Choosing Preventative Medicine

I have always been an advocate of preventative medicine. Why do we wait until we get ill before we begin looking after ourselves? At that point there’s already a problem, but can it be that we could have prevented it in the first place?

The World Health Organisation states that an unhealthy diet and physical inactivity increases the rise of non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease and cancer).

This calls for some serious reflection about our lives and the responsibility we all have to make choices that contribute to ensuring our bodies remain healthy. We can so easily ‘coast’ in comfort when we are feeling well. We tend to take it for granted we will stay well but when ill-health or disease happens, we have an opportunity to observe how complacent we have become about our health and wellbeing.

There’s no point nagging anyone to not smoke or drink alcohol, eat less or look after his/herself more – we have to want to make these changes. We can all feel it in our bodies if we choose to be responsible for our good health and wellbeing. No one is perfect, but we all get our body’s messages – the choice is whether to listen to them or not. How many of us ignore the signs and continue living with disrespect for the body.

We make choices every day without realizing it, but it is possible to look in detail at the choices we are making in our everyday lives and to discover the consequences of these decisions.

There is a way to tune into raising our awareness of what we can feel in our body. It could be quite simply to start with a gentle ten minute walk each day where we can begin to observe how we move, how we walk, or talk. When we walk in gentleness, tenderness and appreciation of our bodies, we can begin to feel how that can determine the quality of the energy in which we live our lives and the choices we then make.

We really can start to feel into what the body wants by listening to the messages it sends us.

Do we consider that any amount of alcohol has a harming effect on the body? Anyone who has drunk large amounts knows how the body feels the morning after – maybe we have a headache, feel sluggish and lethargic – not a feeling of wellbeing at all! The liver has to overwork and it takes hours or days to sort out the poison we’ve put in the body.

We know how we feel when we go to bed too late; we get overtired and are then weary the next day because the spleen hasn’t had enough time to regenerate our energy. We can choose to fall asleep on the settee, or stimulate ourselves with caffeine and sugar to push through… or we can simply choose to go to bed earlier instead! We know how nurturing this feels – what a treat it feels like in the body to honour that feeling and have an early night.

The body is all knowing and whatever our beliefs or thoughts are, every new day is an opportunity to understand and learn more about how the choices we make can affect our health and wellbeing. It is interesting to look at what we might be choosing that causes us to feel tired or exhausted, or why we’ve overeaten and feel bloated. Have we stopped to consider that our digestive system has to cope with all our various food choices? Is it possible for us to make better choices by feeling what to eat rather than eating on autopilot or eating for the sake of it?

Why have we learnt to behave in this way? We have developed habits of behaviour and made choices for many reasons, but it seems we don’t want to look beneath the surface and are burying emotions because we don’t want to feel the discomfort of them. But when we allow ourselves to feel the discomfort, we have an opportunity to let them go – these emotions are not us.

Changing very simple behaviour patterns so we look after ourselves more on a daily basis, to feel what to eat and to support ourselves in a loving rhythm, is the way forward if we want to experience true health, wellbeing and vitality. When we look at these issues lovingly, without criticism of ourselves, we can move on. We can choose to stay the same for our whole lives or we can make different choices to evolve.

I have made all of these loveless choices in the past and know them all too well in my body. To maintain better health and wellbeing I have chosen to make some simple changes and have felt an immense difference in my body and how I feel as a result of these changes.

I chose to cut out gluten from my diet and no longer feel bloated and have much more energy. I felt a difference when I chose to cut out dairy, realizing how I was using this for comfort and to bury emotions I didn’t want to feel. By avoiding these emotions I wasn’t giving myself a chance to heal these hurts. I no longer drink alcohol or caffeine as these dull my senses and stimulate me rather than support me. Now I prefer to drink peppermint infusions and feel to go to bed when I’m tired.

These foods and substances simply serve to cause discomfort in our bodies; I found that consuming them merely distracted and numbed me, as well as avoiding looking at other areas of my life that needed attention. This supports my body and despite working a long day, and being over retirement age, I regularly feel full of life and vibrant the next morning.

I am finding that taking care of my body nurtures and supports me to live in good health on a daily basis. I feel so much more energy and vigor in my body and no longer feel the highs or lows of the erratic choices I used to make. I can feel my immune system has been boosted and I have a greater resistance to coughs and colds. Whilst it is a continual journey of unfoldment, and listening to what my body is telling me, I am committed to living in such a way that I will continue to look after myself to maintain my good health and well-being. It’s not to say I’ll never get ill, but I can feel the difference that these new choices are making to my life.

