientifically minded individuals who stumbled upon an apparently highly effective cure for cancer -- only to be prosecuted for "trying to profess medicine without a license".
On the other hand, an equally strong propaganda is raging against medical screwups, which have statistically become one of the biggest cause of fatalities. Along with the main argument being that medicine is merely treating symptoms, not addressing the underlying causes.
To scare us further and to make their services and products "a matter of life and death", this multi-billion dollar business of nutritional supplementation had to keep warning us about air-water-food-electronics pollution which increases our needs for supplements.
While it may be a case where there is a known deficiency -- it makes one wonder, again, how all those past generations survived. Besides, we do have two effective filters in our bodies -- liver and kidneys, to take care of all garbage.
But, as we are about to see -- every organ and function in our body, including our immune system, can be royally screwed up by our "modernized", heavily brainwashed mind-style.
Well, as far as I care, let them continue their business feuds, while both sides have their good, and their bad qualities, and for quite longer into the future we are bound to keep both, benefiting and being victims, of either of them, or both.
Of course, unless we examine a possibility that our bodies can maintain and heal themselves naturally, and neither of those huge authorities need to assist us at that.
Quite ironically, those world communities with the most healthy, active, and yes, still horny, centenarians, are having pretty simple, if not monotonous diets, and the last time I checked, none are taking any medications.
They also don't eat much. Who knows, maybe the word came to their attention about that ancient Egyptians' saying:
"Man can survive on one third of what he eats -- and with the other two thirds he is feeding his doctor".
Fixing, or Having Nothing to Fix -- Is the Question
So, would it be possible to not only survive, but to enjoy life, without drugs and supplements?
What is medicine anyway? While you know the answer already, let us put an emphasis on the fact that medicine has nothing to do with health, but only with fixing what is wrong with it.
Now, how is that not same? Maybe a totally unrelated but illustrative enough example will explain the difference.
Let's say you are considering buying a used car. Your priorities may look like either of the following two. 1) I will buy me a cheap piece of crap, and I will just keep fixing it when it stalls, leaks, makes noise, stinks, or misbehaves in any other of the possible ways.
Or 2) I will buy me a repair-free car, as much as it's possible, and I will do that basic maintenance that every car needs. As long as it's running smoothly, I won't take it to a mechanic "for a check up", because it would be like the proverbial asking a barber if you need a haircut.
Can you see where I am going with this? When we perceive our health as fragile, and in a frequent need for checkups, we are sending some crappy messages to our body, doubting that it can take care of itself.
And that, my friends, is an insult, with body reacting accordingly. Good, it says, I'll oblige to your beliefs, by giving you enough reasons to see that attractive receptionist in doctor's office.
And I am not even kidding here, folks. To use that good dr. Bruce Lipton's words, when you look in the mirror, you see only one of you -- while there are some 50 trillion of you, meaning body cells, which have all the functions of your body as the whole of you.
So they also think, but mostly feel. They are strange little creatures, since they are mostly concerned about one single thing that has to do with their survival:
How much our environment looks friendly or not, supportive or not, for their well being.
Then they assume one of two modes: 1) they either thrive, grow, rejuvenate, heal themselves, celebrate life, or 2) they go into defensive mode -- with the activated one minimizing the other.
A long term ratio between these two cellular actions determines our vitality and health.
And hey, who is the one telling our cells that the environment is friendly or not? Who is the one responding to life situation with a pissed, critical, and defensive attitude? And who is telling our body that it is too sensitive, too helpless with a polluted, unsafe environment and a crazy world we live in? Hmm...
Why We Really Get Pissed
If you ever went to see a practitioner of the ancient Ayurveda modality with a health issue, they may not ask you where your body hurts, but -- where your life hurts.
As if being the ones who invented the word holistic, they know so well that man is not to be seen with a reductionist, mechanistic mindset, but as a complex being, whose life manifests itself physically, chemically, energetically, emotionally, and mentally.
