How Not To Make Unnecessary Doctor Visits

If you are anything like me, you’re not a fan of doctors or modern day medicine, unless absolutely necessary. If you are anything like me you avoid doctor visits at all costs, and only take prescription medicine when there is no other option, when it is a last resort. I’m probably the absolute worst, very stubborn when comes to doctors… skeptical and doubtful (and, I have my reasons), so for me I avoid it at all cost. Because, we are our own best doctors. Hands down!

We can go to the doctor, tell them our symptoms, they evaluate, make their diagnosis and provide us with a prescription… simple and easy. But, they aren’t always right, and you obligated to go and then they run some tests (sometimes they run they tests the first time around), but again, they can’t misdiagnose, but let’s say they don’t and actually find the cause, they just give you another prescription. Again, simple and easy… a quick fix… a bandaid to cover up one wound to potentially create another, which will lead to more bandaids. Don’t forget doctors make a cut from the drugs they prescribe, so sometimes they may not even be prescribing the best one for your condition. And, that is not to say all doctors will do that, but all doctors do make a cut. So, always keep that in mind.

In addition, prescription medicine isn’t healthy for your body, because it isn’t natural, it’s formulated in a lab and, even if it helps it always comes at price. There is always a trade off, strengthening one while weakening another. So, why damage your body if it isn’t necessary?! Furthermore, whatever anything is made of is utimately it’s destruction. In other words, the problem is the solution, the solution is the problem. You take a pill to help with cholesterol, then some time goes by and you need another to help with the effects of that medicine. And, before you know it, your popping pills for one thing and pills to subside the effects of the others. And, at that point, your body can only recover with the aid of modern day medicine. For the solution, to one problem was created in the lab and therefore the solution further problems must too be created in the lab. But, note the inital problem was created by natural causes, namely lifestyle. So, had you chnged your lifestyle, you would have been able to recover without the potential of creating additional problems. Because, if a disease is formed by natural causes, and inhibiting in an organic environment (that is, the human body), it can too be destructed my natural means. Rememeber, the problem is the solution, the solution is the problem.

With that being said, Mother Nature has everything we need to overcome whatever health problems we are having; obviously, there are conditions in which that isn’t the case and proper medical attention is required. Mind you, I’m strong believer that they have found the cures for any diseases, such as cancer, they simply choose not to release it, it’s a huge income stream. But, that’s a whole other topic. Either way, it still doesn’t change the fact that Mother Nature has all we need to get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy. But, we often neglect it, making unnecessary visits to the doctor over things we can easily assess and recover from by ourselves without using prescription medications.

It is as simple as a lifestyle change. The difficulty is the patience and discipline required, most of us want the quick fix, we don’t want to put in the work, make the effort or have the patience to endure process of elimination; meaning, we don’t want to figure it out ourselves, we rather have someone prescribe something, than prolong the suffering by ruling out causes naturally. In order words, we don’t want to take the time to investigate the cause ourselves, the discipline to change our lifestyles, nor have the patience to tolerate or endure process.

But again, it’s a trade off just like modern day medicine. Getting healthy takes time, the road to recovery by means of natural methods, requires patience, discipline and tolerance…. and, most importantly, time. It isn’t a quick fix. But, I ask you what would you rather, a quick fix which threatens the health of that which it isn’t aiding, or a fix which is a bit more time consuming without the threat?

The problem is society has become impatience, intolerable and indiscipline, thriving on immediacy. And, what’s so mind-boggling is WE HAVE GOOGLE!! We have information at our fingerprints, getting healthy and finding natural remedies is much easier now than ever before, and much quicker. So, why threaten and risk the health of your body as a whole by appealing to the easy solutions in life… the bandaid, which covers one problem to only create another. It is a matter of doing your research.But, here is the thing is people don’t want to use their brain and put in the time.

Again, we have Google, which information instantaneously and just sorting through it, because of course the first thing that pops up is always the worst and usually some sort of cancer. But, if you actually do your research and don’t get caught up in the worst case scenarios… I mean, actually investigate, you will be capable avoiding unnecessary doctors and damaging your body with modern day medicine.

