WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER (PART 2)
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Continuation of the article "We must take care of each other (part 1)
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGES
Every day many of the "not so sick" lose the fight and become "chronically sick". Then awareness usually comes. The downfall they experience leads them to a new awakening about the way they perceived the world.
By this point, the "not so sick" feel confident and calm about how they have managed or resolved their minor or temporary symptoms. They feel confident because they think they have found some help in the form of a conventional doctor or specialist, or a chiropractor who claims to be a specialist in more advanced natural health care. When they find these health care practitioners, the "not so sick" people are at the beginning of the awareness curve and what they learn from their doctor or practitioner is new to them. They are not yet sick enough to realize that these may not be the answers they are looking for because the problems they face at this stage are mild enough to seem partially or even temporarily solved by what it seems like smart, cutting-edge thinking in the field of alternative health.
They might tell you, "Here's a product for your microbiome because it all comes from the gut" or "Here's a medicine and a powder, a multivitamin, a complex of herbs, all in line with a sugar-free diet. Focus on protein and follow a keto diet." or "We're going to take some stool samples and check your gut balance. Here's a probiotic" or "We're going to do some blood work, look at your nutritional profile, see where your deficiencies are."
When you hear things like this for the first time, you can feel a sense of satisfaction from the advice you're getting. You feel oriented. You find determination that you can make small changes that could be beneficial. All of this boosts your self-esteem because you're not so sick. You can still exercise. You can still consume caffeine. You are not a canary. You are strong and now you feel like a health expert.
Some of the "not so sick" today really believe they are experts in everything they have experienced with their health. They've had an acute problem or condition or intermittent symptoms that have confused them, they've gotten help, they've learned what feels like cutting-edge information, they seem to have overcome it or dealt with it, and now suddenly they're health experts. They give advice on social networks, they give guidance to other people who are far sicker.
When you are "not so sick" you can entertain yourself in the world of reading new theories or trying new nutritional supplements from alternative medicine, or reading about old techniques that have been around for the past decade or two. It never occurs to you that these theories, nutritional supplements and old techniques are exactly what the "chronically ill" have already tried. Modern products, modern technologies - the "chronically ill" have tried them all and only got worse. Meanwhile, the "not-so-sick" can play around in these trendy places and even revive old techniques and theories for other "not-so-sick" people to entertain, making them popular again. The "not-so-sick" don't realize that when they begin to deteriorate because the scales of their health have finally tipped the other way, the approaches they've tried to their health will prove useless. What they believed or directed others to was not helpful in the end.
It doesn't take much for a "not-so-sick" person to feel the benefit of a given healing technique before the moment has come when their health will really deteriorate. Many of these people are only intermittently ill, with mild symptoms that come and go on their own, seeming to improve with little sleep, a new vitamin protocol, a nutritional diet, intermittent fasting, lymphatic massage, sauna treatments, breathing techniques or physical training. The world of alternative medicine is filled with many modern possibilities. The "not-so-sick" have the freedom to play in this world, to chatter, to grab onto something interesting to tell others about, and to remain totally isolated from the difference between being "not-so-sick" and being you are "chronically ill".
Being "chronically ill" is a completely different reality. "Chronic patients" are finished with the world of games. They have accumulated experience. They have already taken probiotics, fish oil, whey protein powder and other protein powders, charcoal, oil extraction, neem oil, L-carnitine, chlorella, diatomaceous earth, sodium bicarbonate, gut powder, bentonite clay and other clays , zeolite, fulvic acid, antler, colostrum, collagen, protein shakes, MCT oil, kombucha, chocolate, green tea, apple cider vinegar, chlorophyll, alkaline ionized water machines and dozens more. The "chronically ill" have also gained experience from visiting dozens of doctors and trying everything, including fecal transplants, bee sting therapy, urine therapy, coffee enemas, Rife machines, stem cell therapy, UV blood irradiation, ozone, cold therapy etc. Seasoned "chronic sufferers" have tried it all.
The "not-so-sick" when they get their first symptoms may believe that the world of health is at their fingertips as they come across remedy after remedy with confident doctors who also haven't faced a serious health problem . Finding a way to heal ourselves starts at the most basic level. The sicker you get, the more you sift through what is offered for treatment.
The "not so sick" often think that it is impossible for them to ever get a chronic illness. They don't even want to think they could ever get there because it's scary and their health approach should be the answer. They still do their workouts, they still have their "cheat days" (dirty days), they feel that they maintain balance, practice moderation, live their lives intuitively. They believe that this person, the "chronically ill" person, is not them. .It won't be them.
The moment you are faced with a chronic illness, everything changes. This is another world, a world of survival. Your goals are different from the goals of the "not so sick". Things in your life are changing. Even relationships can change. It's a whole other world of understanding health.
When someone crosses the line from "not so sick" to "chronically sick", it becomes a challenge not only for him. It is also a challenge for the people around the patient. A chronic illness can wear down the person suffering from it. At the same time, it can quickly tire the people around it.
It's different when it's a mother concerned about her child. A mother will do anything to fight for her little one. Mothers have the ability to reprogram themselves every morning as if it's a brand new day with all the possibilities and chances upon their face. Most mothers will fight for their children tirelessly, with spirit and energy.
When you're an elderly person who gets sick, it can be harder to find people around you who are patient with it. The struggle and striving to survive as a "chronically ill" person is very difficult for the "not so ill". Some of them are humble and respectful enough to believe that what others are going through is real. However, others distance themselves from the sick people in their lives because of emotions such as uncertainty, fear, and discomfort that the disease creates in them. In such cases, some of these "not-so-sick" people may misunderstand their luck and privilege that they have not yet contracted enough pathogens or been completely engulfed in toxins in their daily lives. Some of them mistake this simple circumstance of better health for superiority. It even makes some non-sick people feel privileged. Somehow they don't see themselves as susceptible to the same threats that create chronic illness in others and instead assume they're just better, more "collected", more motivated, better at taking care of themselves .
The privilege of being "not so sick" even makes some people feel they have the right to judge whether other people's stories of suffering and healing are legitimate or not. Sometimes the "not so sick" feel that the mild or temporary symptoms they experience are on the same level as the "chronically ill" and do not understand when the "chronically ill" do not recover the way they do. which they themselves did. For example, a "not so sick" person gets mild headaches from time to time. If someone tells him that he suffers from chronic, constant headaches, the "not so sick person" may think that he understands him, that what he experienced is the same. But the "not so sick" person will have a hard time understanding why the person with chronic headache does not get relief from the various therapies and techniques - because they have not understood the depth of what the "chronically ill" person experiences day after day. The "not so sick" person may begin to think that the pain of the "chronically ill" is imaginary.
The "not-so-sick" people who occupy this "privileged position" use it as a measure of whether someone else's experience matches their own. If someone's story doesn't match their own experience, it's hard for those people to believe it or legitimize it. Some of the "not so sick" carry within themselves a belief, a confidence that they are more successful in discovering the gifts and secrets of life, spiritually and medically, than the "chronically ill". One thinks that the world should become more compassionate towards the "chronically ill", more understanding. Rather, it is the opposite. Lack of compassion for the "chronically ill" is a trend that is actually growing.
Materials from Anthony William's book "Brain Saver" (not yet translated into Bulgarian) were used for the article.
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