30 Jan Your Body Rules
In health care we are told that we need to take the prescription that the doctor tells us to and that we need to follow diet recommendations even if we don’t feel good when we follow them, that the doctors knows best, but more particularly that ‘the studies’ know best.
But is this really the case and the best way forward?
What if our bodies don’t respond in the way that they are expected to, what next? How can we argue/disagree with the doctor or ‘the evidence’ in particular when we don’t have a medical degree or a qualification in science…..
Because we are ‘not qualified’ does that mean that we do not have a right to have a discussion with our doctor about what we are feeling and experiencing? Does this mean that we need to dismiss what we are feeling because we don’t know because we are not ‘the doctor’?
Absence of qualification does not mean that we are disempowered.
The truth is, our body rules.
Our bodies are the ones that are responding or not responding to food, medications or procedures.
Our bodies are the ones that either do well or poorly with the medications, and our bodies are the ones that know whether the effects of the drugs that are unwanted outweigh the potential benefits of treating the condition they are being prescribed for.
You may find it interesting to consider that not everything is known in studies, and in particular, unless we were in the study, the results of the study do not precisely exactly and individually apply to us. If we are having a different physical or otherwise experience with a treatment to that which has been reported in the study, that does not invalidate our response, it simply means that our response was not documented in this particular study.
It is up to us to learn from our bodies so that our doctors can learn and then try a treatment that does make a difference for us.
The evidence is fantastic and studies are very much needed, but not all studies are accurate nor do they report the extent of illness and disease. In fact, some study results are in time overturned. A review of medical literature by Prasad et al reported that about 40% of study results are not able to be reproduced after 10 years, which calls into question the validity of a significant proportion of medical evidence. With this in mind, then it brings to our fore the ever more importance of our relationship with our bodies, honouring the relationship that our body has with the world, life and treatments.
Our bodies have their own rules. We are all unique in ways that medicine cannot yet measure. Medicine may not be able to measure precisely the rules of our own bodies, but we can learn them by listening to our own bodies.
So when it comes to life, your body rules, ok! Listen to it, honour it, and have the open discussion with your doctors and health care practitioners so that the right treatment can be tailored for the needs of your body. Your experiences matter. If you don’t share what you are experiencing, then your health care providers will never know that they need to change things to support your body better with its health care needs 😉
Learning the rules of your body by listening to your body and sharing your experiences with your doctor or health care practitioner will support you to get the best possible health care tailored for you and the specific needs of your body.