If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: How to Prevent Diseases

Seems like good, solid advice: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That might work well for a touchy lawn mower or television set, but it is bad advice for healthy living. Our truly remarkable body keeps working, even when things start to go wrong. Most people are able to continue doing all their usual activities: the heart occasionally skips a beat, a small growth begins in a recess of our body, we gain a few pounds. Think about it: almost every health problem from heart disease to cancer to obesity starts before we are aware of it and continues to slowly get worse. Our body often continues to work quite well until things are about 70% along the path to disease.

But by then we are no longer well. We are ill and we have to “fix it.” Think how different it would be if we found a problem early, before “it was broke.” There is only one way to prevent diseases: fix it before it breaks.

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