Your Body Is Always Talking
Our body has an innate intelligence and will do anything to survive. One of the laws of the universe is "cause and effect." Our body, too, follows this law and will respond accordingly to whatever happens to it. In natural health there is a law about how the body heals itself, which is called the "Herrings Law of Cure." This law states that the body heals from the inside out, top down, and in the reverse order that symptoms occur. What? Sounds crazy, but think about it. Your body is this amazing, complex machine that is always trying to tell you a story about how it is doing, whether it's good or bad. A symptom is a story the body is trying to tell. For example, if your child has eczema, the body is telling a story that the skin is inflamed and toxins are trying to get out, which then causes a rash and alerts you there is something out of balance. Does the skin need a cream that will drive the eczema in deeper, or is there something that the child is eating that is an irritant and causing a rash, or is there an imbalance in the bacteria of the digestive system? These are the questions we need to be asking rather than trying to just relieve symptoms.
A great story of this is a little two-year-old boy named Wyatt. Wyatt was assigned to me because he had behavioral issues caused by possible sensory processing problems. After meeting Wyatt and his mother, I found out that he was born with eczema from head to toe, had twelve different food allergies, and his mother was on antibiotics throughout the entire pregnancy due to a liver problem she was experiencing. His mother said Wyatt was moody, did not sleep, and hated to be dressed or bathed. After looking at him, I couldn't blame him. Wyatt had open, weeping sores from head to toe. He appeared to be in pain with every movement he made. I realized then that he did not have a sensory problem; he had a "gut" problem. I explained to his mother that he probably did not have enough "good" bacteria in his digestive system, but rather had too much of the "bad" bacteria. This was causing food to leak into his bloodstream, which in turn caused his entire body to be inflamed. The eczema was a way the body was trying to push the toxins out. Wyatt started on a probiotic to help balance out the "gut" with good bacteria. When I came back two weeks later, his mother reported he was happier, sleeping through the night, and bathing became so much better. After four weeks, his eczema was almost gone. He was retested for food allergies, which decreased from twelve to only three allergies. His mother reported that she had no idea she had been so stressed, until the stress went away and she had a happy, playful toddler.
This is why I am so passionate about what I do. Could it be as simple as if you eat healthy food and take care of your body emotionally, physically, and spiritually then your body will perform naturally to its potential? You bet. My 80-year-old mother is a prime example. My mother is on no medications, is active, feels great most of the time, and always tells me how frustrated she is with all of her friends who are so sick, but will not listen to her. Was she always this healthy? No. In fact, she has only felt this good in the past five years after she quit smoking, drinking, and eating processed foods. Her transformation has been amazing to experience, and I tell her all the time how she keeps getting better. Even at 75 years old, the body can heal itself.
On the other hand, if we eat bad foods, abuse our body with toxins, and are emotionally and spiritually depleted, then our body (over time) become ill. Symptoms are a good thing, because they are the body's way of trying to get your attention to say, "you've pushed me too far and I'm out of balance." Symptoms, can be compared to the warning light that goes on in your car when something is wrong. Patterns of symptoms make up what we call disease and are a response that the body is adapting its function to survive. In other words, "we rob Peter to pay Paul," if you're old enough like me to remember this phrase. This means the body will rob nutrients from one part of the body to compensate for another part of the body that isn't getting what it needs. If we continue this pattern over time, our body starts to break down and the disease process will take over. Our society has come to believe that we are a "victim" of our body and that we have no control over what symptoms or disease we have. We blame heredity and bad luck on what illness we might manifest. Heredity does play a role in what markers of a disease we might have, but it is up to us to what extent we push the body out of balance as to whether we manifest a disease or not. Your genes do not dictate whether you get sick or not. We are responsible for our own health. We live and die at the cellular level, and we cannot be healthy if our cells are living in a sick environment. The food and the lifestyle we fuel our body with today, dictates how healthy we will be in the following years.
So, the next time your child gets another ear infection and doctor recommends antibiotics for the tenth time, are you going to think, "ear infections run in my family" or could you ask "is there possibly something causing the ear infections that I should look at?" Remember, symptoms are the clues or the warning light telling us what is out of balance in the body. This is why I am so passionate about starting kids out with a good nutritional base so as they navigate this crazy toxic world, they have the foundation to fight off disease and live up to their potential.