Once upon a time, I was a pre-med student intent on becoming a pediatrician. As part of my preparation for medical school, I asked a local ped if I could shadow him for a week or so to make sure that's the field I wanted to enter. He agreed, I followed, and my enlightenment began. He's now my kids' ped by the way, and I have the utmost respect for him. But I can still remember when he told me, "A diagnosis is nothing more than an educated guess. SOmetimes you're wrong, so you go with your second guess. And sometimes, that is wrong too." And I can remember being appalled that every child he saw (well, almost every) had an ear infection, cold, generaly bluckiness, whatever, received a prescription for azythromycin (must have been the drug of the day back then).
I didn't go to med school, I went instead to grad school.
I first read Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, and then some Paul Stoller which opened my eyes to some alternatives. My MA is in anthropology, so I read a lot about indigenous healing, witch doctors, herbal remedies, and the like. Still, this information was mostly there on an intellectual level only, it didn't really hit me spiritually.
Then I decided to become an RN, and started school for that. Then I got sick. Really, really sick. After having my 5th baby, I developed post partum eclampsia and my bp shot up to 200/105. I suffered several small TIAs. I recovered, or so I thought. Then I came down with pneumonia. Or so they said. They gave me some potent antibiotics, sent me back to class, clinicals, and my five children, and told me I'd be fine. Only I wasn't. I'm still not.
After 7 hospitalizations, surgery, CTs, MRIs, biopsies, and more drugs and doctors than I can name, no one has an answer. I just can't breathe. After five or more months, I started researching and looking for my own answers.
And that's why I say I'm just beginning this journey. I first got sick with "pneumonia" in March 07. My last hospitalization, biopsy, and ICU stay were mid-July. I saw my naturopath for the first time in Dec. after much research.
Something that did carry over from my anthropological training is the mind/body connection, and I did a lot of my research on how this is viewed in various cultures. I view disease now as a process, an interaction between mind, body, and environment. If all three are working in harmony together, a healthy individual is the result. When one is out of tune, the others suffer.
I have a lot of issues I struggle with at the moment because of my own health problems, and I'm working to reunify my mind and body. I feel disconnected. Bach I've only just begun to read about and research, and that was only because the naturopath recommended the Rescue Remedy and minumus (although I'd heard about at least Rescue Remedy on here before).