In a world where so many people seem to prefer being spoon fed their health by trusting all doctors, I am a fork. I am mostly interested in making myself feel fine. I ask questions. I notice how my body responds. Most doctors are also trying to make me feel better, but they don't want to talk about the decision. Their strength lies in a prognosis and prescription. It took me getting recurrent sinus problems and being shot repeatedly with steroids to begin my journey of choice. This was "back in the day' before the internet. It wasn't easy to find information, never mind I was teaching school and raising two children. So to make a visit to the library in hopes of finding such information really wasn't on "the list". And I really didn't need research or a specialist degree to recognize that I gained 6 pounds every time this scenario played out.
When I mentioned my weight gain and steroid association to the doctors, I was corrected, ridiculed, ignored and even tricked. I had learned enough to pick out shots that had a steroid by the name. Even though I told them not to give me a steroid, they did. How did I know? Oh, the symptoms were easy to pick out. I couldn't sleep (mind you I went because I was sick, so this detail is miserable enough), and I gained more weight. There was an alternative medicine doctor in town who allowed me to look up the name and yes, it did have a steroid in it. I called the office and told them to destroy my records as I wouldn't be needing their services any more.
Flash forward, and we find that it is now common knowledge to gain weight from steroids. I have finally been able to verbalize the difference between going to the doctor and the practice of healing the body. A doctor may give you something to treat the symptoms that you express. You may heal or you may just cover up the symptoms. That doesn't make the doctor a healer. A doctor treats the symptoms. To heal you may need to use nutrition and or change your life style.
The body wants to heal and can be a powerful machine, given support. It really is your choice. Doctors are not trained in nutrition to support the body to heal. Most are classically trained to diagnose and treat. It is what it is. You can't know what you don't know. So it's not the doctor's fault they don't know nutrition. They didn't have time to go find the research on nutrition while studying what they were told to study. I have to say that in my newest research to help my mother heal from cancer, I am finding that these studies do exist and there are doctors who have learned about healing. Some date back to the 1940's. If your interested in how nutrition can help you, watch these movies on Netflix, "Food Matters" and "Forks Over Knives". Next week I'll be taking one more step towards my own healing by following the "Hot Belly Diet", a book using Ayurveda medicine. The "medicine" is food. This way of eating will reset my metabolism and help heal the digestion problems that have caused a thyroid issue. It can also turn back diabetes. Both illnesses caused by the digestion system. The doctor could give me a way to manage the body symptoms. Or I can choose to change my diet, modify life patterns and cure the problem. Again, choice.