“Take an Excedrine” says conventional medicine. “Maybe you are working too hard. Or have an allergy–here…take an antihistimine.”
“Drink water”, says natural healthcare. “You’re probably dehydrated. Or are having a reaction to some toxin. Or you have a subluxation in your spine-go see your chiropractor.”
Do you get headaches? I used to get them all the time. In fact, during college, I’d have them almost daily. I loved Excedrine. It really does work. Well, it gets rid of the headache, anyway. I mean, as long as the headache went away, the problem was gone. Right?
Wrong. Really wrong.
When your “service engine soon” light comes on on the dashboard of your car, what do you do? Do you think to yourself, “hey, that pesky light is on again. I don’t want to look at it, so I’m going to put a sticker over that spot so that I won’t have to see it anymore” and then go on your way? No, of course not! That would be idiotic. That light is a warning, telling you that your car needs attention. If you ignore it, you will cause irreparable damage to the engine.
This is a basic analogy that you have probably heard; it runs in the natural healthcare world. And, I am obviously drawing a parallel between the light on the dashboard and your headache. Or indigestion. Or sore throat. You name the symptom, the point is the same.
All symptoms are warning signs that something is wrong or malfunctioning in your body. If you treat the symptom by covering it up, the problem is still there, causing damage.
True health comes when your body is working properly, functioning as it should. If you experience a symptom, you need to find the cause of the problem, and correct it.
So, back to that headache.
Like I said, I used to get frequent headaches. And then I found out what caused them.
Sugar! Sugar caused them. And now that I’ve reduced my sugar intake dramatically, I only get headaches when I’m not drinking enough water.
If you want to stop getting headaches, try these:
- Drink enough water. Enough means 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day. More if you’re sick or healing, pregnant or nursing, trying to lose weight, exercising or perspiring a lot. And water means WATER. Not liquids which “have water in them”.
- Avoid processed sugar. This includes corn syrup.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, MSG, and other known toxins.
These are some ways to avoid headaches. But the main philosophy I’m sharing is that of: search for the root of the problem instead of covering up the symptom.
Taking a pill promotes sickness. The chemicals in the pill are not good for your body. They do not promote life. That’s why there’s a warning label on the bottle telling you to keep it out of the reach of children. It’s not any better for you than it is for them; it just won’t kill you right away.
Staying away from toxins and drinking water promote life and healing. They do not hurt you in any way, and can only help your body–not only get rid of headaches but in other functions as well.