A holistic approach to creating and maintaining optimal health is essential – tending to our emotional health, a balanced mind, optimal nutrition, daily exercise, and putting attention on our spiritual connection and relationship health will likely require a complete overall lifestyle change.
On my journey to healing my health issues, along with episodes of depression, and chronic anxiety, one thing I never considered – no matter what prescription was offered or procedure suggested- was to mask my symptoms with a pill or unnecessary surgery. Maybe I am stubborn (as some have called me) but I believe I am just determined, and I have also learned to trust my intuition above what others tell me I should do.
Something deep within, told me that I could heal using natural methods and I knew that some of my issues where deeper, and more emotionally based. I literally would hear a voice inside of me whispering, “there is something deeper going on, don’t give up” as I walked out of my doctors office with a prescription in hand, multiple times, but never filled it.
Of course, I ruled out anything fatal with proper testing. Once I accepted that there was nothing actually “wrong’ with me, I decided to go it on my own, and take my health into my own hands. I started by seeking out my alternative healthcare team, researching, reading and learning all I could get my hands on related to holistic mind-body healing, and took my health into my own hands.
Based on the current research and with more new studies coming out all of the time about the adverse effects of prescription drugs, I am sure I have made the right decision for myself. Opting for a life long dependency using medications is not something I ever want to experience, and so I do all that I can to heal any condition or symptoms from the inside.
Disclaimer: While this is the path I have chosen based on my own philosophy, beliefs and understanding of healing the body, I am not suggesting that my path it is the correct path for everyone and am not intending to tell you what you need to do in your situation. Please take what fits for you and use it, and discard the rest. Only you know what your body needs to heal and what is right for you. Please see your medical doctor or alternative health doctor for any specific medical advice. Do not stop taking any medications without medical guidance.
As I stand sure in my wholehearted belief that any illness can be healed if the conditions are optimal within the body and mind, and emotional health is balanced, I also realize that medications can be a saving grace for some, and are necessary in certain situations. But the other truth is that prescription drugs and over the counter medications are too widely used without a lot of consideration of the potential harm these chemicals could be causing internally, and that they also may eventually create more issues within the body than they resolve.
Medications and drugs do not heal health conditions – they only silence the symptoms. The underlying cause for your body’s symptoms are still present underneath. It is common for one symptom to be “silenced”, and several new ones to surface. That is because, the root cause of the imbalance still exists, and is smoldering just below the surface.
As a person who has suffered immensely with reoccurring migraine headache episodes that would often last 3 – 4 days beginning around the age of 15, and leave me rendered useless to the world, there are definitely times when an Advil has been called for. I take the pill to find relief so I can get on with the day if I have things I must do, but I also pay attention to what is going on within.
Usually I get a migraine when I am stressed out, and overwhelmed and am too much in my head with anxiety and worry with work and life responsibilities. It is also linked to times when I am feeling judged by others, or being too hard on myself. This is how my body speaks to me, to tell me that I need to shut off for awhile and replenish my mind, body and soul.
It never fails that when an episode occurs, it simultaneously happens during periods of stress! Until I tuned in to the inner cause, I could never figure out why it was happening. I am now tuned in enough to know when restorative resting, and unplugging is all that is needed, and often melts the migraine, and other times when it is coming on full force, and I need to take something to take the edge off. I am also dealing with the digestion-migraine link, and am careful to manage my stress with daily self-care practices that keep me balanced, to prevent them in the first place. I am happy to say that the occurrence is now seldom, and often very mild where I can manage the symptoms with natural remedies and a little rest and relaxation.
The bottom line is that stress is that the underlying root- cause of most of our chronic health issues. It has been estimated that around 90% of doctor visits are due to stress related symptoms. That tells us that there is a lot we can do to begin healing from within – just by dialing down the stress in our lives, and taking impeccable care of ourselves every single day.
It is true that doctors save lives. They preform emergency procedures to preserve life, and thankfully they exist for those purposes. They are, however; not trained in how to maintain health, or healing the root causes of health and dis-ease, but how to manage the symptoms. And the only tools they have to offer are medications and surgery. Did you know that doctors only receive something like 1 hour of training around the subject of nutrition in medical school? Crazy, right?
Other areas that doctors are NOT trained in medical school for, is how our emotional-mental health directly affects our physical health, and how stress could be the cause of the symptoms we are visiting him/her for help with. They do not have the expertise or the time to address nutritional links to many health issues, and are not permitted to recommend natural remedies that are often more effective (and much safer) than prescriptions in many cases. They also will not offer up information around the negative and accumulative effects of over the counter medicines, steroid creams, and prescriptions, and how these effect our liver, digestion and gut flora, and entire system over the long-term.
