A Note from Grace About This Post:
Years of dancing taught me that our bodies, minds, and emotions are woven into one fabric, despite our attempts to rationalize and compartmentalize them as separate entities. So as I explore my own adventure in this world, and create a space for women to create their own meaningful work, I feel compelled to start a dialogue here on The Hivery blog about how our overall health impacts our confidence, focus, creativity, and energy.
As we embark on a new year filled with hopes, goals, and the zany chaos of life, I turn to my friend and doctor, Dr. Josefa Rangel for her perspective on true health. She has helped me personally as well as the broader community, with her approach and philosophy that our bodies ability to heal lies within itself, and that healing is innate. Enjoy this excerpt from her blog...
Imagine a world where instead of heading to the doctor’s office or the nearest over-the-counter aisle once a bad cold set in, we turned instead to the local farmer’s market.
Imagine we carried with us our grandmothers’ knowledge of how to heal without drugs. That we were taught that thyme clears up congestion; that raw garlic boosts our immunity; and that ginger fights infections. Imagine if instead of suppressing our congestion and headaches with cold medicine we allowed ourselves to be sick and rest and sip healing teas and broths. Imagine a world where illness is accepted and we bow graciously to the need for convalescence.
Imagine that instead of taking a statin, a blood pressure pill or sleep medication we stood up to big Pharma and claimed, “No more.” Imagine a doctor revealing that these drugs are unnecessary. That we already possess the capacity to heal by choosing nourishing whole plant foods over industrialized food like products laden with tertiary butylhydroquinone, GMO soybean oil, azodicarbonamide, and the like.
Imagine we turned to plants from the earth to promote our own body’s healing response. That we valued the farmer’s knowledge over the pharmacist’s. That we sought out nutrient rich dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and darkly pigmented fruits; claiming our birthright to these healing plants, unprocessed, uncontaminated.
Imagine when our bodies talked, we listened. That a physical symptom was viewed not as an unwelcome annoyance but as an honored messenger signaling off-balance. That instead of waging war against these symptoms – they were accepted, honored, and with gratitude we returned to our truth. To our truth that we are not machines. To our truth that we need enough rest, whole foods, clean water & air, movement, connection, and a sense of meaning and purpose to thrive.
Get quiet, listen deeply. When offered a quiet space, a chance to tell their story, a listening presence, my patients inform me of what their bodies need. My diagnostic skills confirm their truth. As we taper off the Pharma and transform to wholeness, healing happens. My mission is to let this simple truth be known. Our healing is innate.
Josefa Rangel, MD is a board-certified internist and fellowship-trained integrative medicine specialist. Dr. Rangel has practiced integrative medicine for the past 10 years and recently opened Innate Medicine an adult integrative medicine practice in Mill Valley. She is passionate about partnering with her patients to optimize health and healing and advocating for patients ill-served by our current disease care system.