Until recently the word holistic didn’t hold a whole lot of meaning for me. It was on the alternative side of things which l had dabbled in occasionally. The first part of the word should have given me an idea that it was a whole body and mind kind of approach, but it isnt usually until we have personal experience with things that we deeply understand them. I had actually visited several Naturopaths over the years and had tried to embrace the things they were into, but life is a journey and l don’t think l could fully take on board the message they were trying to convey because l wasn’t really listening or maybe l wanted then to fix me without having to make too many changes in my life. I remember a few years ago seeing a lovely friend of mine who is a Naturopath and she suggested that l was consuming too much chocolate on a daily basis and the wrong kind. Her idea of eating one small piece of 70% dark chocolate per day was wonderful in theory but not embraceable by myself at that point because it just wasn’t the right time in my life. Likewise when l became sick last year l fully embraced the traditional medical system and put my faith in them wholeheartedly that they could get me well. What l didn’t realise at that point in time is that the mainstream medical system has it’s good points, but also many limitations and often actually finding the cause of what is wrong with you is secondary to just managing symptoms. Some people might be happy to have a procedure or take a pill to treat a symptom but l became very frustrated when l was presented with this option over and over again. Seeing a holistic General Practitioner has opened my eyes to the kind of health care l want and deserve, where the cause of my symptoms is found and treated and the health issues resolved. I was quite shocked when the GP started to talk to me about my spirit, stress management, in-depth dietary changes, supplements, mindful meditation, intravenous vitamins to name a few and all in an hour long appointment. Since then l have found a holistic dietician, chiropractor and physiotherapist. What is it that they have in common. It is their desire for me to be well. That’s the difference. I have left the regular GP’s office on many occasions with a clean bill of health yet l felt very unwell. Or l was given a script for a strong painkiller or other drug which would just treat the symptom and then when the problem returned l was back to the Dr again searching for help but usually felt uninspired by the response. The holistic practitioner listens attentively and draws on their knowledge of the whole body, mind and spirit. When you are ready l would recommend that you empower yourself and start asking questions, challenging pre-existing ideas and proactively seek out knowledgebe. Everyone deserves to be well and l believe that a holistic approach to life and your health in particular is a way to achieve this.