What does good health mean to you?
For me, an important component of good health is that my body is able to communicate with me. That it is able to alert me when it is out of balance. And that I am healthy enough and aware enough to notice the signals.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1996; I now consider Fibromyalgia a distant memory in my health history. For the first several years after my diagnosis, my rheumatologist ordered a host of medical tests to rule out other diseases. When nothing else turned up, she continued to monitor my condition and my progress.
Early on in my treatment, I tried a few of the pharmaceutical drugs/medications she prescribed. I also paid close attention to how I felt after I started taking any one drug. I noticed that quieting one symptom, usually led to another one popping up right behind it, and the need for another drug to treat the new symptom. I had a sense the spiral would never end.
I rather quickly stopped taking the prescription drugs, and began taking supplements and employing other alternative treatments that supported improving health. I continued to research my condition, and undergo testing to determine possible cause(s).
I was determined to get to the root cause of my experience. As I relentlessly researched possible causes related to my diagnosis, I discovered a host of alternative testing methods that most traditional doctors don’t employ. I also discovered that most of these alternative testing methods are much more sensitive than traditional blood tests, and can actually more accurately reflect what is really going on in the body. Unfortunately insurance usually doesn’t cover these alternative tests.
Fortunately, my rheumatologist was a great listener, and was very open to hearing about the alternative treatments I was discovering. Initially I used her as a sounding board and brought in articles I was finding to get an opinion, and get a sense if what I was reading about might actually harm me in some way.
Pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money on drugs. Our allopathic medical model encourages us to apply those artificially manufactured pharmaceuticals to treat symptoms, quickly.
I also intuitively felt (and still feel) that most pharmaceutical drugs interrupt your body’s communication systems. Symptoms are actually your body’s way of letting you know there’s something out of balance.
I’m not saying that all drugs are bad, there are times where pharmaceutical drugs can truly be life saving. However, if you start paying attention to advertising, research, product labels and drug warnings, many of our current pharmaceutical drugs can create side effects that are equal to or worse than the symptoms they are “designed” to reverse or minimize.
I’m encouraged by an increasing number of physicians practicing alternative, integrative and holistic medicine. Even more alternative health treatments are becoming readily acceptable and available. Along my journey, I’ve tried several, and many have helped me greatly.
If this is an area of interest to you, please visit my website at http://healthylivingblogonline.com for more discussion on alternative health. I also talk a little about what I’ve discovered, and things that have helped me on my journey for healthier living.
May you enjoy a long and healthy life,