Who Heals and Who Doesn’t?

Looking back at my practice in 2017, I see who heals and who just limps along.

When a patient comes in with a shopping bag filled with supplements suggested by former practitioners,they arrive with a lot of baggage they’re hesitant to let go of. Oftentimes they’ve invested hundreds if not thousands of dollars on bottles of herbs and concoctions that have made little or no difference. Many patients find a doctor on the Web who subscribes to a certain school of thought and because people have invested so much energy and resources into following a certain point of view, it’s hard to change midstream. Over the past year, many individuals have called who have gone to Zyto practitioners with no real medical background and who have no real experience in the real world of health. They receive a print out of a biosurvey that was done by a Zyto-trained practitioner six months or a year ago and keep that piece of paper close to their heart as though it were the Ten Commandments. While Zyto is a powerful tool, it does not replace common sense and taking into play a person’s history and their unique constitution.

There’s the patient who memorizes the Merck Manual, who is up on all the latest supplements offered by brand-name companies. They seek advice from the owner of a health-food store whose modus operandi is to push products. A friend tells them about a certain probiotic and they rush out to buy it. In other words, people become their own doctors and are defensive when the latest practitioner they consult offers a new approach. And last but not least is the person who insists that wine is good for them when they have a mold condition or who will hold their breath until they turn blue if they have to give up dairy, even though their ears are blocked and they have a lung condition.

But who is the patient who heals? It’s the individual who listens, who learns to trust the intelligence of their body. The person who gets well is the one who is ready to trust common sense and who is willing to try a new approach, who is willing to give up the stressors (foods including lifestyle) that causes their angst. They are the ones who accept the fact that worry halts oxygen supply to the cells, who take time out for themselves and who learn to say no. The patient who makes progress is the one who does what is required to heal even if it means letting go of what they thought to be true. I hear so often, “Well, I’m Mexican and can’t live without corn. It’s in my culture,” or “I’m Italian, pasta is my soul food.”

Knowing how the body works is key. The body doesn’t want the same food all the time. It wants variety. It wants clean water, and lots of it. The organs of elimination such as liver, kidneys, lymph, colon–they want to be able to drain toxins.

Many patients come in who are ill, who take supplements with absolutely nothing on board to help them “clean out.” The person who gets well is the person who allows themselves to learn how to detox their body in a gentle way, who assume the turtle position and gives up the way of the hare.

I’m all for living a life of abundance and enjoying food. Especially around the holidays, we all want to let go and celebrate. There’s a way to do it without getting sick or sicker and it all starts with learning to support your organs and cells in the process.

The patients I’ve seen the last year who got well are the ones who support their bodies, who accept the fact that they have a weak link and nurture it the way they would a small child who needs direction and comfort. They focus on their lives and pay attention to their emotional and mental states. They receive regular acupuncture treatments, exercise and they have fun with family and friends.