When we listen to our bodies, we can make different choices before we suffer from an illness or a disease. It is truly possible to prevent ill health and live our lives healthily with great joy and vitality. Preventative medicine works!

With grateful thanks to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for lovingly showing a different way to be and to live.

By Gill Randall, A beautiful Woman, Physiotherapist Grad Dip Phys, Banbury UK

Further Reading:
What Is Living Medicine?
Listening to My Body And Honouring My Feelings

1,118 thoughts on “Choosing Preventative Medicine

  1. Preventative medicine is really just living with health, vitality and wellbeing, it’s living in a way that is respectful and responsive to the body and its communications. If we wait til we get sick then we have a backlog of ways of behaving that we have to sort through and change that do not respect the body.

  2. Making the choice to look after oneself more is an amazing feeling indeed and the more we do it, the more we want to do it too as we can feel the benefits. But there still has to be an initial willingness to do so.

  3. There are many ways we can all as a collective begin to look after ourselves and as Gill has said the WHO certainly has laid out clear guidelines as to what is and what is not contributing to the development of disease. So it is wise to look at these guidelines indeed. However, if these guidelines are there for us all, and we know from common sense what is also needed, and yet the incidence of illness and disease in increasing – we must come to a point where we realise that there is more to the issue than meets the eye. We cannot just say – fix this and everything will be OK. We must ask why – why are we in such a state when we have been given everything to get out of it?

  4. Gill, this is spot on – “There’s no point nagging anyone to not smoke or drink alcohol, eat less or look after his/herself more – we have to want to make these changes.” – if we are not feeling great about ourselves it can be hard to make loving decisions and hence the self abuse can kick in strongly.

  5. “When we listen to our bodies, we can make different choices before we suffer from an illness or a disease. It is truly possible to prevent ill health and live our lives healthily with great joy and vitality. Preventative medicine works!” So true Gill. So much money goes into research for so called cures, but very little into prevention. Why? because there is no profit in it. What a sad indictment of society today.

  6. Absolutely Gill, taking care and listening to our bodies is super important along with regular medical and dental checkups to keep us fine-tuned to what is happening within our bodies.

  7. ‘There’s no point nagging anyone to not smoke or drink alcohol, eat less or look after his/herself more – we have to want to make these changes.’ Agreed. When I used to smoke I knew very well that it was unhealthy and not at all good for me but the issue that was driving me to smoke felt bigger than it needed to because there was very little self worth or self love there at the time. I stopped smoking after 16 or 17 years literally because my body could simply not tolerate it anymore and I was beginning to have more regard for myself.

  8. ” We can so easily ‘coast’ in comfort when we are feeling well. We tend to take it for granted we will stay well but when ill-health or disease happens, we have an opportunity to observe how complacent we have become about our health and wellbeing.” So true Gill and I notice when we get ill that’s when people start to blame outward things – the weather, the NHS etc, rather than take responsibility for choices we have made. No need to bash ourselves, just learn and make different choices.

  9. Interesting to read your comments about living gluten/dairy free and then also bringing emotions into the mix. I saw on a bigger level how we can use emotions (like food) to not feel what is truly going. Thank you. I like having these moments in life as it brings a broader understanding about what is going on in life.

    1. Spot on Sarah – I too love when we can understand something to another level, a deeper level – the whole way to live life changes.

  10. It’s true there is no point in nagging people to adopt a healthier lifestyle and guilt-tripping people seems to have very little effect. Unfortunately, we have gotten to the point where we get ill and then we want so desperately to get better and then make steps towards a healthier lifestyle. My own experience with this tells me that I will make the changes and then slip back into my old ways if I am not careful.

    1. Nagging or ‘gentle reminding’ doesn’t work, as you say Julie. What if we ourselves lived a life of consistency (not perfection) with regard to the choices we make on a daily basis? Might others be inspired to ask what we do and make adjustments to their own lives? As many have done, inspired by the reflections from the Benhayon family.

  11. You raised some great points here Gill, many people are being diagnosed with multiple illnesses and diseases, and putting into place small changes in our lives might save us from being one of them.

