reversing your chronic disease in 2021

The 5 things you can do to reverse your chronic disease in 2021

Who am I to be speaking about reversing your chronic disease and pain? I’m not a physician, nutritionist, or personal trainer. I am a person who experiences chronic pain daily and a licensed mental health professional. I have experienced 3 physical traumas (a trampoline accident and 2 car accidents), an abusive marriage (my first one), and diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 26. I’ve had to learn how to deal with, manage, and overcome my chronic pain version, which will look different from yours; albeit, the same principles apply.

Why does being a mental health professional matter?

I’ll go into more detail later in this article – but for a little teaser…there’s a mind-body connection to disease that physicians really don’t address.

1. WHAT ARE YOU EATING

Let’s get into the first thing you can do to reverse your chronic disease. This information comes from my curiosity and reaching out to the experts within my network for information, insight, and help. What are you eating???? Food can affect everyone differently, after all inflammation and poor digestion go hand in hand. 

I highly recommend taking a food sensitivity test to determine your body’s difficulty digesting and is likely causing an inflammatory reaction within your body. Once you have your results, eliminate those foods for several months to let your body heal, try reintroducing them back into your diet, and see how your body responds. You may or may not consume them again.  To help with this elimination, consider doing an allergen elimination detox and reintroduce food groups after you’ve finished. Or follow an anti-inflammatory diet.  Don’t have the extra funds for a test or to purchase specialty products for a specific type of cleansing? No worries, just cut out these certain foods to begin this journey, keep a food journal, and note how you feel after eating them! Things to cut out:

Sugar! (OMG)

Saturated fats pizza, cheese (dairy!), red meat

Trans fats (processed foods)

Omega-6 fatty acids (too much is a problem)

Refined carbohydrates (white flour & white potato products)

MSG (typically found in Asian foods and many processed foods)

Gluten & casein (casein is one reason people say dairy causes inflammation)

Aspartame

Alcohol (it’s a poison…duh)

2. ARE YOU MOVING YOUR BODY?

 Lethargy and a sedentary lifestyle beget more physical pain. The body was not meant for a sedentary lifestyle, and the body has not developed to accommodate for less physical activity.  Try some simple movements like a walking video you can find for FREE on YouTube! Arm circles, squats, lunges, knee raises, calf raises are simple things you can move the body and break up fascial adhesions—

  • Which can be what is causing you pain.
  • Yoga is the gentlest form of exercise you can do for chronic pain because you are the decider of how hard you push yourself. Being flexible and already in-shape is not a requirement to do yoga and is a widespread misperception. Yoga is about getting to know your body and what it needs.
  • Water aerobics are great if you have joint pain and don’t want to extra pressure them.

3.      VITAMIN & NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES?       

Sometimes people are deficient in essential nutrients, and this can cause the body not to work properly either! Has your physician run labs to see if you have any nutrient deficiencies and take supplements if prescribed?

4.    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALLOPATHIC VS. HOLISTIC MEDICINE

Now I’m definitely out of my “scope of practice” when discussing the intricacies of this one. Acupuncture Today describes the difference: 

“Allopathic medicine refers to the practice of conventional medicine that uses pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions (like surgery) to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of disease. Holistic medicine represents the idea that all the properties of a system (physical, biological, social, etc.) its parts alone not truly determine or explain Can. Instead, the system determines how the parts function together.” My point in sharing this bit of information was to help you understand what you’re getting when you see a physician for your chronic disease. Know what you want, what you value, and understand that an MD may not be open to exploring more holistic options, just as a holistic physician may argue against western medicine. You are your best advocate.

5. THE THING NOBODY TALKS ABOUT THAT MAKES a world of difference  

MENTAL HEALTH!

What happens to the body when it has a lifetime of unprocessed, repressed, and swallowed emotions?

At some point, the body cannot hold all the emotional trauma and converts that energy into dis-ease(s) like autoimmune disorders, nervous system disorders, cancer, rheumatoid disorders, sudden food allergies, etc. Facing these emotional traumas can ease your pain/disorder, and sometimes people can even go into remission. Find a mental health professional like a licensed therapist to help you do this. You may first need to work through current emotions associated with your diagnosis before you can dive deeper into past trauma(s).

The body of work by Louise Hay, such as “You Can Heal Your Life” and “Heal Your Body” demonstrates how the body holds onto repressed emotions that manifest into physical symptoms and chronic disease. For example (some of these are reasons my clients come to me): 

  • Chronic disease refers to “a refusal to change, fear of the future, not feeling safe (Heal Your Body, p. 24).” 
  • Multiple Sclerosis refers to “mental hardness, hard-heartedness, iron will, inflexibility, fear (p. 50).”
  • TMJ & other jaw problems refer to “anger, resentment, desire for revenge (p. 45).” 
  • Cancer refers to “deep hurt, longstanding resentment, deep secret or grief eating away at the self, carrying hatreds (p. 23).” 
  • Lower back pain refers to “fear of money, lack of financial support (p. 16).” 
  • Headaches refer to “invalidating the self, self-criticism, fear (p. 39).”
  • Neck pain refers to “refusing to see other sides, stubbornness, inflexibility (p. 53).”
  • Dizziness refers to “flighty, scattered thinking, a refusal to look (p. 29).”
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis refers to “deep criticism of authority, feeling very put upon (p. 60).”

The energy of the body

Knowing the energy and fears associated with the chakras can also help you figure out what we may relate to your trauma. See the associated worksheet for more information on this one. Below is a list of the chakras and what you may experience when they are out of balance. This information came directly from Arhanta Yoga’s website.

  • Crown – constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy, and destructive feelings
  • Third Eye – non-assertive, afraid of success, or on the contrary, egoistical, headaches, blurry vision, and eye strain
  • Throat – timidity, quietness, a feeling of weakness or the inability to express your thoughts
  • Heart – emotional issues like anger, lack of trust, anxiety, jealousy, fear, and moodiness
  • Solar Plexus – digestive problems, liver problems or diabetes, depression, lack of self-esteem, anger, and perfectionism
  • Sacral – emotionally explosive and irritable, lacking energy and creativity, manipulative or obsessed with sexual thoughts.
  • Root – unstable, ungrounded, lack of ambition, lack of purpose, fearful, insecure and frustrated

Is your pain/disorder on one side of the body?

  • The right side is Masculine and possible relates to a male in your life or something out of the control that is bothering you.
  • The left side is Feminine and possible relates to a female in your life or something inside you (i.e., your intuition) that they blatantly ignore you.

I’m hoping this article gave you a more rounded out version of chronic disease and why some treatments just may not be helping you. There’s a depth to chronic disease, and the further you allow yourself to go down the rabbit hole and face what you find, the more likely you’ll be able to “reverse your chronic disease!”

   

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Michelle Scott
Michelle is a Licensed Therapist & Healer. She combines her therapy training with intuitive energy healing in order to help the body to release the emotional trauma, stories, and memories from its physical ailments, aches, & pains. When patients are open to it, she will deliver messages from “others” to aid you in your journey at this moment in time. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & a minor in Biology from Bradley University, and her Master of Science in Community Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She is also a trained practitioner in 2 styles of Reiki, and continues to learn about energy, spirituality, and is intrigued by quantum physics as it relates to how we experience human consciousness.
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