Okay, maybe this title is a bit inflammatory, but I got somewhat triggered recently, after seeing a famous health and lifestyle coach, leading the charge for those, “living with chronic illness.”
Don’t get me wrong…I’m certainly in favor of empowering any marginalized group, such as those living with a chronic illness. Lord knows, I’ve spent much of my life in this category! However, I’m also aware what a slippery slope it can be, to take on this definition and make it a part of your identity.
Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. And it is generally agreed that they are on the rise. The CDC states that 6 out of every 10 Americans have a chronic disease, and 4 out of 10 have two or more chronic diseases.
These statistics are pretty shocking right, and say something really important about the spectrum of health and illness in our culture, including the phenomenon that illness breeds more illness.
Is it any wonder? Our medical system and culture at large enables disease by labeling it as “chronic”, and sticking patients on medications indefinitely, without any projection of renewed health, or the understanding for how real healing takes place.
You see, the diagnosis of chronic disease and prescription drugs go hand in hand, ensuring ongoing dependence on a pharmaceutical industry that’s driven by profits, more than health or helping those in need.
Depression, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Autoimmune disease, Back Pain, Diabetes, Cancer, Fibroids, recurring UTIs, Cervical Dysplasia. All of these ailments are looked on by conventional medicine as a progressive process that will get worse over time unless medical intervention keeps the process static.
In my opinion, there’s been a massive cultural brainwashing around the progressive and ongoing nature of illness that’s taken place over the last 50 years, dictating the reality of Chronic Disease, and the need to spend your life dependent on a drug that keeps your physiology permanently altered, in order to keep your symptoms and disease process at bay.
It wasn’t always this way. For instance, my grandmother, who came from the “old country”, lived to be 100 years old, and never spent a day in the hospital until the last year of her life. She was never on any medications, and always healthy–which she attributed to her daily intake of wheat germ! This, in sharp contrast to my parents, who took handfuls of daily medication, prescribed for their chronic diagnoses.
What disturbs me about the term, “living with chronic illness”, is the reinforcement of the concept of it’s permanence, as though illness or disease is ever static or incurable, or something that we need to learn to live with gracefully. I don’t believe this…not for a minute. I know you can HEAL! It’s a process yes, and it may take time and effort, but it’s what your body was built for.
What gets me even more riled, is the helplessness that this view of illness breeds, dictating a profoundly disempowering relationship with your body and health.
But I’ll bet that somewhere inside yourself, you don’t believe this concept of illness either. And you know why? Because it’s not true! It’s a lie you’ve been sold by those who stand to profit by it. Not to say that your doctors evil…she’s as much a victim as this system as you are—a system that knows NOTHING of the body’s ability to heal. But somewhere, deep in your bones, you haven’t forgotten, knowing that there’s got to be a better way. You have not forgotten the truth of HEALING.
My heroes are those who are busting this cultural mythology, letting us know that our body, psyche and soul have the capacity to heal in full, in order to thrive in life. Actually, your body is constantly trying to achieve balance and health. The spectrum between health and illness is a dynamic process always working in your favor, if allowed to take it’s natural course, and assisted by the appropriate remedies.
Doctors such as John Sarno, Mark Hyman, Christiane Northrup and Joe Dispenza are some of my heroes/heroines at the forefront of busting this myth. But there are all kinds of amazing people leading this charge as well. Just the other day, I met a woman at a party, who has a business around helping people come off of their psychiatric meds. She wrote a book, “Freedom From Psychiatric Drugs” that you can find on Amazon or on her website, www.chayagrossberg.com. Thank goodness for these meds when needed, for sure. But our medical system gets stuck there, never remembering that there’s a level of health and wellness unassisted by medication.
Honestly, I don’t believe in chronic illness, at least not in the way that it is perceived by our culture at large. I believe that your body is ALWAYS ready to create health and balance, even if there are deeper levels to investigate, in order to heal in full. It may require delving into the emotional and/or energetic roots of your ailment, in order for your body to find true balance. But this is the healing journey — that which brings not only physical health, but also empowerment and integration of your whole being.
This is the type of health and healing that I wish for you, today and always.
With Love and Healing,
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