Integrative medicine is personalized medicine. When physicians use the functional approach to make a diagnosis, they trace the patient’s own timeline to find clues as to why an individual may have a certain condition. All too often, physicians advise treatments only because large studies concluded that a certain medication works.
I believe that, while important, each individual has a specific physical, mental and emotional “tapestry” that needs to be understood. Not only by the physician, but by the person himself, in order to understand how all the threads weave into one other, contributing to a specific condition.
Many medical conditions, such as hypertension, have a strong lifestyle component contributing to the disease. Each of us needs to recognize how our lifestyle tendencies are shaped, usually early on.
My belief is that our anxieties result from not understanding what has shaped the parts of our lives we want to change. We have a particular “code” – like a combination – that we need to discover and unlock within ourselves. This is akin to our genetic code, but what I mean is the way our mind, body and spirit weave together to make us a complete human being. All of threads are crucial to maintain peak performance.
How can you begin to “crack your code”? I suggest three components for you to look at:
- Mind: Reflect on what thoughts you think and where they originate. Were they present growing up? Usually they are. Are those thoughts about how you view yourself the thoughts you really want?
- Body: How are you feeling physically? Tired? Energetic? Look at your usual daily diet. Is it mostly carbohydrates? Protein? Fats? Not sure? Do you sleep enough and do you know why if you don’t? Do you exercise?
- Spirit: Are you doing things in your life that energize you spiritually? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Self-reflection needs to be done to realize where you are and then figure out where you want to go. Back to our hypertension example: physicians give drugs to correct blood pressure for hypertension (and blood glucose for diabetes) but the underlying threads of nutrition (physical component), thoughts (mind component) and happiness (spirit component) can also improve the physical signs. Think of your blood pressure and sugar as gauges in your car; they merely give you information and signs.
Understanding what these signs signify in your body, mind and spirit is key to cracking your code.
In my next blog, I will discuss some tools you can use. Please send me a message of how useful this was to you.