There was quite a happy commotion when people heard about the Be In Health team coming back for the 2018 Dallas Conference. It was truly a success – a gathering of friends and families who wanted to learn more about how to heal by achieving optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. There were also discussions about physical illnesses like heart disease, allergies, cancer, and mental illness and why people acquire these diseases. But just why do people get sick?
Why Do People Get Sick?
There are a lot of illnesses that can affect people, from the simple cold and carsickness to complicated diabetes and cancer. Years ago, doctors believed that diseases were brought about by God’s wrath or the doings of the evil spirits. We were said to get sick because of the imbalance of substances in our bodies and the presence of foreign substances such as phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. Today, most of us are aware of the two types of diseases – infectious and non-infectious – the former being caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. All these could enter into the body through the food and drink that we consume daily, from the air that we regularly breathe, or from cuts in our skin. For instance, you have a cough. You suddenly have the urge to cough, but you didn’t bring a hanky, so you cover your mouth with your hand. Then you candidly open the door with your hand, transferring the virus to that doorknob. The next person to touch the knob could be possibly contaminated with the virus, especially if he doesn’t wash his hands and eats or puts his hand on his face or mouth.
On the other hand, non-infectious illnesses are not transferred through person to person. These are the types that are most probably caused by a combination of factors like an individual’s lifestyle, his environment, or only his genetic makeup. Skin cancer, for example, is typically caused by over-exposure to the sun without appropriate protection from its UV rays. That is an environmental factor. Heart disease may arise from overeating unnecessary food or living a sedentary lifestyle. Or, finally, he may have just had it because his family members have it.
There are a lot of things that we can learn to practice to avoid these non-infectious illnesses. We can practice eating healthy, develop a habit of exercising daily, and learning to live with a positive outlook in life so that we can better deal with the stresses that we encounter.