    1. Absolutely, but it also makes total sense to take responsibility for our choices. None of us really enjoy being ill (excepting when it gives us a perverse sense of recognition) and being ill is simply an outcome of our choices. It is a very simple equation – take care of our choices and our health is taken care of too.

      1. When we listen to the taste in our mouth, that is dictated by the way we think, and we can somehow feel we are missing out if we do not have that gratification in the mouth, and this is generally at the expense of our bodies, but foods have become so addictive with the way they are supplemented that it is time to make it know what certain foods and additives do to our bodies and that relationship with disease!

      2. We are living with such a level of dishonesty when it comes to the body that we have become uncaring and oblivious to the truth of what we are in fact doing to ourselves when we constantly gratify our need to numb or check out with certain foods. Whilst there is no perfection we do need to start getting honest about why we go for the certain things we go for and then work on the consequences of this choice from there.

      3. Once we start on the dishonest or lying tread mill we have to perpetuate it to keep our heads above water and we have to continually move under water so as not be seen for the lies and we end up in the complete false ways of living as one lie has to cover another.

      4. I still get surprised by people – after their recovery – who revert to their old lifestyle – the very thing that contributed to their illness in the first place. Doctors don’t talk about lifestyle, so patients don’t see the value in making changes.

      5. Doctors are just as much aligned to the consciousness of illness coming out of thin air as the rest of us! It is the responsibility of us all to become aware of how our choices affect our health, relationships and society. When a patient, through their own awareness, can inspire a doctor to understand what true healing is, that doctor, if he or she is so open, can discover this within themselves and from there, support others to understand it for themselves.

  12. “When we listen to our bodies, we can make different choices before we suffer from an illness or a disease.” So true we don’t take our body into account until we get sick and then we make different choices, rather than listening to our body so that we make loving choices that make sure we won’t get sick

  13. Nagging someone to change will never work. Change can only come when we connected to something grander within ourselves.

    1. And from that connection we live the change and then another can ‘see’ or feel it and then it can have a domino effect…

  14. Our bodies are very intelligent and speak very loudly, why do we wait until we have a serious medical condition or illness before we stop and truly listen to the body?

  15. There is preventative heath care and there is preventative care. What I mean by this is that there is preventative health as presented here in this blog and there is health care based upon fear of possible outcomes arrived at by theory and probability, such as young women having mastectomies because in their family history women have had a propensity to breast cancer. What Gill presents here is not based on theory; instead it is upon a personal physical and emotional lived experience – something that is very different.

  16. ‘We can so easily ‘coast’ in comfort when we are feeling well.’ so true. I know when I am ill I can really panicky because I know how much I have lived in disregard. Not being well presently I also know that it is never too late to be self-loving.

  17. We are in a physical form so that the results of our ill choices are made manifest. That is, if we do not make loving choices that deeply honour and care for ourselves and the body we are in, these behaviours and beliefs will eventually take their toll on our physicality by way of illness and disease so we are left in no uncertain terms as to whether our choices came from love or were void of it.

  18. Preventative medicine makes so much sense. I remember having this attitude that I was indestructible while in my early twenties only to find out that constant overriding of the bodies messages only leads to ill health and misery. It would be so much easier if we were taught to listen to our bodies and not be reckless.

  19. Serge Benhayon has presented about Esoteric Medicine being in the way that we live, and as I understand it, this means that for each and every person we have our movements through life, with our bodies and our thoughts and intentions etc, and in the quality of these we can transform life itself, the whole experience of it. And yes there will be illness and disease and challenges of all sorts, but by our own transformations, life can be our first medicine, the medicine which we bring to the doctor or the surgeon, so that both ways can work together to bring a full and complete healing to the person who so chooses to arrest the wayward behaviours that need transforming in the first place.

    1. Yes these two additions are vital to the mix – something not yet being made aware of in the increasing focus on ‘self-care’ in the workplace etc.

  20. I used to feel like I really looked after myself – I did yoga, loads of exercise and ate lots of fruit and veg; and I thought I was connected to my body. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve felt how disconnected and numb I’ve actually been to what I was feeling, most of the time. It is truly beautiful to rebuild our connection to and relationship with our bodies again because they are so patiently communicating with us about what is needed, all of the time- and when we listen to that communication, there is greater depth, simplicity and beauty to our lives.

