I am the biggest pain in the butt I know. My medical doctor, veterinarian, and dentist would agree. It’s not that I’m rude or disrespectful to them. It’s that, unlike the majority of the people they deal with, I ask questions. Questions like: Why are you prescribing my cat an antibiotic when she only has a viral infection? Why do you believe my father should take heart meds, when all of your diagnostic tests show that his heart is as healthy as can be? Can I have the slinky instead of another toothbrush, please?
As warranted as my questions are, they (the serious ones) are often met with defensiveness and sometimes, even ridicule. Shouldn’t this inquiry be welcomed? It seems that critical thinking is only appreciated in theory. When we actually seek out to make an informed decision about our health, we are made to feel like big, stupid, pains in the butt.
The problem stems from our society’s over-reliance in allopathy, which by principle, aims to cure dis-ease by working against the body’s natural responses to illness. By working against the symptoms we ignore the physiological purpose of that symptom and make it harder for innate healing to occur. Out of this allopathic bias comes the belief that our bodies require medicinal intervention in order to heal effectively. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes intervention is necessary, but not near as often as it is used in our society.
Your body is smarter than most doctors understand. It is designed to function optimally, and will always strive to maintain homeostasis. It is equipped with billions of years of evolutionary intelligence, and knows how to respond to viruses all on its own. Still, we are made to fear our bodies’ responses to illness as if it’s something to fight against. We believe that we know nothing about our bodies, that our doctors know everything, and that we should leave our health-decisions up to the professionals because they know what’s best for us. The responsibility for health, or lack of it, is shifted from patient to doctor. And when you give-up responsibility for your health, you give up control of your health. When you give up control of your health, you become a victim; a victim to your genetics and to the supposed inescapability of chronic dis-ease; a victim to a drug’s side effects, to vaccine injury or just to poor advice. If you want to be well you need to be your own advocate. Ask questions, educate yourself, and take back responsibility for your health. You know your body best. Steer clear of anyone who tries to convince you otherwise.
Learn to listen to your body. Symptoms are not something to be feared and fought against. They are the physical expression of your inner state. Allow your body to be your Universal antenna and be receptive to what it’s trying to tell you. What is it that you need to know?
Avoid toxins: substances that hinder the communicative power of your body. We are so saturated with toxins most of the time that we don’t even know when we’re hungry or full. We get to such a chronic state of discomfort that we don’t even notice the pains in our body anymore. Your body is an amazing healing machine; nourish it well, treat it lovingly and make it easy as you can for it to do what it’s meant to.
Trust yourself and your common sense. Use critical thinking and intuition as your guiding forces to keep you well. Educate yourself about the many wellness options that are available. Holistic therapies work with your body, instead of against it, allowing you to heal at maximum capacity.
More and more people are starting to ask questions and take a more active role in their wellness decisions. It’s going to take a while until the status quo is changed, but until then, I’m okay with being the weirdo. If asking questions and wanting to make an informed decision makes me a quack, then call me a duck. At least I got a slinky out of it.