Micromanaging the miracle

I was sitting at The Mills Restaurant having lunch last week overhearing a very confident man lecturing to the captive audience seated at the next table about how this type of calcium was better than the other, and how doctors don't tell you things you should know to keep you coming back, and on and on.  We all know this kind of guy; an expert on everything.  (He actually went on to give a full descripription of the ins and outs of goat farming.  I'm not kidding.)

Our bodies are incomprehensibly complex.  The number of functions, chemical interactions, and delicate balances that go on ceaselessly, day in and day out is conpletely beyond our abiblity to understand.  Relax.  Our bodies are very adept at taking care of us.  Our bodies have tremendous capacity to compensate, recuperate, detoxify, heal and forgive.  The interplay of genetics and environment is further complicated by the impact of the mind, hormones and emotional state.  What is good for one body at any given time might not be at all good for another body, or at another moment in time. Do the best you can, with good intention and respect.  Listen to your body as well as your intellect.

There is so much information available.  Your doctor is not withholding information.  He or she couldn't.  You have everything available.  There is not enough time to teach our patients everything of anatomy,physiology, biochemistry, statistics and pharmacology. (Face is.  We barely have any time at all.)  And there is always argument within the medical community over issues.  There is rarely consensus for any given disease. Information is not the truth.  It is merely information.  Listen well to information that is presented to you and figure out what makes sense to you and for your body.

I know we kind of wish someone would just tell us how to take care of this miracle of a body that we have.  Alas, we are left to our own devices.  Trust the miracle that is your body.  Support it as best you can with your own truth.  Micromanaging is not necessary. 

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