Our current “health care” system is broken. In fact, it might be more accurate to call it our “disease management” or “sick-care system.” It rarely offers true healing to anyone. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if we could reimagine and create something better? What if we could create a TRUE health-care system aimed at:
Maintaining vibrant health
Preventing chronic diseases
Offering the multifaceted support needed for genuine healing to occur
Honoring the bio-individual needs of each and every person?
I believe we are beginning to see a shift in this direction. Many doctors are rethinking the way they care for their patients. They are looking to address their needs in a more personalized, in-depth fashion. Additionally, thousands of certified health coaches are being trained every year. These coaches have the potential to provide a solution to many of the problems within our current system.
Health coaching is relatively new to the health-and-wellness scene. It is already proving to be one of the most effective tools for helping people recover and maintain their health. Health coaches can relieve much of the burden placed upon doctors and improve health outcomes for patients, providing a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Many people today take the view that healing comes from an outside source. They think of it as something that happens when a doctor or practitioner prescribes medicines or performs procedures. The patient passively sits by, rarely participating or collaborating in any meaningful way. This is true of western medicine, but I see it creep its way into natural medicine as well.
People go to a practitioner expecting to be fixed. Sadly, many never consider the idea that we carry the ability to heal within ourselves. No amount of drugs, herbs, vitamins, or therapies will restore health without the intentional, focused participation of the patient. These things may reduce or mask symptoms, but they rarely offer true healing.
When people grasp this, they begin to take ownership of their health. They begin to make the kinds of choices that bring their life into alignment with their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. They begin to view healing as a collaborative effort where the health practitioner is simply there to guide and support.
Fear. It’s something we all feel. It’s what enables us to react when we sense danger. Feeling fear can literally save our lives, and under the right circumstances, it’s a beautiful thing. Under the wrong circumstances, it can crush us. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.
I would propose to you that fear is the root cause of stress. Stress happens when the body, mind, or emotions sense or perceive danger and react to it. Stress causes virtually every “dis-ease” known to man. More importantly, all disease happens because the body gets stuck in a chronic stress response.
So, what is triggering all this fear and keeping people stuck in a perpetual state of stress? Well, think about it. Many people feel threatened or overwhelmed in their work or home environment and spend the better part of their day feeling tense. Some individuals sense the collective fear churned up by current events and the media, sending their nervous system into overdrive. Some folks know that heart disease or cancer runs in the family.
It can be all too easy, especially when we aren’t feeling well, to harbor negative beliefs, thoughts, and emotions about our bodies. We may feel frustrated, betrayed, hopeless, angry, or even hateful about what we are physically experiencing. We wonder what we did to deserve this, what we did wrong, or why our body can’t just cooperate and do what it’s supposed to do.
Dear Zoe, In addition to the foods for thyroid support that I shared with you last time, I would like to add a few others that can be helpful and then share with you some of the top nutrients your thyroid needs in order to thrive.
Dear Bethel, I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism
and I am wondering if there are any nutritional strategies I can use to support my thyroid naturally, in addition to the medication I am on?
Dear Zoe, YES! There are numerous things you can do to naturally support thyroid function.
I really want to make healthy, balanced meals for my family, but there is so much conflicting information out there that I find it really confusing! Could you shed some light on the subject, so I can feed my family with confidence?
Dear Susan, Last time I shared with you the basics that are widely agreed upon and supported by the scientific literature:
II really want to make healthy, balanced meals for my family, but there is so much conflicting information out there that I find it really confusing! Should we be eating vegetarian, gluten-free, Paleo, keto, Mediterranean, or something else altogether? Could you shed some light on the subject so I can feed my family with confidence?
Dear Susan, Everyone’s needs are slightly different, and the truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all diet!