If In Doubt, Check It Out

Before I launch into this week's topic, here are a few important announcements:

First - Welcome to my new readers and also to a new financial year about to roll over.  It is timely to announce that as a result of achieving some goals over the past few years, the all knowing humans at the Australian Tax Office have decided that I must now charge GST on my invoices from 1ST July onwards.

Second - In appreciation for your referrals, I would like to extend you a gift voucher to the value of $20 which you can spend on either treatments, consultations or products.  This means that EVERYTIME someone you refer a new patient who attends their initial appointment, you will receive your gift voucher in the mail which will be valid for 60 days.  You also have the option to pass this voucher on to a second friend to go towards their first appointment or follow up appointments if you can't get to the clinic before it expires.  This is offer is available to both Currumbin and Newcastle clinics as well as mail orders.

Third - I will be at the Newcastle clinic on Friday 20th July from 9 to 5.30 and then presenting a seminar that evening from 6-7pm on Healthy Ageing - How to Stop the Old Person Chasing you From Catching Up.  This seminar is also being presented at my Currumbin clinic on Saturday 28th July from  2-3pm and at Creativitea in Broadbeach on Wednesday 6.30-8.30 as part of a networking event.  For bookings at either clinic or seminars, contact me at nicky@wisehealthyliving.com.au.  -

Now for the topic at hand...

How many times have you had the conversation with a friend, partner or family member (or they have had with you) to investigate that repetitive health problem?  Not only is it frustrating to watch a loved one not take possibly preventative action in an early stage of illness, it can become a source of ongoing low grade, niggling worry for the concerned one. Research tells us that this kind of ongoing worry or stress can itself be the trigger of many chronic illnesses so whether or not you are the sufferer or the supporter, to sit back and do nothing will get no one anywhere.

Often I see patients who are not ready to face their GP regarding their symptoms for fear around the reality of what it may spell, the uncertainty on how they or their family would handle the news and what impact the treatment may have on lifestyle and work. These patients prefer an alternative view on the origins and causes of their ailment as a starting point and commonly wind up feeling more comfortable about going back to their doctor to arrange further investigations where necessary.  Today, there are many tests and body sign assessments Naturopaths can perform to investigate the functions of the body and often when these are addressed they divert a chronic illness before it gets to the point of serious consideration.

Your body has the innate wisdom to give you the early signs of something not quite right, but in the flurry of living a modern day lifestyle (or even an old fashioned one), it is daunting to say the least when it comes to interpreting these signs and what they mean.  I am a big fan of If In Doubt, Check It Out.  It buys me peace of mind until I decide what to do.  Often if the diagnosis for my patient is overwhelming but not life threatening within the next week or so, I will give many angles of treatment options available to them including conventional methods and their alternative support programs - and send them away to contemplate what feels right for them.  This allows the patient to listen to that wisdom and make some really great choices.

In my opinion - if I can demystify the illness, the treatment options and the alternatives - I find most people feel more comfortable taking their health head on with confidence and optimism (and research shows us that pessimism contributes to a disease process's lag time in healing). Once the fear is dissolved a little and an action plan is agreed on, the road back to health can be forged and all parties are taken care of. So whoever it is you are supporting, listening to or nagging at to get onto that health issue, encourage them to first simply check it out rather than pushing directly towards a treatment option.

Remember - whoever it is that is experiencing the health problem, they may first have to override their own fear and what their symptoms may mean in terms of possible illness before they undertake a healing program.  This in itself is the start of the return to wellbeing...

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