I have two questions for you:  Who manages your health? And how is that accomplished? If you are a client of mine, I hope you said yourself! It’s my practice to ask clients right up front to take on this role because they are the ones who will be making the simple yet profound lifestyle changes and they are the ones tasked with observing and taking note of specific bodily functions on a daily basis. This must always be clear right from the start so we both know who is in the driver’s seat! Even if you are not a client of mine, you might think about these questions as well because, when it comes to being in charge of your health, your answer certainly should be you, rather than your health practitioner.

The role of any practitioner should be to help interpret signs and symptoms and offer guidance because you and only you will be the first to observe changes in your body from the very subtle to the dramatic. You and only you have control over what you put in your mouth for nourishment each and every meal. You and only you can decide whether you make exercise a priority. These three actions: observing, eating, and daily movement are the keys to achieving success with any protocol.

As we become adults, we are in the position to make significant choices in our health that directly impact our quality of life and lifespan. We get to choose whether we want to approach aging from the perspective of our recliner or like one of the 80 year old die-hards I meet each morning at Barton Springs Pool. I know what my decision is! And I want you to be clear about yours and the implications of your choice.

The other option we have as adults is what type of model we’d like to support our health. There is the healthcare model attached to our insurance programs that is designed to fight disease. Whether it be heart disease, cancer, MS, or a simple ear infection, the system is built around the fight. The motto of this healthcare model is to “fight dis-ease” and this is done by suppressing and controlling the symptoms our bodies produce. This fight is clearly portrayed in medications that are given upon the early signs of disease. We see this with prescriptions for lowering blood pressure, reducing urinary discomfort, correcting erectile dysfunction, etc. Or, in the case of cancer, the use of chemotherapy, radiation, and medications that suppress the body’s natural responses.

In this model it is common practice for organs and body parts to be removed when they are viewed as dis-eased. “Check-ups” that look for the known first signs of these diseases are the norm. At check-up appointments, blood pressure is measured, blood and urine labs are reviewed, and the metrics discovered tell the physician what type and how much medication is needed.

This is a model for healthcare that has expanded and thrived for the half century. It is expensive and it is also the choice of the majority of Americans. In fact, there is considerable political debate over how to sustain it and make it more accessible. It is my perspective that it is of questionable effectiveness. I see the results of years of “care” by this system all too often in my practice and they are both heartbreaking and preventable.

The model I’d like to offer up is in opposition to the one previously described. It is one of working with the body’s innate abilities to clean and self heal. The motto of this model is to “prevent disease” by supporting and resolving symptoms. This model, however, does require active awareness and participation. It depends on you, the client, to learn and take note of the early signs and symptoms that appear when your cleaning and healing systems are out of alignment or not functioning effectively.

Learning these signs and symptoms doesn’t take a medical degree, but rather some time with a good teacher. They indicate distress in the body well before any lab test, providing time for natural correction with diet, exercise, and plant based therapies. This model of “disease prevention” healthcare can be provided by practitioners who work with a variety of modalities. But always take note of whether or not you have been put in the driver’s seat. Is the tracking of signs and symptoms relegated to laboratory tests or are you the one watching for the subtle changes in your body? Have you been made aware of what the indications are that your health is improving? This is critical. If you don’t know what you watching for and your health is only measured by lab results, then this isn’t the model that I am proposing.

Here’s how I place my clients in charge of their health.
In order to restore the body’s natural ability to clean and heal, we first work with the symptoms of elimination associated with the urinary tract and bowels, around the clock. It doesn’t take much to learn whether your body is cleaning optimally or not. I also take note of vitality symptoms of the eyes, hair, teeth, skin, and sleep. Vitality must be raised in order to restore our body’s own healing capabilities. Protocols that pair a plant based diet and Gemmotherapy extracts make a dynamic team as they work together to restore an alkaline state, optimize elimination, and boost the function of the immune system for healing.

What’s beautiful about this is that if you are not yet experiencing chronic disease, then the decision is all yours. I can’t say enough that you are the one who gets to decide how you’d like to manage your health. You get to decide whether you want to be proactive or reactive; whether you want a model that simply fights dis-ease or prevents it by cleaning and healing. If you decide to choose the latter, I’d love to talk further as it happens to be not only my personal choice, but also the work I do each and every day.

Is it too late to change models if you have a current diagnosis of a chronic dis-ease? Absolutely not! You just need to keep in mind the changes you make may need to be more dramatic, particularly when it comes to diet. Restoring organs that have deteriorated is possible, it just takes time and commitment and practitioners in both models that are willing to support your journey towards a more natural solution.