I had a ramble tantrum yesterday on my blog. A very disconcerting afternoon that left me with a mix of negative feelings, that, I fear, all made it into my blog, good outlet though. Today is better. I really do prefer to be in the solution side of life rather than the negative. Even if it is focusing on what needs to be righted, it is still honing in on the negative and dwelling there. Not a place that I like to spend much time on. I choose to be with individuals who are participating in their own well being. That is where I need to be. If it is a dead end, I discontinue it, if it is inspiring, then that’s where my energy needs to be focused.
Research is a very important task. When I look up information on a particular subject, I look at every angle I can. I get knowledgeable books on the subjects and then I read them, I cross reference sites taking into account the source and expertise/experience of the writer and sometimes I seek scholar papers as well. This you can do by googling, “Google Scholar”, which brings you to the Google search engine for professional documents and reports. Another aspect of research is in the doing. By doing, I learn. Lots of people have opinions, especially these days on the internet, what you want to figure out is what is backing that opinion. Is it coming from a place of experience or learning or is the opinion expressed with prejudice without reading a single legitimate word of the subject, which is, “Contempt prior to investigation.” Lots of people are plagued with fixed ideas. I am always looking for people from wherever they may come, laborers, waiters, the man feeding pigeons on the bench, artists, scientists, doctors, musicians, etc. who have the ability to think outside the box. In the mean time, I work very hard to keep my mind open, one of the ways I do this is by associating with open minded people in turn, which then helps me flourish and grow as a person.
I listen to Dr. Wahls because she has every reason that I should take her seriously and keep in mind that none of these reasons by themselves means anything, but when taken together, it at the very least, warrants serious study and consideration. They are:
- She’s a professional: “Terry Wahls, MD, is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, where she teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a therapeutic lifestyle clinic, and conducts clinical trials.” – See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/AboutFM/ourteam/speakers/wahls/#sthash.uLHVaGYr.dpuf
- She has Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and after exhausting the best current medical practices for MS with no success, she took it upon herself to put her own MS into remission and reversed her damage successfully.
- She researched and thoroughly studied the human system in an effort to heal her self and is carrying the message and helping others to achieve the same results.
- She’s not selling expensive supplements nor charging for the Protocol. Only her two books, “The Wahls Protocol” and “The Wahls Protocol cooking for life”.
- There is a free Wahls Group Forum on Facebook currently followed by a great place to see the Protocol in action.
- She does what she preaches.
This is what I did to verify all of this information:
- I saw a flyer and I saw her speak in person. 400 books were given out that night to everyone in the audience and the speech was free, sponsored by Direct MS (a truly not for profit group here in Calgary). 100% of donations go directly into research.
- I read the book and worked the diet for 3 months with fantastic results, but I wasn’t ready for the long haul. This is a very involved regime that requires a 100% commitment. I wasn’t there yet, but I had made up mind that eventually, I would revisit it.
- I bought her book, and others on the same subject. I researched pros and cons online. I looked at other methods of treatment, both pharmaceutical, holistic, nutritional science and medical.
- I know she is the real deal. I’ve seen her. I know people who know her and that have been to her house and I’ve read everything that I can find on her including speeches on YouTube.
- I have spoken to many people successfully turning their once hopeless situations around daily.
- I am doing it and its working for me, so far. Two months and counting.
So, if I get a little impatient and disgusted with people who don’t spend five minutes looking into the validity of this, but immediately declare it a crock. No, I am not going to listen to you. Get as informed as me, then I’ll take your opinion seriously.
A favorite saying that I like to live by:
“Its what you learn after you think you know it all that counts.” Warren Crawford (deceased beloved friend and mentor)