What happens when your health problem isn’t really the “real problem?”
Have you ever experienced that nagging health problem that never seemed to get any better?
No matter what you tried, your condition seems to persist and possibly even developed into something worse over time?
Most people make their decisions based on the premise that the problem they are experiencing (headaches, hormone imbalances, weight gain, difficulty sleeping etc.) is the problem their choice of healthcare provider is going to correct.
Let’s take the example of someone in pain. They may try and seek a provider who they believe will “fix” their pain. Alternatively, someone who has headaches may be looking for someone to “fix” their headaches or their heart disease or whatever other ailments you could imagine.
In these cases, if the pain, headaches and heart disease were the actual problem, healthcare that attempted to “fix” them would be wonderful and appropriate. Unfortunately, most of the time the attempts to help are directed at only the symptoms and never really address any of the real problems that exist.
If you had a house with a concrete foundation that supported the entire structure on top of it and somehow that foundation incurred damage to cause a shift, do you think other problems could develop secondary to the foundation? Of course! Over time you may see cracking in the drywall, misaligned door frames, even the plumbing or electrical damage could develop inside the walls. The real problem in this example is the foundation. This is what I refer to as a core problem and the rest is collateral damage caused by that core problem.
The same analogy applies to our health. Symptoms and body signs from different disease processes and dysfunctions in the body are collateral damage. They are the warning signs of an underlying problem. There effects are from a handful of other core problems that were left unaddressed for short or long periods of time.
The general approach to collateral damage is to suppress the messages with medications. Tylenol, Advil, Tylenol Cold etc. etc. etc. The concern is that those alarm signals from your body are not the problem. Turning them off may be a short-term approach to provide temporary relief, but the core problem and the damage occurring from it will only continue to impact your health negatively; especially if now you don’t even feel it happening!
This is the process used with vast majority of disease treatment models: identify the collateral damage (often caused by the core problem) and attempt to “fix it.
So, What are some of the most common CORE PROBLEMS?
Food (fat, protein, micronutrients)
Movement (mobility, strength, endurance)
Mindset (self-esteem, values, goals)
Sleep (quantity, quality)
Genetics Water (quantity, quality)
Structural Integrity (spinal health, joint health)
Neurological (nervous system communication, brain health)
When a deficiency is present in any one of these areas listed above, collateral damage (disease and symptoms) follows. In fact, every single disease process is in some way, large or small, caused by some of these core needs not being addressed over a period of time.
Pain, headaches, hormone imbalances, sleep problems, immunity issues, lack of focus, immobility, energy output, inflammatory diseases, weight gain and thousands more labeled diseases are simply collateral damage from unaddressed core problems.
Can all core problems be corrected?
Unfortunately they can not; If the core problem has been left unaddressed for too long, the severity is too great or it is just not something that is currently correctable like gene mutation (although research is showing us that dealing with other core issues like food and movement will impact gene expression). Dealing with some of the collateral damage is a very appropriate approach. The real pitfall is to not confuse the suppression of symptoms with the process of building health.
Also remember, oil a rusty hinge and remove some stress to allow proper communication from the brain to the body and we never know what may happen. In the vast majority of cases, starting to address one or more core problems can lead to incredible health recovery and optimization. Even in conditions that have been chronic or difficult to reverse.
My approach attempts to both decrease the effects of collateral damage and correct the core postural problem. This is how you will develop health, sustain increased performance and tap into your full capacity to ENJOY LIFE.
Dr. Alfredo is an health enthusiast who’s goal is to help people and families live healthier, happier lives. My philosophy on health is simple - our body’s have the amazing ability and potential to self-adapt, self-regulate and THRIVE in this world.