And when your good GP writes you a prescription, it hardly covers anything but one or two of those aspects, mostly physical and chemical. Then, after your mother-in-law has kept pissing you some more with her meddling, there you come with new symptoms.
At that point you may get something "stronger", with that regular: "See me in a couple weeks if it doesn't work".
You go home, now pretty much having turned into that dude who was ready to buy a piece of crap from the old vehicle lot, and just keep fixing it. Well, you figure, who could possibly help you if not that guy with all those updated diplomas on his wall.
Hey, am I just saying it to make myself look like a psychic, or you really suddenly got hit with this idea to see a good nutritionist.
It can't hurt, two of them must know more than either one alone, so we reason, and the nutritionist is not even hiding that smirk while we tell him that our doctor is currently in process of trying something else.
Home we go with a bunch of little bottles, while that mother-in-law is bound to defy every law of physics, medicine, and nutrition by continuing to make those symptoms come and come.
Solution? No, you can't put arsenic in her coffee -- but you can change your attitude about the woman. Maybe to put your foot down and be as civil as possible, but resolute to win your family and your household matters for yourself. That's what we would call a proactive, rather than that reactive approach used so far.
Then if you really listen carefully, in a quiet of the night, you may even hear your body cells applauding. Yes, health starts in your head and in your heart.
An Archive of Crap
Now, why not get into the very fabric of that resentment towards mother-in-law's meddling? What's really happening there? After all, you must have told yourself time and time again that the "old bag doesn't matter, and you should just ignore her".
Why couldn't you?
Here we come to this part of the story which we might see as an upside down case of "mind over body" business.
Yes, we are going to talk about body over mind crap. I casually mentioned before how our body cells have all functions that we, as a whole, have. And, mostly pertaining to our topic here, they have kept the record of all our emotionally and attitudinally charged events of our entire past.
Our cells are 50 trillion units strong archive of our past, and emotion is the language they mostly understand -- not verbal stuff nearly as much. If you ever tried "thinking positively", you know what I mean.
Namely, as long as you are actually feeling crappy while reciting your positive affirmations, you are talking a foreign language to your body. But we'll get to that in a short while.
Let's first establish this unfortunate fact that our body has become our mind. We identify with it, and we unconsciously allow it to order us what to think, feel, what attitude to take, even what to believe -- all in accordance with that recorded material.
Thus, since our body is all in a survival mode of functioning, so are we, with the only addition of our also trying to psycho-physically survive, due to the complexity of us as human beings.
It's our body's response to that meddling mother-in-law, and since our body has literally become our mind, we can't but not be pissed off, while our "surviving" body is signaling us that "an intruder is in our territory". Yes, we feel threatened.
And the whole nations are operating from their surviving bodies, while being so damn territorial, so paranoid over imaginary enemies, some foreign, others domestic.
Is there a way out of that survivalist mess? Could we become healthy individuals, and healthy nations?
Your Doctor Is Okay, But...
Unlike our body cells, which simply respond according to their programs, some default, others acquired, we, beings with brains, have something like choice.
And choice spells creativity. In order to become creative we have to repossess our minds from our bodies. We have to become conscious choosers, not biological robots merely translating body's impulses into psychological concepts and rules of living.
We are not our bodies. The moment we say I have a body, we are saying that we are the possessors of our bodies which are our possessions -- we are two different entities, no matter how much we have to work in a tandem to promote the life in us.
Your finger nails are not trimming themselves -- you are trimming them, because you decided to trim them. It's an incredibly unfortunate story of the mankind that they don't go much further from realizing that.
We are either in a creative, or a surviving mode of functioning. We either choose, or we let someone, our body, doctor, spouse, priest, our dog, choose for us.
People are mostly turned outwards for guidance in life, whether in health, religion, collective coexistence, politics.
We can't reclaim our power for as long as we can't even reclaim our mind from the stronghold of our reactive, surviving bodies.
As the result, we can't be healthy by just fixing what's wrong about our health.
