by Julia Hubbel (for Dr. Angelique Hart)
In the ongoing battle to understand our bodies, and to interpret the symptoms that it telegraphs to us when it’s in distress, one of the biggest challenges is learning how to listen to ourselves Not only that, but learning how to explain to a caregiver, usually a doctor, what we’re experiencing is vital.
It is important to find doctors who are willing to learn along with their patients, who recognize the unique experience of each person and their presenting symptoms along with the life circumstances surrounding them. Those circumstances have a great deal of influence on our health, which is in part driven by what’s going on in our heads and hearts…especially our hearts.
My daughter Alia was experiencing post-partum depression and struggling to make it through each day. Her regular doctor had no understanding either of her condition or her actual needs. In effect, she was told to take an anti-depressant and see a counselor, the classic fix. Because, as the doctor put it, “You’re stressed.”
In fact, Alia’s adrenal glands were in serious trouble. These small glands have enormous influence over our bodies. Among many other things, here’s some of what they do:
The medulla is located in the center of the gland and makes adrenaline and noradrenaline. These hormones are also known as epinephrine and norepinephrine. They control the “fight or flight response” i.e. put your body on “high alert.” They increase the heart rate, blood pressure, the amount of oxygen you breathe in, and temporarily improve the eyesight. (Read more: http://endocrinediseases.org/adrenal/adrenal_what.shtml).
The first holistic doctor Alia saw did the proper sleuthing work to identify the reason why she was so exhausted. Her thyroid and adrenals were checked and she was put her on supportive supplements. She began to feel better but still had a way to go.
When she was eventually referred to Dr. Angelique Hart of the Albuquerque Holistic Medical Clinic, she began a different kind of journey. This started with a genuine investment in Alia’s wellbeing with a patient-tailored program. That meant lots of listening, exploring and testing, but above all, being heard and having symptoms validated.
Her condition required time and patience, as well as learning how to eat differently. Through a series of small steps, which included a Detox program with IV therapies, Live O2 hyper-oxygenation with exercise, and use of regular Far Infra Red Sauna, Alia began to feel better.
Dr. Hart’s clinic worked with her during this process, which in part required that Alia have an open mind about what she herself could do to influence her own healing. The Holistic Medical Clinic’s team with Rev. Dr. Richard Heart also provided her with the emotional and spiritual support needed to deal more effectively with life’s stressors and identify underlying negative triggers.
Alia admits that she’s not 100%. “When I came to see Dr. Hart I was at 20%,” she recalls. Now I’m at 80%. I can live with that. I really appreciated Dr. Hart’s honesty.”
According to Alia, “Real pain takes time to heal.” Part of that journey is identifying the real cause of what ails us, rather than do the usual. We are vastly more complex than that. It takes detective work to find the real problem, a commitment to the patient and a willingness to set aside prejudices and ask much deeper questions. This is what Alia found at the Holistic Medical Clinic.
True health is a lifetime journey. Discovering what truly ails us is only part of the fix. The rest is finding the right health partners, and learning to lean on their wisdom, as well as our own innate knowledge, to get and stay better.