I meet people on a daily basis who aren’t reaching their wellness goals, even though they’re following a program. Many of these people still have unresolved health complaints and continue to search for answers, feeling like they’re on an endless health cycle of trial and error.
That’s because medical treatments tend to focus on the diagnosis – managing symptoms only and depending heavily on drugs and surgery. The key to getting out of disease management is to identify healing opportunities in the body and address the underlying cause.
When you apply wellness principles to your life, it gives you the opportunity to overcome obstacles and creatively work toward resolving your health complaints.
We as a society are facing unprecedented levels of health problems. What do the following have in common?
- Foggy thinking
- Low sex drive
- Excessive weight
They are all symptoms.
Symptoms Are The Result Of The Problem
Many times the blood work looks absolutely normal. The health system essentially tells you your illness is all in your head.
One of my mentors, Reed Davis says, “ Symptoms are not the problem; they are the result of the problem.”
Headaches are not an aspirin deficiency.
Fatigue is not a caffeine deficiency.
Sleeplessness is not an Ambien deficiency.
Those are all symptoms of a bigger problem, being covered up by some “solution”.
Do you get my drift?
And solutions like diet and exercise are not always enough. Although diet is critical, you may have chronic health complaints and still eat healthy real food. You may also be fit and unhealthy at the same time.
The Cycle of Trial and Error
Finding a real solution isn’t that easy. There’s an overwhelming amount of information available which often keeps you in a health cycle of trial and error.
There are endless numbers of providers with every kind of therapy, remedy, and modality.
Hormones, digestion, and detoxification programs work for some people some of the time.
Doctor visits often lead to drugs and surgery.
And if you’re not careful, you will find the very same thing when you enter into the natural health arena.
It’s the same thing.
It looks a little different, but it’s still the same story with diet, exercise, and supplements.
There’s a gap that needs to be filled. You need a way to end this cycle of trial and error.
Ending the Cycle of Trial and Error
Here’s the truth…
Chasing the symptoms will never reveal the root of the illness. The gap is found by identifying healing opportunities in the body, shifting lifestyles so the body begins to function optimally, uncovering hidden stressors, and providing the body what it needs to get rid of the stressors.
You need a step-by-step assessment that allows you to identify underlying conditions. You need a method of correlating test results with your health concerns. And you need a therapeutic protocol that is proven, professional, and potent to help you improve your health instead of just treating the symptoms.
Someone like me can help you stop this cycle of trial and error. The first step is to reach out and schedule a discovery call.
Stop Treating Symptoms
So how do you stop treating symptoms and get to the underlying cause of disease?
It takes a different perspective to understand what your body needs to be in balance.
The medical model overlooks things because your blood work looks normal. But, that doesn’t mean they’re right.
Functional lab tests actually identify malfunctions on a pre-disease level within your hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy production, and nervous systems.
So to stop treating symptoms, you need to figure out why your body is diseased.
Lifestyle Changes and Behavior Modifications
After you identify the disease and stop treating the symptoms, you may need to make some lifestyle changes and behavior modifications. When you commit to these changes that support the body’s innate ability to heal, you’ll break and end the cycle of trial and error.
Each change or modification needed is going to entirely depend on the individual.
Where You Need to Focus Your Attention to End the Health Cycle of Trial and Error
To truly end the health cycle of trial and error, you must focus your attention on these areas:
- Sleep hygiene
- Stress reduction
- Toxin Removal
The most important and timely thing you need to focus on is your stress.
Chronic stress leads to chaos in the body. When you think about stress, many of you are likely thinking about it from an emotional standpoint, but that’s not the only way stress impacts us.
Stress is any influence – internal or external– that causes or leads to malfunction.
Stress is the number one contributor to all disease. I want you to remember… It’s not always mental and emotional stress that is the driver behind disease; there may be physical stressors too. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you don’t have emotional stress, you aren’t stressed.
Any kind of stress leads to a state of dysfunction and will eventually cause disease. When the body is in a weakened state and is left unchecked, treating symptoms only leads to a worsened disease state. Symptoms may be far removed from the actual stressors. The problem is, the stressors are still extreme if you never address those when working to heal your body. This is why so many people end up on this endless cycle of trial and error.
There are different types of stress you can experience:
- Mental and emotional stress
- Physical or biochemical stress
- Chemical and functional stress
Mental and Emotional Stress
Mental and emotional stress includes fear, worry, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, lack of purpose, and bad attitude. It’s stress that we create or our environment pressures us into.
Physical or Biochemical Stress
Physical or biochemical stress comes from physical trauma that accumulates over time and can manifest any time or any place. These are physical traumas in the body. Examples include fractures, muscle injury or weakness, nerve compression, repetitive injuries, intense and prolonged exercise, poor posture, and accidents.
