This was spoken by one of the four founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital around the turn of the 20th century. I could fill my feed with some of his wise and profound quotes about medicine and the human body.
Medicine is remarkable. It has saved many lives. Including my own. I am so thankful for modern medicine. I hold it with respect and also with caution. Any medical intervention carries with it potential for risk. Risk vs. benefit is something I try to carefully consider. For the immediate and the long term implications.
I keep a cupboard, pantry, and refrigerator stocked full of tried and true whole foods, remedies, supplements, and the like not in opposition to pharmaceutical medicine. I have found over the years that our bodies work best to function well and heal optimally when there is less for the body to have to fight against.
Food can be medicine. Not every food is medicine to every body. Supplements can benefit. Not all supplements are formulated the same and you can’t out-supplement a poor diet or lifestyle.
Bio-individuality is not to be taken lightly. We are each uniquely made and what works for some will not always work best for all.
There is a time and a place for medical intervention. In those times you’ll find me utilizing the gift that it can be. Other times you’ll find me making good use of the multitude of gifts God has given me right from the earth to support my body.