The Only Physician Heals, Nature Makes Well
The other day the family, relatives and I dined out at a local Chinese restaurant, and at the end of our dinner I got the following fortune cookie:
“The only physician heals, nature makes well.” —Fortune Cookie
It’s interesting that this fortune is kind of in the form of a zen koan.
Kind of cryptic, yet it does make a point.
And I take it to mean that basically, we are what we eat, and if we focus on a healthy diet for sustenance we will continue to live a healthy life.
At least that’s how I perceive it. The only physician—nature—heals and makes well again.
Yesterday I got a cut on my finger while washing a knife. I accidentally sliced my right index finger.
But watching it heal makes me think of that fortune. That our bodies are in a constant state of healing and trying to maintain a constant state of equilibrium.
There has to be a certain amount of balance in our lives. But also, maybe industrialized society—with it’s emphasis on processed, packaged and fast foods—is not the greatest way to achieve balance, at least when it comes to the nutrition we are trying to obtain.
I know this all seems like common sense to many, but one has to question certain traditional foods to see if they are actually healthy for us, and that means critiquing the foods from our cultural background.
And it’s important to question what we eat on a daily basis.
Is it truly healthy for us? Or do we like the taste but knowing it’s not all that healthy?
Being a vegan has made me create my own revolution to challenge what is normal eating. Like, rice and beans might be boring but it way more healthy than a McDonald’s Big Mac meal.
There’s so much saturated fat, cholesterol, excess nitrates, uric acid and byproducts in meats, that it is worth exploring the origins of why it’s the standard. Is it simply the meat industry? Or was it a question of originally eating what was available through hunting. Because thousands of years ago—and even just a few hundred years ago—many was hunting more because we didn’t have the supermarkets that we have today. So, hunting yielded some animals but they weren’t readily available. What if you didn’t catch and kill and animal? Thus you had to eat whatever was available.
Supermarkets and fast food restaurants have made it way to easy to get meat as opposed to hunting. One has to question that there was more balance back in the old days before supermarkets.
One could develop an obsession with a particular meat, like canned corned beef. And one of my relatives would eat corned beef, until one day he found out he had the gout! And eventually it was traced to the corned beef and he had to stop eating it.
But this is an example of the kinds of food perversions that can happen in todays fast paced world of supermarkets and fast food chains.
What is healthy, though? When everyone I talk to thinks they are eating a healthy diet already, and then you hear of someone getting a stroke or a heart attack, and people think there is nothing one can do to prevent it. But obviously, all the information is out there on the world wide web. It’s there for us if we choose to do the research, but that depends on how serious one is about staying healthy, especially as one grows older.
I myself, worry about my own health constantly, but I believe I’m taking the necessary steps to prevent disease. In the end, we think we are doing the best we can…
But sometimes our best isn’t good enough.