It seems like everywhere you look nowadays, health and wellness is surfacing. Words like holistic and homeopathic are appearing in conversation throughout most American homes. The organic trend of 2012 has become the holistic trend of 2019. Like the organic movement, there are a handful of people very sold on holistic health. However, a large portion of the population likely associated health and wellness especially regarding holistic health with hippie-dippy people drinking green juices and doing yoga in the park.
While I can’t speak for the hippie-dippy tribe, there are people outside of that tribe who also perceive health and wellness or holistic health as a great alternative to modern medicine. However, the other side of the population tends to have varying levels of reservations about holistic living. My goal is to break down three of the top reservations people have about holistic living and help you better understand health and wellness as a whole.
*Note: All statistics in this blog post are from reputable medical studies and are factually sound in the eyes of science. *
It’s Not Safe.
My personal experience with health and wellness is very black or white. People are either very pro-health and wellness or VERY against it. The most common argument/reservation that I hear against holistic health is that it isn’t safe.
Let’s get right into some data about the leading causes of death in American.
What many people don’t know is that since 2001 the 3rdleading cause of death has become medical errors. Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) and opioid prescriptions may end up on the top ten causes in the next couple of years according to the FDA.
This analysis talks through how the CDC comes to their annual list of most common causes of death in the US. They also provide a more in-depth and comprehensive definition of medical errors.
“Medical error has been defined as an unintended act (either of omission or commission) or one that does not achieve its intended outcome,3 the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended (an error of execution), the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim (an error of planning),4 or a deviation from the process of care that may or may not cause harm to the patient.5”
So maybe you’re wondering what this has to do with holistic health? Well, the point I’m getting at is that modern, western, every day, whatever you prefer to call it isn’t as safe as you think.
My intention isn’t to scare you into living a life full of fear every time you enter a medical office. My intention to redefine holistic health and explain what makes it safe.
Simply put, holistic health is a life of freedom. Dr. Seth and his team at Posture and Spine spend their days playing detective to discover the root cause of the symptoms their patients are experiencing. Every human is a unique person. Holistic health doesn’t believe in a one size fits all answer for health. This is why the team at Posture and Spine (a Wellness Way affiliate) believe in the “test don’t guess” method.
They run as many tests as they can before devising an action plan they implement with the patient. Some of these tests include:
- Food allergy and sensitivity testing
- Gastro-Intestinal testing
- DUTCH Hormone testing
- Blood work panels based on the clinical needs of the patient
The team at Posture and Spine has one main goal no matter who the patient is or what they are experiencing, the goal is to get people functioning in freedom. Their aim is to provide long term solutions that have lasting effects on their patient’s lives. They create integrative wellness care with sustainable long-term tools to help their patients’ bodies work and function together. Which is a really good segway into the second reservation I want to talk about.
It’s A Quick Fix.
By a virtual show of hands, how many people have ever made a resolution in January to watch it fall apart by March? Well, you aren’t alone. It’s a fairly common fate for those pesky New Year resolutions. Most people have a hard time making sustainable life changes so it’s no surprise we want to see a quick turn around when we bring in a professional.
We want to walk out of the office feeling like a new person – however, not only is that a little intense it’s also very unrealistic. Health is like a freight train. Once it starts moving in the wrong direction there is nothing you can quickly do to make it move in the opposite direction. We first have to apply the brakes and bring it to a complete stop before we can start building momentum to move in the opposite direction.
When we talk about healing our bodies in place of bandaging bullet wounds, we have to commit to the process of first stopping the train before we can get it moving in the right direction.
People want to believe that it will only take as long as they have been experiencing symptoms to feel better, but in general, it realistically takes Let’s move to our last reservation to talk about the origin of symptoms and an expected length of time for people to begin to feel and see the difference.
Symptom vs. Function.
So if we’re being honest this probably isn’t phrasing you have ever heard before. I’m referring to the belief that if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms that means your body is working perfectly.
As Dr. Seth himself puts it:
“Symptoms are normally the last thing to surface. There has to be a mechanism preceding the symptom. The simplest and most pertinent example is that of cardiovascular disease. There are four stages and the first 3 stages can be absolutely asymptomatic. Therefore, most people start experiencing or experience a symptom (heart attack) when it is too late.”
This study on heart failure says: “Depending on how severe heart failure is, it may go unnoticed, only cause minor symptoms, or really affect your physical fitness.”
Inflammation is at the root of all degenerative disease, including cardiovascular disease. The best laboratory marker for chronic inflammation is CRP (C-Reactive protein). We see patients every day with extremely alarming CRP levels with zero symptoms.
The problem in treating symptoms is that we all have different thresholds. Some people can handle a lot more before feeling it where are some people can hardly handle any.
Dr. Seth’s favorite way to explain it is by using a cup as an example.
“What makes this even trickier is that everyone’s pain/ symptom thresholds are different. The way I explain this is that we are all born with a different sized water cup. If the cup gets filled, we experience a symptom. Here in lies the issue, certain people are born with a shot glass and others have a jug the size of an old school milk jug.”
This is why using the test don’t guess method is so important because you can feel healthy and not be functioning properly. It’s important to be aware of the size of your own cup so you can proactively be working to correct problems before symptoms occur.
Overall, holistic solutions aren’t something you should be afraid of if anything it’s something to be embraced. Yes, modern medicine does save lives in acute circumstances, but it’s really important to remember that for chronic preventable conditions pharmacological strategies never address and identify the underlying cause of ill-health.
Their number one play is to make money by selling you drugs, but I can tell you with absolute certainty, that the underlying cause of ill-health isn’t a drug deficiency.
Are you ready to start living in freedom?