As a child, I was always sick. From asthma to ear infections to bronchitis to eczema, I had it all. When I was 18, I went to the doctor for unbearable nausea. I lived with it day in and day out. The doctor did all he could for me. He gave me a 5 minute exam, listened to my symptoms, and sent me away with a prescription that I was to take for the rest of my life. For many people this would have been a great solution. Pop some pills and the problem is gone. For me though, at 18 years old, I just could not bring myself to believe that I would need to be on a prescription medication for the rest of my life. It just did not make any sense. As a result, I took control of my health. I started reading, I started learning, I started asking my health care providers more questions rather than simply listening. I started working with holistic practitioners and I changed my ill-fate.

Decades later, I take no prescriptions whatsoever and I have gotten to the root causes of the chronic illnesses I suffered as a kid. I have lost a significant amount of weight and I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. None of it though, would have been possible if I did not take a stand for my health and had simply accepted the prescription and diagnosis I was given. Finding a root cause to my ailments was life changing. 

First and foremost, when it comes to your health, you must be your own number one advocate. It would be really nice to trust our doctors, health care practitioners, the media and health claims that are made. However, it is just not possible. Why not? 

Medical doctors are highly trained and knowledgeable. They receive in-depth studies on pharmaceutical drugs and emergency care. They do their best to care for us. They are not however, the only ones who should be responsible for your health. 

Doctors often have very limited time to see patients. They are usually super busy. This means it is not always possible for your doctor to hear all of the pieces to your story and symptoms. This makes the health puzzle difficult to put together. This is why it is so critical for you to tune into your body and be able to know how it is being affected and what might be affecting it. This is important information to be communicating to your doctor.

Furthermore, doctors receive a ton of excellent medical training in dealing with emergencies and understanding pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately though, many receive minimal training in nutrition, preventative care, and natural healing. 

While it is always important to listen to your doctor, it is also important for you to speak up and trust your own intuition when it comes to your body and your health. Give your doctor all of the information he or she needs to help you and request that they take the time to listen to your story and your needs. 

It is important to follow the guidelines presented by your doctor. However, when you feel like your needs are not being met, you must speak up and maybe even search for other health care practitioners. In fact, creating a team of practitioners that are looking out for your health is truly optimal. Each practitioner will likely have a different perspective and see things one of the other practitioners may not have. 
For example, as a nutritional consultant, my perspective is focused on food and its impact on the body. When a client walks into my office with digestive issues, my focus is on figuring out what foods may be causing their symptoms or what nutrients are lacking in the body to cause them. Time and time again, I have had people come in complaining of gas and bloating, heartburn and constipation or diarrhea. From my perspective, I want to assess if they have food sensitivities or if they are having issues with food combining. I want to know if they have been on antibiotics and if there is perhaps some level of gut dysbiosis. Clients will walk out of my office with food plans and meal options rather than a prescription. This is because nutrition and natural health is the lens through which I view my clients. 

You see, there is often more than one solution to most health issues. Only you know what is truly optimal for your body since everyone is very different. You are your own analyst and our own cheerleader. There is no one who knows your body as well as you and no one who cares about your health more than you do.  

Bottom line, speak up for your health, keep learning about your body and how it works, and form a team of people who care about your health. 

© Danielle Zanzarov * South Bay Wellness 

Danielle Zanzarov is the co-founder of South Bay Wellness. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner. She is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Pracititioners. You can learn more about Danielle on her bio page or check out some of her service pages including Nutritional Consultations and Weight Release Programs.