At age 31 with 2 small children, I had a very close friend with very different beliefs about health and wellness. While I was proud of my selection of pediatricians (a teaching M.D. at Mt. Sinai in New York), she was proud of rubbing garlic on her baby’s feet! Now this and many other idiosyncrasies led to a great deal of laughter over dinner with friends and I am ashamed to admit that it was at her expense. The irony of it all is that I am now very much at the place she was – doing unusual things to promote health, trusting my immune system to kick in and take care of me and rarely having any health issues.
The journey from antagonism (toward natural health methods) to confidence began at 31 and culminated in my entering a doctoral program in holistic nutrition at age 41. That is NINE years!
Much of those nine years were spent in a state of hope mixed with fear and confusion as it relates to health issues. I call this the DMZ of health care. You are not firmly in the alternative or natural camp and you are not firmly in the conventional Western medicine camp. This is the worst place to be because you spend money and time in both places and you live in constant fear and confusion over whether you are doing the right thing.
So, how did I find my way out? I took a look at the people in my life who were confident about their health and followed them. I spent a great deal of my time reading, talking to others and thinking through decisions – especially around those critical decisions we make about our kids. I chose to give up guilt for Lent and permanently… and those relationships that relied on guilt or intimidation for motivation. Finally, I chose to trust my own body and the amazing design of the creator.
Stay tuned for more of the story….