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Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Limitations of the Concept of Self-Healing

I think one factor that affects the ability of the human body to heal is health itself.

If a person is healthy--eating good/nutritious food; having sufficient rest and sleep; not engaging in drugs, in too much alcohol, and in smoking cigarettes; and avoiding stressful situations and not stressing oneself too much when confronted with problems and staying as cool and relaxed as possible--then his body's susceptibility to diseases is lessened and his ability to heal (when sick) becomes better.

But of course there are other factors to consider also. My point is that this self-healing concept is still based on medical science and on a person's overall health condition and habits--not on some kind of "divine" or "prayerful" intervention or the strongwill to get well. Because, no matter how strong the sense of hope or mental willingness of a person to get well, if his body and mind is physically weak or unhealthy to begin with, then no amount of hope or courage could heal his disease, illness, or disorder.

And this self-healing concept usually applies only to common ailments. Talk about serious and critical ones such as cancer, severe infections, and genetic diseases--self-healing becomes insufficient; we would now be needing the use of medications and other medical therapy and interventions.

To many religious people or God-believers, having a strong sense of faith get them through serious problems. And that could be proven to be true--that faith could help a person have a strong body or immune system--after all, the strong sense of courage and hope provided by faith may scientifically translate to an actual boost or activation of the body's natural dopamine level.

However, what I would disagree with is to claim that people without faith or belief in a god have weaker immune system because they don't have a strong sense of faith. Why? Because, it's just a matter of semantics actually.

If the religious call this sense of faith or a belief in God, we who do not believe in the existence of a god simply call this strength a sense of hope and belief in human abilities and the mind's ability to think of ways and solutions that we can use to solve issues and problems. Then, coupled with medical science, we could also fare as well in having a healthy and strong body and mind.

My point is, faith and belief in a god--while it is important and irremovable for religious people--is unnecessary for people like me just to be able to have a healthy body and mind. I am simply refuting the claim that EVERY single individual needs faith and a belief to be strong. 

In simple words, having faith and belief is a choice--it is not a necessity for all. However, a healthy lifestyle--that one is a requirement for having a good health.


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