Let me share how I avoid unnecessary doctor visits by the process of elimination. I’m going to use real life example, something which I have been battling for close to two months now, and that is my skin reaction.

First thing is first, our health is either impacted by something internal or external. So, begin by eliminating factors of potential culprits of the cause. Look at what has changed and what has persisted. So, in my case, I moved from a cold climate (Toronto, Canada) to a hot climate by the ocean. Both environments are humid, so it isn’t the climate change per se… I’ll speak on this a bit later. But, with moving obviously my products change, my toiletries, laundry detergent, diet etc.

Once I noticed the reaction, or allergy I should call it, I started with my diet, looking at what I was ingesting. And, to be honest, there wasn’t much of a change, and if anything I’ve actually been eating much healthier than back in Toronto. In addition, the food here isn’t pumped with steroids, it is all naturally grown. The only thing that has changed has been my consumption of milk, and the milk here isn’t pasteurized; and even then, my consumption isn’t enough to create a reaction, but either way I cut it out to note the difference if any. And, there wasn’t any, the reaction got worst and flare up into a rash… an uncontrollable itchy fest, which led to raised red bumps and opened wounds.

The next thing I looked at was appearance, I ruled out bedbugs, ticks, fleas, hives, and eczema, by simply looking at pictures and comparing, concluding that it was an allergy. So, I looked at it’s localization, and noticed that the affected areas were creases, such as, under the bum, armpit, and the inside of the elbow. From there it became obvious that it is definitely something that is in contact with my skin, and the only thing that has changed in terms of skin contact is body soap and laundry detergent. It wasn’t the soap as it was a brand I’ve used before, so it was definitely the laundry detergent. The creases were the first to be affected as it is the area that comes in contact with my clothes the most, rubbing and brushing up against my skin with any sort of movement. Switched my laundry detergent and it definitely improved, took baths to soothe the itching, and aloe vera to minimize the redness and help heal the opened wounds. But, though it improved it didn’t fully go away. The itching still persisted and I actually found a lump in my armpit, which of course when Googled is a sign of breast cancer, but if you further investigate it is simply an imflamed lymph note, meaning it has gone bacterial.

So, the next step from there is detox, cleansing your system from all toxins and killing any and all bacteria in your body. My detox consists of two cloves of raw garlic and a piece of raw ginger piled and chopped up into pieces, along with lemon and cayenne pepper water. The garlic and ginger act as pills, you pop them as you drink the water. Don’t chew, trust me, it’s gross… just swallow as you would a pill. I did that for a week and noticed the lump under my armpit decreasing and the redness subsiding. Bomb. Bomb. But, still not fully recovered and the itching still very much present.

And, trust me itchy skin is probably one of the most irritating conditions to deal with, you can’t concentrate due to the discomfort nor wear clothes due to further aggravation, and let’s not talk about the impact on your self-esteem. Something which I’ll wrote about an other blog, Uncomfortable Skin. But, not only does it impact your self of esteem, it can hinder your mindset as well, leaving you feeling ungrateful, frustrated and helpless; but, that is a whole other topic, something which I wrote about on another post, It Could Be Worst.

Anyways, going back, I was getting better, but at somewhat of a standstill, slowly improving and I mean very very slowly. I noticed that when I was home, the effects worsen, significantly, uncontrolable itching, leaving me restless and incapable of doing anything, including sleeping. So, as I sat there scratching away as I attempted to work one night, I noticed the condensation build up on the windows. And, it hit me, the building materials used are completely different from Canada, they strictly use concrete -no weathering materials; and, when you are right by the ocean, the moisture and humidity gets absorbed into the concrete causing condensation. I did my research and found that condensation can in fact worsen the condition of skin reactions, causing further irritation and prolonging the road to recovery. Next step was to buy a dehumidifier and see what happens. And, guess what?! HUGE difference, major difference. And, done and done! No doctors needed!!

