I recently met Tom at a networking event. He told me he had Crohn’s Disease, but quickly said not to worry, “I am as healthy as an ox! I take two tiny little pills everyday, eat whatever I want and haven’t had a problem for 5 years.”
I got it. Well, kind of. Though I took an array of pharmaceuticals back in the days when chronic symptoms, low energy and a sick body defined my life, I did not feel, “as healthy as an ox.” Rather, I looked and felt sick, tired and old, though I was a young woman.
So I set out to find answers for why I looked and felt so poorly, while so many others I knew dealt with health problems and took medications just like me, but seemed A-Okay like Tom.
It was mind-boggling and frustrating.
What I discovered felt revolutionary!
I discovered that even if the pharmaceuticals we take provide relief, the chronic symptoms and disease we live with does not stopped progressing, inflammatory foods still cause inflammation and wreak havoc in our body… and the “two little pills,” have us all thinking we are healthy and can eat whatever we like, while our body continues to decline.
The medications stop outward symptoms.
No more pain.
No more inconvenience.
No more concern.
No more reason left to do what it takes to create the changes necessary to heal the body and create vibrant health.
And herein lies the crux of the problem…
Change only happens if it’s a must, NOT a should.
Here’s what I mean, my client Nicole felt poorly, like I did early on, even though she took prescription medications. She suffered from Diabetes and previously with Hodgkins Lymphoma. With two little children at home, healing was a must for her, it was not simply I should. Her leverage for change was her children.
So in spite of her doctors recommendation not to take on a take on a healthy eating program, she chose to do it anyway, of course on the promise that she check her insulin levels everyday, and stay in close contact with me and her doctor.
Within 3 weeks of eating a clean, whole, unprocessed foods diet, Nicole reduced her insulin by 75%.
But Nicole was still on medication, and prescription medications not only mask the pain, inconvenience and concern typically needed to change to healthy lifestyle choices, they cause nutritional deficiencies in the body too. For example,
The top subscribed medication, Synthroid (Levothyroxine), recommended for hypothyroidism, interferes with calcium, with deficiencies leading to osteoporosis, muscle spasms, memory loss, PMS, obesity and increased risk for diabetes.
Crestor, a statin drug prescribed to lower cholesterol and fats (triglycerides) in the blood, also depletes coenzyme Q10, an essential antioxidant needed for energy production, and heart, nervous system, muscle and brain support.
This is a serious problem.
To boot, mainstream medical doctors receive only 20 hours of nutrition education. They are at a loss on what do beyond prescribing medication, since their training has been largely shaped by pharmaceutical companies with very little education on nutrition..
Add the impact of the fast-paced, high-stress modern lifestyle, Fast Food Nation and the ginormous success from marketing addictive foods as ‘healthy foods’ choices, it’s no wonder chronic disease and the need for pharmaceutical medications are on the rise.
But here’s what you can do to get out of the looping of taking pharmaceutical drugs,
- Most important, learn to better understand that cravings and symptoms are your body’s way of saying it is imbalanced, that prescription medication is only masking the problem, and that you can heal your body with healthy lifestyle choices.
- Incorporate what I recommend to all my 1:1 clients when we first start working together, the Wholly Trinity: include a green juice, a green smoothie and a meal-sized green salad everyday. This recommendation provides you with a triple-whammy of the most nutrient dense foods pound for pound, leafy greens.
- If you feel overwhelmed initially, be patient with yourself and the process. Simply lean into it. With every effort you extend, getting healthy will get easier.
If you know you're ready to get healthy, click here to schedule a free call with me. I can guide you, as I did Nicole and my other clients, to healing your body and feeling energized and vibrant again. If you know your ready to dive right in, grab my new 1:1 Mini Program, More Energy Now. We can get started as soon as tomorrow!
(Disclaimer: If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.)