There is an old saying in Chinese Medicine, "Big illness, long life."
I wondered for a long time what that meant. Then, around age 48, after 30 years of studying and practicing Chinese Medicine, I found out.
At that time I was struggling with multiple health problems. I had chronic pain in my joints and on the bottoms of my feet. I was fuzzy-headed and had a hard time recalling things. I was overweight, cranky and irritable.
In short, my quality of life was down the tubes!
Understand that I had not given up. I had done research and tried pretty much every herb, vitamin, mineral and natural supplement I could find that might reverse my symptoms. I even considered using pharmaceutical drugs, but the long list of side effects let me know that even if they worked for some of the symptoms, they were not going to improve my quality of life.
By the time I was 48 I had spent 3 years looking for the"magic bullet" answer that would fix what was ailing me. For all I know those experiments slowed the process down, but they never turned it around. I was increasingly uncomfortable and unhappy.
Finally, in desperation I traveled 2 hours from my home town to a Functional Medicine Doctor who was highly thought of in the area. He ordered over $1,000 worth of lab tests and sent me home.
When we got the results I went back to see him. His message was simple. He said, "You need to make changes or else plan on being a cripple sometime in the near future." He told me I would probably end up in a wheelchair within 10 years if I didn't change.
As it turns out, that was exactly the motivation I needed. It started me on my journey of healing. And it also started me seriously exploring Functional Medicine.
Within a month of starting these changes, my chronic pain was reduced by 30%. My brain started working better and my emotions became more resilient. My energy level steadily improved.
Because I was so out of balance, it still took 18 months to be pain-free. By then I had no pain at all, my thinking was clearer, my emotional responses were hugely improved. I had worked my way up to lifting 270 pound weights and had energy to spare.
As I write this it's 17 years later. I still have more energy and feel better than I have in my entire life.
Since my original health problems I've been certified to offer Metabolic Typing® and have used the process with thousands of patients. I've also become certified in Functional Medicine. For those who were serious about getting well and who follow the program their results have been impressive.
What About You?
In your unique situation there may be a variety issues to address. These might include food choices, food sensitivities, toxins in the body, adrenal fatigue, immune issues, clogged detoxification pathways, etc.
Fortunately, there are are powerful and effective natural ways to correct these problems.
At this point I think I better understand the true meaning of the old Chinese saying about big illness leading to long life. I share all of this with you not because it matters what I have gone through, but because I want you to know that there is hope. No matter how sick and tired and in pain you might be, there's always hope.
And with the right direction, that big illness really can turn into a long life!
"Quality of Life is Everything"
If you have questions about whether Acupuncture, Functional Medicine or Metabolic Typing will help in your specific health situation, please contact me. I am always happy to give you my honest feedback and recommendation, even if you don't decide to come in as a patient.
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