Integrative Healing & Becoming An Empowered Patient
Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
February 10, 2022
Published at DrAxe.com
This story originally appeared on DrAxe.com
This is part two in my article series on Dr.Axe.com. Part one was Using Integrative Approaches for Living with Chronic Illness.
During my childhood, I suffered from one illness after another. My parents believed that doctors had all of the answers to our life and health problems. Their perspective, though well-intended, created a dangerous situation for me.
This complete acceptance of physician recommendations rapidly sent me into a downward health spiral. We didn’t realize there were other alternatives for healing beyond the conventional Western medical model that focuses on symptom reduction, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.
Now, decades later, most of what we learn about our bodies still comes from the media, educational institutions, doctors, elders and the community that reinforce that our bodies are merely physical beings. Sadly, we rarely consider questioning those powerful influences.