When I enrolled in high school I no longer accepted viruses interfering in my life. When I felt the flu was taking control of my body again, I just decided to ignore the symptoms and persisted in living my normal life. As a result I developed a chronic bronchitis…
…And I never had flu anymore. “You built up resistance!”, is what almost everyone tells me. But that’s not the real explanation. It’s the bronchitis that tried to return year after year.
That’s why I’ve learnt to acknowledge the first signs of flu or a heavy cold: a certain type of cough, slight fever, a ‘foggy head’, tired legs.
Every time I sense a slight hint of these signs, I take every possible measure to prevent any kind of physical weakening: I dress warmly, I don’t miss a minute of sleep, I eat well, I avoid stress, I take enough vitamins. And when I don’t feel 100 percent, I take a pain reliever.
For more than 40 years, this method has kept me free of flue and bronchitis.
Throughout the world there must be billions of people who, just like me, have developed their own method. For example to prevent migraine, eczema, dizziness, or low blood sugar. To keep their blood pressure low (or high enough). Or to relieve the pain in their knees or shoulders.
Or, most importantly: in order not to fall back into bad habits that increase the risk of cancer or heart and cardiovascular diseases. Tricks to kick the smoking habit. Or to keep them from not eating too much. Or not too fat or too salty.
That’s why I want to make an appeal:
- To everyone who through the process of trial and error has developed their own method to prevent or solve a disease, or to reduce the symptoms: please share your method with us!
- To all medical research institutes: investigate if these methods are universally applicable. Which groups of people will benefit from these methods? And are there better alternatives?
When a lot of people and medical institutions would join, this might become the world’s biggest medical investigation. Considering the big differences in health and life expectancy between social groups, the benefits of this investigation could be spectacular.
A blog by Frank Geene