They don’t have time to consider, or ask about how your marriage is going, how the kids are doing, how you are coping with life, and if you despise your job and are treated poorly at work. They don’t pay any attention to the fact that being in toxic relationships can make a person sick and cause depression, and debilitating anxiety, and how our thoughts can either heal or create dis-ease.
They are simply not trained to look deeper into the presenting issues, and find the root cause of eczema, asthma, hormone imbalances, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, migraines, or weight gain. They can’t offer preventative treatment options, or even recognize adrenal fatigue or slight hormonal/thyroid imbalances that could be a huge contributing factor to many symptoms one is experiencing mentally, emotionally and physically. They also follow a different reference range with their laboratory testing, and don’t recognize there is a problem, oftentimes until it is too late, and perhaps medication is the only resort.
I saw it somewhere, the quote “Medication is for sick care not healthcare” and can also relate this sentiment to doctors as well. They are not trained to help us live well, and embody a holistic approach to our health. If our life needs saving and we are in a health crisis, thankfully we have them to intervene.
The truth about our health from a holistic perspective, is that if one area of our being is being neglected, it leaves a huge gap for things to go wrong, and an imbalance to take over.
It is time to take our “whole health” into our own hands! If it’s one thing we need to understand, it is that doctors have a limited toolkit when it comes to healing our health issues. If you are ready to start taking ownership of your own health and healing, this is what I suggest for you if you want to start embracing the new, what I call – empowered healthcare. I would like to give you some suggestions for how to work with your medical care providers in a way that puts you in the drivers seat. Here are my recommendations:
- Know when it’s time to see your doctor and when you can try other alternatives first:
Doctors certainly have their place, and I recommend regular routine check ups to detect any issues early on. I have been so thankful to have the option of antibiotics in cases where they are absolutely necessary for myself and my children. When my daughter had a blood strep infection, antibiotics were the only option- no amount of echinacea, Vitamin C or essential oils were going to clear that up.
Don’t mess with anything you feel may be serious and need medical attention.
Always investigate further into what your symptoms are trying to tell you. It is much better to address the root cause of why you have a certain symptom or illness, rather than how to mask the symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs and quick fixes. If you are depressed, look deeper into why. If you are anxious look inward, and start paying attention to how you are scaring yourself with your forward projecting, worst case scenario thought patterns.
- Educate yourself!
Research, go to the library and find books on the subjects of holistic and alternative healing as well as emotional-physical connections to health. Stop handing your health over to others, take ownership! There is much you can do to create health, but you have to trust that in the end, only you know what your body needs to heal and come back into balance and wholeness.Be determined to find a solution to your health concerns that will heal it at the root.
One side-note: Do not Google your symptoms! Google will almost always tell you that you have cancer or have you believing the worst case scenario, believe me- I have been there many, many times convinced I must have some horrible life-threatening disease. Trust your intuition – if you feel something needs further investigation, don’t ignore it.
- Take all of your lab results to a naturopath for further assessment:
This one is an essential for me and is part of my overall healthcare plan. Every time I get anything tested through my MD- I take the results to my naturopath so she can see anything going on that the doctors may (and often do!) overlook. And it never fails, the doctors advice ‘you are in the normal range’ needs to be tweaked based on further evaluation. This is a very proactive thing to do, as part of working with your family doctor and naturopathic physician.Also, I recommend 2 yearly check up visits as part of your overall wellness plan, even if all is well, it is a good thing to do to make sure everything is working properly in your body.
- Find your ‘whole being’ wellness tribe:
Here are some suggestions:
- Naturopathic doctor (preventative, and approach health issues at the root cause)
- Acupuncturist/Chinese medicine practitioner (deals with energy blockages and stagnation that lead to disease)
- Massage therapist (stress relieving and amazing for your nervous system)
- Holistic nutritionist (Philosophy should be based on using ‘food as medicine’ and individually based dependent on the person)
- A personal trainer, yoga or Pilates instructor that can guide you to exercises that are correct for your specific needs
- A holistically oriented health Counsellor, that can assist you in healing the emotional/mental patterns that are linked to your physical symptoms
- Explore Meditation with a teacher you are comfortable with. This will assist you greatly in achieving healing and greater inner peace and balance.
Do not do this all at once!
The greatest healers, and teachers are the ones that walk the talk in their own lives.
If I can assist you in creating your personalized wellness plan, or you would like an assessment of your concerns to receive direction, recommendations and a treatment plan about your specific mind-body health connection and symptoms, contact me to book a Breakthrough Session appointment.
I offer holistic health therapy sessions that will assist you in determining possible alternative avenues you could try for your current health concerns.