The field of medicine is like an oil tanker—slow to move forward and even slower to change direction.
Which means while your doctor may be brilliant, passionate, and even in the best cases, up to speed with the latest science, he or she is probably doing things by the book. And the book is not just out of date, it’s missing a few chapters when it comes to health in the 21st century.
Today, health is more than that. Healthy is vitality, energy, a sense of calm, and a body that doesn’t hold you back. A body that is your vehicle in life, firing on all cylinders and ready to take you where you want to go. It’s not about looking perfect. It’s about feeling supple, strong, and light on your feet, whatever your weight happens to be.
On the flip side, the definition of unhealthy is changing, too. The bulk of the disease burden in the United States is now chronic disease, meaning disease that is driven by and modifiable with lifestyle choices, and that spans a continuum and progresses with time, rather than having a definitive on or off.
Naturopaths, functional medicine doctors, and many others who practice from a holistic point of view get this. But most mainstream doctors aren’t educated to see things this way. Which is why they need your help.
If you go to a traditional Western, or allopathic, doctor, here are 5 things to ask him or her at your next visit that have the power to start a revolution in medicine: