There’s an old saying in Chinese Medicine, “Big illness, long life.”
I wondered for a long time what that meant. Then, around age 48, after 30 years of studying and practicing Chinese Medicine, I found out.
At that time I was struggling with multiple health problems. I had chronic pain in my joints and on the bottoms of my feet. I was fuzzy-headed and had a hard time recalling things. I was overweight, cranky and irritable.
In short, my quality of life was down the tubes…
Understand that I hadn’t given up. I’d done research and tried pretty much every herb, vitamin, mineral and natural supplement I could find that might reverse my symptoms. I even considered using pharmaceutical drugs, but the long list of side effects let me know that even if they worked for some of the symptoms, they weren’t going to improve my quality of life.
By the time I was 48 I’d spent 3 years looking for the ‘magic bullet’ answer that would fix what was ailing me. For all I know those experiments slowed the process down, but they never turned it around. I was increasingly uncomfortable and unhappy.
Finally, in desperation I traveled 2 hours from my home town to a Functional Medicine Doctor who was highly thought of in the area. He ordered over $1,000 worth of lab tests and sent me home.
When we got the results I went back to see him. His message was simple. He said, “You need to make changes or else plan on being a cripple sometime in the near future.” He told me I’d probably end up in a wheelchair within 10 years if I didn’t change.
As it turns out, that was exactly the motivation I needed. It started me on my journey of healing. And it also started me seriously exploring Functional Medicine.
Within a month of starting these changes, my chronic pain was reduced by 30%. My brain started working better and my emotions became more resilient. My energy level steadily improved.
Because I was so out of balance, it still took 18 months to be pain-free. By then I had no pain at all, my thinking was clearer, my emotional responses were hugely improved. I had worked my way up to lifting 270 pound weights and had energy to spare.
As I write this it’s 17 years later. I still have more energy and feel better than I have in my entire life.
Since my original health problems I’ve been certified to offer Metabolic Typing® and have used the process with thousands of patients. I’ve also become certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Neurotransmitter Testing as well as Classical Five Element Acupuncture.