How do we create our health? By not doing what body is constantly doing -- fixing something that it first made bad. Body is in a constant drama of some cells dying, others being born, some being sick and needing fixing, others fighting microbes and toxins.
On top of that, body holds that "bag with our intimate truth", all our emotional records of the past. So, it simply doesn't qualify to guide us. When I hear: "Listen to your body", I laugh, ever since I am doing my best to make my body listen to me.
I hope I have made it so-so clear that health is not supposed to be a "result of fixing something", but a result of our "brainwashing" our body into health. By acting health, believing health, breathing health -- doing health.
As if obeying that old saying: When you can't win them -- join them" -- our body is bound to join our repossessed mind, actually discovering that it feels and functions the best when guided constructively.
So we create health by inspiring in ourselves good feelings and ignoring the body's negative feedback. By laughing and creating humor, by gratitude for what we have, and by insisting on letting go of anything that doesn't spell health, emotional and physical.
In other words, we have to come to that blessed moment of realization that our body needs a guidance, not a status of a boss in our personal space. It has to stop that our getting constipated automatically "has to" follow with a crappy outlook on life.
I understand that it must sound like a "mission impossible" to anyone whose body is calling all shots. But it can be done, and it's only up to us whether we make it hard or easy for ourselves.
I personally believe that it's possible to have health without doctors, drugs, nutritionists, and supplements. And I am standing behind my words with this following statement, which by now, must have made everyone sick from my frequent repeating it:
I haven't seen a doctor, took any prescription or over the counter drugs, for over 14 years.
And that, my friends, has nothing to do with my "good genes" -- as a kid I was sick with anything in a pediatrician's book. Ironically, the older I was, the healthier I was, and now at my 76, when most of my age group are frequenting their doctors and specialists -- here I am bragging about my robust health.
Namely, at a very early age I got this notion that my whole life would have to become my own business if I was going to survive all those pressures. It reflected itself on my health as well.
When it's about doctors, there is a crazy paradox at work. You see, while their job is to make us well (for a while, between visits), they don't really want a healthy population, because that would make their services obsolete, their very livelihood gone.
I respect doctors for how many lives they save. But beyond that respect is this respect for my own choice not to have anything to do with them.
Again, whatever you may get inspired to do while reading this post, do it "on a side", not quitting your medical treatments. That may greatly improve your recovery chances. Be well everyone, use your mind, and for my last "prophetic" words, I am begging everyone for forgiveness, but I can't hold it in, so I have to say it:
Bring your mind up from your ass and discover health without drugs and supplements. Cheers!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2021 Val Karas
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 13, 2021:
Valkaras you are so right! I eat well and do not over do it as you say how some can be in following eating habits by the book. Exactly if one's immune system is weakened by stress that is a problem to come back with a stronger immune system. Stay healthy and eat properly to have an all round healthy body and immune system. Keep safe! Thank you for the explanation and in detail.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on March 13, 2021:
Devika -- Eating right is okay -- but only as long as we are not screwing it up with a negative mind-style. Every so often we might hear about a so called "health nut" who was eating "by the book", exercising, and then died young. Some of them are so terribly concerned about every morsel of food they ingest that it becomes a negative obsession, added up to their general being scared of life, its challenges and demands.
People with bad stress management may eat the best foods and still end up prematurely dead. I keep wondering what this super-scare about Covid-19, initiated and maintained by health authorities, is doing to the world -- and it's my belief that people's being bombarded by daily reports of new "cases" is weakening their immune system to the point where one day even vaccines won't work.
Remember? Vaccine for Covid-19 doesn't contain a minimum amount of a weakened virus -- as it is normally practice with making vaccines -- but to teach the immune system how to fight it. How do you teach anything to immune system if it's weakened by a prolonged stress?
So, the message of my article is gravitating around our need to minimize stress, which will then weaponize the body to fight anything at all. (Immune system is extremely responsive to anything going on in nervous system).
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 13, 2021:
Interesting question and I say Yes! One can eat healthy foods and avoid a doctor.Food is medicine.