People who manipulate the body, whether by an Osteopath (DO—similar to an MD) or a Chiropractor, are immersed in the body’s own ability to heal itself.
Readers of my book and blog know very well that my family uses Integrative medicine for both managing chronic ailments, and natural techniques (such as diet changes, sleep hygiene, exercise, and supplements) for healing. We helped the “mind” by helping the body.
Coming from the chiropractic profession, we have a guest writer who would like to share his view on the use of natural remedies: Dr. Tom Potisk—author of the book “Whole Health Healing” and owner of the website of the same name: Whole Health Healing.
Natural Remedies Come from Whole Health Healing
Natural remedies are increasingly being sought by people with a variety of chronic illnesses like psoriasis, lupus, asthma, hypertension and diabetes.
Sadly, most people confuse the source of the remedy, expecting there to be a natural magic like potion or tablet that will solve their problem. This “outside-in” approach is the typical conventional medicine attempt.
True natural remedies come from an ‘inside – out“ approach; meaning that we are each gifted with our own inner doctor that can heal us provided the doctor gets what it needs to do it’s job. The remedy is more of a release. It’s not a cure all for every malady, but an approach worth perusing in most non-emergency and non-crisis situations.
“The witch doctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us doctors succeed. Each patient carries his own doctor within him. The patients come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor that resides within each patient the chance to go to work.” – Dr Albert SchweitzerMore specifically I call this holistic approach whole health healing. Our anatomy and physiology is complex. It makes a lot of sense to sometimes back away from trying to figure out its seemingly endless intricacies and instead focus on giving it proper fuel, rest, and alignment – restoring whole health.
For over 25 years I worked tirelessly as a holistic family doctor. What energized me was watching patients improve and being in near constant awe of the human bodies self healing ability. It’s truly a gift from God; sadly often overlooked or at least unappreciated.
I recommend anybody with any chronic illness, be it a physical malady or a mental one, to consider taking a whole health healing approach for relief or resolution of their problem. If you are currently under conventional medical care, ask about attempting at least a trial period of this alternative. Don’t expect approval; but do demand cooperation.
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Last Updated: 20 January 2012