How should you choose your path to health?
One question I often found myself pondering is: "Which avenue do I take for this particular problem?" I have experience in holistic or alternative modalities such as BodyTalk and Reiki, as well as experience in care such as Personal Training. I also am lucky enough to work in an environment where I am surrounded by practitioners of all kinds. My family doctor is also very respectful of alternative medicine, and always likes to hear my opinion. One piece of advice I used to always give my clients is "do what's right for you!", but how does one really know what is right for them? It always comes down to your belief systems. If you aren't sure of what they are, I encourage you to do some inner work to find out!
I'm finding lately, especially on social media, people are shaming people for there opinions. As long as your opinion isn't intentionally harming another, then you are damn well entitled to your opinion! Even within my own family, if I choose to make broth to cure a cold, rather than pump myself full of cold medication, I'm getting questioned or laughed at. The problem I am finding is that so many pharmaceuticals offer a quick fix, instant results, and people make no mind to the potential short and long term side effects. Or worse, they aren't looking at the root cause of the problem in the first place. I am definitely guilty of sometimes wanting the quick fix. It's a lot easier to take an Ibuprofen to cure a headache than it is to do all the inner work. But is it? If I stay on top of my inner work and healing, would I have even got that headache in the first place? What is my body really trying to tell me? Am I dehydrated? Hungry? Overtired?
I have done a lot of meditating on what my core beliefs and values are. I want to treat my body right, so that it takes care of me in to a ripe old age. Now I want to make myself VERY clear. I am NOT against any particular type of medicine. I still firmly believe that every modality has a place and a purpose. I still get vaccinated, I get my blood checked, go for my annual physicals, and get my PAP smears done (sorry guys haha). Like I always say, if I get in a car accident and my guts are split across the Deerfoot, please take me to a hospital to have my parts sewn back together! But when it comes to more preventative medicine, I will almost always choose homeopathic, natural, alternative or energy medicine. When I got a cold, I used herbal tincture, epsom salt baths, and acupuncture. When I get stressed out, I do Reiki, stress journals, and again, baths. When I hurt myself, I do BodyTalk Fast Aid, and seek osteopathic care. Now, that all being said, That's me. Those are my choices that work for my body. I am not you, and you are not me. So I cannot stress ENOUGH that everyone should make their own choices! However, when I experienced a ridiculously severe flu back in December, I knew I needed some helpful intervention and ended up in the lovely emergency room of the South Health Campus Hospital.
It is so easy to trust the authority figures. We listen to our doctors, we listen to our veterinarians (it's not as random as it sounds- check out the live video I posted earlier on today, here!). Hell some of you may even listen to me! What I want to stress is I don't want anyone blindly doing what people say, just because they say so. They are following their own belief systems, what they've been taught, and more than likely, what works for them. My dad once told me "always question the man". And any healthcare provider that you are seeking information from, is the man. Question, question, question! My better half is seeking treatment right now for various health concerns, and I'll tell you right now it's not from any of the modalities that I offer. Do I shame him for that? Absolutely not. It's what works for him, and lines up with his belief systems. He is happy, healthy, and on the Crooked Path to recovery!
I encourage you all to really think about what is important to you. If you are fascinated by medicine, and the technological advances that modern medicine has made, then you keep on pursuing that! Don't let anyone stop you. If you fantasize about creating a new recipe from your vegan cook book at the end of the day to help cure the headache or tension you have built up over the week, then you keep on cooking. If you seek treatment from a naturopathic doctor, or a conventional doctor, go get 'em tiger. Your beliefs are your own, and don't you dare apologize for them. If your course of action works for you and lines up with your beliefs, then I encourage you to continue.
I was so happy to have an amazing experience with a holistic veterinarian, someone who appreciates my values and beliefs, and allows me to nurture Scout the best way I know how!
If you have stories to share, questions, or comments, please don't hesitate to message me!
Until next time,
(P.S. the picture below is Scout's usual position when I do BodyTalk sessions. The girl just loves it!)