Cleveland Clinic is considered one of the best hospitals in the United States. Dr. Mark Hyman is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. He has a “laundry list” of accomplishments in the field of health care. The average person would assume a physician of this quality knows what it takes to be HEALTHY.
Several years ago, Dr. Hyman (with all his education and knowledge), realized he was suffering from health problems, but couldn’t successfully self diagnose his condition. He spoke with his medical colleagues that told him:
He was suffering depression and needed anti-depressants.
He met with a psychiatrist who concluded is wasn’t depression, but rather anxiety. He recommended anti-anxiety medication.
His family physician determined sleep was his problem and recommended sleeping pills.
A neurologist performed an exam and determined he suffered from attention deficit disorder (A.D.D.) and prescribed ritalin.
Discussions with several other doctors concluded he suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
How could so many qualified respected physicians make so many different diagnoses? Who was right? It turns out:
ALL THE DOCTORS WERE RIGHT!
ALL THE DOCTORS WERE WRONG!
Each doctor was able to correctly identify a different SYMPTOM, but each doctor offered an incorrect “solution” to the underlying causes of the various conditions he suffered from. Anxiety, depression, sleeping issues, A.D.D., chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia became the end results (rather than the CAUSES) of his unidentified health problems. If Dr. Hyman had followed the prescription recommendations his colleagues offered, it is likely his health would have worsened. The various prescriptions would have lead to further systemic imbalances that would have weakened his immune system leaving him susceptible to greater health challenges including diabetes, cardiac disease, stroke or cancer.
The traditional medical approach did not appear to provide quality answers. He chose instead to critically evaluate his LIFESTYLE and its role in his declining health. He determined a “high stress” job (physician) along with little time for eating, little time for exercising, little time for socializing (family and friends) and little down time from work resulted in detrimental behaviors that created the various symptoms he was suffering from.
By living this unhealthy LIFESTYLE, he deprived his body and mind essential needs interfering with normal function. This explanation made it clear that detrimental habits could not be resolved using pharmaceutical drugs.
As he incorporated healthy changes to lifestyle patterns his symptoms/”diseases” improved. He restored quality health to his body and mind. As a result, he began sharing these “secrets” with his patients.
Whether it’s heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia or any other named “disease,” correction requires the foundational strengthening of essential habits that support the body and mind from within. Additional supportive therapies provided by (naturopathic physicians, chiropractic physicians, medical physicians, ayurvedic physicians, etc…) should ONLY be used when essential habits are not enough to achieve desired results. Using pharmaceutical drugs, nutritional supports, herbs or any other external source to create a healthy internal environment in place of essential habits will NEVER achieve QUALITY HEALTH.
I encourage everyone to utilize this approach to achieving better health. If a traditionally trained (world renowned) medical physician learned this invaluable lesson through personal experience and now uses this approach with his patients, why would anyone choose to exclusively follow a traditional pharmaceutical approach to chronic diseases/imbalances? This approach has consistently FAILED at restoring balance and good health to the body and mind?
IS YOUR REASONING:
“because my doctor told me to“
Dr. Mark Hymans’ doctors gave him 5 different diagnoses with 5 different prescription medication recommendations. If he had followed their advice, the prognosis would have been poor! What makes you think your doctor is better and smarter than the doctors Mark Hyman consulted with for the answers he needed?