Well, somehow another week has passed and it is Friday. Time moves too quickly these days. And, in looking back on this week I think the thing that stands out in my mind (in reviewing the forum conversations and conversations with patients) the most is the struggle for each of you to defend your dietary and treatment practices (choices) to others. I think there is a huge chasm in thinking between Western medicine and alternative medicine--and this chasm extends to dietary practices as well. There is so much to say on this subject, but trying to keep things simple, I hope I may humbly interject some suggestions: 1) don't try to defend your ideas to others. It takes a lot of energy to do this. That energy may be better spent on trying to rest and get yourself better. Also, you do not need, as an adult, to justify your decisions to others. YOu are an intelligent human being having made your own choices. 2) Eating helathily is great idea to improve your health even if you do not have interstitial cystitis or some other kind of chronic ailment. Where does cancer, high blood pressure, weight problems, high cholesterol, allergies etc... come from? The crux of our health is our diet and health care management. It somehow has become common place to regard illness as normal as we age. I am not sure that is true! The health of an elderly person, in my mind, is largely dependent upon how they managed their health as a young person. And, we ARE what we eat! Most of my friends think I am a bit of a nut because of my dietary practices. I never eat processed sugar or drink alcohol, and there are a few other things I don't eat--fungal promoting foods. I value my body and my health so much, eating those things holds zero interest to me! 3) Be a leader, not a follower! As you become healthier and healthier, people will become increasingly interested in why your skin looks so healthy and you have suddenly become more vibrant and youthful. Don't be afraid to be an example. Do not think that your opinion is of less importance than someone else's!!!
People think what we think as a society. And, this is generally that sugar is not a problem, alcohol is not a problem, food that has flourescent colors is normal, soda is something to drink, etc.... Taking all kinds of medications is wrapped up in all of this. These are choices that people make based on what they know and what they think. And, that is completely fine, because, like you, they have a choice. But, remember, so do you!
So based on all of our experiences, we all need to honor each other's experiences and choices even though we may not uphold those choices as our own. Even though we may not agree with them.
But, the great thing about life is that we are all different, and the evolution of our minds and our awareness creates the journey that becomes--our life. So, be true to your mind, your heart, your journey!