You’ve probably heard the biblical phrase that is the title of this article. Today I’d like to tell you a very personal story of applying this old proverb.
The proverb refers to the fact that many doctors have skills in the healing arts, but when it comes to healing themselves, they’re pretty much in the same boat as everyone else.
A deeper understanding of this idea is that each of us is our own best physician. Usually all we are lacking is the right way to interpret and correct the symptoms our body gives us. Which brings me to my story…
As an doctor of alternative medicine I’ve studied numerous natural approaches to healing over the many years I’ve practiced. But all my studies and successes with patients didn’t help me when I started having chronic pain 14 years ago around age 45.
I did all the things I knew at that time to alleviate the pain. I changed my qigong routine. I did acupuncture. I researched the causes of the pain and started taking herbs and supplements to help alleviate it.
Probably all the things I did slowed the progression of the pain, but it still gradually got worse. The worst pain was on the bottoms of my feet. Here’s an example of what that was like:
In the morning I’d wake up and lay in bed as long as possible, knowing what was ahead. When I couldn’t put it off any more, I would swing my feet out of the bed and v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y place my feet on the floor. Usually I’d increase the weight on my feet by a few ounces at a time.
Each increase in pressure led to an excruciating increase in pain. I’d breathe and let the pain subside a bit before adding more weight. It would take about 10 minutes to finally get the weight of my legs resting on my feet.
Then there was standing up. I would do this as slowly as possible, but the simple act of standing jacked up the pain exponentially. I’d just grit my teeth and bear it. After about another 10 minutes of walking, the intolerable pain would reduce down to what I then called, ‘tolerable pain,’ where it stayed the rest of the day.
By the way, I no longer think the phrase, ‘tolerable pain’ is acceptable.
After 3 years of trying anything and everything I knew or could find out about how to treat it, the pain was worse than ever. I was extremely frustrated, to say the least.
Finally, I discovered an MD in a town 2 hours away who took an alternative approach to healing. I went to see him. He ran $1,000 worth of lab tests. The end result was that he sat me down and said, “The pain is coming from what you’re eating. Unless you change your diet, you’ll be in a wheel chair sometime in the next 10 years.”
Ouch! That hurt more than the foot pain. My immediate response to the wheel chair comment was, “The hell I will!”
He also told me about Metabolic Typing. So I immediately changed my diet according to the results from my Metabolic Typing questionnaire.
Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much from it. In fact, I was so out of balance that when I started changing my food, I actually felt worse for about a week. Still, I was determined not to live in pain, so I persisted.
After about a month of the new way of eating, my pain was down by 30% and I no longer took 20 minutes to be able to walk in the morning.
Other changes began happening as well. My thinking became clearer, my moodiness and emotional swings went away and my energy level started increasing dramatically. I also lost about 7 pounds that first month even though I was eating far more than I had been.
I continued to improve every week, but it took a year and a half before I was completely free of pain. By then I was lifting Olympic style weights, hiking up mountains and feeling better than I had since… well maybe my entire life.
What does this have to do with you? Only this – we are all our own best physicians, but only if we have the right information to work with. So if you have symptoms that are interfering with your life, there is no better time to get that information to begin making the changes that will restore your health and bring back your quality of life.
The best first step I know of for that journey to better health is Metabolic Typing®. Since my original experience with it I’ve been certified by the top Metabolic Typing trainer in the country. I can take you through the process even if you live outside of the Reno area. We can do everything by email and phone. Of course if you are in Northern Nevada you can also come into the office.
Ready to feel better? Contact me to get the process started by replying to this email or clicking this link. You can also call me at the office at 775-827-6901.
Wishing you all good health,
P.S. – I look back on the 3 years I spent trying to fix my health problems and wish I’d found the right approach more quickly. It would have saved me 3 years of unnecessary pain and suffering. If you’re suffering, don’t wait like I did. Contact me today to get started.