A Surprising Outcome
The office assistants had left early, so when the phone rang at 5:50 pm, it was up to me to pick it up. The person on the other end of the line offered no introduction, just the blunt question, “Do you treat cancer?”
“No, I am sorry I don’t treat cancer,” I replied.
“Oh, so what do you do then? I have a friend with cancer that you helped so I thought you treated cancer.” I explained that I do not specifically treat specific diseases or health problems.
Treating a disease or a set of symptoms is not the way to restore health. It may seem that it is, given the way medical doctors practice. They typically prescribe specific pharmaceuticals in relation to specific named diseases whereas a nutritionist will select a range of nutrients to support a specified problem.
A person that has been diagnosed with a specific health problem is not generally otherwise healthy. The body is not made up of separate and isolated compartments but rather a wonderful and intricate network of interlocking functions. From the start of my training nearly 40 years ago through to the present, and I hope ongoing into the future, I have been amazed at the subtle ways the body “works.” How we evolved to be what we are is truly amazing. There is no single part of the body that can function in isolation, without interacting with almost every other part.
What does this mean for health and wellbeing? It means that the best, and arguably the only way to restore health this to aim to restore the whole body to perfect function. If you can achieve this for a client not only will the problems with which they prevent resolve, but so will a range of other problems that they hadn’t thought to mention or perhaps weren’t even aware of.
For example, Rosemary was a recovering alcoholic and under a tremendous amount of stress. Part of her previous regime had included a generous supply of some of the B vitamins for stress, mainly B1 and B3. I had focused on restoring balance in the body and therefore restoring total health. When she returned for her follow-up appointment a couple of weeks later, I asked her how she felt.
“Oh, a whole lot better! I seem to cope with the stress much better although there is one other thing. I didn’t mention this when I was here last, but I have had terrible trouble with itchy heels. They were almost driving me mad but this has totally gone now!”
“You didn’t mention this last time,” I reminded her.
In fact, there are many contributing factors to neuropathies, including a lack of pantothenic acid (B5), which is a common deficiency in alcoholic neuropathies.
By aiming to restore general well-being throughout her body, and not just focusing on her problems with stress and exhaustion, I had helped her to resolve an unspecified problem that she thought was unrelated.