Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Holistic Experience

I saw the new Holistic MD on Thursday and let me just say that it was BY FAR the best doctor appointment I have ever had in my entire life! I had a 5:00 appointment, and I didn't get in to see him until 5:45, but you know what....I didn't even care. It was almost 7:00 when I finally left there!

Dr. R and I sat and talked about my past health and my current health. I told him how I felt about prescription drugs and why, and you know what.....he actually listened to me. He looked at me when I was talking. He genuinely cared what I had to say. I was able to tell him what I didn't like about my experiences with other doctors.

I told him I needed guidance. I wanted a good solid program of diet, supplements and exercise for my osteopenia and I want to get off the blood pressure meds because I honestly don't think I need them.

When we were done talking, he left the office for a few minutes and came back with a chart. On it were circled all of the health issues I have had and ones I have now. He explained how everything is connected and how one thing can affect another. I worked in a natural health office for five years...I understand a lot about how the body works, and I think he appreciated that. It made his job easier, because he didn't have to do much for me to understand. I already get it.

He looked at the supplements I am already taking and suggested some changes. Every suggestion he made was followed by an explanation of what it will do and why it would be good for me. He doesn't even sell the supplements in his office. you order them directly from the company.

People's bones don't just start weakening on their own....in fact, no health condition just appears for no reason. There is always something going on in your body long before you get a symptom. In order for me to improve my bone health, I need to be sure my body is getting everything it needs to function at 100%. I will do that through diet and supplements.

I also talked to him about my weighted workout shirt and it seems I put the weights right where they need to be. I asked him about the yoga I do because the workout has a lot of forward bending and some twisting and some things I've read say you shouldn't do that with bone loss. He said it was fine for me to keep doing them, and I was so happy.

He gave me food lists....things I should eat and things I should avoid and why. I love when someone tells me why I need to do something...it makes it so much easier.

I told him that my Internist said that no amount of exercise, diet or supplements would ever make my bones stronger....she guaranteed it....about 10 times in fact. He told me that maybe in a few years, I'll be able to go back to her with my bone scan and show her that it is possible to improve your bone health without drugs.

So here I am at the beginning of another journey. This time in addition to my family and friend's support, I have a wonderful doctor ready to travel with me. It's going to be a great trip!

14 comments:

Mary said...

yay for being listened to and nurtured and healed! sounds like you've met a great match. i've always believed most of our healing goes on in our own heads and hearts and i think knowing you've been heard and feeling you're being helped is the most healing part of the process. i'm sure this will be very beneficial for you--you go!

Bluebell said...

Hi Kathy, I found your post so interesting, it is so brilliant that you can now have faith in what your Dr. is saying and understand why you are doing all the things you are doing that must make you feel so good. I don't know if we have Holistic Drs in England I will have to google it. Take Care.
Love Jillxx

Sherry said...

Kathy, I have long been thinking about a holistic doctor and I think this is the push I needed.

It's rare to be really listened to by a doctor. I think you've found the right one and I'm interested to hear about your journey.

xoSherry

ps Golden Grahams was MY former sugar cereal.

DUTA said...

The holistic approach is a realistic approach in the sense that it views everything in the body as connected.

As for what the internist said; I'm not sure about excercise, but the right supplements could indeed strenghten the bones.

Anyway, Good Luck on your new Journey!

Oklahoma Granny said...

So glad everything went so well for you.

Lanyardlady said...

How exciting! I know you must be inspired and motivated, knowing you have professional medical personnel guiding and supporting you. It is wonderful to have found a doctor who thinks about things in a connected way and doesn't just regurgitate what he/she learned in med school.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am grinning reading this--what a wonderful thing to have such good care. That he listened and pulled it ALL TOGETHER for you. A blessing!

Nancy said...

That is just so cool it was such a positive experience! I'm so glad you liked him. Sounds like he will be able to help you so much. Take care!

Nancy

Nancy said...

That is just so cool it was such a positive experience! I'm so glad you liked him. Sounds like he will be able to help you so much. Take care!

Nancy

Angela said...

I am so glad you found a Doctor you are comfortable with! He really does sound great!! Happy Easter!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

That's excellent news! I have a lot of confidence in holistic medicine, and it certainly helps when you are in sync with your doctor. It will be interesting to hear how things progress.

gayle said...

This is so wonderful for you!! Would love for you to do a post on what foods to eat and avoid and also what supliments he wants you to take.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi Kathy, What great news! A doctor that you have confidence in is huge! I'm so happy for you.

I'm just back from Spring Break vacation and catching up on my reading. I'll read up on your older posts to catch up on you.

Keep working towards your good health and happy weekend,
xo

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

That is awesome! I have so much going on in my body that I'm sure a "holistic" doctor would be able to help me. Fibromyalgia pain can be really debilitating and then I know I have some bursitis. I feel "bone on bone" in my right shoulder when I try to do any overhead work.

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