To be truly well you MUST consider your options – take responsibility for your own health and you have to be brave…
Your health-care. Who’s responsibility is it?
My personal case study – from a Holistic and functionally trained health coach.
My daughter has just emerged from 3 months of gluten-induced suffering: exhaustion, stomach cramps, headaches that left her bleary eyed, sore and completely drained, nausea – remember what it’s like to always feel like you’re going to throw up? She was a shell of my little Miss Energy! Three months of hell. Spent mainly in pain. In bed. Watching her suffer so much has been beyond stressful. It has been excruciating.
She has endured various blood tests (and associated bruised arms & soreness), ultrasounds, stool test (don’t tell her I told you that..!), urine tests…even an MRI… she’s endured it all mainly to appease those around me who played the “what if you are wrong card”. I stopped short of accepting the suggestion of a colonoscopy.
Here’s the thing. I KNOW my daughter is HUGELY sensitive to gluten. It makes her (really) sick. (So anyone out there who wants to tell me “it’s a fad” please don’t bother sharing your thoughts with me. You have your heads in the clouds). We had a brief trip to Italy in January and she decided to ignore what she knows to be true and enjoyed a few croissants and a little bread. “THEY TASTE SO GOOD MUMMY”….. “Please don’t” I said with growing dread. (Again, for those who want to tell me “I shouldn’t have let her”… keep your judgement to yourself. You probably have not said nearly as many “no’s” as I have as a parent. You have not lived my journey.)
We’ve been down this path before… I knew what was coming. Sure enough. She was flattened upon our return to the UK. …for three months …. One thing after another..
What do you KNOW about your health / dis-ease. That voice that tells you what’s making you ill……???
We saw many Doctors including a very well respected Paediatric Consultant. The latter met Laura when she was at her lowest. And was very concerned.
In the background, however, I “had to do something”. I supported her body with a careful selection of supplements to see her strength inch back…
I am a Health Coach. Holistically trained, with a “functional” education as well as yeeeears of other study. But I was exhausted. And I needed help to get her back to full strength.
A note to my coaching colleagues, we need to know when to ask for help. Sometimes we are “too close” and it can be overwhelming. To a special few, thankyou for reminding me….! I now pass on the favour.
SO as well as following what I know to be true support of her body I took my darling girl to a Kinesiologist. Dr.Weil explains: “What is applied kinesiology? Kinesiology, also known as biomechanics, is the study of body movement. Applied kinesiology (AK) which is also known as muscle strength testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other organ or gland problems. Practitioners contend that by correcting this muscle weakness, you can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ”.
Our kinesiologist tested and found a raft of things going on in my daughter’s body in response to the gluten attack. She prescribed a careful selection of vitamins, minerals and other natural supplements.
Fast forward several weeks of my daughter resting and ingesting the above cocktail of natural support and “our food” (which is just “real” food – that suits her body) and we returned to the afore mentioned consultant. He did his best to convince my daughter that the homeopathic support wasn’t the cause of her feeling, looking and being so much better. “The things that Mummy gave you didn’t really make you better did they?”. My girl is brave and strong. She simply replied “Yes, they did actually”. He was openly admiring of the improvement in my daughter. “She is so well” looking incredulously at her. “And I didn’t do a thing”…….
Doctors today are SO time poor. They are also trained (from day 1) to believe in the power they have over your health. THEY are responsible for YOUR health. “Diagnose and prescribe”. As well they have little or no training in “diet and lifestyle” and “getting to the root cause”. AND generally, they place no store on “natural”. …it’s only what they are taught that truly matters and can be truly effective in “treating” their patients. You.
I put it to you that YOU are responsible for YOUR health. You know your body better than anyone else in the world. And as a mum, you know your child’s body better than anyone else in the world.
This is not about denigrating conventional medicine in any way. Well, ok, I’m not a great fan of the “diagnose and prescribe” process admittedly. I much prefer getting to the root cause of dis-ease and supporting the body where it most hurts…at the root cause…
This is about encouraging you to not even “think outside the box”. This is about burning the bloody box and taking control. Ask questions. Do your own research. “Know” your illness. If you do not, you are simply handing the responsibility for your health to someone else.. That in my books is poor management. And a little cowardly. Yes, ok, send the abuse….
My world turned upside down about 10 years ago when I asked a GP of my daughter’s asthma “but what causes it?” With a slight scoff and a flamboyant wave of a hand, the response of “it’s environmental and it’s her lot, give her the medicine and she’ll be fine ” did not cut it. I have since discovered it was BS.
I HAD TO FIND OUT AND I HAD TO FIND ANOTHER WAY. And I did. And I continue to.
I say this not to pat myself on the back. I say this to encourage you. I did it. You can too. You are wiser than you know or pretend not to be!
Are you wondering “there has to be more, there has to be another way, there must be more options to reclaim health, to get me / my child well again” ????? I challenge you to keep wondering.
There is always a cause. It MIGHT be “genetics” but guess what …yes, there might be a pre-disposition for a certain gene expression / illness. But there is now “scientific” evidence that supports the facts that “diet and lifestyle” can affect what genes are expressed and when. Google “Nutrigenomics”. Get ready to have a major “excuse” blown out of the water though…so you’ve gotta be brave….
Back to my daughter – I also found a Functional Practitioner to work with (yes, I am functionally trained but I now acknowledge that perhaps I’m a little too close..) to gain clarity and to help decipher the various tests – remember those stool, urine, (extra) blood tests… they highlighted different “markers” that are beyond conventional medicine’s consideration; a deficiency in gut flora, inadequate absorption of protein. These things can be “seen” with various tests and thus can be corrected.
My message today. Find. A. Way.
You can either find an excuse. Or you can find a way.
Consider your options. Think big. Wonder why. Burn the box.
To heal dis-ease – not just treat the symptoms – we must first understand from whence it came.
What are you trying to heal? How do you need to be “better”? How are you suffering? What do you think has caused it? Be honest.
This is your life. This is your health. You know what you do and don’t do to bring on dis-ease in the body. “Symptoms” suffered are just your body saying it’s not happy. Please, work “with” your chosen practitioner. Don’t be afraid to do your own research. Don’t be afraid to ask (loads) of questions.
Take back the reins; the power and responsibility for your health.
And consider your options. There is a whole world of “options” out there.
There is a realm of holistically focussed practitioners who are focussed on “finding the root cause” and “healing”. We want desperately to work WITH Doctors in getting you well. We firmly believe that there are too many pills prescribed rather than offering up some truths and handing the responsibly of your health back to you…..diet and lifestyle is very often the starting point to reclaiming health, whether you like it or not. It’s not always the “easy path” but for many, it is the one that leads to “healing” and being well.
So, you can find an excuse, hand the responsibility of your health to your GP and continue to take the pills to mask symptoms you suffer.
Or you can take responsibility for your health.
Consider your options and be brave…
And find another way.