The battle against COVID-19 rages on. Most of us now know someone who has tested positive for the virus or, sadly, has passed away. We continue to practice social distancing and stay in our homes, though it pains us to be apart from family and friends.
Have you found your perspective changing with regard to the virus? In the early days we scoured the internet for tips on fighting this unseen enemy. You may have increased your Vitamin C, and begun a regular practice of disinfecting your home.
I, too, have watched interviews and read articles related to the virus and how it affects the body in an effort to determine how best to respond. I came across a lengthy essay by Charles Eisenstein that brought up a key issue …
“In the short term we want to save their lives; the danger is that we lose ourselves in an endless succession of short terms, fighting one infectious disease after another, and never engage the ground conditions that make people so vulnerable. That is a much harder problem, because these ground conditions will not change via fighting.”
To what ground conditions do you think he refers? What have reports said are those who are at greatest risk? Those who have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, digestive issues, asthma, and more. These are ground conditions. If the ground on which the battle is fought is already compromised, the battle will be that much harder.
What is your ground condition? Do you struggle with symptoms – signals that your body is asking for help? Perhaps you have found medications that help keep them at a tolerable level. Has that truly resolved the ground condition, however? There are multiple ways to approach this.
The Conventional Approach
Perhaps you have gone to your doctor for your arthritis, and received a referral to a Rheumatologist. They may have ordered some tests and given you an anti-inflammatory prescription or even an injection.
The Functional Medicine Approach
If you were to visit a functional medicine practitioner, you would be asked numerous questions to explore what is actually causing the inflammation in your joints. Treatment would start with that cause. It could be excess weight, your high-stress lifestyle or some of the food you eat on a regular basis.
As a functional medicine practitioner, I might use diet, lifestyle, supplements and other modalities to help decrease the inflammation in your joints so that you no longer have pain. When you have symptoms of disease – messages that your body is calling for help – I dive deep into possible root causes. I am both a detective and an educator, and my mission is to explore the path and guide you to restored function – not just place a band-aid on the symptoms and see it as good enough.
Are you concerned for the condition of your personal ground on which a future battle will be fought? Reach out to me and let’s set a time to chat about what you need and how I can help.