I want to talk a bit about symptoms. The idea that certain symptoms or problems 'don't exist' even when you feel them.
Someone in my life who has had a gluten sensitivity for years finally admitted to me this week "I never asked you about it because I never thought it was a real thing. But now I can really feel it, I guess it's true."
My heart stopped a little bit, when something you know to be true is challenged by someone else it's always a bit difficult. But that's where I had to work from.
They could feel it. That's what made them trust the idea.
One thing I learned from hippie-era music - Love's a real thing. One thing I learned from my education + career in Holistic Nutrition - if you feel it, it's a real thing.
If you feel digestive issues, its' a real thing. If you feel like you have an allergy, it's a real thing. If you feel pain somewhere, it's a real thing.
But we've gotten to a point where science beats the wisdom of our body. Research takes priority over our intuition. And our own feelings don't count anymore.
The problem comes down to a few things - our minds, our education and, unfortunately, our medicine.
In our minds we must be able to realize that we have an issue and fully feel it. We need to be able to admit that issue and start working on it, instead of letting it fester or burying it.
We can educate ourselves about the issue we are having, whether that means spending time reading about it (problem with online research is the 'worst case scenarios' that are always outlined!) or talking with a health professional. There are lots of options to look into and educate ourselves.
Medicine - we need to work on the issue at hand. The medicine we have today is fantastic for specific issues, but we also need to have a good support system in place as insurance too - be it exercise, healthy food and other lifestyle adjustments to support. Because there's no healing pill or cure, the body heals the body.
Whether we are seeing a conventional doctor or an alternative health practitioner, medicine is there to help us move away from our symptoms.
Warning: controversial next section (and slight tangent)
One flaw in the conventional medical system is that proper diagnoses are less and less being made.
The truth is not that doctors' aren't doing a good job, conventional medicine has its place in acute care, but the issue is that doctors' don't have time to sit and talk with you for 20 minutes or half an hour, and get proper tests done for each issue you have. (The problem is, we have too many issues!)
If society as a whole weren't so sick with so many issues, the doctor's would have more time with each patient!
A nurse in my family will echo this in frustration, having seen people throw out labels that the doctor guessed on, but didn't actually do the proper tests to diagnose. This leaves patients' feeling confused, vulnerable and frustrated.
One of my senior clients went to the doctor this week with 3 issues in mind, and only got 1 of them dealt with... quickly.
Diagnoses need to be made so that we've got something to work on, otherwise we tend to (in our awesome human nature) just ignore it, silently letting it simmer.
And body systems affect other body systems, so that problem festering could indeed affect a different part of the body. That's where real problems start, when small issues compound and we get sicker.
Things we feel......
bad things, whether we 'believe' in them or not are real and thus require us to take action.
It's the body asking for something.
Maybe something with the doctor, maybe simply with our food, maybe with our lifestyle....
But a call to deal with it nonetheless. Good or bad, take responsibility. When we take responsibility, it gives us our power back. When we feel empowered to take health into our own hands we begin making true change, and then we're on our way, then we're on a path to health. I believe food is a fast path to health, nutrient-dense food, and that no matter what we're dealing with that it can make a difference.
Small changes like eating more vegetables or fruit, drinking more clean water, making purchases from local farmers, growing our own herbs or salad, eating more raw foods, eating more raw fermented foods, switching certain foods to healthier options or cutting down our vices .... all small changes with big rewards.
So, what will you take responsibility for? What changes will you make? What can you do to empower yourself?
If you feel it, it's real, and that's real enough to do something about it.
Are you tired of waiting?
You can start now..
You have the choice. You always have the choice.
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