What Is An ‘Incurable’ Illness?
“I’m sorry – there’s no cure” are not words any of us want to hear, but despite all the amazing things that modern medicine can help us with, many of us still find ourselves beyond its reach. So what do we do in that situation? Basically we have 2 choices: Do nothing and carry on as we are or decide to help ourselves and see what other options are available.
Over the years I’ve encountered a number of cases where people have literally felt powerless because the Doctor can’t help them. This is such a shame and actually doesn’t make much sense. Think about it: in the space of 9 months you turned yourself from 2 cells into a perfect human being. Since then you’ll have also seen your body effortlessly grow new skin or bone following an injury. Doctors tend not to appreciate the full magnificence of the body’s ability to heal itself in the way that someone like I would, so they’ll often say you can’t get better when in fact you can. Patients with health issues like fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthiritis, migraines and allergies are often told that the best they can hope for is a management of their symptoms, but the truth is that with holistic forms of treatment people very often recover from many kinds of chronic illnesses. I am one of them, and if you look at some of my testimonials you’ll find more. There are times when Doctors and drugs have a vital role in our healthcare, but humankind was never meant to be entirely dependent upon them for our wellbeing. Even scientific studies like the one discussed here are now starting to prove that addressing diet, lifestyle and other factors is often more effective than medication in treating certain illnesses. Nature has provided us with nourishing foods, fresh air, sunlight, herbal medicines and with a few exceptions, everything we need to keep ourselves healthy.
What To Do If You Have An ‘Incurable’ Illness
If your Doctor can’t help you, all is not necessarily lost. Sadly, I even know of cases where people have taken their own lives after feeling there was no hope of recovery from their illness (so I’d be very grateful if you could share this in the hope of reaching anyone heading in that direction).
Here are ten ways to help yourself when your Doctor can’t:
- Safety First. If you’re already on prescription medication from your Doctor, do continue to take it as prescribed whilst you research your other options.
- Accept your situation exactly as it is. Stress from any source has a very negative impact on our health, and by giving up the fight and accepting your situation, you take away the burden of that extra stress. When I was ill it wasn’t until I ‘gave up’ any hope of recovering that I started to recover. This article talks more about how surrendering to illness is the first step towards healing.
- Take 100% responsibility for your health. Your body and mind belong to you, and it’s your responsibility to help yourself. This is not in any way laying any ‘blame’ on you for becoming unwell, but it’s now up to you to explore why you became unwell, and what you need to do to get better, even if you need some help in order to do so.
- Refer to your illness in the past tense if you can. Illness and accidents are triggered by our subconscious mind. When we repeatedly talk about our health problems, we reinforce them in the subconscious. By talking about illness in the past tense, we begin to replace this negative reinforcment with a more positive one which will help us to move forward. This might be quite tricky for your family and friends to understand enough to support you with, so you could start by saying “I’m making a good recovery from XXXX” instead.
- Learn About Nutrition – given the right nutrients, the human body is capable of incredible things and there are countless stories from people like ‘Deliciously Ella’ Woodward to demonstrate just what’s possible. Although it will take a while to learn, you can start making healthier food choices today and moving yourself gently in the right direction.
- Start Putting Your Team Together – if your Doctor can’t help you, who can? Depending on what your problems are, you could enlist the help of a good friend, massage therapist, herbalist, chiropractor, counsellor, even babysitters or childminders might help you get some much needed down time. So in order of priority, start enlisting the help of a group of people who you can rely on to support you. This is why I’ve just set up a ‘Vitality VIP’ community on Facebook where you can have access to support from a range of experts all dedicated to helping you get well.
- Learn About Herbs – herbal medicine is a wonderful way of helping yourself, and the reconnection with nature that goes with it is very therapeutic. A Medical Herbalist will be able to give you sound advice about any prescribed medication you’re taking and whether or not it’s viable to reduce it, supported with personalised herbal treatments. If you don’t feel the need to work with a Medical Herbalist at this point, it’s still worth finding out about any workshops or courses so that you can learn how to make some of your own medicines.
- Don’t Google your illness (too much). Doing your own research online can be great if you’re using reliable websites which give accurate information. At the same time, too much research, or looking in the wrong places can be confusing, frightening and risky to your health. For example, let’s say a tired person does a search on treatments for tiredness, and they read that someone cured their tiredness with apple cider vinegar, another with vitamins, and another with an alkalising diet. They might also read that tiredness could be a sign of illnesses like cancer or anaemia. Where would they begin with all those ideas? That’s why it’s always better to invest in seeing a qualified practitioner who can give you a proper assessment and the correct advice.
- Relax – whatever your situation, there’s now overwhelming evidence that meditation and mindfulness techniques can help you cope, and often help your physical recovery too. It’s much easier in a group, so I’d always recommend joining a class, but if that’s not possible, apps like Headspace, and books like ‘Meditation For Beginners’ are great too.
- Be open to all kinds of possibilities – if your body can possibly recover, given the right food and care, it will. The length of your journey towards feeling better will depend on lots of things, but do your best to nurture a faith that you can feel better, and get inspiration from others who have made incredible recoveries.
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