Since time immemorial, human beings suffer multitudes of mental and physical suffering. They have been striving to free themselves from the miseries of life. Scientists had been able to unravel some of the many hidden secrets of good health from time to time. Nonetheless, the prime secret to freedom from all forms of human diseases and suffering had been decoded into simple layman language about 2.5 millennia ago by the most renowned ancient sage of all time. This master-key to the end of diseases and suffering is the antidote that will lead human beings out of the ‘human curse’ – its inherent human diseases and suffering.
The ancient sage who renounced his princely life to devote 49 years of the rest of his life to explore the characteristics and functions of the human mind and body, arrived at the conclusion that mind is the forerunner of everything, including the quality of our life that is largely dependent on our physical, mental and social wellbeing. He elucidated that the effect of all the cumulative complexes of combination of unhealthy thoughts hitherto crisscrossing our mind will, at some point of time, develop into the many syndromes of diseases. Many of such diseases had been studied thoroughly and had been given names but many more are yet to be understood, and thus remain unnamed.
Some of the cumulative thoughts could have reached the threshold of transformation of human genes, leading to genetic transformation through the processes of gene expression, mutation, etc. Mutation together with the process of natural selection for survival of the fittest continue to operate naturally to facilitate the evolution of our human structure and functions towards a better species that adapts better to the environment that is ever-changing with time. (Genes in layman terms are the software of our body that determines the basic nature of our body structure and functions.)
Much has been discovered and revealed, yet the majority of the human population may not be wise enough to comprehend the world and reality as they truly are, mainly because the primordial sensual pleasures or ‘the opiums of human mind’ shall prevent most of us from looking at, or contemplate deeper on the ideal of human struggle. It is hard for the mind that is already addicted to the ‘opium’, to think of abandoning the ‘opium’. Once we are hooked, we are in for trouble. We tend to allow the ‘opium’ to do all it wants, to our submissive body and mind, leading us to poor health and poor quality of life.
There are indeed many such ‘opiums of human mind’. Among them is the The Six Satanic ‘S’ that make us Sick, that I had once introduced in my previous writings: Sugar, Sedentary life, Smoking cigarettes, Sipping alcohol, Salt and Starch.
Let’s look at sugar closely to grasp a deeper understanding of how our mind succumbed to an exemplary temptation of life that rules and ruins our life. Let me also show you how the craving for sugar leads us towards the development of a large spectrum of syndromes we called diseases.
Sugar is as sweet as it is. From the very first day of our life, we were trained to take milk laden with sugar that titillates our tongue. That first taste in the new world established the sweet consciousness in our mind. Our mind recognised that feeling of euphoric high. That pleasurable ‘kick’ on our mind tends to make us crave for more, hooking us on, creating a desire that is increasingly demanding, and difficult to wean off. Sugar becomes our first addiction in our life-after-birth, and most of us, continue to be hooked on it for the rest of our life.
Many become slaves to the addiction and invariably suffer a host of diseases associated with excessive sugar consumption including the two major killer syndromes of modern times: Diabetes (about 1 in 10 of the world population is diabetic) and obesity. Prolonged uncontrolled diabetes leads to large and small blood vessel blockage resulting in organ failures such as kidney, vision or heart failure, and sensory nerve and brain deterioration.
Obesity on the other hand is known to be associated with heart attack – the No.1 killer of modern times. Apart from that, obesity is associated with a high probability of having stroke, depression, all types of cancer, osteoarthritis, etc.
Just by looking at sugar alone is enough to tell us that so many killer diseases can be linked to a fundamental error that resulted from a fundamental need that developed into a mental addiction over time – sugar addiction.
Treating the kidney, eye, heart, nerve, brain or other complications of diabetes and the heart attack, stroke, depression, cancer and osteoarthritis resulting from obesity is just treating the results of the fundamental error of sugar addiction. The real effective treatment of the whole list of complications is none other than to treat the root cause of the diseases. Ideally, such root cause should be eliminated as early as possible, preferably before any of the complications sets in.
Addiction is a mental phenomenon. It is the establishment of the process of habituation that is so sticky and unrelenting – a primordial desire that has been so thoroughly explored by the greatest sage of all time, who is the master of the human mind.
The Buddha upon acquiring full understanding of the nature of human mind expounded the concept of cause and effect and ‘The 4 Noble Truths’ that: Suffering is part of human life. The cause of suffering is craving and attachment. Such causes can be ended. And the answer to it lies in ‘The Noble 8-fold Path’. The Noble 8-fold Path is essentially a process of mind training – cultivating awareness, understanding, and action towards detachment of craving (mental addictions). In other words, it is about the renunciation of the root-causes of human diseases and suffering.
His ideal teaching of going beyond materialistic mundane dimension may be too farfetched, unfamiliar, even unimaginable to most people of this era who are so used to the many forms of materialistic indulgences. Nonetheless, the lower ideal (the middle of the Middle Way) that is more comprehensible and acceptable to the general population comprises the teaching that emphasises the right way of eating and living in moderation for good health and good life.
It also introduced the various forms of mental cultivation towards easing destructive mental addictions. Indeed mindfulness meditation has gained increasing popularity in recent times and has been used widely in mainstream medicine in many hospitals of advanced countries. We should all take a good look at this noble teaching of moderation towards a better and healthier life.
Dr. Victor Ti, MD, MFAM (Malaysia), FRACGP (Australia), Dip P Dermatology (UK), Dip STDs/AIDS (Thailand), Dip. AARAM (USA), LCP of Aesthetic Med.(Malaysia) is an experienced expat specialist generalist (Family Physician) of BH Clinic, Phnom Penh. As a specialist generalist, he is skillful at diagnosing all general diseases and excluding the sinister ones. Apart from the general diseases, Dr. Victor is also known for his skill in skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine. He can be contacted via email [email protected] Tel: 023900446 or Whatsapp: +60164122977. Facebook name: Victor Ti.