“Joy of living is a more sustainable and powerful motivator than fear of dying. How well we live is more motivating than how long we live.” -Dr. Dean Ornish
Why should you consider adopting an integrative approach to your healthcare? Why take the time and energy to read and engage with this website? Why should you be willing to make changes, when making those changes may cause you discomfort or fear? What good will you get out of it?
Your motivations are yours alone. By exploring this website, it’s likely that some part of you has committed to doing all that it takes to heal. If the rest of you needs a little more convincing, consider the following short and long-term outcomes of success you may experience:
The first major side effect will probably be that you have more energy, thanks to lifestyle modifications and integrative treatment approaches. With more energy, you’ll feel motivated to make a few more small changes; more side effects will follow.
By no longer being a passive observer in your own healthcare decisions, you’ll begin to feel that you can actually have some control in how you deal with your disease. And that will likely lead you to make more changes. The final side effect of these changes that you make to combat your disease is the biggest of all: you’ll feel better. Change can be scary, but if you confront that fear, good things can happen.
Setting the table for success
“Set the table” means, for a patient, to get themselves in the best possible health then use the best that western medicine has to offer to treat the underlying disease. Treatment effectiveness is greatest when the body is as heathy as possible. Setting the table by getting as healthy as possible prior to starting treatment (and keeping your body healthy after) sets the stage for healing to occur both today and in the future.
Changing the natural progression of disease
Most long term illness follows a natural progression; that is, as time passes, symptoms and damage increase. In general, the more time that passes, the greater the toll the disease takes on one’s body. Is this natural progression set in stone? Absolutely not. By taking a proactive approach to your health, you can alter the typical progression of an illness to your benefit. Lifestyle modifications, stress management, integrative therapies, and other aspects of health can all play a role in halting or delaying disease progression.
Often, it’s not the disease itself which impacts our quality of life, but the symptoms that accompany it. Fatigue, pain, mental problems, and others can all have a major impact on daily living. Western medicine may offer some reliefs, but often times, addressing the most burdensome of symptoms requires attacking them using a combination of conventional, complementary, and lifestyle therapies. Scientific evidence is continuing to mount showing that integrative approaches to symptom management are often most effective.
Preventing other illnesses
Unfortunately, lighting CAN strike the same place twice, and just because you’ve already been hit by one illness does not mean that you are protected from developing future illnesses. In fact, 40% of Americans have at least two chronic diseases. By preventing the onset of a new disease, you are giving yourself the best chance of healing from what already burdens you, and setting the stage for optimal health in the future.
“It is easier and cheaper to prevent the onset of a disease than it is to treat it once the disease has developed.” — Institute of Medicine, Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public
Staying as healthy as possible, until there’s a cure
Technology is making great advances, but you need to take your health into your own hands. Whether it’s better drugs, the use of stem cells, less invasive surgeries, or other modalities, the treatment for every disease is getting better. Do it right, an you may live long enough to live forever!
If I keep myself healthy for the next 10 years, how much better are the treatments going to be?