I felt led to continue on from last week’s post about my walking buddy and how she acted as a nutritional detective to figure out what was causing her distressing symptoms.
Pastor Robert Jeffers made this statement about spiritual issues but it absolutely went off inside me and I see how it relates to health issues. He said,
“Knowing the source of a problem is the key to determining the solution to the problem.”
As I meditated on this statement I saw the natural progression: symptom to source to solution. All too often we get stuck on symptom. Instead of trying to manage or silence the symptom, it would be helpful to look at it for what it is: information. It is your body’s way of alerting you that something is out of balance or alignment.
Instead of simply finding some drug to calm it or quiet that voice, it would be much better to take the next step toward finding the source of the problem. Here’s where doing some of that detective work I talked about last week comes in so handy.
Ask some questions. Why is this happening now? What have I done that’s different? What have I changed? You can keep a food log and pay attention to any changes to see if they point you toward a source for your symptom. Or you can work with a health coach who can do an evaluation and give you some feedback on possibilities you may not have considered.
Then you can move on from simply managing the symptom to addressing the source. Once you are able to do that, you can implement a solution. More often than not, I have found it is something relatively simple that is part of your regular habits and routine.
You must, however, be open to making a change. All too many people would rather just take a “magic pill” and keep on doing whatever it is that causing the symptom so they don’t have to change a habit. But in the long-run that just causes more problems because every drug has side effects and unless you address the source of the original problem, you will just create more symptoms and new problems.
So, are you willing to listen to your symptoms in order to find the source and resolve the problem by finding a solution?
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There’s no such thing as a “magic pill” my friend. All of them has other impacts in our lives it seems. That’s what I love about your holistic, more natural approach to addressing health issues in our lives. Great stuff Ms. Ann!
Thank you, J.D.
YES! YES! YES! I’m so willing. I don’t want to just cover up an issue, I want to prevent and reverse it!
While reading this the first thing that popped into my mind is how this pertains to everything in life. All the issues we face: crime, homelessness, addiction, poverty … we need to stop treating the symptoms and dig deeper.
You hit the nail on the head Holly – it’s true of all issues we face in life. Covering them up never helps.