To the ancient Greeks, every physical symptom was seen as a visitation from the gods. Whatever afflicted the body was divine, a holy messenger, a whispered secret from the guardian spirits alerting us that the soul was in need of a course correction. The ailments of the body were really cures for the soul. And whatever cured the soul was the fundamental and necessary medicine for the body.
Dieting and exercising to lose weight are as American as apple pie (low-fat, that is). And now with the extreme makeover craze sweeping the country, liposuction — the surgical removal of fat tissue — may eventually become just as common. But taking this shortcut also bypasses the health benefits associated with slimming down, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and fatigue.