How to maintain good physical health?
Our physical health is important; so much so that good health allows us to achieve, in an easier way, the goals that we propose in life. For this reason, we must understand what we need to do to maintain ourselves and to keep our people in good health. Although many times we are not in perfect health, the Lord expects us to have the best possible physical health.
Marta Molina was only eight months old when she became seriously ill to the point of losing a lot of weight in a very short time; her mouth was dry, her eyes had lost their shine, and the fontanel above her little head was deeply sunken. Not knowing what to do, and to help her improve, the family decided to take care of her in their own way, according to local traditional customs; however, these were not effective
Marta Molina, like many other people in the world, fell ill for reasons that the family did not understand; therefore, their family members did not know how to prevent or cure the disease. Customs and rituals are often practiced that are ineffective and can be dangerous when it comes to preventing or curing disease. This is very common today; some of those methods have caused serious health problems.
A long time ago, people did not know the cause of diseases; some believed that they were the consequence of not having made the required sacrifices and others believed that they were caused by the spells of their enemies. In this age scientists and doctors have investigated and learned the origins of health problems. Much knowledge has been gained since the gospel was restored to the world in 1830. As the Spirit of the Lord has filled the earth, many discoveries have occurred to help us stay healthy.
Today we know that most diseases are caused by microbes, very small organisms that live around us, and, because they are so small, we cannot see them with the naked eye. Some microbes travel through the air, others are passed from person to person, and still, others are passed from animals and insects to people. For this reason, we must make every effort to prevent insects and animals such as rats and mice from entering the house.
Furthermore, all animal or human waste must be disposed of properly. Waste, both human and animal, contains many dangerous microbes, especially if it comes from sick people or animals. If we leave it uncovered, it will attract flies and other insects, as well as rodents. When mixed with garbage, these insects and animals are invaded by microbes; later, these insects and animals enter our home and settle on our food, kitchen utensils, and other objects that we also touch. Germs that have been deposited on these things can make us sick.
By entering the body, germs can cause many kinds of diseases. If we want to eliminate them, we must also eliminate the microbes that cause them (adapted from Teaching Personal and Family Preparedness, lesson 23, “Causes of Infectious Disease”, and lesson 25, “Waste Disposal”).
• Clean the house regularly, especially where germs can live.
• Protect food from microbes and insects by covering it properly. If you have a refrigerator (refrigerator) available, put away food that could spoil.
• Wash food carefully to kill as many germs as possible.
• Always wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom.
• Brush your teeth after every meal to prevent cavities and other dental problems.
• When you sneeze or have a cough, always cover your mouth. This will help prevent the spread of germs.
• Wear shoes, sandals, or any footwear to cover your feet so that they are not in direct contact with microbes in the soil.
• Eat and get adequate rest. Eating healthy foods and getting enough rest helps us avoid and overcome illness. A healthy body is more likely to resist germs.
As we strive for good health, we prevent or eliminate many diseases. We are also a good example for our children, thus instilling healthy habits in them.
Doctors teach us that, in addition to developing and practicing good hygiene habits, we must protect ourselves against disease through immunizations (shots). Polio, for example, is a disease that once killed and crippled many people. A few years ago a doctor-scientist discovered how to protect people from such a terrible disease by giving them an immunization or vaccine. When we get vaccinated, we usually get an injection of this medicine in our arms. For some diseases, we only need one injection, while for others we may need several, with intervals between one and another.
In most of the world, we can receive vaccinations in the hospital and in the doctor’s office. We can get vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, whooping cough, typhoid, smallpox, polio, influenza, and tetanus.
In addition to vaccines, modern medicine has developed medications in liquid, pill, and other forms to prevent and cure disease, which must be used carefully and in accordance with the instructions given to us by doctors and nurses. We should never take or use the drugs that the doctor has prescribed for another person.
Another good way to prevent illness is to have a medical exam (check-up) by a health specialist or doctor, at least once a year if possible. Through these regular examinations, the first symptoms of a disease or illness can be detected. Since youth are required to have a medical examination before going on a mission, participating in such regular medical examinations is one of the ways to prepare to go on a mission.
In general, if a serious illness occurs, the best medical help available is provided by a doctor or hospital. Not only should we go to doctors or health clinics when we are sick, but we should also ask them to train us on good hygiene habits.
Unfortunately, some people believe that going to a doctor shows a lack of faith in the Lord. It is true that the Lord expects us to use our faith and priesthood power when we are sick, but He also expects us to take advantage of the medical knowledge and services that are available to us.
Before President Spencer W. Kimball became President of the Church, he had serious health problems. Longing for the best possible physical health, he consulted a doctor, who told him that he must have a very delicate operation on his heart to rid him of his problem. He placed great faith and trust in his doctors and proceeded with the surgery.
On the day he was ordained and set apart as President of the Church, he received a letter from Dr. Russell Nelson regarding his health. Dr. Nelson knew that President Kimball would have questions regarding his health, so in that letter, he explained that his recent physical examination indicated that he was fully healthy. The letter read: “Your surgeon wants to inform you that you have a strong body; that your heart is better now than it has been for many years; and that from a medical point of view you can accept this new position without worrying about your health ”.
Dr. Nelson went on to say: “Concerning the critical operation carried out on April 12, 1972… I was perfectly aware of the magnitude of his apostolic call, as well as my own human frailties, as I contemplated one of the most complex and risky operations ever. Carried out. This operation was technically perfect in every detail, and I gratefully acknowledge the help of the Lord. Above all, I treasure the fact that having nearly completed the operation,
As a result of President Kimball’s faith in the Lord and the trust he placed in his doctor, he was able to carry out his responsibilities as a prophet of the Lord smoothly.
We too can enjoy the best possible health if we are properly cared for when we are sick and if we know the symptoms of illnesses that can afflict us. Many diseases can be treated successfully if they are given proper treatment in their early stages.
What symptoms indicate that we should see a doctor?
Mention each of the symptoms below and discuss them one by one.
- Unexplained bleeding and other abnormal loss of body fluids.
- Wounds that do not heal.
- Excessive coughing or trouble breathing.
- Prolonged or very high fever.
- Shaking chills.
- Difficulty to evacuate the belly.
- Dark marks or a rash on the skin.
- Unjustified weight loss.
- Any severe pain that has lasted a long time.
- Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea.
- Seizures and fainting spells
- Difficulties seeing, blurred vision, or any changes in vision.
- Serious burns or burns over a large part of the body.
- Pain or swelling in any part of the body.
- Prolonged fainting.
- Any other change in the body or in its ability to function normally.
- When we experience any of these symptoms, we should immediately contact a doctor, hospital, or health care worker. Many times we delay in getting proper medical care; however, this can lead to severe disability, long periods of illness, or even death.
- We must take care of the health of our organism since the body is the temple of our spirit. A weak, diseased body that cannot function properly prevents us from leading an active life.