Wellness, what does this really mean?

Just today, I received an email from a very close friend of mine who has lovingly brought 7 amazing children into this world.  Okay, so you have to love and respect her for that alone!

She is frustrated and concerned with her search for answers to some health concerns that her children are having.  She explained in her email her journey with western and holistic practitioners, and highlighted her feelings that in her experience, the naturalists have often come across with an us-versus-them attitude that she has had a tough time taking.  That, in addition, to not being able to pinpoint the source of the health issues even after spending thousands of dollars and many hours of her very precious time.  I felt compelled to share with you a bit of my response to her.

We are all here to help one another, and much of my message is the following . . .

If it helps, this is my take:  I am integrative.  I believe allopathic (ie Western medicine) is great if you have an acute health issue (ex, bleeding on the side of the road or having a seizure, etc) and for medical testing (to rule out and or pinpoint issues – although there are many limitations here).  I am more of a purest when it comes to the actual treatment, but it all depends there as well.  My “specialty” is more about prevention. I have also done extensive research on vaccines and the host of modern illness that have come from them.  The connections are very scary, and I’m not saying this in an us-against-them way at all.  The truth is, we have been given a whole lot of information that is geared to get us to buy pharmaceuticals.  They don’t help with many things that they are prescribed for, and in cases such as vaccines end up creating a whole host of issues that the body is not designed to deal with.

Okay, so take a deep breath.  My “way” is never to overwhelm a person entering this arena for the first time.  We deal with what’s in front of us first, and then little by little, we educate.  People are smart.  If given good, solid, scientifically based information, they will make educated decisions.  The problem is, main-stream medical practice is anything but straightforward and biology- based . . . at least not where the human body is concerned.  The human body is already equipped by nature with what it needs.  The more we “mess” with it, the harder it is for it to do what it is
supposed to do.

I also agree with you about  the cost issue.  It’s a huge problem.  Part of the reason the holistic practitioners you’ve met appear to be on the tear when it comes to modern medicine. Our system has made it this way.  An organic farmer has to pay 2x what a conventional farmer does just to get his crop to market.  Our health care system only supports Western medicine AND we have been educated by the pharmaceutical companies.  It’s incredible to me to count how many drug ads there are on TV in one program sitting. The doctors treating patients are only taught how to manage illness, not how to prevent it in the first place.

To me, however, it is a part of our responsibility to do what we need to do for our bodies.  Clearly, the govt is not going to do it for us, at least not for quite awhile.  If it costs more now, well, we just have to learn ways to find what we need as affordably as we can.  I don’t think it means we have to give in to the system, though.

Our health concerns, and those of our children, is something we have to put time and effort into, whether we like it or not.  We may not find the person who can help us the first 10 go arounds, but if we keep trying and educating ourselves as we go along, the right people will come our way, and they will help us in our journey.  It is a journey.  With medicine and health . ..that’s why we call is “practicing medicine.”  No one ever knows for sure. You just have to keep trying things until you find what works.  I believe you are doing this.  Each time you venture out, you meet someone who gets a bit closer to the answers you need.  The fact is, if you resonated with the nutritionist who wanted you to buy this and that, you’d still be doing it. Something didn’t fit, so you kept looking.  It didn’t have anything to do with what she was prescribing.  It could have all been very good.  You did it in the name of “expense,” but that wasn’t it. Your inner being knows better.  It knows other answers are out there.  It knows it has to keep looking.  When you find it, you’ll know.  That’s what I tell everyone.  I’ve had long-term clients who spent the money to stay with me because they have looked at it as finally getting to know their bodies and buying back their health.  The real reason, however, is that they trust me, and my way “resonates” with them.  It might not with everyone, but for them, it does.  That’s a big reason why they are able to heal.  You see, it’s only 20% good practitioner . . .the other 80% is you.

Just know, my friend, that although you have a lot on your plate, you are capable of finding the answers.  If you’re confused, that’s good.  It means you’re actively searching.  You’re not alone.  You’re on the right path, but all you have to do is ask your gut, and it will tell you that.

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