Health: Are You Silencing Your Body’s Cries for Help Rather than Addressing Them?

doctorIf you broke your arm, would you go to a herbalist or a chiropractor? No, of course you wouldn’t! You would go to your physician or to the emergency room and have a conventional doctor set the bone so that it heals properly. Perhaps you’d also visit an orthopedist who specializes in broken and fractured bones. And that would definitely be the right decision.
A broken bone or an infection is considered an “acute” problem. In other words it is temporary and short in duration. Once it’s healed, it’s over. However, chronic diseases like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer are increasing in our country. Just as your dentist wouldn’t be able to treat arthritis, chronic disease has been shown to respond better to what is called “functional” medicine.
I love the way this article explains this: “Functional medicine places an emphasis on the patient’s lifestyle history and genetic makeup, which interact to produce a unique set of symptoms. The symptoms are believed to be the body’s response to an underlying issue; they highlight that there is a problem, but they are not the problem themselves. For example, inflammation is the body’s response to a problem. Anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce inflammation, but the underlying cause remains. Treating the symptoms gets us nowhere in the end.”
Most doctors focus on the symptom. But as I’ve said many times before – symptoms are your body’s language! They speak to you about an imbalance or a root that must be addressed. By covering up a symptom with a drug, perhaps you no longer have the symptom, but you also haven’t addressed what caused it. And there’s no doubt it will show up at another time in perhaps another way. Or any drug you take may cause an entirely different symptom as a side-effect.
Are you familiar with functional medicine? Do you typically look only for symptom management?


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8 Responses to Health: Are You Silencing Your Body’s Cries for Help Rather than Addressing Them?

  1. Ann,

    Great post. I’ve never heard of “functional” medicine, but I totally get what you mean about acute vs chronic. Certainly treating symptoms of chronic disorders doesn’t cure anything and often makes it worse because the medicine masks the real problem.

    Have a Victorious Day!

  2. debwilson2 says:

    Ann, this was a great illustration of the importance of choosing the right solution. I agree with you about treating the root instead of the symptom. Great post.

  3. Elyssa says:

    Ann – As usual, a thought-provoking and important post! I’m thankful I grew up in a household where we focused on prevention and lifestyle as our main medical methods. I really agree with you that we so often focus on treating the symptoms and forget about the roots. It’s so important to look at underlying causes. Thank you for the great reminder!

    • amusico says:

      Elyssa – I so appreciate you taking the time to read and sharing your thoughtful comments. It’s wonderful you grew up focusing on
      prevention and healthy lifestyle. You are ahead of most people!

  4. Cam says:

    Great post Ann.
    I definitely agree with you and others that we must look for the source of the problems and then treat those rather than simply “symptom-management”.

    My suspicion is that most people think it is easier to manage around the symptoms than to actually deal with the problem. While this is true in the short term, problems usually never go away. Instead they might grow into something way worse while we’re ignoring/silencing the symptoms.

    Thanks for bringing light on the issue and for sharing a new “class” of medicine (i.e. Functional medicine)


    • amusico says:

      It seems pretty obvious but most people don’t realize that managing symptoms (i.e. getting rid of pain) is not the same as resolving it at the root. You will have to continually manage it – whereas if you resolve it, it is no longer a problem. It may take more effort but it’s definitely worth it.

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