When I made the choice of becoming certified in holistic therapies, I knew that there were going to be some folks who wouldn't agree with holistic ideas, but I honestly didn't realize how angry and outright hostile some people would get as soon as the word 'holistic' is mentioned.
I'll admit, there was a time when I would read an article online that described a 'cure' for this or that and thought to myself - who are you kidding?! When I took the holistic counseling and nutrition courses, I learned that there is validity in some of the things I thought were hokey and that other things that I thought were hokey actually were hokey! But unlike a lot of my certified holistic colleagues, I had several years of various forms of human health studies under my belt before I ventured into the holistic and alternative world.
I understand the hostility toward ridiculous claims. I get angry too when I see social media posts or articles touting claims that this 'superfood' will cure this or that disorder, or that one protocol alone will 'cancer cure', because claims like these ones pour fuel on the fire for the people who are eager to discredit all holistic or alternative ideas. Are there people out there giving holistic advice that shouldn't be? Of course there are!
THINK THINGS THROUGH BEFORE YOU TAKE ACTION
When you are sick, and you've been sick for a long time you just want it to be over. You just want to get back to the way you were before you got sick or injured, so you're a little more willing to grasp at straws and buy into easy solutions - even though you know deep down that there are no easy solutions. Desperation always leads to bad decisions. Take your time. Think things out before you act.
BEWARE OF PRACTITIONERS WHO ENCOURAGE MULTIPLE SESSIONS
For twenty years I had a massage therapist who could do a deep tissue massage on my entire body in an hour - no problem! Never once did this therapist say to me - your muscles are so tight I need two hours to give you a proper massage, or I can't help you unless you book for at least ninety minutes. When I moved, I struggled to find a massage therapist who was capable of giving me a similar deep tissue fully body massage in an hour. I went from one therapist to another to another. Before and after my most recent surgeries, when my body was rejecting pain medications, I was desperate to get any kind of relief, so I was willing to go more often and extend the massages to ninety minutes and even up to two hours.
I've met a lot of people who have told me of similar experiences with various kinds of healers and therapists - both traditional and holistic. The most common comment I hear whenever I bring up clean eating or choosing organic produce over conventionally grown is - I know so and so, and they spent $500 a week on organic food and never got better!
Everyone needs to earn a living at what they do, but you don't have to become their sole employer.
If you are working with a holistic practitioner and not feeling like you are getting better - try someone else! You have to look after you.
Look for people who are team players. No one can know everything there is to know about health. Choose practitioners who are willing to recommend services outside of their discipline.
LIVE AND LET LIVE
Holistic and natural therapies are not for everyone. Unless a practitioner is outright harming someone - there is no reason to go out of your way to discredit, debunk, or disrespect people who practice holistic therapies. Opinions are just opinions. If something makes sense to you then try it - if it doesn't - walk away without criticizing or attacking the idea or the person. Life doesn't have to be a battle.
Everyone enjoys having the freedom to choose what is right for them, but some folks forget that the freedom to choose is everyone's right. It's your body and your life. You get to choose what you think is best for you and you don't have to explain yourself to anyone.