Holistic health is all the rage. Everywhere, patients are finding out the limitations in the conventional medical system.  But dogmas and beliefs are hard to change. So, many of us who live with autoimmunity are seeking the “Medical Doctor” who can manage our disease and health. But what I want to clarify today is the difference in the three disciplines: alternative, functional and integrative medicine. Here is also why you must seek your inner wisdom to “supplement” your health-promoting care. This is instead of depending on the various “experts” who may understand your disease but don’t really “know” how to to guide you toward healing.

Three Disciplines of Health

So, let’s first differentiate between the alternative, functional and integrative medicine:

Alternative Medicine: Any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy and acupuncture.

Functional Medicine:  Medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.

Integrative Medicine:  A form of medical therapy that combines practices and treatments from alternative medicine with conventional medicine.

At the end of the day, I grew tired of various disciplines confusing us patient consumers.  How are we supposed to know the difference between such similar entities? It gets to a point where not only are we supposed to educate ourselves on what to do for ourselves, but now we’ve got to choose which discipline is best?  

Then, there’s the multitude of disciplines withing the category of medicine.  Within alternative medicine there’s chiropractors, acupuncturists, TCM, energy healers, etc.

Then, there are multitudes of integrative medicine practitioners who do what they do but frankly don’t really know what to call themselves. They bring conventional understanding to the holistic approach, and it’s designed to fail.

Lastly is the functional medicine approach, which is brilliant, but too complicated to apply for our patients. I can tell you the expert practitioners are guessing for you with their best intent. But do you really want to rely on their care to go down the rabbit hole at your expense?

Taking Control of Your Own Health

It’s important to remember that healing is your responsibility.  We may seek help with our health from such practitioners of health, but their approach should not direct everything we do. Rather, we are directing them on how they can help our health endeavors.

These various medical approaches assume they know more than you about your health. And this is the very misconception that I want to change for all of us with autoimmunity. Take the power back, learn the pillars of health and why we developed intolerance to self, which is autoimmunity. Work to create homeostasis, not get lost in the name of holistic, alternative or functional approaches.  As they are better approaches, but it does not relieve you of your responsibility.  

I hope this was powerfully insightful. It’s a lifelong journey creating health, longevity and wellness. And it’s a matter of time before we all fall into the sickcare system.  

Want to heal yourself once and for all?  I know the way and you’re in luck.  This week, I’m hosting a FREE Autoimmune Detox Challenge in my FREE Facebook group. Click here to sign up today; it’s not too late!  It’ll shift the way you think about your health and autoimmunity to set forth healing and living life on your terms.  

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