The Problem Part 2

Healing Hypothesis Introduction

You’re ready to change your life. You can reclaim your health.

There is a set of concepts we use to help you change your life. Together, they make up our Healing Hypothesis. Everyone is unique and has a unique protocol. Applying these concepts to your case is what guides me in developing that protocol.

I want to share them with you so that you understand what you need to consider in order to finally get your health on track.

They are:

  • Health begins in the gut

  • Your body is built to heal itself

  • One size doesn’t fit all

  • Food isn’t always enough

  • Your unique biochemistry

  • A holistic approach

  • Your custom supplement protocol

  • Your custom diet

These concepts form our Healing Hypothesis, and they are the outline of the roadmap we use to bring you relief from your health problems, feel better, and help you meet your health and wellness goals.

Each concept helps us move the needle forward, and together they form the powerful, and holistic approach you need.

I know this because these concepts represent the lessons I learned along my healing journey, and are the things I did to get myself, and my health, back on track.

Here’s the deal. Chronic and complex health conditions have root causes. Finding these root causes is where we have opportunities to improve, and possibly even resolve them. My Healing Hypothesis guides us through identifying and addressing these root cause issues.

As a functional and clinical nutritionist I do not diagnose, or treat any condition. My job is to teach you what you can do to heal, feel better, and to help you identify root causes of the health problems you have. The kind of root causes I’m talking about lead to imbalances in your body, and long-standing ones can cause chronic and complex health problems. We can address imbalances with natural means like diet, supplements, and lifestyle interventions, and prevent long-term consequences.

The Problem (Part 1)

Likely until now, you’ve been fumbling through the maze of conventional, Western medicine.

You go to your doctor, you describe your symptoms, and they do some lab tests. There are two scenarios I see often. The first is that those lab tests come back normal, but you still don’t feel well. You are dismissed and led to believe your illness is all in your head. The second is that your labs are not normal and you are prescribed medication.

Let’s address this first issue. You don’t feel well, your labs look fine, and you are dismissed, and led to believe it’s all in your head.

What didn’t happen is that there was no exploration of what root cause issues (imbalances) may be contributing to how you are feeling, and causing the symptoms you have. You feel sick, scared, alone, and now think you are crazy and there’s nothing really even wrong with you in the first place.

You spend your time searching Google for answers, and find there are droves of others out there, going through similar challenges, all desperately searching for solutions to claim their health, and their life back.

Some have had success with this, that and the other, and you try these interventions, with no luck. Or maybe you have some minimal relief or notice some small changes, but it’s not enough to make much of a difference for you.

This is because everyone is different. Your biochemistry is as unique as your fingerprint, so what works for someone else may not work for you.

Also, interventions have synergistic effects. That means they work together, and combinations of interventions often work a lot better than individual ones.

This is why you’ve tried X, or Y, or Z and none of them have worked. Maybe you’ve even tried X and Y, Y and Z, or X and Y and Z, and still can’t seem to get results. X, Y, and Z are just three options.

Think of it this way, what if you take the entire alphabet, all 28 letters, and try to piece together what will work for you? It’s basically impossible (unless you're really good at probability... would that fall under 'probability'?).

That’s what this process is like, without the support and guidance of our Healing Hypothesis, and someone that can help navigate your journey as your copilot.

I was that person. I suffered many, many years with GI issues. Conventional doctors did what they knew how to do. For me, it didn’t help. My problems weren’t anything that conventional medicine could fix.

Even though I have the training, background, and experience in the kind of help I did need, I still had to search for my own answers, consult with other professionals in my field, and go through a lot of trial and error.

This process has inspired me to share my lessons learned with you. My lessons learned are the 8 concepts that form my Healing Hypothesis.

The Problem (Part 2)

Here’s that second part of the issue, your labs are not normal and you are prescribed medication.

How many medications have you been prescribed because of your health problems?

I spent some time on a SSRI (antidepressant medication) in my mid-20s after I had a breakdown. The stress from graduate school, feeling my life was out of control, I was in a severe dietary restriction phase at the time (one of my lowest weights, about 98lbs, and I’m 5’6” by the way), and I’m sure OCD, PTSD and the depression of course didn’t help the situation.

I didn’t stay on the medication long. It did help, but it numbed me and I wasn’t myself. It did get rid of the OCD. I would clean a lot, and when I was on the meds, let’s just say things became very different. Not in a good way, it was gross to be honest.

I still deal with OCD, PTSD and depression, however I’ve found lifestyle strategies to help manage it (I do read self help, motivational books and blogs for example), and so does nourishing my body rather than starving it. Our neurotransmitters that regulate our moods are built from amino acids, and the pathways that make them need vitamins and minerals to do it. We need to put the fuel in, and the best way to do that is with whole, real foods.

Back to my take on medications, what do they do? They help with symptoms, if you’re lucky.

There are medications that save lives, and of course we need them from time to time. Antibiotics do save lives, when they are used appropriately. My issue with many medications that are commonly prescribed is that they mask symptoms. The symptoms you are having are your body’s cries for help, that there is, or are, underlying root cause(s) creating imbalances in your body, that over time, result in chronic and complex health problems.

If you mask symptoms with medications, root cause imbalances are still there, and they can continue to wreak havoc on your body. Now that you don’t have symptoms, you don’t know this is happening so root causes and imbalances are left unchecked and unaddressed. Before you know it, you have more symptoms. Something new and different starts to occur. Your doctor gives you another prescription. And the cycle continues.

Many of these medications mask symptoms by interrupting, altering, and shutting down biochemical pathways in your body. This is a problem because all systems are connected, so when you interfere with one pathway, others will be affected.

My favorite example is the use of statin medications for cholesterol. Statins are one of the most prescribed medications today, and they are one of the biggest money-makers ever for pharmaceutical companies.

Research shows that for some people, statins can be beneficial. They may help reduce blood pressure, and may be useful for secondary prevention of heart attack and stroke (meaning if you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, statins may help prevent it from happening again), however, research also shows that they can be very harmful for others, and lead to rhabdomyolysis, cognitive loss, neuropathy, pancreatic and hepatic dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction.

Statins work by shutting off a step in the pathway that makes cholesterol in your body. The problem is that we need cholesterol, and that pathway does other things, including make CoQ10, an essential nutrient needed for energy production in your body.

 What do we need cholesterol for? Just for example, it is necessary for making steroid hormones including your stress hormone cortisol, and your sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen), and cholesterol makes up a good part of the structure of cell membranes in your body. If your body can’t function at the cellular level, you certainly won’t be able to.

I’m not saying to stop taking your prescription medications (statins or others), I am saying make sure you ask your doctor questions, and educate yourself. Often there are natural ways to better manage your health issues that have no risk of adverse side effects.

You can start by exploring the root cause(s) of why you are having symptoms in the first place. Remember, symptoms are tied to systems and all systems in your body are connected.

If you’ve been struggling with health issues, you need a different approach to resolve them. Our Healing Hypothesis is that approach, and what I used on my own health journey.