He wasn’t right about everything but these quotes will show you how close he was to the mark. No wonder doctors take the Hippocratic Oath on qualifying.
1. “Walking is man’s best medicine.”
How many times do we read about how walking is good for us these days? Even if it is walking up a flight of stairs instead of taking the elevator!
It benefits almost every function in the body and improves our mood as well.
Charles Dickens knew this as well because he said:-
“If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.”
― Charles Dickens
He walked anything from twelve to twenty miles a day!
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
2. “The life so short, the craft so long to learn.”
How long does it take to understand what life is all about? Why are we anxious about the future and why does it take so much effort to learn from our mistakes? I would say that we spend far too much time ruminating about the past and worrying about what life has in store for us. Hippocrates knew that and he was absolutely right.
3. “People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don’t have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it’s divine. And so it is with everything in the universe”
Hippocrates hit the nail on the head. Throughout the ages, anything about unexplained symptoms such as fits or convulsions was attributed to some sort of evil deity. There are so many examples in the Bible.
4. “It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”
The European Commission has also used this quote to show that one size does not fit all. Everything depends on how the patient reacts to the disease. The patient comes first, the disease second.
The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
5. “All disease begins in the gut.”
Guess what the extent of our human gut is! It’s about the size of a tennis court. Actually, not all diseases start there but medics and scientists recognize that many diseases do. There is now loads of research to show that friendly bacteria in the gut can defeat the nasty bacteria which can lead to many diseases such as-
· Chron’s disease
· Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
6. “Everything in excess is opposed by nature.”
We are constantly bombarded with advice on how we mustn’t overdo things in order to survive.
Excess is out. Moderation is in. This can be anything from too much work, food, or too little exercise and me time.
7. “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
Type in Google:- “correct diet and exercise is the key to good health.”
What do you get? Just 185 million results!
Now, if Hippocrates was around, he might well say:-
“Why did it take you so long to discover something as obvious as that?”