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Pain Should Motivate Change
Does it always?
You’ve heard me say these two things repeatedly.
- Pain is a great motivator.
- We have a tendency to be re-active rather than pro-active.
When pain comes, it usually gets our attention… or it should.
The body has some pretty amazing built in mechanisms. Very few people get sick without having some sort of symptom(s) that give them a signal that something is amiss. We either feel physical or emotional pain (built in to get our attention) and when we do we have two choices — act or ignore.
Sometimes there are circumstances in our world that instigate a brief change and we are able to do some assessments on our own to see the connection between an action and a subsequent reaction. But when things linger we should go to see a professional (especially as we are aging) to make sure that things aren’t drastically off center.
When you have pain your body is TELLING you there is a problem. Taking a pill to “relieve” that pain should only be something you do for the short term (like a day or two).
Just so you’re clear, popping pills eliminates the body’s built in trigger that tells you there is a problem. The problem hasn’t gone away, you are just no longer feeling the discomfort associated with that problem. Capice?
The reason it took me so many damn years to get on a path to improving my autoimmune disease is that every single traditional doctor I went to wanted to give me a prescription to eliminate my symptoms and NONE of them wanted to help me get to the root cause of my issues.Prescription drugs aren't a solution they are a band aid. Click To Tweet
I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust big pharma. They are the pimps and most traditional medical doctors are their whores. As with any drug you put in the body, after a while your system becomes habituated to it and eventually you’ll need one of two things….either more via increased dosages or something different because the original drug no longer has any effect on the body. Actually there is a third option. You’ll have so many reactions to the drug(s) you are taking you’ll need to take other drugs to manage their reactions in your body.
It’s a ridiculous cycle of abuse on the body with no clear end in sight. There are VERY few things that can be FIXED with a pill. They can try and MANAGE your symptoms, but for like 95% of the issues we seek help for, you can’t FIX it with a pill.
What’s the Solution?
Holistic medicine. Medicine that treats the WHOLE patient, not the individual parts as if they are not inter-related or inter-connected. Quite honestly, for those of us with autoimmune diseases that seem difficult to get to diagnosed like Hashimotos, Graves, Fibromyalgia, Lyme and Epstein Barr your best bet for success is with holistic medicine.
I went to a very well-known sports medicine clinic in New Orleans many years ago to have a problem with my hip tended to. While I was there I asked the doctor a question about my pronating feet and he said to me, “Oh, that’s not my area of expertise. You’d need to come back and see one of my colleagues for that.” Really? Every individual body part has an area of expertise? Stupidest thing I ever heard. You know what CAUSED the hip problem? My pronating feet. When I don’t wear the right shoes with arch supports in them to get my body back into the position it’s supposed to be in, I have trouble with my knees, hip and lower back.
This is the biggest problem with traditional medicine. There is little to no connection between the systems in the body. They treat individual parts and not the whole.
Here’s the Cliff Notes version of how my diagnosis nightmare played out.
One of my biggest autoimmune symptoms early on (back in 2006-7) was ridiculously debilitating post nasal drip. It was making my life miserable. I had horrible sore throats, stuffed up sinus and breathing issues just to name a few. For this one glaring symptom here’s what I heard from the string of doctors I went to.
- Doctor #1 – It’s just the (hurricane) Katrina crud. Everyone has it. (Swear to gawd, this was his official diagnosis)
- Doctor #2 – Why don’t you just take a Benedryl like everyone else?
- Doctor #3 – You have allergies, you need to go see a specialist (allergist).
- Doctor #4 – Allergist (after doing scratch tests). We can’t find anything, you need to go see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor
- Doctor #5 – ENT doc says – “ I can’t find anything wrong with you, I think you have silent reflux. “ Huh?
- Doctor #6 (first HOLISTIC MD) – I think you have leaky gut, and that’s what’s causing your symptoms. WTF is leaky gut? (She was a great diagnostician but horrible with treatment protocol) Here is where I DIVE into research mode.
- Doctor #7 – After full throttle diagnostic testing it was confirmed that I had leaky gut, candida overgrowth, and autoimmune disease. I am treated poorly for a myriad of problems and get very sick. Diagnosis AWESOME. Health care management = FAIL.
- Doctor #8 – Takes all of the information and puts me on a 1 year well-executed plan of recovery specifically designed for MY entire system.
- By eliminating the foods that were NOT ALLERGENS but inflammatory triggers in MY body, things started getting better soon (AIP – autoimmune protocol). I went on a candida and parasite die off which helped tremendously, but this step was poorly handled by my doctor and I got VERY sick in the process. Many traditional medicine doctors do not believe in the whole candida thing. The CDC writes about it but most docs think it’s hippy shit. I’ve have had two major struggles with it in my lifetime and now know that I have to temper my carb and sugar (even fruit) intake to keep it in check.
As we age, the prognosis for pharmaceutical management is usually not good.
How many older folks do you know that are on a handful of drugs? I have no interest in being one of those people. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to choose that path. As I develop problems with my aging body I am going to do everything I can to avoid pharmaceuticals.
For those of us with autoimmune disease they generally want to prescribe drugs that suppress our autoimmune system. When that happens it doesn’t do it’s job well (fighting off foreign invaders like cancer, virus, disease, etc) and the likeliehood that you’ll get sicker grows stronger.
Am I totally anti-drug? Hell, no. But I refuse to become part of the pill culture where people believe that pills are the answer. They are not. I see it time and time and time again. People are taking tons of drugs that are doing nothing for them (actually many are extremely detrimental to our system). But..they are making the drug companies TONS of money. If I cannot remedy the situation by treating the root cause of the problem, I’ll consider drug alternatives. BUT…I am going to exhaust all possible non-drug/non-invasive solutions before I jump on the prescription highway.
But guess what? Here I am on the other side of 50, healthier, stronger and more vibrant than I have been in DECADES. None of this is by accident. It’s because I decided to start FEEDING my body the nutrients it needs to function. CLEAN FUEL. Organic, GMO- free, anti-inflammatory food has been a complete game changer for me.
Eat REAL WHOLE Food. That’s Where You Start
For many of us, as we age it seems that our shit just starts to break from normal wear and tear. All of us over 50 (or soon to be) are staring down the barrel of some really ugly health realities. Our generation has been exposed to more crap (chemicals, heavy metals, processed foods, pollution, drug “therapies” and drug abuses) than any generation before us. Our poor bodies are exhausted from fighting the onslaught of garbage they are bombarded with every day. Just because you can’t “feel” it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Breathing, showering, spreading crappy lotion on your body…all seemingly innocuous activities but ones that continue to pollute our bodies and force our systems to work overtime to try and keep it clean.
We have a LOT of clean up work to do if we want to enjoy our life.
Your body is tired from fighting all poision we put in it daily. Help it help you.
Needs to function — Food & Nutrition!
Give it what it needs to be strong — Exercise!
Give it what it needs to recover — TLC & Tim
You won’t regret it.
Keep in mind that as we age, our metabolism slows down and so does the healing process. The sooner you start, the better.