Frequently asked questions
A lot of alternative healthcare providers believe a lot of shenanigans about the human body, and I wouldn’t ask you to trust or listen to me without some information about which specific shenanigans I subscribe to. Here’s the lowdown on the things folks most frequently ask about.
I DO believe in vaccines. I believe that everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated. I think it’s sinister to put anyone at risk of preventable diseases. I think that it’s absurd to make decisions based on a study that has been disproven oodles of times. And I especially believe that being antivax is super ableist and crappy.
I DON’T believe in weight as a litmus for health. I think it’s absurd that anyone would look at the outside of someone’s body to determine how “healthy” that person is, rather than their symptoms and physical experience in their body. Your body is wonderful how it is, and my only goal as a healer is making your body a comfortable place to live. When clients come to me to lose weight, I straight up refuse to address their care plan from that angle. My goal is to help your body start functioning at its own personal optimal level, and if weight changes are part of that, they’ll happen as you heal. It doesn’t work the other way around, despite what doctors seem to think.
I DON’T believe that yoga or meditation are the answer to all your problems. Like every disabled person, I have been told to do yoga so many times that it makes me want to throw things. As a person whose disability causes hypermobility (aka yoga makes my body fall apart), I take this suggestion as evidence that the suggester hates me. And as someone with anxiety, I consider meditation a form of torture.
That being said, I totally recommend these things to my clients all the time. They are proven to help with pain and depression, so okay, I put them out there as options. However: 1) I recommend them with a ton of caveats about how it’s super okay if they don’t want to/can’t and I’m sorry for being another person bringing it up. 2) I recommend them only as co-therapies, because they reduce stress which reduces symptoms, 3) I always tell my clients that if trying to incorporate them causes stress they should stop, and 4) I usually include them only as part of a long list of potential stress reducers, including going outside, drawing, and “whatever it is that you like to do but don’t give yourself time for.” These things are not going to magic away your symptoms. Everyone needs to stop saying it will.
I DO believe in acupuncture, because it's been proven to work.
I DON’T believe that nutrition can “cure” you, as in solve your problems so that you can go back to all your old habits and stay healthy. It can help with and often allow you to manage and put into permanent remission ailments like Crohn’s, EDS, Fibromyalgia, etc without medication (if that’s what you want but it is SO OKAY if you take meds!), or help further reduce symptoms along with meds, but you have to do the things forever, you know? Nutritional therapy can help get you back to health, but it has to be maintained to stay effective.
I DO believe that psychiatric medications can be super helpful. The violence perpetrated on folks with mental illness by a lot of practitioners in my corner of the world fills me with rage. You are not weak if you take psych meds. You don’t just need to drink more water/do more yoga/eat more kale. Mental illness is complicated and difficult and there’s no simple fix for it. Do your meds make you feel better? Take them! I take mine. Do you think meds are terrible and avoid them at all costs? That’s cool too! My point here is that I think you should do what works for you, and that I’m not one of those med shame-y practitioners.
I DO (also) believe in the gut-brain axis. Healing your gut can totally reduce (but probably not eradicate) the impact of mental illness. Also, not being in pain/discomfort all the time makes living a heck of a lot easier. So yes, take probiotics, drink bone broth, eat healthy food (again, what qualifies as healthy is different for every body). And take your meds and/or go to therapy and/or do the things that help you manage your illness.
I DO believe in trusting tangible evidence above all else. Sometimes (often?) the information out there in the just doesn’t work for making people feel better. That’s why folks seek out people like me. I trust results. I trust what people report. The reason there are so many conflicting studies is because studies often isolate things to a point where they don’t actually represent reality. So even when science says there isn’t evidence that something works (such as, “diet has no role in Crohn’s disease”), I trust what I see in my clients. And I’m really good at making people feel better.
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