Are you addressing the symptoms of your illness, or actually tackling the root causes? Living with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme Disease, etc. provides you with a plethora of symptoms. Knowing the difference between symptoms and causes is a great place to begin your wellness journey. Let’s take a look at what tackling the roots is all about.
Imagine you have a small herb garden. You’re growing fragrant herbs such as cilantro and basil, to use in the kitchen. You’re also growing something you didn’t purposely cultivate – dandelions. Before long, your garden is dotted with yellow and you wonder how it got out of control so quickly. You consider your options.
A) Spray chemicals that will definitely kill the dandelions, (and likely the herbs, too).
B) Search for chemicals that are supposed to kill only the weeds (and risk consuming toxins as you eat the herbs).
C) Cut off the tops of the dandelions, so you’re no longer bothered by the yellow.
D) Spray paint the dandelions green so you don’t have to bother snipping off the buds.
E) Pull the dandelions out of the ground — root and all.
Using the above scenario, examples A-D provide illustrations of treating the symptom rather than the root cause of the problem. Using option D (removing the dandelion completely), you have a garden that is dandelion-free. Once tackled, the problem needs minor maintenance thereafter.
Taking example E a step further – you look for dandelions in areas surrounding your herb garden. You begin to weed them out there as well.
You may have noticed that tackling the problem at the root isn’t usually the easiest option. Naturally, we all gravitate toward shortcut solutions, but when it comes to health issues, take heart and tackle wisely! Tackling health challenges at the root provides us with opportunities to become our own truth sleuths. We search for clues by putting on our own Team Captain hats and choosing what’s best for us. Through self-discovery and personal investigation, we discover (and uproot) the causes of our own illness.
Want to know more about how to search for your health clues?
Learn about uncovering the root causes of chronic illness in my book, FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness. www.RebuildingWellness.com.
Self-discovery is a great opportunity!