The Lies My Doctors Told Me

I want to start by saying, I don't hate doctors. The truth is if my life is at risk, I want a doctor there to save it! Having said that, I do believe that the medical system is for life threatening issues and that all of the non life threatening stuff we can fix with some lifestyle changes. We as a society have somewhere along the way come to believe that doctors are all knowing or a notch above us. How many times have you heard someone say my doctor told me to do (fill in the blank) so I'm doing it. Again, if you are having a heart attack and your doctor tells you to do something that is going to save your life do it. However, if you have chronic infections and your doctor has told you for the fifth time this year to take an antibiotic I am telling you right now you should be challenging that.

I'm going to tell you something that is pretty controversial and might make you a little uncomfortable. Are you ready? Just because your doctor tells you to take a pill doesn't mean you have to take the damn pill. I can promise you that that doctor isn't sitting at home at night wondering why you have had five infections in one year and they aren't trying to figure out the root cause of those infections. You are your best advocate and if something isn't working for you it's time to take charge of your own health. It's ok to question the choices the doctor is making for you and to even get a second, third, or fourth opinion.

Keeping that revelation in mind lets talk about a few of the lies I bought into about my own health before I decided to take charge of my wellness, look for the root causes for my issues and break the harsh cycle of antibiotic overuse.

Lie #1 - Antibiotics are the only way to treat infection. This is one of the biggest lies we buy in to. I'm so grateful that this medication is in our world. They are most definitely needed for people that are terribly sick and could potentially die. They should not be used every time you get a UTI or a sinus infection. It takes a little longer to clear them up naturally but you don't need an antibiotic most of the time. I've had discussions with friends that go like this: "Well with insurance the antibiotic is only $5 but the natural remedy was $35." So true my friends, so true. Let me ask though, what is the long term effect on your body if you do this multiple times a year. And what will be the long term cost when you are fighting MRSA from antibiotic overuse because it's your fifth infection this year? (Yes, I am speaking from personal experience .)

Lie #2 - It's genetic, there is nothing you can do about it. SO. NOT. TRUE. Let me state that yes there are some things that at a chromosomal level are genetic and you can't change. There are other things that you may be genetically predisposed to if your lifestyle allows for it. Things like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, eczema, irritable bowel, and the list could go on and on. You are not doomed to live with any of these things. It may take major lifestyle changes and a choice to do things differently but all of these things can be fixed with proper nutrition, exercise, and the right supplements for your body.

Lie #3 - Aches and pains are just part of getting older, it happens to everyone. Again, so not true. All of the aches and pains that we contribute to getting older are actually almost always signs of inflammation in your body. If you calm and eliminate the inflammation you get rid of the aches and pains. I have personally experienced this one and when I eat too much of the things that cause inflammation those aches and pains come right back.

Lie #4 - It's all in your head. This one gets my goat the most. You know your body and you know when something isn't right. It goes back to the training that doctors receive. They run basic bloodwork and that's it, never digging deeper never thinking of what root cause could create symptoms you are trying to tell them you have. I told my doctor I couldn't lose weight no matter how healthy I ate. At the time I was about 90% plant based and eating about 1200 calories a day. I was hungry! Here is how I wanted that conversation to go. Doctor: "Gosh that sounds miserable for you. Let's do a full thyroid panel, test your cortisol levels, and your hormones and found out where the imbalance in your body is." Here is how the conversation actually went: "I find it hard to believe you are only eating 1200 calories a day. It is simple math. Calories in, calories out ,so if you were really eating that little you would be losing weight. Sometimes we go get a fast food salad and think we are on a diet but we just consumed 1200 calories in one meal. My guess is you are eating more than you think you are." Yep that was the actual conversation. I ended the appointment there. I was DONE. As I write this I am preparing to complete my functional medicine lab that will test all of the things I wanted tested. Stay tuned and I will share the test results in a few weeks.

These are just a few of the lies my doctors have told me over the years. I have slowly learned to take control of my health. I still do yearly blood work, and if I have something going on that I know I can't fix, I am willing to see my doctor but at this point in my life food is my medicine, movement is my therapy, and sunshine is my doctor. I am also 100% behind the idea of functional medicine lab testing to find where our bodies have too much or too little of something. I am currently working to become certified to help clients figure out their root causes through testing. Until then I can definitely help with nutrition and supplementation.

Just a few notes in closing. First, I am not a medical professional. I do not diagnose, treat, or cure disease. I simply share my personal experience and offer suggestions on improving your lifestyle. Health benefits from any changes you make are a big plus. Please see your medical professional for any serious medical issues you may have. Second, if any of the things I typed about resonated with you and you want to know more about how you can break free from these lies please e-mail me at I would love to speak with you further about options available to you. Third, if you feel like someone could benefit from this post, please share with them either personally or through your social media. I appreciate any support and thank you so much for reading.

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