Seeing Clearly — Seeing Beyond Symptoms

street lights, tail lights and the moon

Good Morning, God!

Coming home last night I had my eyes on the just-past-full moon, as well as the traffic. This photo was set up during a red light — snapped as the light turned green.

The camera didn’t record that big a difference between the light of the moon and the street lights. But, my eyes had no trouble telling which one was brighter and more eye catching.

Being busy can feel like a life filled with headlights and taillights and street lights — but no moon, no sun, no stars. It is the Tyranny of the Urgent, isn’t it, God. Or maybe, the Difficulties of Distraction? There is such a reductionist mindset in today’s world, that the parts and pieces dominate our mind’s eye.

Dr. Mark Hyman put his finger on this when he said: It’s more important to understand the imbalances in your body’s basic systems and restore balance, rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill. But, God, like the moon on a cloudy night — balance is hard to see and a whole lot harder to understand. I suppose it is the difference between photographing the moon and predicting lunar eclipses.

The Whole IS more than the sum of its parts, God. And now that understanding is showing up in ideas like DIABESITY — a continuum of disease from insulin sensitivity on to full-blown diabetes.  Dr. Hyman goes on to say that diabesity “affects 1 in 2 Americans and is the leading cause of most chronic disease in this country including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer, not to mention its leading role in weight gain and obesity.”

Alas, the treatment — taking charge of our food selection, our activity level and our attitudes — isn’t nearly as simple as taking a pill. But, I’m grateful, God, that awareness is a big first step.

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