According to statistics, Americans spend only 5.5% of their disposable income on food. This figure is in stark contrast to other countries, which spend over double this amount. Despite the fact that American food is the cheapest in the world, we’re certainly not getting a bargain, at least not when it comes to our health.
I was making up a budget last year and had to laugh when I took a good look at the pie chart. Literally ALL of my money goes to food. I’m not kidding. It’s priority number 1. Why? Because over a decade ago, I didn’t know anything about food, diet or nutrition. I was sick every single day with stomachaches, muscle aches, brain fog, sinus congestion, and mental health problems that wouldn’t go away.
I went to doctor after doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me and was eventually told it was “all in my head”. No, it wasn’t in my head. I was intolerant to a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye called gluten. I, like 1 in every 100 people is completely intolerant to this protein. Once I discovered how healthy I could feel once I cut gluten from my diet, I started really investigating the complete connection between food and health.
We live in a society where our healthcare system is about controlling symptoms and ignoring the root cause of disease. What are symptoms? Symptoms are a warning sign that something is going wrong in your body. Once you learn how to read and understand them, your health will improve ten-fold.
What Happens When Your “Check Engine” Light Comes On?
Here’s the conventional healthcare model in a nutshell: You’re driving around in your car and the check engine light comes on. You take it in to mechanic. When you get the car back, the check engine light is no longer on.
You continue to drive the car around for a week but it suddenly dies on the highway. Upon closer inspection you realize that the check engine light never went off. There was just a small black piece of tape over it!
It’s the same principle when you go in to see your doctor about a chronic headache, a stomach condition or a rash. He looks you over for a few minutes, takes note of your symptoms, and gives you a pill or cream to prevent you from feeling the pain or discomfort. This is just like the small black piece of tape over your check engine light.
Eventually, your body builds up a tolerance to the drug and your symptoms return. What’s worse, the drug you’re taking usually comes with a few side effects. These cause more symptoms you’ll need more drugs to counteract. You’re not actually solving any of your health problems this way.
You are synthetically suppressing your body’s natural warning mechanism and setting yourself up for worsening health problems down the line.
Conventional Versus Holistic Medicine
I’m not saying conventional medicine is all bad. Not at all. In emergency cases, where you need to be stabilized and your life depends on it, you need conventional medicine. No amount of herbs is going to re-attach a leg after a horrific car accident, after all.
However, when it comes to treating chronic ailments such as digestive disorders, headaches, back pain, and autoimmune disease, you’re much better off turning to holistic medicine. Holistic medicine is “whole person” medicine. Holistic practitioners like osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and nutritionists treat you as a whole person, instead of just a set of symptoms with medical insurance.
When you visit with a holistic practitioner, they’ll spend real time with you. They’ll take your full history of your health problems, your family’s health problems, and even your emotional experiences. They’ll get a sense of you as an entire human being so they can figure out where your “dis-ease” originated.
A holistic practitioner will advise dietary and lifestyle changes, a healthy exercise program, and herbs and supplements to boost your body’s natural ability to heal. There is no symptom suppression in holistic medicine unless it’s critical to stabilizing your condition.
What are symptoms? They are your body’s warning signs that something is wrong. That headache, indigestion or back problem is telling you that you’re allergic to something in your environment or your stress levels are too high.
Symptoms are designed to gently clue you into the effect your current lifestyle is having on your body. If you continue to ignore and suppress these critical warning signs, you’ll feel fine for a short time but your health will only get worse.
The best way to avoid diabetes, autoimmune disease, and cancer is to listen to your body’s warning signs and take a holistic approach to real healing. If you’ve been struggling with mystery symptoms for years or even decades and you’re now on more drugs than you can count, get a second opinion.
Find an osteopathic physician or other holistic practitioner in your area who can help you figure out what your symptoms are telling you. Once you get to the root cause of disease and eliminate it, you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier life.
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The “change of life”, otherwise known as menopause, is the cessation of the menstrual period. It is a time in a woman’s life where she is no longer able to conceive and bear children. Many women going through the change of life talk with their doctors about estrogen replacement therapy. Unfortunately, these synthetic drugs cause side effects. You can treat change of life symptoms naturally with diet, supplements, and natural lubricants.
Symptoms of Menopause
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For some people, sleep comes easily. They climb into bed, get under the covers and are out like a light within ten or twenty minutes. They sleep soundly, peacefully, and through the night. It’s not fair. You’ve tried the earplugs, the sleep mask, the sleeping pills, and even some breathing techniques but you know, you just KNOW you’re in for another sleepless night. Anxiety and insomnia are very closely linked.
Are You Afraid You Won’t Be Able to Sleep?
It’s late at night and it’s time to go to sleep. Bleary-eyed and nervous, you look at your bed as a battleground. You turn the light off, try to get comfortable, and close your eyes. Your mind starts racing and soon your heart follows suit. No matter how many deep breaths you take or how many new positions you get into, you can’t get comfortable and you feel like you’re going to have a panic attack. You know if you don’t get to sleep, you’re going to be miserable tomorrow. This anxiety only serves to keep you awake. The more you think about not being able to sleep, the worse it gets.