Five things I learned from Doctors… and it isn’t what you’d expect.

If, like me, you’re currently suffering or have previously suffered from food intolerances, chances are you’ve encountered a plethora of Doctors… some great and god bless them, they tried hard… some nice but totally useless and out of their depth in this area… and some, sadly who give the medical profession a bad name for their lack of empathy and unwillingness to think outside the box.

Now, I know a few Doctors personally and I know how much training, dedication and commitment it took for them to become Doctors. I admire them, I respect their profession generally and with the vast amount of illness, disease and trauma out there, I appreciate they can’t know everything! My personal associations aside, my experience with Doctors regarding my food intolerances over the years has left me with five distinct insights.

The five things I learned from Doctors…

1) I wasted a lot of money. In the course of my adult life, at the behest of uncertain Doctors, I have overspent on pointless, excessive medical procedures, tests  and/or treatments to the point that instead I could have bought a nice little sports car to whiz around in during my mid-life crisis ;).

2) Doctors are not infallible. I know that Doctors are only human, but I now hold a belief that Doctors should recognise their limitations and their human frailty and be able to admit when something is outside their scope of training or understanding, rather than project their inability to accurately diagnose onto their patients… often leaving their patients bewildered, confused and perhaps a little crazy!.

3) Doctors don’t know everything. I recognise they know a lot, and I mentioned earlier, they undertake a great deal of training and commitment to be able to call themselves Doctors… but I know that when it comes to something like food intolerances, they conduct tests merely to force your weird, seemingly unrelated symptoms into a neat little box with a name they know and understand. And when that doesn’t work, they tell you there is nothing wrong with you, or worse ‘it’s all in your head’.

4) To trust myself. I know my body, I know what feels right and I know when something is amiss and just because a ‘medical test’ can’t confirm it, doesn’t mean there isn’t something wrong with me. Trusting myself, I now seek alternate means of diagnosis and/or treatment through Kinesiology, Acupuncture or Naturopathy. And of course, I’ve coached myself to wellness .

5) A new career path. Best of all, I gained an inspired career path to help those people that the Doctors have let slip through the cracks or left to fend for themselves because in their professional medical opinion, there was nothing wrong. My experience with Doctors over the years, guided me to do my own research, seek my own remedies and become a Lifestyle, Food and Wellness Coach – and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a gazillion things that Doctors are great at and I’ve had other ailments over the years that required medical assistance and were treated quite effectively… but in the world of food intolerances, if it isn’t a food allergy or other specific diagnosable digestive disease like Crohn’s or Coeliac Disease, in my experience, Doctors are at a loss.

If you’ve had similar experiences with Doctors over the years, don’t despair, there are people like me for example who specialise in helping you navigate the often times confusing world of food intolerances. To find out more book in for a free 15 minute consultation with me.