I’ve sat back and watched the media go hell for leather attacking pretty much every professional in the health industry for some reason or another, seemingly daily of late. In the past two weeks, I’ve looked on in total disbelief. Now it appears the ‘medical’ profession have piped in. I’ve sat back perplexed about comments where paleo is dangerous (but as Pete Evans shares his concern, McDonalds is somehow considered ‘safe’) or equally read comments from loved and trusted high profile Doctors, jumping on the bandwagon of how dangerous it can be to take your health into your own hands. I think I’ve heard it all. I know I’ve had enough. I’m also not into naming and shaming nor giving the websites any more traffic or attention, if you’re keen to learn more there, just open up your Facebook feed. But what pains me the most; I’ve worked with some fabulous Doctors, Paediatricians, Gynaecologists, Cardiologists, Obstetricians and more and they don’t talk like this. The majority of these comments are so far from the reality of what is actually going on. Suggesting that anybody other than a ‘Doctor’ doesn’t have a clue about health or wellness, it’s embarrassing. Seems, to make for good reading we should never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Social media has a lot to answer for. Ignorant health professionals, even more so.
I’ve sat it out. Mostly because I felt as though my heart had been torn out with the passing of my beautiful friend Jess. I didn’t want to let my emotion get in the way. But in my heart of hearts I knew there would come a time where I had to say something. I had to speak from my core belief, like so many of us are wanting to do. And if I get slammed, shamed upon, spat on or ridiculed – that’s not my business. Clearly though, I might strike a nerve. I’m ready to stand up and speak my truth. I couldn’t sit and watch any longer.
Today is the day I’m rallying for unity.
The more I’ve dug my head into science and modern medicine, the more I realise we’ve a lot to learn. I’m not here to say modern medicine doesn’t have answers, it most certainly does have plenty. But, for every phenomenal breakthrough, we turn a corner to yet another ‘theory’ or ‘idea’ about what we think the body actually does. Fact remains, nothing is certain. Research and ‘trials’ aren’t necessarily a good indication of reality. Then take my line of work as an example, because really that’s all I can base my experience on. I too, have some answers (but certainly not all of them). I too, have had wonderful success. It just goes to show, there are many ways to get the job done. If I break a bone, my first point of call wouldn’t necessarily be my local TCM Doctor, equally if I had a heart attack I wouldn’t rock up to my local homeopath for an operation. I’d head straight to emergency. Equally if I’m going to my GP for answers about how to balance my body – I might be at the wrong health professional. It’s so important to recognise, everybody has an equally important place. EQUALLY.
To say that one specific modality of care has all your solutions covered, to me is extremely ambitious. To stand up and say the rest are rubbish (especially when they are focused on maintaining health, not solely treating illness), quackery or hocus pocus or woo woo seems to me like we’re selling ourselves so short, we may as well be broke when there is a rich pool of knowledge just waiting to be tapped into and shared.
As I shared via social media just today, “It’s time. I have to ask today, when will we stop pushing? When will we come together as wellness professionals (of all varieties) and help move people towards a better self, TOGETHER. I am absolutely disgusted with the un-researched, ignorant and untrue articles, credible Doctors (or all kinds) are splattering across social media platforms. We are all in this together people. The sooner we can approach health form information rather than fear, the sooner we will experience health and wellness. We all have something to offer. Together.” This comment even gained the attention of many, including one of Australia’s top cardiologists who replied “Well said Nat.” My heart is still smiling with delight. Because we are in this together. It’s time to stop fighting against each other, placing blame, pulling each other’s choices apart and trying to hang one another. Knowledge is power, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t take so well to being abused in the process and having it jammed down my throat. Let’s keep sharing, keeping these discussions open and look at all the possibilities to achieve wellness and treat illness. Together!
My soul intention and vision has always been to share wellness information so that you, my reader can make your own informed decision. Something I know my wellness sisters have also maintained as their main focus. I’m not here to tell you what to do, I’m here to give you another view. I’m here to help you remove the fear and make decisions based on knowing what is right or the contrary – for you. Most importantly I want to remind you that nobody else can tell you what is right for you. Because nobody else is you. Best of all, our gut instincts never fail us – we all innately know what is best, but sometimes this can be screwed up by fear or choosing a treatment path mostly because somebody told us to. I’m not even saying that guidance isn’t right – that you shouldn’t trust your health professional, their are many wonderfully educated and experienced health professionals and I like to think all with a common goal. But come back to what is right for you and don’t worry about anybody else. Bottom line.
I lost a soul sister two weeks back. A woman of such integrity and strength. A woman who, after modern medicine couldn’t offer her further solutions, decided there had to be another way. And she did. She found her way, and although some have said otherwise, not in complete disregard and lack of support from what modern medicine still had to offer her. Who are we to say it was the wrong way, or otherwise. Who are we to stay she made a mistake? Who are we to even know. We are all in this together. We are all searching for the solution. We all have our place.
Rather than shaming one another it’s time to surrender to the fact that nobody has all of the answers. That many alternative therapies are the basis of modern medicine. That advocating for healthy living isn’t quackery – it’s the foundation of wellness. If we don’t start here, we’re doomed! That without progression, trial, error and mistakes we wouldn’t be here. That alternative therapies play a huge role. That modern medicine saves lives. That modern medicine does not have all the answers and that alternative therapies may, in some instances, come with far less side effects to achieve a better outcome. Imagine! All of us working together to make a collective difference. This can be a reality. All that needs to happen is that we stop trying to outdo each other. Acknowledge the difference we are ALL making towards saving lives.
It isn’t a competition. It’s not a race. Nobody has all of the answers and that we all have a beautiful, important role in moving ourselves towards health, together.