(As a result of the interest in my recent article about the benefits of fever, I decided to post this, which - in a way - relates to the same theme.)
There is an old saying: One disease, long life; no disease, short life. I think it is Chinese originally. But what does it mean? Is it good to be ill?
Mostly, it requires at least one serious illness for an individual to realise that one has actively to care for one's health. As long as you are never ill, you don't care, you don't realise that caring matters, and consequently you live in a way building up a solid foundation for degenerative disease. The day it reaches maturity it strikes unconditionally, often killing quickly, even instantly.
With one serious illness, not too late in life, you wake up, you begin to take interest in your own condition, in how you can affect it. You learn to take better care of yourself and you will be less inclined to build up degenerative disease. You will live longer.
But I want to go further than that and say: If you're never ill, you're ill indeed. And I don't mean only one disease, I mean illness now and then throughout life. This, I suspect, is a puzzling statement, so an explanation is justified.
Everything needs practice to become good; everything needs training to become strong. You must train your muscles to make them strong, you must train your brain to make it strong and effective. The immune system is no exception. It must be given the chance to work now and then; otherwise it atrophies, and then you are in real danger.
In the end, "never being ill" is an illusion, at that a dangerous one. Illness is a natural part of life, and everyone has infections and inflammations now and then. If you believe you are never ill, it doesn't mean you aren't; it means that you are, but that your immune system is so weak that it doesn't react to your defence. So perhaps I should modify my statement and say: If you believe you're never ill, you're ill indeed.
The point is that many, many symptoms of illness are not caused by the illness, but by the immune system, for the purpose of driving out the illness. Fever, rash, mucus, cough, diarrhoea, etc. If you don't get the symptoms, your immune system doesn't work for your defence, so infections and inflammations become chronic. They remain inside you, perhaps for ever. There they will slowly and gradually contribute to the breakdown of your health and accelerated ageing.
If, on the other hand, you get high fever and strong symptoms, your defence is furiously fighting infection. It mostly does that very well, finally ridding you of it. But if you take antibiotics, you never get rid of it. You just push back the acute stage and its symptoms, while the infection remains chronic and semi-dormant in you forever, or until you actively cleanse it out. That's why most people today carry within them a chronic version of every infection they ever had. Now and then something can erupt again, sometimes as some other disease. To take one example, chicken pox might return as herpes zoster. It can come decades later, but still be a result of remaining chicken pox.
How to do to avoid this? First of all, don't combat the symptoms of defence. Allow fever, cough, etc. to act to your advantage. Use antibiotics or other artificial medicines only when they are necessary to save your life.
Second; cleanse your body after an infection. That can be done by fasting and diet, or with herbs. Otherwise homeopathy is often useful for this purpose: to drive out remnants of disease.
But if you have a weak and inactive immune system, what should you do?
There can be many different reasons for it to be weak, so it is impossible to give a standard answer, but there are four things you should consider:
You might be deficient of certain nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals. Good nutrition is essential for good immune system function.
Your body might be too full of waste and pollution, so you are in need of detoxification and cleansing.
You might have parasitic worms and be in need of deworming. Parasitic worms have a nasty ability: they can turn off your immune system.
As a more general point, I would add that you should care for your microflora, especially the intestinal one. Directly or indirectly, it is involved in every systemic activity in your body. (The microflora denotes the microbes living on your skin and in the whole gastrointestinal channel. They must be in proper balance. Some of them we need, others cause us trouble.)
Finally, vaccinations do not train the immune system, but harm it severely. Many vaccinations, especially during childhood, can irreparably damage it. I will not go as far as saying that one should never vaccinate against anything, because some diseases can be so terrible that vaccination is better than almost certain death or disability. And of course, this goes only for illnesses being almost unavoidable by other means. What it is might differ between different places and different times. Especially: there is no reason to vaccinate against diseases which can be cured by correct treatment, going through them might make you stronger in the long run. Neither is it justified to vaccinate against what you can reasonably avoid. Think of that every shot of vaccine is a nail in your coffin.
Children are meant to be ill much. It is part of growing up, part of developing their immune system. Infections and colds ought to turn up several times yearly. There is even a connection between many infections during childhood and less cancer later in life, most strongly indicated in the case of measles. No measles, more cancer.
Read also: Antibiotics & Side-Effects of Antibiotics
(This article is based on material previously published in Meriondho Leo and in my e-book “Paradigms of Health”.)
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