I can't remember where I heard that title, but it struck me as perfect when thinking about lifestyle change. We humans are very set in our ways. We tend to create a lifestyle and stick with what we know, especially as we get older. Often times though, our lifestyle choices lead us down the path to chronic disease, mental health issues, and decreased quality of life.
It may be difficult to believe, but our genetics are only responsible for about 25% of what happens to us, the other 75% is dependent on how we live our lives. Dr. Jeffrey Bland reminds us that "inherited does not mean inevitable". This is great news! It means we each have the power to create a healthy future. For some reason though we keep moving on our original path despite seeing the warning signs ahead. Why is it so difficult to make lifestyle changes?
October 7-13, 2018 is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Hippocrates said, “it is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” In other words, we have to look at everyone as a unique individual and provide care that is specific to that person. It is not enough to just know that someone has symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, adhd, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, we must find the root cause of those symptoms and adjust our treatment based on what will help that specific individual manage symptoms and have an awesome quality of life! There is no one size fits all model when it comes to managing mental health disorders.
The main dysfunction in psychiatric disorders is miscommunication at some level. For example, there may be a nutrient deficiency, food intolerance or allergy, dysbiosis, a gene variant, or a hormone imbalance involved in the root cause of a...