I know I might sound crazy, but think about it. had I gone to the doctor, they would have given me pills and it could have potentially helped or not, but wouldn’t heal the condition completely, granted that the culprit prolonging recovery is the environment. And, proof of that is that I actually go to the doctor and they prescribed me allergy pills, which did nothing for me, and was followed by that lump I told you about. And, I’m not saying that lump was the cause of the medicine, but I am saying that I ingested medicine I didn’t need, it was unnecessary as it did nothing for me, but only cause additional work for my kidneys and liver to filter out… and who knows what other organs it could have created additional work for?! Putting additional stress on the body due to foreign and unnatural chemicals, extracts and elements. WHY?!

We are our own best doctors, it is a matter of taking to the time to listen and get to know our bodies, understanding it’s limitations. Which in turn, helps us lead healthier lives, longer lives… more satisfying lives, enjoyable lives. It takes work, control and discipline…. and whole lot of patience. It is process, it takes longer then modern day medicine.

It’s been two months for me, but those two months could give me whole lot more years in the long run. Whereas, something quick and easy, can most definitely have adverse effects in the long run, substracting a whole lot more years or even causing years of suffering before death. It’s a question of whether or not you are willing to put in the work and make the effort… a question of whether or not you want the easy way out. It all comes down to the trade-off, the sacrifice and the willingness to change your lifestyle. And, remember anything and everything in life is a trade off -an exchange. So, what are you willing to invest for a bigger trade-off? Think about it. Because, it isn’t hard to be healthy, it is a choice.

It Could Be Worse

For the last two months I have been battling a skin reaction. It has been terrible, some days better than others, and some days I just wish I could rip off my skin. At times, contemplating death, it is that bad. And, for me to say that takes a lot, as I have a huge pain tolerance, and usually laugh at any sign of injury, even if it is me who is injured.

I have literally blown off the side of my foot due to a pressure-water, and walked away laughing and limping at the incident, while co-workers pointed out the exposed flesh and blood bath in my shoe. That’s just me! I hurt myself all the time, and growing up with a brother, you are the doll… it is WWF! I don’t know how many times I was Chokeslam or Jackhammered, but it happened. There were times my brother would flip me, turning me in all sort of directions, wrestling me, when really I had no idea what the fuck was happening I would just go with that, and there were time I would get injured. One time, he flipped me so hard that my knee hit my nose and I started bleeding, I didn’t cry… I actually laughed but, my brother’s immediate reaction was ‘shhhhh, don’t say anything… you’re okay’, so I went to my room, cleaned the blood and stopped the bleeding; and, when asked, nothing happened I was jumping and hurt myself I’m okay. And, I was. So, pain isn’t much, so if and when I ever ‘complain’, so to say, it is because it’s something significant.

And, to be honest I actually enjoy pain, it feels good. It’s such a release. All my tattoos were done during a moment of much needed release, and it was… a release. Maybe, I’m a freak, but I laugh at pain. It’s enjoyable to me. But, of course, there is a theshold. There is a limitation, a point in which you can no longer tolerate.

The first time I ever had a moment where I couldn’t tolerate the pain, I mean unbearable pain, was when I found out I had a tumor in my brain, one that doctors won’t dare to touch unless life threatening during to its position, and even then I won’t trust them touching it… so, it is still very much present and it definitely affects me every now again… it’s just a matter of keeping an eye on it, so it doesn’t grow, but that is a whole other story. But, let’s talk about the most recent, my skin reaction.

So, for the past two months I have been battling a terrible skin reaction. It has been non-stop itching, leaving me restless, exhausted and frustrated; especially because I am starting a new journey. I have been sleeping in bathtubs filled with water, putting aloe vera on my skin at least 4 times a day and intensifying my healthy lifestyle to overcome the current struggle that is my life. And believe me it is been horrific, yes it’s wonderful living by the beach, but it isn’t everything. Health is everything.

