Health and Expectations

What do we expect from health? I often think about that when questioning my patients. As part of my intake, I ask if they have gas or bloating and so often they say, “Just normal.” The question then, is what do people think is normal? Is any gas or bloating really normal or just “common” or typical? Further, no one ever complains to me about their cavities. However, Dr. Weston Price discusses that of the peoples he studied, those who were the healthiest had the fewest cavities.

Shortly before I started eating more tradition foods, I had some new symptoms crop up. Nothing “abnormal” but really not normal for me. I have been eating well for over six months but those symptoms continue. In the last month I have done some more serious digestive health changes, eating a GAPS diet, primarily. Still my symptoms have no lessened. It started to make me feel it was futile.

In my normal life however, I typically have other “normal” symptoms that I have had forever. It surprised me to note that today, for the first time in perhaps 15 years, they were gone. In fact, I do see changes. I have other symptoms that I never had but I don’t have others. Things are changing. The change doesn’t always feel good. The change doesn’t always come in the order I think it should, but slowly my body is changing. I think it is starting to return to health.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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