Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, Living with Illness

How Susceptible Are You?

Look at any magazine and if you’re not pulling out the subscription offers your fending off the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, or health guru trying to see you something to make you feel better.  There are those who have entered the health and healing community for pure profits and has someone facing a chronic or life-threatening illness you’re the target.  You’re the one who has a bullseye on your back for these companies.

How susceptible are you to suggestions about what the latest and greatest cure is for your particular condition?  Of course there are differing points of view, but how thoroughly to you check something out before plunking down your money, time, effort, or laying your soul on the line?

Most people don’t get sick over night so why do you think that you’ll get well over night?  The culture instigates the need for instant gratification and results.  Companies that promise huge weight loss with minimal effort are deceiving.  They do help you lose weight and quickly, but at what cost to your body?  Once you stop the regimen of pills, shakes, and standing on your head, how long before the weight comes back plus a few added pounds?

Don’t fall for the quick fix, look for long-range outcomes.  I’m a firm believer in integrative medicine, allowing the mind, body, and spirit to work in harmony allowing each part to boost the power of the other two.  Engaging in dialogues with your medical team about your desires for a more integrative approach is a great start.

I’ve mentioned in the past how one of my doctors, a western trained and practicing physician, was exploring Ayurvedic medicine as an adjunct to the treatment I was receiving.  I attended support groups to dump the emotional baggage that often comes with a diagnosis, and my spiritual practice has deepened allowing me to feel more grounded, less anxious, relieving the body and mind of unwanted stress.

Don’t have the word “sucker” tattooed to your forehead.  Any treatment(s) you’re considering should start with a dialogue with your provider.  I’m not even saying you need to see an allopathic physician.  If you choose to see only an Oriental Medicine practitioner that ‘s your choice, but make each decision using the context of “informed consent”.  Make the decisions mindfully and understand all the ramifications of the protocol.

It would be silly to take a fragile system, like your body facing a health challenge, and subject it to more trauma than necessary.  Exploring what fits for your personal philosophy is key, but remember the journey to wellness is multi-faceted so cover your bases.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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