Allow me to start off by saying this blog is coming straight from my heart, or maybe the gut. I am attempting to put things in perspective. This is what I see. Yesterday I received some results from my lab work that literally shocked me. Either this Physicians Assistant saved my life or she had no idea what she was talking about. I sat there, and I asked her, “do you know what you’re talking about? Are you thyroid literate? because most docs aren’t” As she continued to brief me on a potentially life threatening condition I was very close to experiencing. My greatest fear is ” Maybe I will crash. “ But consider this, as one friend told me “Maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll feel fine.” Something I hadn’t considered. I didn’t trust her because it was Western Medicine. However, she quite literally saved my life.
In the natural healing world we have become what we didn’t like from the other side. Close minded. Who have I become? Hear me out. I think there is a place for both, and it is up to us to become our own advocates and remember that medicine is not always an exact science. sometimes it is. Sometimes it’s intuitive, and often an educated guess. I’m glad I paid attention, with some help from trusted friends and medical professionals, because I didn’t believe, based on my own prejudice. How do we judge each other?
Given the nature of my work, this example is food related:
Should we all be vegan? I don’t know know. I can’t answer for anyone else. However, I do know this from my conversations with my Native American friends, who are leaders in their community; what your ancestors ate, and what is grown near you can seriously impact health for the good. Prickly Pear jam eaten regularly lowers blood sugar for Native Americans; not strawberry or other sugar laden jams from the store, but the foods of the ancestors. The plants nearby, prepared in the old way. Diabetes is a huge problem in the Native American community. We would benefit if we followed their wisdom. They also eat meat, bison, elk and the foods of their ancestors. Not what we have in the supermarket; or what is prescribed by the white man, but what is shared between the tribe in the way it has been for centuries. It’s not a debate, they follow and trust the wisdom of their people, period. I respect that. Who are we to say? Would we tell them what/how they and their ancestors ate is cruel? If we are to say we respect their ways then that mean this too. They are so much wiser than the white man, and we can really learn something here. We must not be judge and jury to each other. We try to make conscious choices . We do our best. This means me, you.
Pikuach Nefesh Saving a life. The Wikipedia version describes a principle in Jewish Law:
” The preservation of life overrides virtually every other religious rule.”
Even in Ayurveda, exceptions are made. In Chinese Medicine, meat is often medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I see the arguments on both sides, they both have merit. This blog post isn’t even about the meat or no meat debate.
We must be willing to go against the grain, ( pun intended) to save our own lives; and understand that conventional wisdom, is well, conventional. We are deeply conditioned by both sides, and we aren’t even aware of it.
Ideally both sides would listen and learn from each other, and what a perfect scenario that would be for healing. I think in some ways the gap is closing, we cant ignore each other forever. We must accept the fact that even the holistic world has become homogenized.
My other labs came back with an amazing high HDL. What was different?
I did what is not generally accepted in the functional medicine world for people with my autoimmune disease. I ate oatmeal, a grain. Gluten Free oatmeal. My body wanted it, and I listened. How did I know that didn’t contribute to my good numbers? We treat one thing , and possibly disregard another. Which of these paths do we trust? And can we trust our own bodies to guide us? How silly we humans are. I think we would do well to prepare ourselves for the possibility that the God given wisdom of our bodies, along with Western and Natural medicine may not be such a bad thing if we are willing to listen, and hopefully they are willing to learn from each other. I often hear people say, “don’t go to the doctor, you can heal this your self. ” I say ” If your child needed surgery would you give them some broccoli and hope it goes away?” No, you would save their life. Food, and working with healing foods has been my lifelong work and calling, and we can find a place where both live happily. Eat whole foods, and know your own body. Stay open to all possibilities. I learned something important. someone unexpected may just save your life. I’ll go with that.
Always from and with love, Laurel