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Root Causes Of Disease
The causes of disease can be interconnected and complex. Very often, however, there are common root networks from which many modern-day chronic health conditions arise.
Healing means looking closely at the soil that surrounds us.
It requires looking at the air, water, sunlight, nutrients, stressors, hormones, chemicals, microbes, thoughts and emotions that our cells bathe in each day.
It requires asking, What are the roots that this condition stems from?
A friend recently shared a video with me depicting three women in a nail salon, bragging about what horrible things they’ve done.
That included eating 13 glazed donuts in a single sitting to “enslaving the entire office” - in the name of their own self-care.
Because, according to the video, “You can be terrible if you call it ‘Self-care’”...
As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine.”
Each bite of food we take can have the effect of moving us toward health or away from illness.
Interestingly, our nutritional requirements will differ depending on our health goals.
A 71-year old woman undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for stage 2 lung cancer will be eating a very different diet than her 24-year old bodybuilding grandson.
Treating fatigue first involves developing a relationship with your healthcare provider: finding someone who takes your concerns seriously.
Conducting a thorough assessment of blood, lifestyle factors, sleep, hormones, digestion, and as many other factors as possible is essential to uncovering the cause of fatigue.
Treatment involves removing obstacles to healing, supporting energy production, balancing lifestyle, and using herbs to boost energy and stress resilience.
For people living with severe depression, starting pharmaceutical treatment can be life-saving, but for those with mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are often shown to be no more effective than a placebo.
And they come at a cost: side effects. Things like nausea, fatigue, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, drowsiness, insomnia, and loss of libido should be weighed heavily.
An integrative approach to treatment means looking at the body and mind across multiple dimensions. Looking at the whole person - mental, emotional, and physical - is the ideal way to achieve optimal health in the long run.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. But when that stress increases or lasts a long time and turns into significant worrying, it can be really uncomfortable.
The good news is that there are natural treatments for anxiety that have been proven to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.
The medical diagnosis that is often used is called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (or GAD for short).
But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you call it. The question is: what can you do about it before turning to medication?