How to Live and Be healthy
#2 How You Feel Means Something
I have found that one of the most important questions I can ask a patient is “what do you think is going on?” I am always amazed at how often they are right or at least have the right idea about their current condition. Our emotions are often just as an important indicator as our pain and its people’s emotions that lead them to look for answers and feel right about the direction they are headed. This is why so many people will doctor hop and so many people try alternative medicine and at home solutions. We often blame it on bed side manner of doctors or how much they cost or how little time is spent, but I don’t believe it is any of those (while I’m sure they do play a part in it). I believe it is because they don’t feel right about the current treatment, diagnosis, or solution being presented to them, and often we don’t recognize this as what we are feeling.
Early on in my practice I had an individual come to me with Multiple Sclerosis. They had been diagnosed at a rather young age and to this point had strictly followed the advice of their current doctors. Things had been going well until their liver levels began to rise and the doctors couldn’t give them an answer to why. In fact what they were telling them was stay the course, but not offering any other possible solutions even though at the same time they were telling them that their levels were getting close to liver failure which is a potentially deadly issue. It was in this condition they came to me. They no longer felt good about the treatments offered to them. They no longer felt like themselves and in fact they felt like their joys and their energy was being taken from them one piece at a time, but more importantly they felt that things could get better and this became their motivation. Knowing what I know about physiology, I suggested we look for all possible stressors to their liver and as that list is quite large, use manual muscle testing as a screening test to potentially narrow that list. With their history came the realization that they showed signs of some major food sensitivities, so using this information we began only with the removing of foods that tested with the manual muscle testing. The standard test for discovering food sensitivities is simple: remove the food for at least four weeks and then reintroduce it and observe for any reaction. With this individual the list was lengthy: dairy, gluten, corn, and soy, but the results were amazing. Within a couple of months their liver levels came back down to normal range and they said they felt better than they had in a long time. They continued with their current doctor but just with this added piece to their health problem to help them. They were soon able to take up old interests again and enjoy their family and the energy that had felt had been taken from them.
This individual knew that something didn’t feel right about their situation and what was being offered them. They knew that even doing what they were doing they didn’t feel normal, or happy, or enthusiastic about life. Our emotions will tell us more about our health in my opinion than almost any blood work, x-ray, or MRI. We have to be willing to ask ourselves “How do I feel?” For most I believe that is a scary question because the answer is one they don’t want to admit. The problem is though, unless we are willing to admit to ourselves we lack, there is a fault, or that we feel tired and physically worn out, we won’t ever begin to make the right decisions to fix it. Each of us have within us the desire to feel joy, to be happy and that comes when we feel whole as much physically as emotionally and spiritually.
My father grew up fishing the rivers of Alaska. I remember his stories hiking into places, watching hundreds of salmon making their way up stream, catching dinner, and hiking back out. He kept his old rods from when he was young and in turn would show us how to use them. He explained to us kids that you have to pick the right rod, reel, and hook depending on what you are trying to catch. Like fishing, we are multifaceted. In order to be happy and be healthy we have to be aware of and take care of ourselves structurally, chemically, and emotionally.
Emotionally: How do you feel? When you pause and sit in the silence are you okay with who you are and what you are doing? How do you feel about your life? It’s direction? The relationships you hold?
There is power to our emotions. They can fuel our energies and drive us to create and achieve great things, or they can sap us dry and leave us physically and chemically exhausted.
So how do you feel? Are you willing to answer that question? I have to warn you the answer may be difficult to swallow and it may result in nothing being the same again, but in order to find joy and happiness, the question needs to be asked.
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