But regardless of the struggle, the suffering and everything else that comes with it, it has taught me a lot… shown me a lot. For things could be worse, so be grateful that they aren’t. And, I know that is easier said than done. But, listen for the last two months, I have went from one extreme to other, out and everywhere to indoors and nowhere; and, it has taken a toll on me. Not only due to the lack of interaction with the outside world, but due to repercussions. Not only am I unable to concentrate, but I’m unable to live; especially, when I am in the midst of making a career out of writing. And, itis most definitely takes a lot to accept.

So, given the obstacles, it can be easy for one to be ungrateful, feeding into negatively. But, if there is anything this situation has taught me is that it is easy to become ungrateful witin just a days activities.. so to say, one grows more ungrateful as the day progresses. But, here is it thing it could be worse.

Yes, whatever you are going through right now might be one of the hardest things ever, but in a few years you will look bad and laugh. In addition, what you are going through could be much worst, so bad that it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But, you push and continuing pushing.

And, It’s not going to lie, it’s hard, but it’s a choice. And, yes, there are time where you feel shitty, worthless and unproductive… and if you are anything like me, you just want to keep going, even when you can;’t, but you push anyway. But, it doesn’t change the fcat that it pains you, that you impacts you in ways that very few notice.

Everyday is a battle, a struggle… but, it could be worst, regardless of how you feel right now it could most definitely be worst. And, as the day goes on and the battles of life that we are dealing with become more apparent throughout the day, it could be worse.

The problem, we can become so ungrateful as th eday progresses, especially with all the dealing of life. And, one of the most important lessons this whole situation has taught me is just how ungrateful one can become due something so newt, something which causes irritation, aggravation, and exhaustion; especially when there ae so many things which cause something so much greater, which have could be much worse.

So, rather than sit there and throw yourself a pity party… rather than feeding into the victim role, feeling sorry for yourself… being ungrateful for that which you don’t have or that which you’re going through, be grateful for that which you do have and that which you aren’t going through… because it could be worse. You could be fighting of your life. So, take a moment, analyze your situation and consider the potential of something much worse than which you are going through, and be grateful that you aren’t in that situation. Because, no matter what you are going through it could be worse.

Be healthy and avoid unnecessary visits to the doctor.

Always Doing Something, Never Doing Nothing

If you know me, I’m always something, always working on something… I can’t just never do nothing, it’s literally impossible… trust me, I have tried. So, with working on my upcoming workshop, I have decided to also begin sending out my work to online publications, writing for others, as well as writing for my personal site, while at the same time building and working on my site… plus, looking at stocks and playing the market … I’m non stop. It doesn’t stop there… I thinking of teaching dance here… choreographing and bringing something new to this side of town; meaning I have to build and market to make it happen. I have the tools and knowledge, it’s about finding the time and making a routine out of it – a habit. I take on a lot, and love that. I wouldn’t trade it for the world… it’s who I am. I have too much energy to be at a stillstand.

The thing is can be so taxing… exhausting… especially the background sitework, in updating and improving the site, along with setting up the workshop, it’s been….. it’s been great!! P.s I’m saying that sarcastically.. it’s all fucking all Star Wars talk for me. Between downloading new widgets and configuring them, funneling everything to one hub… it’s intense. Some widgets work with other widgets, some do not, forcing you to find new ones or even rework… it is insanity for sometimes. One time it took eight hours to figure out how to code Woocommerce via Elementor, because unless you purchase the pro version, the app aren’t completely compable and because Woocommerce was compable with MailChimp (marketing widget)… I had to figure it out… trust me it was not easy… eight hours to change the font and colour on a button… a fucking button… I’m still so bitter about it, but I learnt a lot so I don’t mind at the same it, it’s more frustration that comes with the hunt.

