My issue isn’t about pain. It’s [name a condition] and has bothered me for a long time. Is that something you can work with?

        Many conditions respond well when the underlying causes are identified and addressed. Consider that the body is an intelligent system that is always responding the best it can to environmental challenges.

        These challenges can be physical from injury or repetitive stress, causing adaptive changes in the structure and/or nervous system. They can be biochemical from nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, herbicides and pesticides from GMO food, heavy metals and/or industrial chemicals such as fluoride in the water supply, as a few examples. They can be mental or emotional from the stresses of working in a world that seems to be speeding up beyond our reach, or relationships that push us past our ability to cope. Add to this the secondary effects of microbial pathogens that opportunistically infect a system which is stressed and weakened, or a confused and overloaded immune system that produces allergens and autoimmune conditions.

       Most named diseases are simply a Latin description of the symptoms, or the collection of symptoms are lumped into a syndrome and identified by the researcher that discovered the disease. The actual cause of the problem remains distinct from the diagnosis. Since the underlying cause may be as individual as the person, I prefer to focus on the basics, and make sure that any nutritional deficiencies are supplied, and work to eliminate sources of inflammation such as toxins, allergens and microbial pathogen overload that can start the symptom cascade. There is a philosophical difference between fighting a war against disease, as opposed to nurturing the innate healing capacity of the body.

       Although many of these issues can be identified with appropriate lab testing (and I appreciate good lab testing), a good place to start is with a basic diet inventory and a check for priority body stressors using some simple muscle response testing. With complex conditions, experience has shown muscle response testing to be reasonably accurate for identifying priority issues and how to address those issues with appropriate natural methods. Since there is a very wide range of potential healing methods, the course of treatment must be individualized, and muscle response testing is an efficient way to do this. See some of the possibilities in the Methods and Techniques section of this website.

       When multiple body systems are impacted, it will take more time to unravel the issues and assist the body in a process of natural healing. These challenges are not usually quick fixes and will typically demand changes in diet and/or lifestyle along with periodic monitoring. It’s been said “if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you always got.”

         Here are a few simple examples - A patient diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, who actually had a sensitivity to several food toxins including gluten and nightshades. A patient diagnosed with various types of inflammatory bowel disease including “Crohn’s” who responded well to herbal and nutritional support for gut dysbiosis, along with an individualized change in diet. A man with “Parkinson’s” who when tested for heavy metals, showed lead levels off the scale of the testing lab. A woman diagnosed with early “Alzheimer’s” who showed specific need for nutrients as determined from a salivary genetic test.

           Chronic conditions require a bit more troubleshooting to sort out the actual causes and their solution, but it’s worth it in the long run. It’s a real journey of healing that may touch multiple systems in the body, and bring wholeness to body function, free from the named disease that was assumed.