Fever, runny nose, rash, skin eruption, aches, diarrhea, and many other symptoms we can
experience when ill are uncomfortable, yet they serve a purpose. For thousands of years
healers have observed that disease symptoms are a necessary part of the healing process;
they are the way the body externalizes or gets rid of poisons or toxins. By interfering
with symptoms - lowering fever, suppressing skin conditions, drying sinuses, preventing
diarrhea or vomiting - we may be interfering with the healing process and driving disease
deeper into the body, paving the way for chronic illness.
The "Father of Medicine" Hippocrates - "Diseases are crises of purification, of
toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases,
but in fact they are the cure of diseases."
In more recent times medical authorities have observed the consequences of symptom suppression -
"The greatest part of all chronic disease is created through the suppression of acute
disease by means of drug poisons and through the destructive effects of the drugs
themselves." Sir William Osler.
"Cancer, TB, Bright's Disease, and all chronic diseases were once innocent colds."
J.H. Tilden, M.D.
Childhood diseases have been similarly recognized as having a beneficial effect on the long-
term health of children. Harris Coulter, PhD. one of the world's premier medical historian
writes: "Contracting and overcoming (childhood) disease are part of a developmental
process that actually helps develop a healthy, robust, adult immune system able to meet
the challenges that inevitable encounters with viruses and bacteria will present later."
Recently British researchers verified Coulter's statement when they found that asthma,
hay fever, eczema and other allergies are on the rise in Industrialized nations because
children's immune systems aren't challenged enough. Research at the Royal Free and
University College Medical School in London found that adults given antibiotics when
they were children were more likely to suffer from allergic disease.
The life affirming alternative is found in Chiropractic care which permits your body to
work efficiently so your symptoms can do their job getting rid of toxins and your (and
your children's) immune system may strengthen and mature, protecting you from serious
illness throughout your life.