There’s a widespread mindset I see amongst many of my clients and site visitors that is counterproductive to healing or attaining optimal health. It’s a false belief that there is a “magic bullet” or “miracle cure” that will correct their health issue.
It’s not really their fault that they think this way, it’s the result of mass conditioning by society and the powers of authority. Everywhere we turn we are hit with messages that perpetuate this lie. However, to really make improvements in one’s health, we must become aware of this mindset and make a conscious effort to banish it.
On the television, magazines, radio, the Internet, etc., we are inundated with advertisements that claim we can have better health, lose weight, be more successful, make more money, look younger, live forever, feel great, become a magnet for the opposite sex, and so on and so on, overnight with a simple, yet, magical pill or cream.
As a result of these promises, we have become a society that wants instant and extraordinary results without making changes in our lives or exerting any effort. The problem is that these are unrealistic expectations. We are falling prey to great marketing tactics, but poor principles to live by.
On the other side of the coin, we also have confusion among the health experts themselves and many of them buy into and promote the whole “magic bullet” mindset. Jane Doe health professional says improving health is all about energy, while John Doe tells us the whole problem lies in the colon. Doctor so and so says everything is caused by a fungus, while another doctor says it’s all about viruses.
Unfortunately, the natural health, holistic health, alternative health, or integrative health field is just as guilty of these practices as mainstream health care. In traditional medicine, the miracle cure is sold in the prescription drug; in the natural, holistic, or alternative field, the miracle is sold in the nutritional supplement or alternative technique.
The truth of the matter is that health is compromised by many factors, not just one. A person in poor health is likely to have a sluggish colon, misaligned energy, an overgrowth of fungus, and viral infection, as well as several other factors like neurotransmitter imbalances, toxicity, adrenal dysfunction, hormone imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, chronic stress, etc., etc.
Poor health or the development of a chronic health condition is rarely the result of “one” particular issue. Most health conditions are complex, multi-faceted, and have a variety of underlying contributing factors. All these factors must be addressed to achieve optimal health. Additionally, none of these factors can be cured with a “magic bullet” overnight.
Optimizing one’s health is a lifelong journey, not a one-time event. There are peaks and valleys and it takes great change and commitment. Now, if you are willing to put in the work, then you may indeed see some miracles in your life, but they aren’t just going to appear out of nowhere without any effort. If you individualize your diet correctly for your needs or make critical changes in your lifestyle then you can see some dramatic or miraculous improvements in health, but they are not handed to you on a silver platter or found at the bottom of a supplement bottle.
When I inform people that the first step they must take to experience better health is to change their diet and lifestyle and clean up the toxins in their environment, the response I hear most often is something like this, “isn’t there something I can take that will clear this up quickly?”
My response goes something like this, “there may be a variety of nutritional supplements and alternative therapies that can be helpful, but it will be more than one, and it is not going to fix the problem quickly and it will be determined by the unique biochemical needs of each person.”
For example, one person with depression or anxiety may have nutrient deficiencies and microbial overgrowth at the root of their problem, while another person with anxiety and depression may have environmental toxicity and adrenal fatigue at the root of their problem. The same applies to insomnia, obesity, blood sugar issues, or whatever the health condition may be.
Additionally, it doesn’t matter how many nutritional supplements you take, if you don’t change your diet, clean up your environment, and alter your lifestyle to live and eat in a manner that is congruent with better health, the benefits you receive from the nutrients will be nominal and short-lived. Nutritional supplements are a frequent component in the protocol for optimizing health, but one needs to keep in mind that the need for supplements develops primarily because of a poor diet, chronic stress, and environmental toxins.
Although an individual may see some type of instant result with a prescription, in most cases, drugs do not “cure.” They temporarily suppress symptoms, and the symptoms will return later or new symptoms will arise since the problem still exists. When one addresses the true underlying causes of their condition and attempts to correct the problem at the core, this takes time. Again, healing is a long and ongoing process, not an overnight occurrence.
If one remains deluded by the belief that there is a “magic bullet,” it not only impedes the healing process, but it sets people up for failure. When the person is not able to achieve the “miracle cure” as they expected, they feel discouraged and lose hope. Precious time is lost chasing the elusive miracle cure, and then they give up, fearful that nothing else will work.
Optimizing your health takes significant effort, time, commitment, and persistence. It is a life-long process and your needs change at different phases of your life. You must become a detective and learn how to uncover all the clues within your body. There must be a willingness to change and do whatever is required to achieve the goal. An easy “miracle cure” simply does not exist. The sooner you accept this reality and get on the right road, the better off you are.
Now, if you are ready to do the work, I can help. We can work together to develop a strong self-care plan specifically for you that moves you toward a more optimal level of health by identifying the underlying contributors that may be compromising your health, individualizing your diet, and various other techniques Contact me today to get started.