Since we all like instant solutions to our problems, I thought this entry would be timely and helpful.
After 30 years (yes, this year marks the 30th anniversary of my graduation from medical school) of walking around carrying an MD after my name and spending 60 if not 100 hours a week taking care of people, I finally found the Instant Solution we so desperately search for.
Before I give you the solution, let me digress…
The conventional medical system that trained me has done well by me. I know medicine and I know when someone is sick.
But it has also come up short. Conventional medicine teaches doctors how to find disease, no matter how well it may be hidden. Whether you want to or not, the conventional doctor will test you, prod you, bleed you, radiate you and if by chance nothing abnormal shows up, declare you healthy and send you off with an “it’s all in your mind” pat on the back - and “come back in 6 months so we can see if we can find something wrong then”.
Since this approach doesn’t sit well with too many people in our day and age, many physicians and patients have turned to alternative medicine and its enormous resource of therapies. Many are proven and gentle, most are in what conventional medicine would have us call a trial phase. The one thing you can be sure of in alternative medicine is that the purveyor of care actually understands the importance of being kind and providing attention and “care”. Unfortunately this is where alternative medicine abounds in talent but comes short for the average American who thinks conventional medicine is where modern medicine is at.
The alternative practitioner for the most part is not an expert on finding disease. That is a big problem for those of us who have forsaken conventional medicine and made a permanent jump toward alternative medicine out of desperation and desire to make the patient healthy and happy.
This is exactly where you need to be careful because YOU have to take care of yourself in both systems, otherwise you WILL be in trouble
By bridging the gap between conventional (leaning more toward conventional), and alternative medicine, I have learned the most important lesson I want to share with you: I can tell the difference between when the person seeking my advice is in need of an antibiotic versus when he/she needs a hug. This is a big thing. Most conventional doctors don’t know that. They are trained to look at you as a potential source of disease and it’s only a matter of time until the disease declares itself.
Form where I sit, 30 years of practicing medicine has taught me unequivocally that most people are healthy most of the time and that illness is only a small interruption in our lives some of the time.
Depending on how well you know yourself, care for yourself, are aware of your own body’s function and messages it sends to you, you will either spend most of your life healthy and well, or going from doctor to doctor looking for something to treat or a disease or condition to create to justify your symptoms and create a handicap.
I am not being cavalier. I respect illness, not feeling well, being in pain, having aches, colds, flu, stomach cramps, foggy thinking and arthritis (to name just a few). I just believe the power to diminish their importance and treat them before they take over your life is entirely within your hands.
So here is the solution for everything: YOUR ATTITUDE!
Your approach to life, health, diet, exercise regimen, hormone balance and finding the right doctor to be your partner in health and in illness all ties back into your attitude.
This is not meant to make you mad but rather a wake up call for you to realize how powerful you really are. Your attitude is the power behind realizing the best possible outcome in your life!
Wouldn’t it be nice to die at 99 healthy and happy with a great sense of accomplishment and a smile on your lips? What can YOU do today that starts to make that happen? What is the BEST attitude for you to have that supports that goal?