05 Jan The Time for Decision and Action
Paul A. Goldberg, MPH,DC,DACBN,DCBCN
The Goldberg Tener Clinic
Chronic Disease Reversal
A new year has arrived and many have made new year resolutions. For a few weeks the gyms will be busy with new memberships, the churches may be more crowded and new diets will be commenced upon. Dr. Google will be busy with people seeking solutions for their health issues.
The reality is that most resolutions soon fall by the wayside and life will proceed as previously. Many will get deeper into self-destructive ruts and with each passing year dreams which seemed attainable when younger often dissipate into thin air.
I have worked with patients with chronic illness for almost half a century. Most of our patients have risen above their problems and entered a new era of health, well-being and productivity. Others have fallen by the wayside. Most of the difference between the two groups has been whether they have had a willingness to become active participants, bite the proverbial bullet and go down the right path.
Recovering from medically categorized chronic illnesses, viewed as “life-long”, “incurable” or needing to simply be “managed”, is not easy…but often possible. For the person who has been through the mill with a myriad of conventional and alternative treatments, however, it is often difficult to get started and persist to victory. Too many disappointments. Too many drugs, supplements and alternative therapies. Countless days of pain, fatigue and diminishing function. It is understandable how frustrating that can be. In my past I’ve walked down that road and have empathy for those ready to throw in the towel exhausted by their efforts. If occasionally, as a practitioner, I need a reminder of how low a person can become trying to climb out of the deep chasm of chronic illness, God gives me a sharp nudge in the side.
To those chronically ill people who have given up hope, I offer the following counsel:
- First, recall the old saying; “the stars come out most brightly after the night becomes darkest.” Sometimes we have to hit close to rock bottom prior to beginning our ascension. You would not be the first.
- Secondly… no matter how hard you have tried to regain your health, no matter how many attempts you’ve made at overcoming chronic illness, if you go in the wrong direction, regardless of your efforts, you will never arrive where you want to be. Try to reach Florida from Georgia by heading North… no matter how fast you drive, how far you go or how well intended you are to make it there, you will never arrive in Florida.
Sickness and shortened life span are the outgrowths of both our genetics and deviations from living a life that supplies our biological needs. We cannot change our genes but we can often alter the manner in which they express themselves. Health is restored by addressing causal factors related to the ways we’ve lived our lives, what we’ve been exposed to, what we’ve done to ourselves and what life has done to us.
Ignoring causes and “treating” chronic disease with conventional medical drugs and alternative therapies adds to the heavy load a body, already tormented and overburdened, is experiencing.
Most of us are not aware of how and what we have done to evolve into chronic illness. Some may be partly aware yet have allowed themselves to wallow in the quicksands of destructive habits reserving the thought that there will always some-time later for real reform.
Life is brief. Have you ever noticed how short the years which have passed in your life seem to have been? The years to come may pass even more quickly still. If you take the right steps now there should be many more of them and they can be filled with ease and contentment. If you use them poorly, continuing on the same path that led you into chronic illness, seeking treatments, pills and potions but not uncovering and addressing causes, there will be fewer of them and they will not be pleasant. Disease and the eventual loss of independence may take over your life if it has not already.
Has your life matched your vision of what you hoped to become? If not, are you waiting for some magic moment in the future? Many delude themselves, thinking the time will come when everything suddenly goes right and they become a person with physical, mental and spiritual balance…the person they longed to be, without doing much of anything. Change, however, requires correct action.
Hope is a virtue but without taking the right path, hope alone will not suffice. We must combine the right direction with the determination to take it and do the hard work needed to reach the point that our health and well-being return.
Life has many temptations to lure us into where we regularly make and break resolutions. W.C. Fields once said, “It’s easy to stop drinking; I’ve done it a thousand times!”
The first step is to understand exactly what has occurred over the years to create the problems we have. There are usually multiple contributing factors. A thorough investigation is called for employing a detailed interview/history, physical examination and standard and functional laboratory studies. There are many contributing causes to chronic illness today; biochemical, nutritional, toxicological, emotional, microbiological, structural, hygienic and these require sorting out.
The next step is creating a program designed specifically to address the causal factors involved. All of this, however, is dependent upon us following through with perseverance and action.
We are not a clinic for those who wish to be passive. Indeed, I have never seen a chronically ill patient who refuses to make real changes ever regain their health.
It starts with deciding you have had enough misery, identifying the right path and following it to a brighter, healthier future.
Since 1976, The Goldberg Tener Clinic, using the Goldberg Bio-Hygienic Re-Creation System,TM has been helping patients reverse their chronic health issues, enabling them to live more active, productive, enjoyable lives. Contact us to see how we can assist you in reversing your chronic health issues.