Having Symptoms vs. Being Ill
So, I'm not gonna sugar coat it. 2011 ended in a blaze of "ick". ;) What started
as a runny nose and energy dip on the day before Christmas morphed into the
kind of ear stuffiness and pain that I'm quite certain I haven't felt since my last
childhood earache. Pressure in the head, constant tissue use and occasional
low grade fever were my companions for days on end.
As you can imagine, I put much stock in our innate capacity to heal ourselves.
So, once I began to understand the severity of what I was dealing with, I went
into serious self-care mode. Warm water with lemon and honey all day long.
Plenty of rest. And, daily baths with eucalyptus oil.
And you know what? It helped. But the symptoms continued. All kinds of
thoughts and emotions came up. What if the pain in my ears causes long term
damage? Fear! Frustration. What did I do to deserve this? Why now?
Eventually, I started to see something surprising. As I was lying in the bath
tub I realized that I haven't taken a bath for sheer comfort or enjoyment or
luxury... well, EVER! And then I thought about all the other ways I "take care"
of myself. Yoga. Super foods. Organic produce. Strength training. And,
what I realized is that I had turned each and every one of those "self-care"
opportunities into just another part of what I do to be the best health coach &
wellness educator I can be. They were no longer something I was doing just
for me. Something to simply enjoy!
And then I re-remembered why I shun medications meant to minimize
symptom so I can keep on "doing" life as I have been. I remembered that
when my body gives me symptoms, what there is for me to do is stop, for as
long as is needed, to get the message.
So now, I've got a weekly reminder that goes off to remind me to do
something, anything, purely and simply as a gift to myself. Not in service of
anything or one else.
The moral of the story for me is this: Ignorance (over the counter medication)
may be bliss, but sometimes I forget the corollary: Awareness is the gateway
to sustainable and extraordinary living.
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Low in Mercury/High in Omega 3 Seafood!
As a counter point to the quote to the left, I thought I'd provide some
information for those not planning on becoming vegetarian anytime soon. ;)
As you'll see, there's a Pocket Guide you can print... and a sushi selector!
3 Things To Consider:
- If current fish consumption and population trends continue, the ocean
will be completely depleted of wild fish in our lifetimes according to the
- Just one serving of salmon can provide more than 50% of your
recommended daily allowance of Omega 3 fatty acids which reduce
inflammation and improve circulatory system health.
- Ocean pollution is so widespread that pregnant women in the U.S. are
told that no amount of bigeye tuna or mackerel is safe. We have to do
"Eating higher on the food chain (meat, poultry, fish, and dairy) exposes one
to significantly more environmental carcinogenic and neurotoxic substances
which may strongly suggest that not only meat, but these toxins, increase
inflammation and chronic disease associated with a flesh centered diet such
as cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's (now seen as significantly related to
environmental toxin exposure), diabetes, and heart disease, thus decreasing
general health, wellbeing, and longevity in modern times. Unfortunately, to
prove this with absolute scientific certainty may take thirty years or longer, as
it did to prove smoking causes lung cancer." - Gabriel Cousens, M.D.