A maneira como tomamos decisões de saúde não precisa ser tudo ou nada

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Quero responder brevemente a todas as pessoas que têm respondido a mim ultimamente com críticas, desprezo e, às vezes, insultos porque “Eu confiei em você para promover a soberania da saúde e agora você se vendeu”. Ou “Você ensina sobre os perigos do medo, mas vai me matar me assustando todos os dias quando fala sobre quantas pessoas estão morrendo de Covid”. Ou “Pensei que você fosse crítico da corrupção e do capitalismo na área de saúde e da Big Pharma, mas você está promovendo a vacina da Big Pharma, então me decepcionou”

Vamos parar um minuto para considerar comentários como este. Isso sugere que temos duas escolhas – liberdade pessoal para escolher o que é melhor para nossos corpos individuais OU ceder nosso poder às autoridades de saúde e cumprir, como Sheeple, as ordens médicas ou as diretrizes de saúde pública. Ou sentimos medo e morremos OU escolhemos o amor ao invés do medo. Ou caímos no altar das drogas e da medicina convencional OU somos críticos de toda a coisa.

Talvez as pessoas tenham interpretado erroneamente meu best-seller Mind Over Medicine como uma promoção cega do primeiro, enquanto agora veem minhas postagens sobre seguir as diretrizes de saúde pública da Covid como evidência de que bebi o remédio convencional Kool-Aid e agora estou tratando deles. Talvez porque eu tenha escrito um livro chamado The Fear Cure sobre a ligação entre o medo e a doença e a importância de manter nossos sistemas límbicos calmos, as pessoas sentem que estou me voltando contra elas ao deixar de “escolher o amor ao invés do medo” ou assustá-las sobre o perigos de Covid.

Os perigos do pensamento preto e branco

Mas há um erro cognitivo nesses binários, que são baseados no pensamento preto e branco, algo que nunca promovi. Eu nunca sugeri e nunca sugeriria seguir cegamente as ordens do médico sem verificar com suas quatro Inteligências Integrais de Saúde – não apenas sua inteligência mental (que os especialistas podem ajudar a fortalecer, educando você com ciência), mas também sua inteligência intuitiva, sua inteligência somática e sua inteligência emocional. Eu também nunca recomendei e nunca recomendaria seguir cegamente sua intuição sem empregar o pensamento crítico e educar-se sobre as recomendações de especialistas médicos, diretrizes de saúde pública, a opinião experiente de seu médico e o impacto de suas decisões de saúde sobre outras pessoas.

Acho que é importante estar ciente da ligação entre o medo e a doença, como escrevi em The Fear Cure. E também evangelizo Sistemas Familiares Internos (IFS) e Terapia Integrativa Avançada (AIT) como formas de curar e tratar os traumas que amplificam o medo além do medo de sobrevivência saudável que DEVEMOS sentir este ano – como uma forma de otimizar a saúde física e mental. [Read this and this to learn about IFS. Read this to learn about AIT.]

Sempre tentei oferecer uma abordagem diferenciada, que estou percebendo cada vez mais ser rara em conversas sobre saúde. Sempre ofereci uma abordagem diferenciada, que estou percebendo que é cada vez mais rara em conversas sobre saúde. [I spoke a bit about the psychology of black & white thinking here].

A importância da nuance e por que me sinto como um unicórnio

Quando saí do hospital e entrei em público em 2009, tive a impressão de que era um pouco como um unicórnio. A internet parecia firmemente dividida em dois campos – o campo “siga as diretrizes da medicina convencional ou arrisque-se a ser considerado herege” versus o campo “siga sua intuição e simule a ciência e a medicina ou arrisque-se a ser expulso da Nova Era”. Como acho que tanto a medicina / ciência convencional quanto a cura espiritual / terapia do trauma / medicina mente-corpo podem trabalhar em conjunto e ampliar a eficácia uma da outra, sempre tentei ser a voz de nenhum campo.

