True self-care

The other day I opened my credit card bill to find printed on the envelope flap an advertisement for a home kit for checking pulse and blood pressure. Since then I've noticed that consumer groups are recommending other do-it-yourself medical gear, such as biofeedback machines and personal charts for keeping track of body rhythms. Even the public health profession of late has been encouraging the individual to assume more responsibility for his own health and physical diagnosis, instead of mindlessly taking his body to a doctor to get it fixed.

This trend is called self-care. It may be an encouraging sign when reliance these days on the state and on institutional medicine for health care is so common. Certainly Christian Scientists respect all sincere efforts to foster more individual responsibility for healing. They especially appreciate this humanitarian goal because they themselves share it and are striving for it—but in a very different way.

July 10, 1978

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