Well, my radio show has been up and running for the past month and a half. I have already learned so much from the experience. The thing that most stands out to me is that there are so many health care options out there. This is a hard mindset to overcome, when we are conditioned to thinking that conventional medicine is the only one out there. In addition to there being many viable complementary options, there are so many other whole medical models for us to choose from. The question then becomes, if what I am doing isn't working, why should I settle when it comes to my health?
This isn't to say that conventional medicine doesn’t have it benefits. When looking at emergency care, necessary surgery and diagnostics, it is unparallel. If you feel like your condition is being well managed, then this discussion is not aimed at you. Many people, especially those living with chronic illness can benefit from looking at complementary and alternative therapies. If your current health program leaves something to be desired, I would urge you to see what other options are out there. Many people are suffering needlessly because they aren't aware of what other therapies have to offer them.
All practitioners have different tools in their tool bag. They have their approach, their principals of healing and within that model; they have the tools of their trade. This is a really important point to grasp; Doctors need to be seen with the same light. They too, have a model from which they work from. They also have many different tools than those used by Naturopathic Doctors, Chiropractors or Doctors of Traditional Chinese medicine, to name only a few examples. Listen to your body, what does it need? If you are settling because you feel there are no other options, you need to do some research. In conjunction with finding the right health provider, you also need to recognize your part in the health care partnership. What do you need to do in terms of your own self care? Chronic issues need daily management, what tools can you learn and implement to ease your symptoms and suffering?
In the end, it is about finding the right fit and that may require you to utilize the skills of many different health care professionals. Remember to be open and honest with your doctor to avoid any conflicting treatments. You don’t want things to work against one another or in the worst case cause harm. If you want to seek out an alternative therapy, do your research. Look at their view of healing and the tools they use to accomplish that. Also find a practitioner who has appropriate credentials for their field. Asking your doctor for referrals is also a good way to make sure that the professionals are well qualified. And as always, spend some time in solitude, and ask yourself, does this treatment feel right for you?
Listen to On Health & Healing Radio, Thursdays from 8-9pm PST on sqr.fm. Angela Levesque and her guests discuss a wide variety of health topics. Upcoming shows: Whole Family Nutrition, Controversial Health Topics, Neurotoxicity and Ayurvedic Medicine.