Symptoms are Intelligent
A symptom is nothing more than your experience of a process (biochemical, emotional, or though pattern) in your body.
There are many reasons that a person may experience symptoms in their life.
The presence or absence of symptoms does not tell us anything about the wellness of a person and may not tell us as much as we had thought about the health of a person either.
Types of Symptoms
Symptoms exist for a variety of reasons depending on the type of symptom.
Symptoms may signal a need for change
Life may require that we:
- Pay attention; and
- Do something different.
Myth #1: If I don't have symptoms, I'm healthy
By the time we become aware of a symptom, the body's function has been altered for some time. Most disease processes that occur in the body are well underway long before any symptoms emerge. True prevention means you never had it in the first place!
Myth #2: If I have symptoms, I'm not healthy
There are many natural and healthy processes that occur in the body that produce 'symptoms'. In general we want for the body to be able to express a wide range of adaptive responses based not on whether a symptom is enjoyable or not but rather based on whether the process is necessary and beneficial in some way.