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Durante a pandemia, vi a divisão binária em algumas conversas óbvias. Ou você acredita na teoria dos germes OU acredita na teoria do terreno. [Read about germ theory PLUS terrain theory here]. Ou você confia e respeita as diretrizes de saúde pública OU confia em sua intuição e é anti-máscara e antivax. Ou você defende a soberania da saúde pessoal OU você defende a saúde pública. Ou você assume a responsabilidade zero sobre se seu corpo está saudável o suficiente para ajudá-lo a sobreviver a um vírus potencialmente letal, esperando o Daddy Medicine salvá-lo com uma droga ou vacina, OU você acredita que não é vulnerável ao vírus se comer seu vegano dieta, fazer ioga, meditar e manter sua vibe alta.

O oposto do pensamento preto e branco = ambos / e

Eu, por outro lado, acredito na teoria dos germes cientificamente comprovada E também acredito que criar um terreno corporal otimizado para resistir e se recuperar de germes e outras doenças é equivalente a uma saúde de longo prazo e uma longevidade sem deficiência. [Read I believe in following public health guidelines and respecting the medical advice your doctor gives you- because doing so impacts the whole and doctors are experts in science and medicine, AND I believe that you should not give all of your power away to health experts, that you need to make individualized choices about your body, your health, and your medical decisions using all of your decision-making capacities. I believe it’s important to be informed by the objectivity of science and apply critical thinking, AND I believe in tuning into spiritual guidance, inquiring inwards with regards to what is best for you (true intuition always also includes what is best for the collective) and staying open to your intuition (without being so open that your brains fall out.) I believe in the value of the objectivity of science AND I believe there are subjective aspects of healing that the scientific method does not account for and cannot be measured, like the healer-patient relationship and the consciousness of the healer.

I believe we must take responsibility for our health and not be surprised when bad habits, poor nutrition, lack of awareness about our traumas, a chronically jangled nervous system, and a stressful lifestyle lead to illness. AND I believe we need to have trauma-informed empathy and understand that marginalized individuals- like BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and the socially disadvantaged- often have little access to trauma healing, are more likely to live in food deserts, are less likely to have the option of a healthy diet, expensive supplements, or fancy yoga retreats, are impacted by collective traumas like racism and socio-economic disparity, and do not benefit from being blamed for their chronic illness or shamed about the poor health habits that are often the result of a heavy trauma burden.

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We Don’t Need to Split Into Camps

So please, I ask you to understand and offer empathy to people like me who straddle the fences in a way that makes you feel like I’m betraying your camp. Maybe I have a big glaring blind spot, but I do not see myself as selling out. If anything, I’ve had to sacrifice belonging because I wasn’t willing to throw either camp under the bus in order to win approval from the other. I respect ethical doctors. I respect ethical energy healers. It is my professional opinion that patients have the best outcomes when they weave all of the tools in the world’s medicine bag together and make good medical decisions about which tools to use when in ways that impact both personal and collective health.

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In defense of those, like me, who also choose nuance, neutrality, and not siding with a camp, let me just express that, with all due respect, empathy, and sensitivity to those who struggle with mental illness, we should at least be aware that black and white thinking is a trauma symptom that can be linked to personality disorders, developmental trauma, and regression. Children are supposed to think in black and white terms, and adults are supposed to outgrow that phase, maturing in their thinking process to be able to think abstractly, tolerate paradox, and apply nuance.

There is no shame in regressing during a triggering, bewildering, and disorienting global pandemic. If you’ve found yourself falling into this tendency towards black and white thinking or joining one of the above-mentioned camps, that’s understandable. Tribalism and hating the other side can give people a false sense of belonging, and when we’re all as lonely as we are, it would make sense that you might want to find your tribe and judge the other. But please, let’s try to resist that understandable tendency.

Just because I still stand for your right to make a reasoned and personalized health choice for yourself does not mean I do not also have firm opinions about public health and considering the collective health when you make personal choices. I have always tried to allow my health recommendations to reflect both.

Sovereignty PLUS Doctor’s Recommendations

For example, I’m all for making your own unique individualized choice when it comes to your cancer treatment or how you handle having a heart attack- because, aside from whether or not your death will impact your loved ones emotionally (which is, of course, huge), your choices about cancer treatment or heart disease only impact your body, not someone else’s body. On the other hand, the science is clear that choosing not to wear a mask or socially distance has consequences for other people, and as part of a collective society, we are not free to harm other people with recklessness in the name of personal freedom.

