by Don Ingwerson
Health care continues to be a major concern for everyone, and it seems to be getting more complicated and expensive over time as overdiagnosis and overtreatment increasingly becomes a problem.
But what I’ve found is that an integral component in maintaining harmony in my daily activities is a spiritual foundation developed from reading the Bible. The spiritual concept of being unlimited, as an idea of God that I found in that reading, was helpful in my activities as a youth and as I matured.
As I grew up, I found developing a spiritual understanding of God allowed me to see how mental outlook and physical well-being were affected by thought. And I could directly access that well-being by maintaining that spiritual awareness. I relied heavily on the idea of being unlimited and I found that when I controlled my thinking, I was able to run for miles without feeling exhausted.
What may be a key component in turning around the over-reliance on the medical model is the greater understanding that health is now being widely viewed in terms of taking control of your body. H. Gilbert Welch elaborated on the idea of taking control of one’s own health to combat overtreatment/overdiagnosis by writing, “For years now, people have been encouraged to look to medical care as the way to make them healthy. But that’s your job…Doctors might be able to help, but so might an author of a good cookbook, a personal trainer, a cleric, or a good friend.” And a spiritual foundation to express harmony in health may be just what is needed to stop the rise in overdiagnosis and overtreatment seen today.
Scientific findings indicate health is governed by thought and is affected by one’s spirituality and consciousness, which promote harmony. Mary Baker Eddy, spiritual leader and early health researcher, understood the importance of taking control of thought when she wrote, “predicting danger [disease] does not dignify life, whereas forecasting liberty and joy does; for these are strong promoters of health and happiness.” She found that spirituality and a personal relationship with God are key to harmony and good health.
In my own experience, well-being is best established by starting from a spiritual perspective and understanding that health is God-given, not something I have to engineer. An unlimited and always present God leads to the idea that the man God created is also actually unlimited. In school I found that a reliance on understanding this idea allowed me to break physical barriers. I saw heat exhaustion corrected by turning to this understanding of God, always present. This is only one example of how I was able to view myself spiritually – and find a healthier outlook on life. As more people bring a spiritual perspective to their health care, overtreatment/overdiagnosis will diminish as harmony and health are found.