Invitation to Natural Health Practitioners
A Heartfelt Appeal to Natural Health Providers
As an medical doctor and registered nurse, we are delighted to see more and more
alternative health practitioners contributing to this arena of subtle hormone
balancing. Your involvement; support, focus, attention, and expertise are desperately
needed. Not only does this problem represent an epidemic where millions of people
are suffering, but worse, millions are suffering needlessly, which is unconscionable.
Modern medicine, as presently structured, is simply not equipped to diagnose
and treat these mild hormonal imbalances.
People need better options than their physicians generally provide. They need
more support than physicians give. There needs to be greater freedom of choice
among a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Patients are hungry
for this, and they are demanding it.
You have a special role in the evolving model. You can offer a variety of strategies
to complement their more traditional medical care. This blending of alternative
and traditional therapies has proved more powerful than either would be alone.
You are in the best possible position to work with patients' belief systems,
to emphasize the importance of nutrition, emotions, exercise, and bodywork, of
adding spiritual practices and finding balance in their lives. It is simply time
for you to step forward and
claim your proper place in the evolving model, as an integral and essential part
of the consumer's health team, as wise counselors and healers, providing thoughtful
insight with compassionate care.
In addition to your work with patients, and perhaps more challenging, you may
also need to reach out and create a bridge to the medical doctors. Many physicians
have perhaps been too busy treating life- and limb-threatening diseases to give
to more subtle endocrine issues. Helpful in this endeavor is to bring up any
research articles that you have had time to review, perhaps respectfully forwarding
them to the more conventional practitioner who is also caring for your patient.
Doctors often want to be providing evidence-based care, but don't have time to
seek out the most recent evidence that you may be aware of.
In addition, your offer to help the medical doctor with an agitated patient,
perhaps in need of nutritional counseling or stress reduction, may be more appreciated
than you could have imagined, especially if you can find ways to comfortably
collaborate. You will need to stand tall, conveying respect not only for the
other practitioners, but also for the fine tradition you represent in your professional
field. Ideally, we will all be considered as equal team members, including the
consumer at the center of our care.
Rich, as a physician, really appreciates receiving messages that an alternative
practitioner treating one of his patients has made certain suggestions, perhaps
that the patient could benefit additionally from some lymphatic massage or Pilates
training. In this way, we as professionals are able to coordinate and demonstrate
our respect for each other, while better treating the patient and expanding knowledge.
We realize that this may feel like bowing to medical doctors, who tend to see
themselves as the ultimate authority. However, this kind of bridging and diplomacy
can bring rich rewards. We are hopeful there will come the time when it will
become a situation of
mutuality, wherein all practitioners consult with each other for the best
results for the shared consumer (whom we are encouraging to be less "patient").
We urge you to step up to the plate and to become more involved in the needed
revolution in health care.
It appears that today we have an enormous environmental-endocrine problem that
the medical doctors are mostly not interested in or prepared to deal with. Your
role in stemming the tide of this epidemic is crucial.
Please read this material carefully, and know that while you may not agree with
every single statement, it is a beginning in building bridges among your field
and that of physicians and other caregivers. Chiropractors would use a more hands-on
approach, alleviating musculoskeletal blockages impacting nerves and energy flow.
Acupuncturists would place needles appropriately, perhaps using moxa to release
blockages. Bodyworkers would each approach the same patient in a unique way,
depending on his or her personal training. Osteopathic and naturopathic doctors
and practitioners have made wonderful contributions to this field, and have been
so helpful to us in our evolution. We truly enjoy this rich collaboration. Through
a multidisciplinary approach, consumers can make better informed choices.
For those practitioners who are much further along than we are in this arena
of subtle hormone balance, please realize that this book is a deliberate oversimplification.
We are attempting to engage the lay public in the realization that their hormones-and
sex hormones--could be involved in many of the conditions for which they are
now taking prescription symptom-relievers. Moreover, we are trying to get the
point across that a major reason for so much hormonal imbalance may well be the
increasing pollution of the air, food, and water, with synthetic chemicals that
are surprisingly hormonally active. Once they're informed, we encourage consumers
and providers to become politically active in behalf of our struggling planet.
We need your help, not simply as practitioners for suffering people, but also
as voices of professional outrage. We intend, through this project and others,
to command accountability on the part of our government and corporations, to
reduce the number,
quantity, and toxicity of these industrial pollutants flooding over us all. The
concern for the general welfare of our nation and world must outweigh concerns
for industry and financial gain. Thank you for doing your part in this critical
Karilee and Richard Shames