You can be your own doctor, love.
Yes, you heard me right.
You can be your own doctor.
Iím not suggesting that you climb into the stirrups and do your own Pap smear, knock yourself out and take out your own gallbladder, or bail on your chemo. As an MD, I have a great appreciation for medical science and all we have to offer, and we certainly need doctors and other health care practitioners to do their part.
What I am suggesting is that you have way more power to optimize your vitality than you might think – more than any doctor, naturopath, therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist.
While others might help cure something that ails you, we all must do our part. Handing your body, mind, and spirit over to someone else and hoping theyíll juice you up, fix whatís broken, and send you on your merry way just ainít gonna cut it, my dear.
Sure, there are gifted healers out there who can help facilitate the process. But when it comes right down to it, you alone hold the greatest power. If you donít do your part, those of us who are trying to help you are essentially impotent.† Sure, we can throw drugs or supplements at you, cut things out, and recommend lifestyle modifications, but ultimately, youíre the boss. We canít do it without you.
When we get sick – or even when weíre just trying to be more well, many of us seek out the help of healing professionals who can guide us through the process. I am one of those healers. As an atypical integrative medicine physician who was trained as an OB/GYN, Iíve operated on bodies, delivered babies, helped hearts heal, and midwifed women as they rebirth themselves.
But too often we hand over all of our power and fail to recognize the innate self-healing power that lies within us all. Instead, as patients, many of us show up at the doctorís office with what we docs call ďthe chief complaint,Ē and as patients, we hand over our problems with this request:†FIX IT.
No biggie, right?