one size fits all

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.

One-Size Doesn't Fit All

There is no one-size-fits-all plan. I can’t begin to tell you how often I hear “I tried the XYZ diet because my best friend did it and lost 10lbs”, “I’m fasting because Jimmy Fallon does and he swears by it” or “I want to go on a cleanse because Gwyneth Paltrow did.” The list goes on. 
 
I’ve put myself on just about every diet out there, and fell victim to so many of the fads. The one I was most entrenched in was the fat free, low fat craze that grabbed me in the early 90s, as I was starting college. I was constantly starving, had frequent hypoglycemic episodes, and felt like crap all the time. Around this time my disordered eating habits were really taking off.
 
Coincidence? No.
 
The media and advertisers are very good at what they do. For someone like me with tendencies to want to control things, I found the perfect outlet for them. The only foods I ate were fat free, which means I was living on sugar. That’s it, just sugar, and a little protein because I would eat chicken breasts and tuna since there was basically no fat in them. No wonder I felt like crap.
 
This is a reason why it’s important to track your diet in a journal. You may not realize how much is missing otherwise. I realized I was eating fat free, but had I written it out and seen the make up of what I was eating, it would have been a wake up call, one I needed sooner than I got.
 
Back to the problem about these one-size-fits-all plans. It’s been said that 95% of people fail at their diet attempts.
 
If you resonate with this 95%, what do you think went wrong?
 
I’ll give you a hint. This is where your individual biochemistry is involved. It can dictate what diet, lifestyle and even supplements work best for your body to help you meet your health and wellness goals, and heal from chronic and complex illnesses.
 
Think about it, if your biochemistry is different from anyone else’s how can a cookie cutter diet, supplement regimen or cleanse program give you the results you want? It can’t, especially not long-term.
 
This means you haven’t failed. The truth is that these diet plans fail you because they promote a one-size-fits-all approach that does not account for your biochemical individuality.
 
In order for you to feel better, you have to consider your unique biochemistry. If you haven’t gotten results from the same plan your best friend or favorite celebrity has, you haven’t failed. The system has failed you because it has neglected your individual needs.
 
Rather than labeling a diet as keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, Atkins, Weston Price, blood type diet, etc. we have to look at your biochemical needs and develop a plan to meet them. This is a customized approach, and it’s how we get results to address your health problems, and optimize your overall health and wellness.
 
When developing a customized plan, something else to keep in mind is that food isn’t always enough.