I suffered from severe depression and anxiety for a solid decade of my life. During that time, I saw at least 20 different medical professionals (I lost track there were so many), including psychiatrists and psychologists, and I tried countless combinations of pharmaceuticals in order to lessen my symptoms. Over the years, I sadly learned to accept that I would struggle with depression and anxiety the rest of my life. I chalked it up to a chemical imbalance in my brain that was probably genetic. During that decade that I lost to depression and anxiety, not a single medical professional asked me about my diet and/or nutrition. In fact, not a single medical professional discussed the root cause of my illness at all. The only options ever discussed were SSRIs, mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics. At one point, I was taking eight different pharmaceuticals on a daily basis. I had never been so depressed in my life, despite the eight pills I was popping each day.
In 2014, I became bedridden with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). While fighting the Chronic Fatigue, I studied everything I could about proper diet, nutrition and supplementation. Because CFS is an inflammatory disease, most of my research was spent trying to determine the best way to extinguish the systemic inflammation in my body. In the course of my research, I stumbled upon an article that explained the connection between inflammation and depression. The alarm bells went off in my head immediately. I remembered that the first major depressive episode I ever experienced was directly after I had a serious viral infection. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to fight infection. Because I wasn’t even aware of my body’s inflammatory response, I never took any action to address the inflammation. The tragic result was a ten year battle with severe and debilitating depression and anxiety. Once I understood, however, that my depression was the result of systemic inflammation, it only took about six months of an anti-inflammatory diet and supplementation to cure my depression. Yep …. I said cure. I found the root cause of my depression/anxiety, eliminated the root cause (inflammation) with diet and supplementation, and I have been depression free for a year. I still struggle with anxiety as I have a personality that is prone to extensive worry and perfectionism, but it is manageable and doesn’t impair my ability to lead a happy, joyful life.
So why is it that the majority of Americans are unaware most disease and illness can be effectively treated and cured? It is no secret that the Pharmaceutical Industry is extraordinarily powerful, exceedingly wealthy and is driven solely by profits and greed. It goes without saying that the Pharmaceutical Industry, including its massively influential lobby, is not looking out for the best interests of the American public. In fact, I don’t think the wellbeing of the American public is even on their radar. The problem grows exponentially when you consider the incestuous relationship between Big Pharma and your health care professionals coupled with the nature of the training doctors receive in medical school. Unfortunately, conventional medical doctors are simply not taught how to cure their patients. They are taught to manage symptoms with a pill for every ill. The sad reality is that conventional medicine is in the business of caring for sick people with very little motivation to cure illness and disease. Healthy individuals do not generate profits.
I share my story with you to illustrate that illness can be cured. We don’t have to accept feeling sick, tired or depressed. We don’t have to settle for managing our symptoms with a pill for every symptom. We don’t have to give our power over to our doctors when it comes to our health and wellbeing. We don’t have to swallow toxic chemicals prescribed by our doctors in order to live the healthy, vital lives that are our true destiny. We can prevent illness by the nourishment we put into our bodies every single day. And if we do get ill, we have the capacity to track down the root cause of our illness, make the required changes to our diet and lifestyle, and cure ourselves of most disease or illness.
If you have received a diagnosis and told that there is no cure by your doctor, please understand that what your doctor means by incurable is that your disease or illness cannot be cured by swallowing a pill or going under the scalpel of surgery. Conventional doctors are only trained to treat patients by writing prescriptions or scheduling surgeries. Please know that you have many, many more options that pills or surgeries. Our bodies natural state is perfect health. If you are sick, there is something that caused your sickness. Always.
So what can you do to track down the root cause or causes of your illness? You have many options! If you need to see a medical doctor, find a functional medical doctor in your area. Naturopaths are another great option as they treat patients holistically and are always looking for root causes. If you would like more one on one attention than a functional doctor or naturopath can provide, working with a holistic health coach is a great option. The bottom line is that you don’t have to be sick, tired and depressed. You have options. Never forget it!
About the Author:
Holistic health coach Jennifer Yerxa believes that every single one of us has the potential to live nourished, healthy lives filled with vitality, joy and peace. After battling a series of chronic health issues, her research has lead her to to work with clients to help them discover the root cause of their illness and to support them on their healing journeys. Contact Jennifer now to receive a free 30 minute complimentary session! You can reach her on Facebook or at http://www.nourishedbodypeacefulmind.com