Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Pursuit of Health

Today I'm asking a question that I have been asking myself for awhile now. Does our moral obligation to be stewards of our bodies require that we constantly pursue health?

A sick person wants to get well. It is normal for us to track down the causes of our illnesses, and then do whatever is necessary to cure what ails us. It might be an antibiotic, chicken soup, a spine adjustment, exercise, or just some rest. We see a doctor, a chiropractor, a nutritionist, or an allergist. We read articles and ask friends. Once we are well again, we go about life until the next time we get sick.

But for a chronically-ill person, achieving wellness becomes a much more complicated task, which can sometimes seem impossible. Often doctors can't get us to the level of health we need or want. Sometimes they can't even tell us what's wrong. So then we choose...either we just live with whatever is wrong, or we continue to seek answers from other sources. Is one of these choices more Godly than the other?

Start doing some research and you find that there are so many things that can wreak havoc with your health. Vit D deficiency, iodine deficiency, fluoride and chlorine in the water, bromates in food and the environment, artificial sweeteners, mercury, MSG, GMOs, aluminum cook ware, microwave use, plastic bottles, chemicals in shampoo, pesticides in our foods, exposure to mold. We can try curing ourselves with elimination diets, acupuncture, colon cleansing, spirulina, raw milk, juicing, making our own detergents, buying organic produce, giving up sugar, getting more sun, avoiding hot showers, taking supplements. Seriously, this list doesn't even touch the surface of all the things that could be culprits or cures for feeling yuck. It's absolutely overwhelming... Where do I start? But, even more importantly, when do I stop? At what point does the pursuit of health replace the pursuit of God? I've had this discussion with some friends recently and I have some ideas, but I'd love to hear what everyone has to say. Post your comments!!