In addition to that, whenever I update my site, making major changes, I have update close to 40 pages… it’s time consuming. The other day I stayed up shortcoding each page, all 45 of them, having to input five to six shortcodes on each, all becuase it would make my life hundred times easier moving forward. I didn’t even realize the time until I heard the bird chirping at 6:30 am, finally finished coding everything at 7:45 am to be exact. It’s actually out of this world insane. And, granted that I’m not an expert at any of this, and I’m learning as I’m going, which is a lot more time consuming and as I’m going to feeling things out. And as my knowledge grows, new things are added, and you began to think of additional variables such as, efficiency, function, consistency, aesthetics, user intregration, etc., so much comes into factor, and therefore so many changes occur.

Plus, I’m meticulous when it comes to certain things and super organized, in all honesty I’m a little over the top, borderline OCD… I mean my whole closet is coloured coordinated, then further organized by type… everything from my pants to my underwear drawer… I know kind of insane, right?! I know this, I accept it and don’t expect it; and, I’m willing. Hence, why I never hired anyone to do my site. I would been terrible to deal with, I didn’t know what I wanted, I would constantly being changing and adding things as I have been doing… reorganizing everything everytime. Plus, I would feel bad, making this person jump through hoops due to my OCD and indecisiveness, no that’s so unfair. And, I’m not a fan of asking someone to do something for me, even if I pay them, especially if I could just do it myself.

So, that’s what I do, and because I’m a freak when it comes to things, while learning as I go I have to invest so much time, because they take so much time. Plus, what is learnt can be taught… meaning, it’s additional service I can offer, another online workshop I can develop, gaining additional revenue. Always thinking!!! It’s a business mindset. And, I enjoy sharing knowledge, especially with those ready to recieve it and willing to establish an exchange for it.

In addition, when you have dedicate so much to something, so much time and effort, committing to it… you can’t half ass it… there would have been no point in starting if you just planned to throw it away, such a waste of time and completely unnecessary. Something way more productive could have been done during that time, which could help you not only the present moment, but for the future as well. It’s a matter of getting shit done and the longer you take the worst it is… the work piles up, you lose motivation and lose momentum -sometimes procasting so much you forget about it all together.

I guess that is why it is so important to be touch with everything all time, not only professionally but personally as well. One can easily lose focus, getting lost in a standstill. There should always be something, some interaction with growth… progression you could say… hence why I value time so much, because there is always something… something to do, there is never nothing. And, that’s progression! You shouldn’t standstill for too long, as one should not overwhelm themselves for too long either. And, for someone like me who is always doing something and never nothing, it makes so much more appreciate of those moments of stillness… they are gold.

For the problem with always doing something and never nothing is you never get a moment.. it’s rare to have a moment to just be… to just…. be still. I’m either writing, researching, watching stocks, updating my social media, or looking for the next adventure… I’m never just still. And, it’s exhausting, I love it, but it takes a lot out of me. Days go by where I hardly get sleep, sometimes running on five to six hours of sleep on a 72 hours time clock… it’s overwhelming. I most definitely overwork myself, I don;t complain, I’m cool with it, because I don;t have to… I choose too. And, if you choose, you accept it, and therefore can’t complain about it. It can be a lot at times, moments were I’m just over exhausted I just want to cry, so tired mentally… so drained… and I just keep going, keep pushing. Never really stop taking things on and feel guilty when not.

I guess that’s why when I find that stillness in someone I hold on, never letting go… for they have managed to touch my spirit.. my soul in such a way that allows me to forget everything, and for that moment they are all that matter. In addition to that, I usually have a feeling of guilt overwhelm me, when I take time away from all it is I’m doing. So, being still and at peace with that is rare, at least for me, for I always have something and never have nothing… so, in those moments they are all that I can focus on, for they are truly the ones that matter. And, that is the most beautiful thing for me… the ability to be still.

But, I must say I love always having something… I love that fact that something is always happening, something is always going on… and as crazy as it is, as stressful as it can be, it makes those moments of stillness worth so much more. I wouldn’t trade them for the world, for they are everything… they are gold. But, it’s like anything you can’t appreciate one without having the other, you must experience both, or else there is no distinction to note. With being said, I’m thankful for the crazy chaotic moments, but extremely grateful for those moments that I can breath… that I can just be still… feels like gold to me.