Benjamin Franklin said ' an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' over 200 years ago. And it is just as true now, maybe truer, than it was then. I look at a website daily called medicalnewstoday.com, which is a pretty good synopsis of current news in medicine. One thing that stands out to me about this site is that most of the articles are about the search for a new pill to solve a medical problem. There is usually nothing or very little about prevention. And this is the norm in our society, we wait until we are sick to think about our health. Then we search for a pill to make us better. In imperial China I have read that the emperor's court physician was paid when the emporer was healthy and payments stopped when the emperor was ill. In our society we have to take more responsibility than an emperor for our own health, but this type of thinking, that prevention is the way, can help us educate ourselves and make good choices.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond