Bodies, not Beakers: Here’s Why I Forgive Doc’s Misfires

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When I first started this post, I’d titled it “How Do You Know When It’s Time to Wind Down the Supplements?”

It’s an issue that I’m grappling with, as I truly believe that my body is absorbing both the supplements I’m on, as well as more of the nutrients available in the food that I eat–a result of the healing that’s going on in my gut. And since Doc and I started working together, in addition to major nutritional changes, life has been a slew of supplements, sometimes as many as 17 a day. They’ve helped to clear nasty stuff out of my gut (I know this worked, too, because, well, let’s just say that it becomes obvious but don’t worry, no gross pictures here). I’ve had ups and downs, too (the only one, really, was the implosion that I talk about here and here).

As we try to get my body back in balance, though, do we risk overdoing one thing or another? One example was the supplement that backfired last fall. Another concern that I’ve recently discovered is possible low-level toxicity of a mineral that was in a few of the supplements I was on.

So, how do I know–and more important than that, how does Doc know–when enough is enough for the supplements?

In my visits to Doc, he does a series of applied kinesiology tests, which means testing my reactions to various vials of whatnot that he places on me or waves over me. Yes, I know, it sounds like witchcraft but as I said at the beginning, he’s the only doctor in 20+ years that’s been willing to try anything, so I’m all in.

And I absolutely know that I’m much better off for it. After all, things that had plagued me for years and that were growing consistently more persistent and painful–like pain in my finger and toe joints that was progressing to elbow and neck pain, boils, rashes, constant fatigue, low-back pain (especially just before my period, something that had never been an issue for me until about three years ago), persistent and chronic constipation, and more–have disappeared.

Save for the hair (or lack thereof), I’m a remarkably healthier person in all respects–mind, body, soul, spirit. My resilience and self-esteem are growing and along with those, so is my business. Heck, even my house is cleaner.

So, with all this progress, how do we know when it’s time to let some of the supplements go? Clearly, Doc drives this rig and when I go to him next, in mid-May, we’ll see what he says. With all the progress I/we have made, it’s strange to think of jumping ship on them. Is it just supplement fatigue? Maybe.

But are they meant as lifetime commitments? Funny, in all these months, I never asked. I’m also curious about when and how quickly the balance tips from “supplement” to “detriment.”

Here’s the thing: The reason why a lot of people think that Doc’s methods (and the methods of those like him in alternative and complementary practices) are bunko is because in traditional western medicine, there’s relatively little acknowledgement that our bodies are not beakers–we expect one pill to do the same thing to everyone that takes it. In Doc’s world, though, our bodies are organic, crazy, complex and absolutely different from each other, despite many commonalities. Each of us presents so many variables–genetic, environmental, nutritional, habitual or otherwise–that it’s likely that Doc will never have exactly the same approaches for any two clients, even if they present the same symptoms.

I accepted a long time ago that much of this holistic experiment would be a bit of a crapshoot, trying a bit of this, scaling back on that. And in most recommendations, Doc’s been spot-on. A couple of times, he’s been off.

But as much as I’ve come to trust his judgment, he’s also come to rely on my candor and self-knowledge. He will never live a day in my body, so he counts on me to let him know when something’s backsliding: when my eyebrows are going or my nails are ripping out or whatever.

And that’s the thing. For these types of approaches to work best, I think it’s really important that we become equal partners with our doctors. We often take everything they say as law and we should be compliant patients. However, when we notice that something’s off, we need to step up and speak up. If our doctors don’t listen, we need to find others.

Doc listens, so I’m sticking around. He tries, so I do, too.

Hopefully soon, I won’t need supplements. I remember when I first started going to Doc, he mentioned that his goal with his clients is to get us to a point where we don’t need him anymore, so maybe that’s in the cards, too.

Am I getting close? Maybe. At least, closer, certainly. I’m excited for the day that he tells me I don’t really need these anymore. But, I also think we’re not quite done yet.

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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