Vaccination seems to be a contentious issue between the camps because it makes it uncomfortably obvious that health decisions are both personal and collective. In the camp that is obsessed with the self- personal freedom, personal intuition, personal sovereignty, and self-improvement- a pandemic makes it obvious that we are more than a separate self. This is why spirituality is so important to my views about health- because it takes a certain level of spiritual development to understand that your personal self is also a fractal of the Great Self, and you are not now and never have been free to make a personal decision that does not also impact the whole. This has always been a Universal Truth, as the Indigenous people have known and taught for millennia. This is part of why Asian cultures have fared better during the pandemic than self-focused Western cultures- because honoring the collective is a stronger part of the Asian belief system than it is in self-obsessed West. Now 2020 has penetrated the idea of the separate self and forced us to see the personal and collective consequences of our choices.

I see this as a good thing. That this consciousness is finally dawning on the West is long overdue. But it is also uncomfortable for those who have not had at least one direct experience of Oneness or non-duality in the spiritual realms.  At a certain level of consciousness, there is no such thing as personal sovereignty, no personal freedom to defend- because every personal choice has collective consequences.

Yes, I Violate Some Public Health Guidelines

This is why my personal choice is that I vaccinated my daughter as a baby, and my family will get vaccinated with the COVID vaccine when we are offered it. I have also made the personal choice to reject many public health guidelines, like routine mammography- for myself. Part of my reason for making these personal choices is evidence-based (read the book Overdiagnosed if you’re curious why I don’t get mammograms when I’m asymptomatic.) But my personal choices also include my consideration of how my choices impact other people. I’m aware that I have sometimes made bad choices that could have hurt other people- and I feel shame about that, the kind of shame that motivates me to be more attuned, not only to what I want, but to what is wanted of me as a responsible global citizen.

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A Return To Personal Freedom Requires Collective Cooperation

The irony of the situation the United States finds ourselves in now is that our binaries have collapsed. Those who think you’ll ever have personal freedom without complying with public health guidelines are deluded. Because we messed it up so spectacularly in the beginning, the only way I see anyone regaining personal freedom is if enough of us comply with public health guidelines and get vaccinated. Perhaps if, years ago, our government had prioritized socialized medicine, educating patients and offering funding for better nutrition and healthy lifestyles, pressed the health necessity of effective trauma healing and paid for it, offered funding for research and application of effective alternative medicine options, taken medicine and pharmaceutical companies out of the for-profit system, ended white supremacy and the dire health consequences of it on BIPOC, and regulated the income disparities in our country, perhaps things would be different now and we’d have more personal freedoms.

But no, we as a country did not choose that. Terrain theory and regulating the nervous system so the body can heal itself requires planning ahead and investing in prevention. We are too late for that. Right now, we need crisis intervention, and from my point of view, mass vaccination is the only solution- an imperfect and incomplete one, but a necessary Band-Aid so we can stem the hemorrhage and employ MASSIVE health care and government policy reform so this can never happen again. Hopefully, once 3000-4000 people per day stop dying- we can focus on doing what we must to make sure we do a better job protecting every individual in this country, rather than only prioritizing the privileged.

I hope this breakdown of how I view health decisions helps you make a reasoned, intuitive, personal and collective choice for yourself and the world. So…I will continue to share cutting edge public health guidelines as science learns what to recommend, based on the evidence. And I will continue to encourage you to clean up your terrain if you’re privileged enough to have that option. I will continue to encourage you to educate yourself about science, and I will continue to encourage you to learn how to tune into, follow, check and discern what your Inner Pilot Light guides you to do. If doing so makes you think I’ve sold out, I’m sorry you feel that way. But I don’t feel like I am. I devoted myself to healing others when I was the 7 year old “Squirrel Girl,” and every day, I wake up impassioned with my commitment to helping others heal, now more than ever. I hope my devotion shows and that my nuance helps you apply nuance to your own health and life decisions.

 

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