We all know, our body is able to roughly localize pain sources or react to imbalances or defects:
- the stomach hurts because we may have eaten something spoiled,
- muscles hurts after exercising too much,
- we feel dizzy after we drank too much alcohol, and so on.
However, the body is not able to "detect" most of the imbalances and their causes on its own. We certainly do not know why exactly we feel in a certain way, or which current issue is causing pain. We can't "listen" to our body to find out why we feel uncomfortable.
Let me give you some examples:
- Our hand hurts because of the carpal tunnel syndrome, but we only receive the information that our hand hurts.
- We feel tired, dizzy and suffer from headaches because of a vitamin D deficiency, but we only feel tired and dizzy instead of knowing that we are missing on the vitamin.
- Our body reacts to a virus like influenza with the typical flu symptoms. But the body does not tell us, that it's a virus infection right now.
- Rather hard example: we experience pain the left arm and feel uncomfortable around the heart area, and we can only assume that it's a heart attack. But the body does not tell us that the heart is having issues right now.
Why, from a biological perspective, can't we "listen" to our body to find out the real causes for our issues, and not only experience some symptoms? What would our body need to actually be able to tell us what's wrong?