By the time the word entered English it was reserved to shopkeepers who sold non-perishable groceries, such as spices – and herbal and other remedies. Gradually, apothecaries began to specialize more and more in drugs, so that in 1617 a formal separation took place between the Apothecaries’ Company of London and the Grocers’ Company. Apothecary remained the general term for a ‘druggist’ until about 1800, when chemist began to take over.
There must be a lot of people who feel pretty lousy..(just take a look at a typical website for diseases)- the drop down list of ailments is staggering! You should be happy I'm not going there!
Having said that, I don't really have much respect for the FDA ..but it seems when it comes to health or politics, your dealing partly with the spiritual realm too- whether we realize it or not ? (I like to hope we can all learn something from one another though).
Anyway, this reminds me (sickness or what have you) of something I encountered back in the 80's shortly after I began to learn about who Jesus Christ was. It was something known as (name it and claim it) Although this was my experience, I do hope I'm not stepping on any one's toes. Now this crowd felt you must be positive without wavering- God is required to answer - known also as (Word-Faith). “Believe it in your heart; say it with your mouth.."By His stripes you are healed" -the principle of faith being- you can have what you say.
Well, I saw a movie a few years ago -What the Bleep Do We Know, you may of heard or seen it..actually well done- but (this link) will give you a quick description for a film that's often "been criticized for misrepresenting science and containing pseudoscience, and has been described as quantum mysticism.." It just smacks the same to me- maybe on another level as W.F.?
The Greek word ἰατρός (iatrós, doctor or healer) is often translated as physician. Ἱατρός is not preserved directly in English, but occurs in such formations as psychiatrist (translates from Greek as healer of the soul)... iatrogenic disease (a disease caused by medical treatment). In Latin, the word medicus meant much what physician or doctor does now.
My point is , does God always heal or do we create our own reality? Do we try and work faith to our advantage? While I'm at it..just what should be regulated? Hey..and what about Michael Jackson..was it all the Doctors fault?
I don't appreciate guilt like in the above and I don't think there are any short cuts either..however, that doesn't mean I've never resorted to it! (cough)
Now God says, “I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26.. rather to me, this is an invitation to know..to get more out of it (as in a relationship..learning His ways) than merely being healed- though healing would be ideal?
I've found that I don't have all the answers, but God in his infinite wisdom has always come through in whatever crisis I've gone through, may find myself in presently or in the future- that He gives wisdom as we learn to trust Him. One reason is because suffering produces patience and I firmly believe this is one of the chief reasons behind and for "building up the body" . There has to be spoils. I'd love to hear what you think?