Basically everyone has a different opinion on health. It’s been that way for centuries. Thankfully as a whole, we’ve come a long way and we are no longer using the same ridiculous methods physicians would use in ancient and medieval times. Who ever thought that letting a person bleed out would cure them of a blood condition or blood born disease?
In fact, people used to think that disease was spread through bad odors. Thankfully, we now know better and are able to cure many diseases through the use of antibiotics and other health practices. Let’s take a brief stroll down healthcare lane and see how far we’ve come.
The Middle Ages
During Medieval times, antibiotics had yet to be discovered. Everything healthcare wise was usually addressed by the church through cleansings, prayer, and fasting. Often it was thought that disease was a condition brought on my sins of the soul.
Healthcare was only for the wealthy, there was no anesthesia for surgeries, remedies were usually herb based, but sometimes included things like urine, poop and ground up worms. Surgery was always thought of as a last resort and often caused more death than healings.
Hygiene was very poor during these days, which ultimately led to the spreading of horrible diseases that led to the wipe out of almost a third of the population of Europe. Over 20 million people died of the Bubonic Plague in just a 5 year period during the middle Ages.
Thankfully, things have changed significantly since this time. It is no longer a belief that bloodletting will cure one of their illness, and it’s common knowledge that proper hygiene care is effective in limiting of the spread of illness.
Today we know that wellness is a combination of diet, environment and exercise, among other things. Elevate.com talks about the importance of medicine today and how multifaceted our health actually is. It involves a mixture of brain health, podiatric health (foot health), chiropractic health, as well as diet and nutrition.
We are extremely complex beings, and to ignore one area of health is to not understand health as a whole. Modern medicine is great at understanding how everything works together. That is one of the main differences between healthcare in the Middle ages verses today.
To learn even more about modern health and how preventative health care can help you, simply do a little more research. You might find that the answer all your healthcare needs lies in one of the many facets of what we now understand modern medicine to be.