Prevention is better than Cure
In today’s day and age, the phrase “prevention is better than cure” is often mentioned by your doctor, those in favour of organic living and those who wish to live a proactive lifestyle when it comes to their medical well-being. I think it is also safe to say that there are those that refute this statement and call for the “you only live once” motto. While both are admirable and have redeeming qualities, it is not easy to choose one or the other. Let’s look at this logically…
On the one hand, you can’t live a full life when you are constantly chasing your tail looking at labels and blood test results and wondering if that slice of cake will send you to the grave. This is just unrealistic. On the other hand, with all the GMO’s in our food and lack of minerals and vitamins in our diets, the signs of poor health start showing in many areas of our lives. Our sporting endurance slacks, signs of ageing start to appear faster, we become tired and lethargic and before you know it, you have 10 different conditions you suffer from.
This is where you might start feeling overwhelmed and wonder on which side you must be on. I tend to slide in between whilst leaning more towards the proactive life style. Life, is life and you can’t run away from bad food or celebrations. Here is the secret… you shouldn’t have to. We were meant to enjoy life, but we are also meant to live a long and healthy life. That means, knowing your body’s limitations, knowing what you must do to keep it healthy (like using supplements you are lacking) and ensuring a healthy diet and exercising routine.
It is quite simple to find out your balance. There are doctors who specialise in the wholistic approach to well-being. These doctors offer integrative medicine consultations. In these consultations they will run blood tests according to your particular needs and complaints to find out what the root of the problem is and treat the actual problem, not the symptoms. A DNA test can also be done upon your request. There are many different DNA tests available, those looking at dietary genes, sporting genes, ageing and general health genes and their abilities and limitations.
So, it’s not about what the one or the other can do for you, it is about finding the balance that works between the two tailored to your needs. Dr Burt Jooste is an integrative Doctor working at The Aesthetics Centre. He offers Integrative Medicine consultations.
Contact us to find out more on how you can live a healthier life.
Written By: Danike Bouwer
Edited By: Dr Jenni Irvine
©The Aesthetics Centre May 2018