It has been estimated that more than 133 million Americans, or 45% of the population, have at least one chronic condition. This is projected to grow to 157 million, with over half having multiple conditions. More than 75% of all health care costs are due to chronic conditions, with four of the five most expensive health conditions (based on health care spending) being heart disease, cancer, mental disorders, and pulmonary conditions.
As these conditions continue to be treated in an ineffective way, chronic diseases continue to linger and grow, with no ceiling in sight with the current health care system set up. So why have there been no reasonable answers, or mitigation of these disease processes? With so much much money being spent on a “cure” for decades, why are we no further ahead with demonstrable outcomes that shows people are stopping and reversing chronic disease?
It certainly has nothing to do with a lack of disease busting remedies, so it boils down to the important factors that the current sick care industry is not addressing adequately, which ends up making these chronic diseases a nightmare to manage.
With that in mind, here are five common mistakes people make which destroys their ability to make chronic disease a distant memory.
Listening to those who have no experience in healing
It’s unfortunate to think that an overwhelmingly large percentage of the health care industry has zero experience in healing chronic disease. Instead, their answer is typically more medications and little education, a one-two punch that leaves you sicker in the long run, and no wiser about how to take care of yourself.
The biggest hurdle for most people to wrestle with is that expertise in the health field doesn’t necessarily come with letters, badges, and white coats. Sure, there is arguably an education with each of those scenarios, but what are they being taught? The mass majority of conventional health care specialists are taught how to isolate, diagnose, and prescribe pills so the patient can manage their illness and ignore the source, while increasing their toxic burden. The best healers are taught to treat the body as a whole, understand the imbalances, and prescribe nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle changes that will bring everything back into balance.
So when most people go trusting their doctors, or people who have little to no experience in ACTUALLY healing themselves or others, they end up frustrated having tried “everything”. The truth is they have tried “everything” that doesn’t work, and until they learn from someone who has legitimate experience in overcoming chronic disease, their plight will be a long and unfruitful one.
Focusing on the problem, and not the solution
An extremely important part of beating chronic disease is mindset. You can’t go in with an approach that you’ll “try” and “see what happens”. You have to decide that this is what you want, and you’re going to commit to becoming well because you know that without your health, you really have nothing.
Unfortunately, many people are fixated on the problem, and not the solution. They don’t realize that what you focus on GROWS, and when you are more engaged with what’s wrong with you, than what you want to be right with you, you lose that all important focus and belief that you can indeed become healthy again.
A classic example of this is when a sick individual asks for answers, and they are provided, but they continue to go back to their illness and what is wrong with them rather than embracing the answers as potential solutions. This is very clear to most holistic health coaches and healers that this type of individual is NOT ready, because they are choosing to live in their disease filled past, rather than their healthy future.
The difference can’t be any more profound to their health.
Following short-sighted nutritional advice from “experts”
I get it, when you are not as healthy as you’d like, you’re thinking short term. Immediately. You want results yesterday. Enter the “marketing wolves” who have you right where they want you – desperate, eager, and acting on emotions for the cheapest and quickest fix. The problem with the majority of these brilliant marketing experts is that their healing experience falls short of the mark, which leaves you holding a book and supplements, that you can’t and won’t follow long term due to the consequences.
Nutrition is a staple to healing, and your primary focus should be on eating the cleanest, most nutrient dense food that will hydrate your body and load it with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants, with a LOW digestive load (most get the last part terribly wrong). This requires an understanding of what is easiest on the digestive system (especially in the beginning), how to rebuild this system so it breaks down and assimilates food properly in the future, and maintaining proper food combinations to ensure meals energize you, not fatigue you.
Unless you understand food intimately, and how it affects your digestion, you’re not going to get the results you want from your diet for chronic disease.
Lack of momentum
If you are fortunate enough to have found a legitimate coach or healer that understands the needs of the human body and how to remove disease, the next step is the ACTION. What separates the ill from the recovered, is having a legitimate plan and being CONSISTENT on it for a long enough period of time to create healing momentum.
See, like anything else, momentum is where real changes take place. For this momentum to happen in the case of chronic disease, 60 days will usually provide enough time to work your way through many layers of disease, and feeling remarkably better to take on any pesky challenges that may be left to unravel. Keep in mind your environment will have an impact, meaning your current support system and ability to enjoy the process.
Anyone can get into momentum, but they have to do enough of the right things, and eliminate enough of the wrong things, and do that for a reasonable amount of time. Then, the magic happens.
Not making healthy living a lifestyle
After you have created healing momentum, it’s imperative that you DON’T go back to the old lifestyle that created the source problems in the first place that helped create the disease. Yes, there can be a transition from the healing period to the maintenance period, but this doesn’t mean you should go back to your old, unhealthy ways. At this point, it’s important to embrace your new, healthier, and lighter way of living to ensure you keep on improving your overall condition.
If you don’t make it a lifestyle, then your lack of consistency will slowly re-introduce old habits, old symptoms, and old frustrations. If you let it go long enough, you could end up back where you were when you started. Most people who have healed themselves have a renewed appreciation for their body and don’t go back to the lifestyle that created their pain and suffering, BUT many do touch the “electric fence” and quickly find out what their body will and will not allow, in case there was any confusion. This is the best feedback mechanism you can have because it will help you navigate your future choices, if you pay attention to these symptoms and reactions (good or bad).
Beating a chronic disease is one of the most GLORIOUS feelings a person can have, because it shows them the power of their body when given the proper tools, and it provides perspective on what a healthy life REALLY feels like. It feels like a cup of hot cocoa after a day outside in the cold, or a cool lemonade after being out in the sun, only exponentially more blissful. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.
I would know. I was there. I left that old, painful life. I decided I wasn’t going to just survive, but THRIVE. And that my friend, has made a world of difference for me, and all the others who have followed a very similar approach.
The good news is, you can do it too. You just need to decide that you want to THRIVE.Learn How You Can Beat Chronic Disease!