It All Starts With Why
I am truly floored by how often during a working day I find myself saying the following:
"The symptoms you have are quite common. But just because something is common, doesn’t mean that it’s normal. Any time your body is showing you a symptom, it’s a marker of something going on at a deeper level."
Think of your symptoms as warning lights on the dashboard of your car. You’re driving along, and your car is functioning great – then the engine light comes on. You might ignore it initially, but you know that you should take your car into the shop to get looked at because if you ignore it for too long... something bad will happen. Will your car overheat? Will the engine stall? You might not know until it happens, but it will. That warning light is an early indicator that something’s functioning ‘not quite right’ with your engine.
Those warning lights are on for many of us – in the symptoms we feel on a daily basis. Sure, it might be common for women to have lots of cramping and have to take Advil during their cycles. Or for men to have trouble sleeping or caffeine withdrawal headaches – but these are all symptoms. Warning lights telling you that you need to bring your car (your body) into the shop before it goes on too long.
If, in any way, your body is not operating in the way you’d like it to, the functioning of your organ systems is likely out of balance. And wouldn’t you like to know why?
Just as we know that regular maintenance on our cars helps to extend their longevity, so too does regular visits to your holistic practitioners. Your naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, osteopathic doctor, athletic therapist, etc. are all here to have a look ‘under the hood’ and make sure that all of your body systems are running correctly.
Have symptoms? First, ask why. Then visit your holistic practitioner to find out what you can do to rebalance your system and turn off your engine warning lights.
Dr. Kali MacIsaac HBSc, ND