If you even halfway follow The Southern Well Nut on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve seen a few glimpses of my summer. Maybe you’ve seen photos like the ones below of an impressive line-up of supplements or you heard me mention my travels to Brentwood, TN to visit the MindBody Medical Center.
I have been promising to write about what’s been going on, and I am and will be delivering on that promise…in fact I promise a series of blog posts on the matter. 1. Digestive Health. 2. Anxiety. 3. Detox & Cleansing. I will discuss natural, healthy ways to begin healing yourself.
A family friend told me about Dr. Riesman a while back. I checked out the website, was impressed, and it was something that I longed to do, but my insurance would not cover him, and visits would be expensive. So I put the thought aside, until I got to the point where I was desperate enough to come up with the money to make it happen. I was researching, I was doing my own mini cleanses and detoxes, taking probiotics, eating cleaner, and these things were helping. In fact initially, they helped A LOT, but as time went on, I started to slowly decline, and I couldn’t understand why. Why were my natural remedies not working like they were at first? Why was I still having digestive distress, yeast infections, and anxiety? I was doing what I should be doing…what was wrong with me?!?! The answer was that I had something wrong with me that was going to take much MORE than what I was currently doing to remedy. MULTIPLE, HIGH QUALITY supplements and HIGH DOSAGES. But we will get into that shortly.
Here’s a bit about Dr. Riesman, according to the MindBody Medical Center website:
Dr. Reisman graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1981. Over the next ten years, he trained and practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including work in hospitals, emergency departments, and private practices of family medicine and of mental health. During his time in mainstream medicine, he observed certain patients’ needs not being met. Specifically, little or no work was being done with the natural, biological ways of the human body or with the mind-body connection.
It was during those years that Dr. Reisman began to explore forms of healing not included in mainstream medical practice by communicating and working with established “alternative” doctors, by reviewing non-conventional medical literature, and through affiliations with the American College for Advancement in Medicine and the American Holistic Medical Association.
Since 1991 Dr. Reisman has devoted his time to practicing medicine with a mind-body-nature orientation. He continues to dedicate himself to a way of practicing medicine that recognizes the benefits of a truly integrative approach, incorporating natural medicines, alternative treatments, and attention to mind-body connections into the established spectrum of medical care.
When I first met with Dr. Riesman, I wrote down on a list:
- Something is horribly wrong with my digestive system. Despite all of the healthy things I keep doing, I am still having trouble. EVERYTHING I eats sends me to the bathroom. I can’t keep living this way.
- I keep getting yeast infections despite using my natural remedies that have always worked before. I can’t take it anymore.
- I can’t explain this, but I have developed such excruciating anxiety. Things that never bothered me before, I freak out about. Small things. All things. I can’t control it. I feel like I’m in a constant state of panic.
Turns out, all of this was related.
I am in a much better place as I sit here writing this. It has been 10 weeks since my initial consultation with Dr. Riesman. I still have bad days, but they are outnumbered by the good ones instead of the other way around. I want to reiterate what I often say…YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR YOUR HEALTH. IT ISN’T EASY. THERE ISN’T A PILL THAT MAKES IT ALL BETTER. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT. YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT. BUT IN THE END YOU ARE BETTER FOR IT. YOU ARE STRONGER. YOU ARE HAPPIER. YOU ARE FREE TO LIVE.
I encourage everyone to live naturally. Eat cleaner. Eat organic. Try healthy cleanses and detoxes. Move around. Laugh. Meditate. Try essential oils. Try herbs and supplements. Branch out. But be patient and be dedicated. You can’t try one of these things for a short period of time and give up. Healthy living isn’t a quick fix, but a way of life. Invest in quality products and quality food. Invest a bit of energy in the time it takes. Invest in your life and in the lives of those you love. Do it right and make it worthwhile.
Be on the look out for Part 1: Eaten Alive With Candida, Part 2: Natural Remedies For Anxiety, and Part 3: The One & Only Detox/ Cleanse You Should Be Doing
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come.