How do you know if you are moving toward health? How do you describe health and can you do it without comparing it to disease?
Starting with my undergraduate degree in health education, I memorized signs and symptoms of disease. In massage school, I learned to look for structural imbalances and tension patterns that lead to chronic pain.
Although I was supposed to be supporting my clients back to health, I only knew the signs and symptoms of disease.
It is often taught that in order to know health, we must know disease. I had gained knowledge about disease and hardly anything about health. I was so busy preventing disease, that nourishing and promoting health seemed like an awkward and strange endeavor.
I was pummeled with a whole new set of symptoms of disease while studying Chinese medicine. In response, I gave myself the challenge of knowing what the return to health looked like. It was time to know the signs and symptoms of health. I wanted to roll off this list as quickly as I could articulate the symptoms of cancer or diabetes.
It has been my experience that people can very easily describe their diseases, their short comings, and the symptoms of most major diseases. Even if they never formally studied medicine or healing, most people know the signs and risk factors of heart disease.
Even the term “prevention” has an emphasis on knowing the disease we are trying to prevent. The pharmaceutical, herbal, supplement, exercise, and nutrition corporations reinforce our concern about disease symptoms by selling us more products that promise to prevent disease. Fear of disease has become a well used marketing technique.