Adapting to symptoms

 

Adapting / maladapting over time

Again, evolution by natural selection has resulted in patterns of adaptation which may often be adverse in modern circumstances.    The bad effects of unhelpful responses tend to accumulate over time so a symptom can progress from mild and brief to severe and persistent because the nervous systems learns from previous experience and gets into bad habits.   This process is often compounded by changes in behaviour as part of the disability response (more on this later).


The difference with adapting at this level is that the mind is involved so we have some control over it.


Firstly it helps to understand how and why the body responds the way it does: obviously the “why” bit is more theory than fact - but a theory that makes sense of things and shows a better way to respond is OK (until someone comes up with a better theory).


In general the natural way is based on the kinds of survivable illnesses encountered by younger, very fit people in pre-civilized conditions. Most often these would be injuries and infections: they usually get better by healing or immune response and the most useful reactions to the symptoms is to rest and avoid doing things that seem to make them immediately worse.  These allow the healing to take place with the minimum of setback.  Of course the response to the symptoms would usually have to “compete” with the need to return to full activity as soon as possible to get food and survive.

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