What Patients Get Well and Why

In my decades of experience in the holistic field, I have had to become an educator (the real meaning of “doctor”). If a patient is teachable, they have a greater chance of recovering their health but if a person thinks they know what they don’t, chances are their journey will be a struggle. When an individual has had a chronic illness, who has been to many doctors, but still feels sick, I ask “Is this person teachable?” Are they willing to start over, to surrender to turtle mode instead of scared rabbit?

Is the person willing to be open to the fact that what they’re eating may be the reason they’re stuck?
That the supplements they’ve spent hundreds of dollars on may not be helping? Is the person willing to learn to muscle test and be responsible for their own choices?

While acupuncture is not just fashionable, it’s a necessity for most people, especially those with lifestyles that require them to always be on the go. But the food we ingest is a big part of starting to feel good. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people won’t eat vegetables because their mother didn’t cook them, or because their father hated greens, they too have decided not to eat them. I’ve had patients who have had serious illnesses who refused to eat their veggies — they would rather face a death sentence than learn to steam kale.

Educating someone isn’t done over night. It takes time, sometimes baby steps are needed. There are no magic bullets. The body is not just a bunch of parts that a little virgin olive oil will cure. The mind/body connection is real. As is the importance of detoxing one’s house. The best place to start is under the kitchen sink, to throw out everything that is nonbiodegradable. To stop using toxins like RoundUp on weeds. Getting well requires a change of consciousness.

While acupuncture is covered by many insurance carriers, not everyone’s plan allows for weekly visits.
And sometimes a high deductible is in place which requires the patient pay out of pocket. I work with people in any way I can to ensure that they receive the best possible treatment and education but getting well is a two-way street. Ultimately the responsibility is that of the patient’s compliance which may require a team of trusted practitioners–to have on board a holistic MD, a chiropractor to manage structural issues, as well as an acupuncturist who is versed in many different modalities including nutrition.

I have had too many patients who come in and tell me they are fans of Dr. Axe or Dr. Gundry and they believe on-line docs have the answers they need. I have had patients whose heads are so full of information they collect from the Web the start to spin so out of control I have no choice but to watch them them disappear. Like cleaning out a closet to make room for more up-to-date clothing, our heads need a good cleaning out, too. Not all information is a one-size fits all. Perhaps sugar for you in a toxin but not for another. Perhaps eating Paleo is just the ticket for one patient, but plant-based is healthier for another. My suggestion is to allow yourself to be plucked out of the pigeon hole you’re stuck in so you can dry off your feathers and fly to a better, higher place.