13 PREVENTION — the key to Good Health - Sharon Rodrigues

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:35 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 6:35 AM ]
The famous American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson rightly said: 'The first wealth is health.' Next to life, health is the most precious gift. There is nothing more valuable than good health. The question arises here - what is Good Health? And how do we maintain and sustain good health? Being 'healthy' may mean different things to different people; however, for us at Health Promotion Trust (HPT), healthy means being realistic and doing what works for you and your body.

Prevention is the key to Good Health. This belief was endorsed by a leading activist and thinker of the European Renaissance - Desiderius Erasmus - who said 'Prevention is Better than Cure,' implying the need for adopting simple healthcare practices in daily life for maintaining good health. In keeping with this belief, HPT made a paradigm shift in 2009, from providing curative healthcare services to embracing and promoting alternative healthcare practices, with special stress on preventive healthcare measures.

Very often, we take our health for granted by adopting unhealthy and sedentary lifestyles, forcing us to invest a lot of time and effort to regain our health. We need to change those habits that lead us to ill health. Over the years working with people from different strata in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad, HPT follows the basic principle of promoting simple and natural techniques of healthcare which place the responsibility for health solely on the individual, rather than the professional.

Traditional home-based healthcare practices are fading in the light of modern medicines. These practices look at Nature as a treasure trove of medicines that can heal a multitude of ailments. HPT today aims at reviving, promoting and using natural remedies for most common health problems which are found in the kitchen shelf, kitchen gardens, and among the flora and fauna of our surroundings. Most of these natural healing methods are today practised and claimed by close to 2000 health workers trained by HPT since 2009. In 2017, HPT's success of its outreach was testified by 79 trained health workers in its book 'Good Health Can be yours: Amazing Testimonies and Recipes'. These were from the 2000 trained members who believed, trusted, practised, witnessed and promoted HPT's philosophy of Preventive Healthcare.