“For Mother Nature, opinions and predictions donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t count; surviving is what matters.”
~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder”
You are unique.
Obvious? Perhaps. But also crucial when it comes to your health.
Unfortunately, it is this uniqueness that is often overlooked in the practice of medicine. Many, if not most doctors use a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Even the more caring and attentive ones will only make small adjustments in the standard approach to try and accommodate your individual needs.
I’m sorry, but this just isn’t good enough. Health care that doesn’t put the patient first falls far short of what’s possible. And it is far too self-serving. And health care that ignores individual differences is just lazy.
Modern medicine is like the Greek myth of Procrustes. He invited people to sleep on his iron bed. The only condition was that they had to fit it exactly. If they were too short, he would stretch them until they fit. If they were too long, he would cut off legs to size.
Yeah, I know. Pretty gruesome.
But how is this any different than the common practice of medicine? The “have this problem, take this pill” approach ignores the patient. By focusing on the symptom, the person is ignored. Medicine calls this “standard treatment.” I call it assembly line medicine. It would be great if they were making cars. But when they are treating people, it is very wrong.
Are you just a symptom? Of course not. Like I said, you are unique. And your responses to any treatment will be unique.
Of course there are certain things that will help almost anyone. Eating whole, fresh food for example. Getting enough exercise. Getting enough sleep. The obvious stuff.
But when it comes to putting foreign substances in your body, caution is in order. And all drugs are foreign to the body. So is radiation. And surgery.
Don’t get me wrong. If you break your arm, get it fixed. If you have a life-threatening illness, take the radiation or surgery.
But for anything else, there is a much better approach.
So what do you do? What is the bottom line for your health? Here is a quick summary:
- Real health is the ability to bounce back and even get stronger in the face of stress.
- Accept that your choices affect your health.
- Listen to your body before you listen to anyone else.
- Often, doing less gives you more results.
- Make little adjustments to avoid big problems.
If I distill the above down to one idea, it is this:
Your body is smarter than you are.
And along with this, remember that your body is smarter than any doctor. Learn how to work with it, not against it.
This is my approach in working with patients. I call it my “secret weapon” for health. Right now I am taking a limited number of new patients. If you want to see real improvement in your quality of life and your health, contact me.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,