I’ve been quiet here this year. I’ve been busy with paid writing contracts for other people, plus I’m working on two health related books that I plan to self publish later this year, but the main reason for my silence here is lack of motivation and frustration.
Because of my success “treating” my SPMS, and because I am a degreed Naturopath, a lot of people I come into contact with daily ask me for health related advice. I’m not opposed to giving out free advice. Even my formal clients pay me on a “love offering” basis. That means that I’m willing to help clients for whatever they feel they can afford to give me in return. I’ve consulted with clients for cash, traded services, and even consulted with someone in exchange for yard work and household chores completed by the person’s pre-teen son. I won’t turn anyone away, and I certainly won’t refuse to give suggestions or advice when I’m asked.
But, lately I’ve been approached by people who ask for advice, tell me they are in terrible pain, or are afraid of the possible consequences of their illness, and then tell me that the things I’m suggesting take “too much time,” or are “too much work, ” for them. I put a good deal of thought and effort into helping the people who come to me. I look at each person individually, and try to help them get to the root cause of their health concerns. Every health issue has one or more causes. The human body doesn’t just randomly stop working correctly. Some causes, like deformities, genetic mutations, and biochemical malfunctions may not be correctable by natural means, but when you get down to it, the overwhelming majority of modern health complaints are completely “treatable” and reversible with natural methods. IF you are willing to do the work, and make the changes.
Sure, change is hard. I understand that. I was there. There was a point in time when I couldn’t even go to the grocery store. Heck there was a point in time when I needed my husband’s help to get dressed most mornings. The changes I had to make were more in-depth than simply cutting sugar and fast food from my diet, I didn’t eat those things very often anyway. If I had whined and complained about how difficult the changes were, I would probably need nursing home care by now. That was my neurologists prognosis for me– nursing home care in 6 months to 1 year. That was over 10 years ago. So, when people complain to me that giving up fast food, sugar and artificial “food” in order to improve their health is too hard, I have little sympathy for them. I have done what an entire team of doctors told me was simply impossible– I stopped the progression of my MS, and reversed most of the symptoms. I still have symptoms now and then, but I can hike over 5 miles now, and I average about 10,000 steps every day.
My point? It’s frustrating to me when people ask me to consult with them on a health issue and then turn around and decide that improving their health is too much work, or too hard. Everybody seems to want a quick fix to their health problems. The thing is there ARE no quick fixes. It takes work, it takes dedication, and it takes a commitment to giving your body the materials and time it needs to repair itself. The human body regenerates itself regularly, but it does not happen overnight. It can take several months for healing to occur. In most cases people start seeing results quickly, but some people need more time. You did not become ill overnight. It took years of mistreating your body for the damage to occur, and no matter what your doctor might tell you HEALING takes time. You can’t just pop a pill and make it better. I’m amazed at the number of people who can’t understand that. I spoke to man with Diabetes 2 who takes insulin. He refused to understand that getting blood sugar under control naturally would not happen overnight. He commented to me that the herbs he was taking should work as quickly as the insulin he was injecting. No amount of explaining would convince him otherwise. Another person asked me why he should change his diet to control heart disease, when he could just pop a few pills and fix the problem. I asked him what happens when he stops taking the pills. Of course, he answered that his heart disease will come back. When I tried to explain that the pills only masked the heart disease, they did not cure it, the simply would not listen.
What causes people to expect easy and immediate results when it comes to health? What is it about our modern society that the general population is so disconnected from the needs of their own bodies? Why can’t people see that in order to have good health, they must do things that promote good health? If you put fake “food,” inflammatory agents like sugar and gluten, and toxic things into your body, the body has to spend valuable energy eliminating the offending chemicals, reducing the inflammation and repairing damage caused by the toxins. That is energy that could be spent on maintaining good health.
If you are building a house, are you going to use rotted wood, cracked and broken bricks, and ripped shingles? Will you purposely add termites to your supply of wood? Of course not. So why do so many people insist it’s okay, even healthy to build their body with second and third-rate materials?
Real food heals.