When it comes to finding the right medical treatment for yourself or a loved one, it seems like everyone has an opinion as to what you should do.
Your chiropractor advises you using muscle testing; your nutritionist puts you on a restricted diet; your doctor tells you to eat whatever you want, but then prescribes four medications for you to take. Your yoga teacher recommends an energy healer, who suggests you see an acupuncturist, who charges you for herbs that should not be taken with the medications your doctor prescribed.
In the end, you may be reduced to sprawling on the sofa, nibbling chocolate bon bons and whining about what you should do. In my opinion (and we all have one), what you need is to take charge of your life and create a workable healing plan.
1. Get a diagnosis: A wise old doctor once told me that the best thing about Western medicine are the many diagnostic tools for finding disease in the body. If the diagnosis is a serious one, consider getting a second opinion.
2. Begin a healing journal: You can create one on your computer or buy a notebook, to record questions, research discoveries, thoughts, emotions, observations, rants and, naturally, opinions. Keep medical and blood test results together to compare progress.
3. Question your doctor: Ask your doctor to outline his recommendations for treatments, medications, any surgery, and amount of time it should take for your body to heal. Record this information in your journal.
4. Research your condition: Once you have a diagnosis, research your health issue from both an allopathic and complimentary medical perspective. Find out if there are effective non-invasive, holistic treatments that have been effective in treating your condition.
5. Speak with others: Communicate with people online and in your community who have the same health issue. Make a note of what kinds of treatments they have done and the results they experienced with those treatments.
6. Research complimentary therapies: Your body is a complex organism that research has shown can benefit from a variety of healing modalities. These include: an organic, vegetarian based diet; energy work, such as Jin Shin Jyutsu, acupuncture or Shiatsu Shin Tai; yoga, meditation and certain body massage (depending on your illness).
7. Assemble a team: Once you have a list of healing modalities and treatments, begin to interview doctors and certified practitioners in these areas and create a team of healers you can trust with your life. It is important that they do not contradict each other, as it will only cause stress and create confusion in your mind.
8. Make your plan: Assemble all the information you have received from your team of practitioners and create a daily schedule of treatments, classes, therapies, supplements, foods, liquids, and rest.
9. Commit: Look over your healing plan and make a serious commitment to following it one hundred percent for one year. According to scientific research, 98 percent of our atoms are replaced each year and these atoms become the molecules that make up our cells, our tissues and our organs.
10. Assess what you can afford: Your finances and/or insurance policy will dictate what you can and cannot afford to do, so begin with one or two therapies and add or subtract as you go along. Your energy and sense of well being will tell you what is working and what is not being effective. Based on your research and expert recommendations you can determine the best possible healing plan for your body.