In the United States?
The best doctor in the world actually lives inside each one of us. The only problem is that we never think of it that way. We never make the connection. For us, the only real doctor is the external one…the one who prescribes the pills…or the surgery…or the chemo, etc.
Yet, according to Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”:
Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.
How good is this inner doctor?
- It´s the one who heals us when we break a bone. Yes, the external doctor puts on the cast but it´s the inner doctor that actually heals the bone.
- It´s the one who cares for us so much that it labors 24/7 to keep us healthy.
- Since it labors 24/7, we don´t have to make an appointment and we´re not charged anything for it´s service.
- It´s the one that constantly fights off viral and bacterial infections…whether we´re aware of it or not.
- It´s the one that tells us if something is not right (with pain and discomfort) and when everything is just right, with a feeling of well being.
This list can go on and on but, what´s most important is to be able to change our way of thinking and accept and be thankful that this wonderful and loving inner doctor does exist.
How can we be thankful?
By treating our bodies with respect…so that it keeps us well and heals us when we are sick.
How can we treat our bodies with respect?
Well, after 76 years of life on this planet, 34 on the Standard American Diet of mostly meat, dairy and eggs, 32 as a vegetarian and the last 8 as a whole food vegan I have a few suggestions, based on things that I have learned and practice:
- What´s most important is sticking, as close as possible, to a whole food plant based regimen (grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds). Your inner doctor will thank you for making it´s work a lot easier.
- Exercise at least 5 days a week. I take brisk 40 minute walks and go to the gym 2 or 3 times a week.
- Avoid, as much as possible, excess stress and pressure. I´ve been practicing meditation for more than 40 years and it helps me stay centered and look at daily occurrences and problems from a distance. With regards to feeling pressure, it´s a good idea to detect where the pressure is coming from because of the tendency to put pressure on ourselves when we shouldn´t or, when the pressure should be on someone else…not ourselves.
What about the external doctors?
Well, Hippocrates then goes on to say:
The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.
In other words, the main role of a “good” external doctor is to work hand and hand with our inner doctor, to help our bodies maintain optimum health and well being and, if we do get sick, to help our bodies to cure itself. When we forget about our inner doctor, then we put ourselves at the mercy of the external doctor and his or her decisions, whatever they may be. Unfortunately, as in most cases what doctors are most interested in is treating the symptoms instead of decease prevention and reversal. This is what the best doctor in the world is up against.