Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Symptoms


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Most people with chronic health complaints spend years…even decades chasing symptoms. They visit several doctors who prescribe drugs to help their symptoms. They may even see alternative health practitioners who use different tools to help manage their symptoms. And they end up frustrated, desperate for relief and looking for answers when they contact you.

When talking to these clients you discover just how many regularly take more than one prescription or over the counter drug. And yet these people still struggle with symptoms that won’t go away or that get worse!

Modern medicine promotes the idea of treating the symptoms of chronic illness as the standard of care. But the number of people suffering from the symptoms of chronic illness continues to grow. If the current standard of care worked, then shouldn’t more people be getting better?

Uncovering solutions for the symptoms

Running after symptoms and managing them individually with drugs or supplements may provide temporary relief. But the symptoms are a sign of a deeper underlying issue within the body.  And handling individual symptoms allows a hidden problem to continue and get worse.

Let’s say you have a client who regularly takes an over the counter drug for headaches. They get headaches several times per week. But if they can just take a pill to get rid of the headache, then no big deal, right? Let’s say the headaches result from food sensitivities, a common cause of headache pain. If your client continues to eat these foods, it will cause chronic inflammation and eventually damage the digestive system. This results in lowered immune system function. This can leave your client susceptible to infection that can cause more serious problems and bring new symptoms. and encourage the use of even more medications.

Good Health Doesn’t Come Easily

Most people chase symptoms because it’s easy. But over time, they start having new symptoms, take more medication, start feeling worse, and begin to wish for a better way. A better way does exist! But it calls for a commitment to learn more and work towards healing.

Many people continue to believe that they can rely on their doctors to keep them healthy. But it’s unlikely that a typical doctor will help them get to the root of their health problems if only treating symptoms.  This puts the responsibility on the shoulders of everyone to educate themselves about good health or find a prevention-oriented practitioner that will.

Today’s busy lifestyles don’t help either. Our ancestors had a much easier time being healthy because they were connected to nature. They ate a lot of nutritious food each day. They also exercised regularly and got plenty of rest.

However, in the fast paced, technological world, irresistible, unhealthy temptations surround us. We eat harmful fake foods because they taste good. We get little rest because artificial light allows us to lengthen the day. And we face an excess of stress with everything modern technology allows us to pack into a single day. And that doesn’t even include the thousands of toxic chemicals we’re exposed to every day.

The path to good health

Good health goes far beyond passing a yearly physical.  It’s a state in which the body functions optimally and without discomfort. Very few people today live in a state of good health. But the body has an amazing ability to fix itself.  It knows exactly how to keep itself functioning optimally. Sometimes however, people need a little help to support the body’s natural healing ability.

As a health coach, you give your clients a chance to stop chasing symptoms and start healing. Working toward normal function allows them to feel better as their symptoms go away. It’s a permanent solution that stops bad health dead in it’s tracks.

But you need the right tools to look beneath the surface and spot the places that are out of whack. Having the ability to run labs with your clients and understand the results is the best tool you can have! It is the tool that allows you to look deeper. Once you spot areas that need some extra care, you can focus healing efforts in that area. This type of targeted care will give your client’s body the tools that it needs to heal itself. As it begins to heal, symptoms will go away…and your client will feel better.

How would you feel knowing that you can be the one to finally help your client find relief?


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