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What are your health prospects in 2018?

by Dr. Nicole Myers, D.Ac., L.Ac.

This past couple of weeks I have had some great talks with my patients. It's that time of year for reflection and it's been wonderful. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM who shared with me told me how much better they felt because of the changes they’ve made. My entire practice is morphing into helping people get to the root of their problems. Although most don't come in with digestive issues as their main complaint and most don’t even realize they have this issue, if they seek permanent change it's imperative that's where we begin.

When I was at my sickest and was seeking medical help, no doctor asked me what I was doing for my health. I wasn’t asked about my food intake, my sugar intake, my stress level, my PMS issues, or my sleep (unless I offered my insomnia issues and then they offered medication). Their focus was on blood tests and prescriptions, but never on the things I could do FOR myself at home to help make permanent changes. Unfortunately our system is set up this way, but I do hope it will be changing sooner than later. We have brilliant medical doctors who don’t have a lot of time with each patient and often the symptom(s) mentioned is followed by a blood test, but if nothing shows up what do you do? Have more tests done? Pop more pills?  One doctor took my blood work and focused more on what my body was lacking and I loved this approach. He also happened to be a great teacher of mine, and I’m grateful. Typically nothing was offered in the way of nutritional ideas to improve my health. On that note, nutrition is great and beneficial but if you have poor digestion, how are you going to get the nutrition out of your food and into your system?  

This is the perfect time of year to reflect on where we struggle, where we want to be in the near future, and who might help us get there.

You may not even be aware of what your root problem might be!  I recently had a patient tell me, “I don’t have any digestion issues!” then later in the appointment when I was explaining a finding from my exam she said, “I don’t have a gall bladder.”  Well, THAT’S A MAJOR PART OF DIGESTION and THAT’S AN ISSUE! The good news is I can help with that very issue.
          I leave you with this thought: If your body is properly functioning, will it be satisfied or will you continue to overeat, overdrink, over…whatever? Will you feel happy and motivated? Will it function like a carefully tuned machine when you wake up in the morning or only after you’ve moved around for 30 minutes? I say, “YES” it can in 2018! Let’s work as a team to make it happen!  

Let’s all get our bodies revved up for an amazing year ahead! 
Happy holidays and Happy New Year!