Today is Day 17 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness. You can start Day 1 here.
Just as we discussed thinking out side of the box in choosing a health care professional, you may need to try some "alternative" methods when it comes to nutrition. Although, I really don't love that term "alternative" when speaking of nutrition. I'll tell you why...
Growing up my mother periodically took us all off of wheat & pasteurized dairy. We took supplements like Vitamin D, Zinc and Echinacea. 30 years ago my mother and Katie Lee from our local health food store were telling people not to eat high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils and the world laughed at them. Now every MD worth his salt is preaching it, in fact, Dr. Oz has become famous for it. Netti pots were only for hippies, now every corner drugstore carries them because some doctor on TV decided it was OK to use. My great-grandmother taught us how to eat right, "science" is just catching up to what she already knew.
So it bothers me to call it "alternative" to suggest a specific diet, eliminating certain foods or taking herbal remedies when our ancestors knew that if they had an upset stomach and they drank some mint tea it cured their nausea. It wasn't scientific method that brought them to that conclusion, it was common sense and wisdom from past generations. It shouldn't be called "alternative", it should just be called natural or normal.
Yes, I know there have been problems with dosages or combining treatments or using the wrong substance for a particular ailment but guess what... that happens every day in every pharmacy across America with synthetic, potent, expensive, Federally regulated drugs.
I'll stop preaching.
My point is this, it might be time to try something different. Are you exhausted? Maybe you could try drinking some herbal tea with ingredients proven to provide stimulant-free energy that won't make you crash and won't cause lasting damage to your liver or adrenal glands. Do you suffer from cold sores? Over the counter lysine has been proven to improve the healing time of cold sores and can even prevent future breakouts. Prone to eczema? Take a swig of olive oil every day it you might see some improvement, no copay.
Natural remedies and taking vitamins can feel like learning a 2nd language. I grew up that way so it comes natural to me but if you don't know where to start or want to learn more here are a few sites to get you started:
- Dr. Oz- yes, the great and might Oz has a lot of great information. I really appreciate his ability to pair modern medicine with more natural remedies.
- Dr. Mercola- Dr. Mercola has been around for a long time and is well respected in the medical community (they may not always agree with him, but they respect him). He provides free nutritional eating guidelines for beginners.
- Dr. Weil- another veteran in the health/nutrition world.
These are just a few among many, many others. At the end of this series I will be posting a list of resources for even more ideas on how to stay healthy.