Having even the slightest understanding of how a body functions and what it takes to nourishes them properly (as we discussed in #3 – Understand Basic Human Physiology and Nutrition) is progress towards loving and protecting your body. But you must also be able to walk into any health care practitioner’s office and make informed decisions.
While navigating your health concerns with your healthcare system, you will at times face some serious questions and need to take the necessary time to research. If you choose to respectively decline their invasive procedures you may have to defend your belief and not buy into fear tactics.
During a typical doctor’s visit, you wait for a good while in the waiting room after the receptionist checks you in. A nurse spends a few quality minutes with you records your health measurements, and she you set up to wait again then you wait again in the exam room. The doctor comes in and quickly finds out what your symptoms are. If they think they might know what is the case, they will order more tests or know of a procedure or medication to propose to help manage the symptoms. Other than that, they may not have much else to offer.
- ask about which are the best foods to eat to help remedy your condition, they couldn’t begin to tell you what’s good for you as an individual or for your particular condition.
- ask questions about safety and efficacy of the intervention, they will give you a little memorized spiel. One size fits all. A practitioner who pharmaceutical-based medical education, gave them little perspective or experience with anything outside their scope.
- say no, not today, they remind you about the worst case scenario speaking directly to your fears.
- you want to try a natural or less invasive approach first – you are made to feel ignorant or neglectful. That’s quackery! Hoo-wee! Hogwash Dangerous thinking.
They may even tell you that there is no proof, no research to back it up. Getting you to doubt your choice. Even, when in fact, there’s quite a bit of evidence. And besides that, not trusting you to know your own body, not respecting that you are listening to your own inner guidance system.
Doctors only spend a couple of minutes with you. Never diving into the underlying cause of the things that ail you. What stresses you out? Or how connected you are to a healthy loving support system.
And then there’s the medicine. Medications are some of the most tricky situation to navigate . If you are paying any attention to what you are putting in your body. Should I take these pills? Should I do the surgery? Should I take the risk at all, in hopes that it make me feel better? And not make things worse? Are the side effects worse than the condition? Is this my only solution?
That’s why you must assume responsibility by be an educated consumer. This is why I believe so strongly in building holistic teams so you are bettered resources and capable of being to love and protecting your body.
Undoubtedly, there is a time and place for certain medical interventions, not to mention those time that we elect to it for voluntary reasons. Regardless, it can be challenging knowing who and what to trust. During times when we need medicine; we absolutely must assume the role of our own advocate. The best way to do that is by being well equipped with the necessary resources.
Here are a few ways you can become a better informed advocate:
Find out what all of your options are. Research the side effects, especially injections. Read labels and look up the ingredients that are in everything you consume. Including your skin care products, cleaning agents, and other potential environmental toxins you are exposed to.
Think long-term plan. How will this impact you 20-60 years from now? For example. If you are deciding whether to get on a prescribed medication, will that drug be taken for a short time – until things are regulated? Or will you need to be on it for the rest of your life? What are it’s side-effects. Are there any complications from having this procedures? Have long-term studies been done?
- Ask Your Health Practitioners Questions
Ask them important questions. Ask them what lifestyle changes will need to take place for your symptoms to improve?
Get second and third opinions. Find people who are experts in a different approach than your conventional doctor. Practitioners who have devoted their careers to healing the whole person and who specialize in an alternative method.
Ask all your practitioners what their personal experience has been with their proposed method. What have they witnessed themselves with the outcomes?
- Speak Up for Yourself
You have choices. There are alternatives. You have the freedom to choose your own path.
The way that many doctors (not all, but many) operate, is they try and make you feel ignorant, doubtful, or neglectful if you do not take their advice. They can make you think that you do not have other options or that you are crazy for thinking otherwise.
For this, you are going to need to trust your gut. Trust your body more than your doctor. Take time to go within and listen. Let what you hear guide you in deciding how to move forward with a treatment plan and know when to say no thank you.
You are going to be with your body, your most loyal companion, for a long time to come, hopefully. So think about how a decision will affect you in your later years. Because that’s when you will have to deal with it the most. Trust me, I work on these issues with my older clients every day.
Being your body’s advocate will require that you research a wide range of materials and find experts you trust. Because of the times we live in, you have to be an educated consumers if we want half a chance at not dying from the side effects of medications or other medical complications. The body has incredible wisdom and capacity to heal itself when given the right medicine.
But above all you will have to trust your body to guide you.
Here’s to living an embodied life!