Chemical and Functional Stress
There is also chemical and functional stress. These are often hidden stressors that may require further investigation and often appear with hormone imbalance, allergies, autoimmunity, inflammatory foods, gut pathogens or infections, pesticides, prescription meds, sleep deprivation, radiation, alcohol use, and blood sugar dysregulation.
Resolving Stressors and Symptoms
Symptoms simply signal that something is wrong. No symptom is normal. Symptoms may go away or decrease with surgeries and medication, but they often come back with a vengeance. When you do not address the underlying cause of disease and these stressors remain unresolved, they’ll cascade into other areas of the body causing serious dysfunction and lead to further disease and more symptoms.
This is why so many times one disease process leads to another and another and another.
Reframing Your Definition of Health
There is no one-size-fits-all definition of health. It’s up to you to reframe and decide what health looks like to you.
Playing with the kids or grandkids?
Having more energy and drive to get your job done (and maybe even get a raise)?
Getting rid of excess weight that won’t seem to come off?
Being able to eat without experiencing gas, bloating, pain?
Living without chronic pain?
As you decide what being healthy looks like to you, engrain these 7 facts about your health:
- The body can usually heal itself when given the opportunity to do so.
- Natural therapies assist the body in building health and have worked on thousands of others just like you.
- You must fill the gap and get out of the cycle of trial and error.
- There are general health building skills that can outperform specific treatments and medical therapies every time, especially when it comes to chronic health conditions.
- The right person can help you understand which labs and natural protocols are proven to help you resolve your chaos.
- All you need is a simple step-by-step approach that is easy to follow.
- You could do it alone but hiring a mentor is more effective and efficient when it comes to your time, money, and stress levels
When you identify healing opportunities in the body, you will improve your everyday function. When the body returns to this improved state of function, disease states are often removed and health is restored. Symptoms disappear. Complaints are often permanently resolved. If you need support, I’m here to help you reclaim your health.
Case Study: Stopping the Cycle of Trial and Error with Thyroid Issues
I’ll leave you with a client example so you can see how I help individuals just like you stop the health cycle of trial and error in its tracks.
Tina is a thyroid client. She was experiencing weight gain, low energy, fatigue, cold hands and feet, dry skin, hair loss, brain fog, poor sleep, muscle aches, constipation, swelling ankles, and depression.
Standard medicine gave her a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Her test revealed a low thyroid output. Her doctors prescribed medications to bring the patient back into range. They monitored results and titrated the dosage accordingly.
But her symptoms kept coming back. And then new ones appeared every time. They repeated the dose lowering process over and over. This is an old paradigm that needs to stop.
Standard diagnoses are based on a cluster of symptoms. The disease process is called hypothyroidism. Yes, they did confirm the diagnosis by running tests. Hypothyroidism is typically considered an idiopathic diagnosis (i.e. it has an unknown origin of cause).
When we accept the term idiopathic, this leads to treating “test results” – not the person.
It also means that autoimmune conditions are typically not considered when addressing a patient with thyroid concerns. Here’s the problem… There could be dysfunction in any area in the body that leads to thyroid dysfunction.
- Iodine or tyrosine deficiencies or underlying autoimmune conditions
- Hypothalamus or pituitary dysfunction – which may involve the immune system, chemicals, and/or hormones
- A congested liver can cause binding and conversion issues
- Some clients even have gut dysfunction – which leads to thyroid dysfunction
In all these cases, the symptoms are the same.
The symptoms are not the problem. They are the result of the problem.
The best news is we only took 3 steps to solve Tina’s problem:
- Assess underlying conditions though functional lab tests to look for healing opportunities and malfunctions in the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy production, and nervous systems
- Customize a plan based on nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, toxin removal, and supplements specific to her needs
- Remove mental emotional roadblocks to success
And that’s what a success story looks like.
The end result? Tina is symptom free, medication free, has more energy to enjoy her family, got rid of brain fog and fatigue, increased productivity, and even received a promotion. She now:
- Sleeps through the night without sleeping pills
- Confidently walks the halls because she is losing the excess weight
- Moves around more freely because she doesn’t have muscle aches, pain, or swollen ankles anymore
- Enjoys her life more now that the dark cloud has lifted from above her head
That’s the difference in addressing the cause, instead of accepting that a pill is the answer for a specific disease process.
This is what it looks like to get off the cycle of trial and error.
Tina said she would have invested in herself years ago if she realized it would have brought her this much freedom.
You can have this same freedom. Learn how I help professionals just like you and Tina reclaim their health victoriously.