  21. There is a way of living and eating that is so natural and preventable that asks us to bring more self – care and love to our lives which is not a quick fix but a way of living that has us not looking for a pill pop or an excuse to visit the doctor.

  22. I have found these words to be so true: “We have developed habits of behaviour and made choices for many reasons, but it seems we don’t want to look beneath the surface…”, for if we stop to do so the consequences of these choices will be so evident that we will know it’s time to make a change in our life. And this I can see is what stops a lot of people from making more self-loving choices as it all seems way too hard. So, they make what seems to be the easiest choice and that is to stay firmly entrenched in their unhealthy comfort, that is until illness or disease stops them in their tracks and loudly demands change.

  23. The word pre-vent in Spanish is pre-venir. That is acting before something comes to you. What the word does not help us with is to understand that something comes to us, only if we move to it.

    1. That’s a great point.. that we move in a way where we cosntellate things moving towards us. We’ve already decided whether to align to those things in our movements leading up to our meeting with them. This totally changes our perspective on life: we’re not victims of things happening to us, but the architects of it.

      1. Exactly. There has been too much giving our power away to the outside world and the belief that things happen to us without our having any part in the equation. This is simply not true. We summon up the future in the present – we just don’t appreciate our own power. In fact sometimes we can flatly refuse the responsibility of that power because we feel it but do not ‘believe’ we can handle it.

  24. Indeed we have to want to make changes and it is only from a bigger point of truth that we do. If I stop eating something because someone said so or because I thought it was a good thing to do – then it is only ever from the head – which is not the stomach. When I listen to my body and stop eating what no longer supports me, it is a very different relationship and I never even consider going back.

  25. It is a great point Gill, why do we wait until our bodies have gotten to a state of disrepair before we listen to them. What if the simple act of bumping a knee or an arm was enough to show us we are out of harmony with ourselves. For me the question begs how much do I really want to be the love that I am and how much am I willing to accept lovelessness both in my own body and in the world around me and in general?

    1. Yes, a good question James and what does it take for us to accept that short-term relief and pleasure that feels loving is actually harmful in the long-term, hence not loving? Choices that may not feel loving in the immediate moment yet are in the long-term, are in fact choices of true love.

      1. It is an interesting question, yet the short term relief can so easily grab me as it can seem like an end to my ills but all is does is prolong them! I will learn it one day for sure!!

  26. I know someone who would drink so much alcohol they would literally fall flat on their face, they could not stop drinking. Then they started to get serious pains in their stomach and still they drank, then along with the excruciating pains they started throwing up. Then they decided to go to their doctor and it was found that alcohol was having a seriously detrimental affect on their body, it took them a while to take this on board but at last the pain coupled with vomiting finally stopped them. And when I was chatting to them recently they told me they had gone down the pub to see their mates and all they had was tonic water! They appreciated that their body was telling them loud and clear that alcohol was a poison to them, they just chose not to listen until they were forced to.

  27. It’s amazing how even when we do feel the horribleness of, say, hangover for example, or any other effect of ill choices we make, it does not often quite compute to make us simply drop that choice, as you say we have to ‘want’ to make changes, and what I can feel is that is not something our mind just decides.

  28. We can tell another how to live, if it comes from an expectation, imposition or demand it won’t be a true change or it won’t work. A person has to listen to themselves before another for a true change. We can listen to ourselves which can inspire others to listen to their body as well.

    1. This has been true in my experience. The person has to want to change for themselves and not because they’ve been told. It makes me wonder if this is why the NHS ads on smoking have had little impact over the years.

  29. What always stands out for me when there is talk about preventive medicine is that it is compartmentalized into prevention of certain diseases. For instance to not get problems with our teeth we need to brush our teeth, to not get diabetes we have to not get overweight so move enough, look at our diet so not too much sugars and fats etc. But if we would put all these advice together this could be a way of living that promotes health instead of it being preventing a certain disease. We need to start to understand that we are doing it for ourselves and our well-being not just to avoid a disease or because a doctor said so.

    1. Beautifully said Lieke. To compartmentalise our body and our health care simply doesn’t make sense as every part is an integral part of the whole and therefore has an impact on all the other parts. But what does make so much sense is to bring all the healthy advice together to create “a way of living that promotes health”.

  30. Yes, how complacent do we become when there are no consequences for our actions? a little arrogance comes in as we benchmark what is a worthwhile consequence and what is not.

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