James L. Wilson
This book has been a bit of a revelation to me over the past few weeks that I have been reading and digesting it. In summary, the biggest take home I got from it is the Adrenals what are a small gland that sits on both kidney's when stressed presents in such a combination of symptoms which are easily mistaken for a number of different things. Yes, it is starting to change my way of thinking and questioning which comes first - the body being stressed altering chemistry, gut balance, hormones, nutrient demand and supply. Now I am starting to think while I have been working on a significant part of the puzzle - gut health and supporting it to heal, it isn't holistic enough. Never mind the cognitive and emotional parts I discuss with clients. Have a look through the list of 'symptoms' as noted by the author and see for yourself the crossover and decide if it is worth investigating, under supervision and working towards supporting the body in a very holistic manner, being sure to include the mind, body and spiritual connection to the higher power even if for you it is nature.
This is not an exhaustive list and does not take into account the pathology tests that ideally are done to rule out more serious underlying issues.
What I found interesting is this list really does describe a lot of possible conditions, and there is an overlap with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mitrochondrial Diseases, thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, Food Intolerance especially to amines and glutamates, vitamin and mineral deficiency such as Vit c, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, B-group vitamins. I am thinking you get the drift.
So, the questions starts to arise "What is really going and and what is the trigger, the driver and where are we (me included) at?" That is the thing, as health practitioners, and individuals, it is essential to look at which part of our life is out of balance and forcing the shifts to compensation and then to crippling reality. This is an extension from last week's newsletter. So in summary of this part:
What Can Be DONE?
Now, get help!! Consider the list, what is the easiest things to work on? It could be as simple as eating a piece of fruit a day for some, or less caffeine. Ask for help from people experienced in the various parts of the change process. Be warned this is going to be a mixed up, non-linear progressive journey.
Have the medical tests to rule out serious medication or intervention requiring conditions - nutrient deficiencies, diabetes, auto-immune or other pathological conditions.
Seek help with your eating and gut health. This is another core issue, literally. Considering the gastric system runs through the middle of your body from your mouth to anus, it is literally a core issue. Are the foods you are eating right for you or are they causing imbalance, inflammation, stressing the body, triggering weight etc?
Seek emotional and cognitive help. A trusted friend who can be unbiased, life line, counsellors, clergy, spiritual healers. Who are you drawn to speak with? Journal and ask. Your true self wants to help you and it knows more than the brain, it has the universe at its disposal and not just google.
Self care - gentle exercise, massages, time out - alone, good communication, book, movie, bath, shower, hiking, etc. ...your time out favourites and don't feel bad about it. If you are not going to look after you, when others attempt to do so you may not enjoy it as much becuase you are too shut down! If you don't know any more what you like to do, play with the various options and see what fits. It took me years to work out again what I like to do.
Hang out with people who are, being and represent who you think you would like to be. I call this hanging onto the coat tails. You don't need to be them and copy everything they do, say or be, but be open to experiencing what they do and see if it is a fit. It may not right in the moment, but the seed is planted for the future you that you are growing into.
Consider what else you can do to look after you. Life change is not always easy, however the results can be quite significantly different, if you choose it to be.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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