Truth can lead you down a Path to Wellness
Truth by Dr. Chris Jackson, PhD, DOM
In my recent articles entitled “Our Society's Distorted Perception: Normal Physical Function” and “Mindfulness through Meditation” I explored the roots of psychological and behavioral disorders found in physical dysfunction. The topics discussed in these and many of my other articles reflect knowledge being derived as a huge transition is occurring in medicine and the human experience as we know it.
The mind-body connection is under exploration as various fields of medical science are transitioning toward a more integrative model. To the benefit of patients and the various fields of medicine, the transition we are experiencing is a move toward integration of conventional (allopathic) medicine with natural medical disciplines, including functional, orthomolecular, homeopathic, naturopathic, and traditional Eastern medical practices.
In the practice of this new paradigm I have seen many individuals face their own personal truths. People who have come to my practice having been told they were needing dialysis, insulin, statins, pain killers, operations, antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs were often on a path from rather than to wellness. Many of these patients have seen the true roots of their disorders when they have used natural approaches directed toward the underlying causes, instead of symptomatic treatment that would simply cover up and subdue the true core issues.
Assisted by the biopsychosocial model of health psychology, a deeper understanding of mind-body-spirit emerges as we explore the psychological, neurological, endocrine (hormonal), and immunological functions of our bodies. The breadth of understanding offered by this holistic approach to wellness helps us target the more fundamental determinants of health. Our awareness through this larger paradigm is now that health is not simply a lack of illness, but a true state of wellness on many levels.
As we move toward a state of overall wellness that takes us to deeper levels of understanding of ourselves, we uncover the truths within ourselves that open us to a greater awareness, health, and wellness. A true path to wellness is traversed as the underlying physiological and psychological causes of health issues are addressed. The symptoms abate not through targeted symptomatic medicine, but through a transition that occurs as a natural consequence of truly addressing the underlying causes of disorders, rather than just the symptoms.
© May 2018 by Dr. Christopher Jackson, PhD, DOM