H O L I S T I C.
What do you think of when you hear that word?
Idealistic methods of healing?
It can be a controversial and unnerving definition to approach, so I want to share what I have in mind when I say "holistic". After all, it IS part of my company name, and I feel like it's important for you to know what the word means to me.
Two Things Holistic Health IS:
1. The belief that the systems of the body are interconnected and rely on the proper functioning of each other to thrive.
This is the nuts and bolts concept of holistic medicine. Sometimes it goes by the name "functional" or "integrative" medicine.
Here's a practical example of how I see this play it out in thyroid disease:
Thyroid patients are often prescribed medication that is in the form of T4. This is the inactive form of the hormone. Conversion to T3 (the active hormone that your body actually uses) occurs largely in our digestive systems and livers. By ONLY addressing the thyroid and not looking at the rest of the body, even the medication will only go so far in it's effect.
Treating any body part in isolation doesn't work long-term because it's just not functioning independently. The body as a WHOLE must be healthy for a single organ to maintain health.
2. The incorporation of a person's life as a WHOLE when addressing wellness. Emotions, relationships, AND physical health are not independent of each other.
Don't agree with me?
How'd your stomach feel the last time you were nervous for a big work meeting?
Did that cold or flu you got last year come on the heels of a stressful financial situation or a difficult relationship issue?
Sometimes I joke that I would rather my clients eat junk food while in a good mood rather than a plate of kale while feeling stressed and worried. Health goes beyond the food we eat and paying attention every aspect of our lives is crucial for sustainable well being!
Two Things Holistic Health ISN'T
1. A Quick Fix.
Honestly, I think this is what hangs most people up. We are SO used to getting a quick band aid cover-up, a pill to temporarily subdue the symptom, or a convenient method so that we are void of any personal responsibility for our own health.
Let me be clear. I absolutely believe that there is a time and a place for medication and other interventions. Actually, many of my clients find a happy balance of both correct medication dosage and sustainable lifestyle changes!
The problem that I am referring to is when we don't give lifestyle and food strategies a shot because they just aren't working as quickly as the pill we can pop.
Guess what? You're body didn't get out of balance overnight and it's not going to come back into balance that quickly, either.
But I'll tell you this: Consistent action of putting the right things in and leaving the right things out will restore your health in a way that was the worth the wait. I can confidently say this because I've experienced it on a very personal level. (More on that in a future post!)
2. Ineffective and non-researched.
To be sure, there are scams and gurus out there that are not to be trusted and do, indeed, waste your money. Don't do those things.
On the other hand, there is a rising network of functional doctors and researchers that are putting scientific evidence to the role of nutrition and lifestyle health in the treatment of disease. This particular blog post is meant to be an overview of the definition, but you better believe I will be sharing more on this in future posts.
In addition to this research, I have operated most of my life under the idea that "people can't argue with your own story."
The proof is in the pudding for me. A holistic approach transformed my sick body and restored it to vibrant health. I also get a front row seat every week to the same thing happening to my clients and the people they influence because of their own transformations.
Here's my challenge for you...
If the word "holistic" has you feeling skeptical, list out what connotation it has. Could you perhaps be operating under a misconception that is preventing you from seeing the potential of the REAL definition of the word?
Opening the possibility up to trying a new approach might be just what is needed to see the change in your health you've been longing for all this time. I definitely did for me.
My dear, I wish I could reach out through my Macbook and ask you how you're processing this information. Could we settle for a phone call? I always make space in my schedule each week for a few completely free 30 minute Thyroid Health Assessments. I want you to get your questions answered and your personal situation addressed. Click below to schedule a free phone call!