What’s the best way to optimize your health or overcome illness? Stop chasing sickness. Start pursuing health.
Why do so many people chase sickness instead of pursuing health?
Those of us who have suffered from chronic illness understand how pernicious disease can be, not just to our physical health but also to our mental health. While I was struggling with Lyme Disease for almost four years, I fell into all the common traps. I tried everything and sought advice from every corner. Doctors told me to try this new medicine or that. Other medical practitioners told me I needed to treat co-infections. Other people suffering from Lyme told me to remediate environmental conditions like mold. The list went on and on.
On top of health complications, long-lasting disease took its toll on my bank account, my ability to hold down a job, my social life, and even my sense of self worth. When illness takes over, it can dominate your life. The results can be devastating.
Stop Chasing Sickness
At the time what I didn’t understand that in the process of always looking for any possible relief from my illness, along with the next best miracle cure, the disease became my life. I didn’t recognize that I was chasing sickness.
If you’ve suffered like I have, you know what chasing sickness looks like. It involves seeing endless doctors and specialists to diagnose each new symptom, trying one costly new medication after the other (each with its own onslaught of side effects), and spending hours each week scouring articles and forums in search of a magic bullet.
Unfortunately, chasing sickness is a repetitive and exhausting loop. Such an illness mentality is borne of an understandable desire to halt chronic illness at any and all costs.
So how did I break the cycle?
Recognize the Limitations of Allopathic Medicine
First, I recognized that allopathic medicine approaches illness only in terms of treating pathogens. (You have a virus; you take a drug.) But health (and the idea of chasing health) is a byproduct of a whole body approach. We’re more than just hosts for pathogens. Our bodies are a network of systems; when one system is out of sync, the other systems are necessarily impacted.
Get the Food, Sleep, and Exercise You Need
Second, I changed my perspective. Rather than crossing my fingers and hoping I could eliminate Lyme Disease in one fell swoop, I made a commitment to optimizing my health. I focused less compulsively on symptoms and concentrated more consciously on body systems. I started pursuing health.
In other words, I began building a strong foundation of health using a combination of nutritious food, restorative sleep, regular exercise, and consistent stress-reduction techniques. (If you’re not sure where to start, ask your doctor for guidance to determine how to measure and optimize the functionality of your body’s systems.) I strived to reach the optimum levels for my body.
Drink Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) Tea
Third, in combination with the right food, sleep, and exercise, I began drinking a tea made from an herb from Peru called Phyllanthus niruri, also known as Chanca Piedra and Stonebreaker. Phyllanthus niruri has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies, and it has over 100 bioactive compounds. I drank the tea three times a day for three months straight. Today I am happy to say that I no longer suffer from Lyme Disease.
Stop Chasing Sickness, Start Pursuing Health
I took intentional positive steps to rid my body of chronic disease. You can too. But doing so isn’t easy. It requires a shift in mindset from illness to wellness and a willingness to go the distance. There are no overnight, magic wand cures.
Your best chance of overcoming your chronic illness? Stop chasing sickness and start pursuing health.