Why People Don’t Heal – Part 1

Over the years, I’ve learned there are many reasons why some people are able to heal quickly, while others take a long time, or see no improvement no matter what they do.


Note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the reasons, but it will give you an idea of what is involved. 


There are three main reasons involved in any type of healing:

  1. What do you eat?

  2. How do you handle stress?

  3. Do you exercise?


What do you eat?

There is an excellent 2016 documentary called Food Choices by Michael Siewierski that provides interesting data on how what we eat is making us sick and in some cases keeping us sick.  Two additional documentaries that I also recommend are Fork over Knives (2011) by Lee Fulkerson, and Food Matters (2008) by James Colquhoun.  All three documentaries are available on Netflix, Amazon and some may be found on YouTube.


One of the conclusions of these documentaries is that if you are a big meat eater, enjoy fast food or processed foods then you are slowly developing an environment inside your body that will feed your illnesses, challenge your immune system, and in some cases, create the disease you are afraid of getting. This applies primarily to noncommunicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, obesity and chronic respiratory diseases).


These documentaries will ask you: Are you willing to change the way you eat to improve your overall health? Or will you keep eating the things you know are bad for you and hope your immune system doesn’t get so weak that you develop diseases or chronic illnesses.  Each of us was born with an extraordinary immune system but it can weaken over time if we don’t listen to our bodies.   


How do you handle stress?

It is impossible to go through life without enduring some kind of stress. We all get exposed to stress as children, and it continues through our adult years. We deal with stress at home, at school, in our relationships with family and friends, and at our jobs. The extent to which you allow stress to take over your mind and body will affect your health.


Are you a person who holds stress in and seldom says anything? Are you a person who yells at everything or anyone when you are upset? The way you handle stress has a lot to do with your mind-body balance and ultimately your health. Exercise and meditation can help to create the right mind-body balance.


Do you exercise?

Exercising four to five days a week for thirty to sixty minutes can also help you to have a healthy mind-body balance. Whatever reason or reasons you have for not exercising can be overcome and result in a healthier mind-body balance.


In the end

It’s never too late to change your life.  Dr. Wayne Dyer, during one of his PBS specials, The Power of Intentions Part 1 and Part 2, says “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”