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Decoding Your Symptoms

If you go looking for a problem you will find it.

The problem with modern medicine is that it is really good at finding problems, but rarely are the problems that it finds actually what is at the root of our symptoms.

I remember coming across a study when I was in Physical Therapy school. I don’t remember the specifics of it, but basically, it took two control groups - one with severe back pain and the other with no back pain. The findings revealed that there was no correlation in the amount of degeneration in the spines of those with back pain versus those without it.

Even that early in my career I found myself scratching my head wondering why I would follow a treatment protocol for someone diagnosed with spinal degeneration just because a slip of paper said that is what the problem was.

I stubbornly refused to follow the protocol. I wanted to know more about their pain and then treat their pain. It seemed to me that the characteristics, behavior, onset of their pain mattered more than the fact that they had arthritis or a disc herniation or fibromyalgia.

After a while I would refuse to look at the imaging reports because it would not change how I treated my patients. Some thought I was careless to overlook such important information, but I could tell much more about what my patient needed when I heard them tell me about their pain.

Physical problems do not have physical solutions, because physical problems aren’t physical in nature.

When my digestive health suffered, I found a list of physical problems that needed to be fixed: glucose intolerance, food sensitivities, IBS, gut dysbiosis, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, candida overgrowth, leaky gut, indigestion. I spent 5 years trying to correct these problems but none of them were the actual source of my digestive symptoms. I was completely derailed in my healing process because I didn’t know that my physical symptoms were not physical in origin.

Symptoms are a manifestation of mental, emotional, or spiritual imbalances.

To heal, you don’t need to know anything else about your symptoms other than what they are and how they make you feel.

Symptoms in fact, are just the language through which your Inner Wisdom speaks to you. A diagnosis just dilutes the significance of what your symptoms really symbolize.

If you haven’t yet, journal about your symptoms.

How would you describe them?

When do they occur?

How do they make you feel?

What do they keep you from being able to do?

What do you believe you would be able to do if they didn’t exist in your life?

The answers to these questions will lay the foundation for your healing journey.

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