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Hippocrates is well-known for attributing health conditions to natural causes rather than superstitious ones.
In modern times, he’d be the guy calling bullsh*t on pseudoscience.
This is also why he’s now referred to as “the father of modern medicine.”
You may be familiar with the Hippocratic Oath, one that physicians take as a sort of medical code of ethics, but I’d like to share a few more quotes from Hippocrates that have inspired me to pay closer attention to my own well-being.
(Side note: “first, do no harm” does not actually exist in the Hippocratic Oath itself!)
Whether your trauma is related to mental health or physical health, every single one of these hits home:
1. “As to diseases, make a habit of two things—to help, or at least, to do no harm.”
Have you been saying yes so often it’s overwhelming you, both physically and mentally?
2. “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”
Have you been giving yourself the opportunity to heal—or have you been going nonstop, both in mind and body?
3. “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
What one small thing are you going to do to help yourself heal today?
4. “The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.”
What bad habit are you going to focus on kicking out of your life?
5. “The physician treats, but nature heals.”
How can you invite more nature into your life this week?
6. “Just as food causes chronic disease, it can be the most powerful cure.”
What one healthy food can you introduce into your daily eating habits?