The Answer is There is No Answer
Self-help is now estimated to be a $10 billion dollar industry. Everyone is looking for answers to how to find better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind.
We lose and gain the same 20 pounds over and over on the newest fad diets, buy online programs, quit our day jobs, do detoxes, watch Oprah and Dr Oz, and put on a pedestal anyone who claims to have the answer.
Each new approach that hits the media is the new holy-grail that people flock to, hoping they’ve finally found the answer they’ve been looking for.
- Is it a diet? Gluten-free? Veganism? Paleo? Keto?
- Or is it an exercise plan? Cross fit? The 7-minute workout? Yoga or Pilates? Yogilates?
- Or maybe it’s the supplement of the moment? Green coffee bean extract? Antioxidants? Vitamin D?
- Perhaps it’s a medical syndrome? Thyroid disorder? Adrenal fatigue? Candida?
It is rare for a day to go by without at least one patient bringing me in a printout or handout from the web explaining that her symptoms are indicative of a particular condition. Don’t get me wrong, I support people doing their own research and participating in their own health care (and no one knows your body better than you do) but there are so many unqualified practitioners who specialize in ‘hormone balance’ or ‘detoxes’ or some other answer, that too many people are getting the short end of the stick expecting to follow a formulaic approach and feel their best.
After 20 years in my integrative primary care practice the one thing I know with complete and utter certainty is that there is no one answer.
Think about it like this:
Your genetic structure is unique
Your past is unique
Your stresses are unique
Your responsibilities are unique
And your values are unique
So shouldn’t your diet, your lifestyle, and your medical care be unique?
It’s a simple answer. Yes, they should.
For each and every person there is a sweet spot of non-negotiables and choices that make up the foundation for what you need to feel your best. Finding that sweet spot is easier than you might think.
What if you were given the tools to find that sweet spot? To understand and assess which things you needed to focus on as an individual that would make the biggest impact on your health and well being?
There is more about all of this in my book Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out. And will be writing more posts about it in the near future.
Yours in health,