Nearly everyone has heard of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. He taught that disease had a natural cause (as opposed to a supernatural), and that clinical observation was an essential aspect of “do no harm” medical care.
Hippocrates teachings were revolutionary at the time (400 BC), and while he may be the father of modern medicine, he has legions of sons/brothers/daughters/cousins and such who continue to build on his ideas.
One Roman fellow, Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a huge fan of Hippo and translated Hippocrates and other Greek writings to Latin. Celsus wasn’t a physician – yet he had a major influence on medical thinking and is known as having coined,
accurate diagnosis must precede treatment
Aulus was a wise man – see below for a link to his most famous work, the De Medicina. I like his simple tips for staying healthy and happy. You won’t need to buy organic ancient seeds drenched in glacier mineral water, no special supplements or aloe vera cranberry infused gluten free goat milk smoothies, just no fuss stuff. Sounds like exactly what I tell my patients!
Super Simple Tips For A Happy, Healthy Life
- Make your home bright and cheery, keep it clean and free of clutter.
- Get regular and varied exercise – include long, brisk walks.
- Do not overeat! (George Burns followed this rule: he attributed his longevity to his practice of eating only half of whatever was on his plate).
- Start your meals with greens. Eat apples, dates, or other fresh fruit for dessert.
- Drink wine only in moderation. If you are indulging nightly, take a break.
- Get massages whenever you can.
- Get plenty of fresh air all year round.
- Treat your digestive tract kindly: don’t overdue it with fatty, fried, processed, or junk food in general. Stay hydrated!
- Make sleep a priority.
- Surround yourself with friends, loved ones, and never forgo a yearly vacation.
Celsus (ca 25 BC—ca 50) was considered to be way ahead of his time in regards to his teachings on maintaining good health. Ironic he died so young. His suggestions are common sense and accepted practices. I will overlook his blood-letting instructions and vomit obsessions. After all, none of us are perfect.
If you want to know what Celsus had to say about such things as treating gangrenous mouth lesions, agglutinating wounds, or helping women who collapse speechless, consult his expansive De Medicina.
Cheers to good health!