Doctors have trained us well. In medical practice today, every body function has its own specialty: Cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, podiatry, otology, ophthalmology, and on and on.
Doctors who treat the whole body–wholistic treatment, if you will–earn less income and less esteem. Internists, family practice doctors and general practitioners do the heavy lifting of trying to get all our parts going in the same direction, but the acclaim goes to the specialties.
We need to rethink this.
Our bodies aren’t a bunch of independent systems, but one system of integrated parts that works and works and works to stay in some kind of balance. Treating just one problem sends your body into a frenzy of activity, trying to make everything even-steven again. Even if you end up in a ditch.
A body is only as healthy as its lowest link.
I’m caught short time and again by people with endocrine problems who lose interest when I mention the need to support the whole body–with our daily schedule, nutritional supplements, avoiding health-harmful things around us, etc.–in order to raise the endocrine system to health.
Ho, boy! It’s kinda like talking to a teenager about some of their choices. Or maybe like talking to a wall.
At least 50% of us have endocrine problems–frequently undiagnosed–so that’s a whole lot of feeling bad.
But these people know what they know, and what they know is that somewhere out there, kept hidden by evil forces, is a magic bullet that will cure everything that ails them. I have to tell you, after more than thirty years of reading, studying, and working to make my endocrine system see the error of its ways, I’d be the first one to shout from the mountaintop about the long-sought magic bullet–if there were one. Which there isn’t.
And it wouldn’t work if there were. Our bodies would immediately go into balance mode. We might not end up in a good place, but everything would sure enough be level.
Here’s the problem. Bullets, even magic bullets, have specific targets. But we need a general fix.
If a magic bullet raced in to fix the endocrine system and save the day, the body would respond by leaping into action to balance everything out. Our endocrine system’s moment in the sun would be brief indeed.
A healthy endocrine system can’t exist in an unhealthy body.
The goal, then, has to be a healthy endocrine system in a healthy body.
Because that’s the only way it can work. It’s what got me out of the ditch.
Every part of my endocrine system got whacked, and it became a poster-child of dysfunction. While I started Armour thyroid early on, life didn’t get better until I worked on the rest of me.
I’m no longer tired all the time. I’m awake and alert all day, and when it’s time to go to bed, I sleep all night. My brain holds onto thoughts for more than five milliseconds. Headaches are a thing of the past. I don’t get colds or the flu. My hair stays in my scalp, not in the shower drain. I no longer look like death struck by a brick. Life is better than I thought it could be.
In the end, our health doesn’t require a magic bullet. Just knowledge, which I’m happy to supply, and determination, which is up to you.