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Philosophy of Health and Healthcare by Dr. Thomas Lodi

May 21, 2024 |

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As many of you are aware, Dr. Thomas Lodi has become a dear friend and mentor of mine. He recently sent me this excerpt for my review. And of course, it is brilliantly written, with the complexity and yet poetry, only he can produce.

I wanted to share it as our blog this week to hopefully “simplify” healing and its definition. As he states, health and disease are a result of the function or dysfunction, of the same basic principles of life.

And with so much misinformation out there and push for more use of substances (synthetic chemicals, aka pharmaceuticals), I think it is good to be reminded of the basics.

And if you’ve ever wondered what our conversations are like, here’s your taste! You might need a thesaurus for this one.

Enjoy! -Keri


Philosophy of Health and Healthcare: Health is Our Heritage
by Dr. Thomas Lodi, MD

It is our philosophy to respect the laws of life and to defer to the inherent powers of the living organism for healing. The power to heal is an innate biological process and can be refined to the level of miraculous through the harmonious balance between mind, body, and spirit.

In biology, as in all sciences, there are natural laws. Health is the exuberant, dynamic balance that is the natural consequence of adherence to these laws. Humans, unfortunately, have lost the natural instincts possessed by the “lesser animals” which allows them to effortlessly follow their natural requirements regarding food, water, exercise, rest, interactions with others and with nature.

In any true science of health, it is impossible to separate the preservation of health from its recovery, prevention from remedy. To suppose there is something essentially different between maintaining health and restoring it is absurd. Who so ever knows how to recover from illness, also knows how to remain well, and who ever knows how to remain well, has already learned what is required to get well.

As a consequence of the geometric growth in technology with it’s attendant toxic cloud enveloping, both humanity and nature, the biosphere steadily diminishes in breadth and strength through disease, death and extinction. Trapped in this cloud and amid the growing alienation of modern life, increasing numbers of bewildered people are searching for a return to “a more normal way of life”.

Confused, anxious, and even panicked by the increasing chaos of misinformation and deliberate falsehoods, people are searching frenetically through a bewildering quagmire of divergent and opposing information for an elusive “cure”. Somehow, over time we have substituted the word cure (originally meaning care) for the term heal.

The same raw materials and environmental influences that are required to recover health are necessary to maintain it, differing only in, perhaps proportions and frequencies. Therefore, health is not restored by the use of substances (synthetic chemicals) that have no biochemical or physiological requirement to vital functions, but rather by the use of those same materials and conditions that are the continuous source of the daily renewal and homeostasis (dynamic balance), thus obeying the fundamental principle that health is our natural state. Both the principles and practices of any viable system of healthcare should be based upon the biological and biochemical realities of nature.

Any plan of living, in either health or disease, that is not based upon the laws of nature is destined to result in both failure and disappointment to all who follow it.

The greatest discovery ever made in our knowledge regarding healing was not the discovery of the purported healing properties of some poisonous chemical but that healing powers reside within living organisms and not in things that are extrinsic to (outside) them. As a consequence of this discovery, the search for “cures” should have been abandoned years ago.

The processes of living require maintaining the integrity of the organism in the face of constant wear and tear and frequent injury. Healing is an integral and continuous function of living. Every moment involves healing. We, therefore, need only to restore those conditions required for the natural laws of life to function without impediments so that healing will prevail over destructive influences resulting in imbalances individually named as diseases.

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