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To gain added balance during a yoga tree pose, focus on an image ahead. Continue to look at just that one thing. See how it narrows your vision and awareness. Notice how the image expands and grows.
Right now, so many of us feed energy and focus into just one thing, this one virus.
There’s discussion about hand-washing, sheltering at home, testing, covering our faces, and finding a pharmaceutical solution to provide relief.
Prevention strategies for this one virus are also true for most viruses, bacteria, and illnesses like heart disease and cancer. A nutrient-rich diet, balanced gut health, and a lifestyle that lowers inflammation and stress are powerful ways to optimize the body’s natural immune system.
It’s not sexy, though. It’s not scary enough. It’s not as profitable as the mainstream narrative. And it’s definitely more than just one thing.
As a child of the ‘70’s, I don’t fear disease. I don’t question my body’s ability to heal itself. Instead, I believe that my body innately and intuitively knows how to achieve balance. My body can do more than just one thing.
Questioning the allopathic model of childbirth and newborn care, I birthed my second baby at home with a midwife nearby. I didn’t want to relinquish my power. I trusted my body’s ability to create and transition a new life.
I wanted to avoid the focus on just one thing. There’s a lot of that in conventional medicine.
If you test positive for Group B Strep, antibiotics are administered to avoid a less than 1% chance that your baby could be harmed. But, let’s not talk about the repercussions of being tied to intravenous antibiotics during labor or the effects of antibiotics on the mother’s gut flora and the baby’s microbiome.
That’s more than one thing.
We’ll abruptly remove and bathe your baby. Then we’ll apply antibiotic eye ointment to your newborn who’s just learning to see outside the womb because, well, you probably do have gonorrhea even though you tested negative. Let’s not think about how that intervention has impacted mother-baby bonding, the baby’s ability to see his mother, smell his way, and confidently latch at the breast.
That’s more than one thing too.
We’re pretty smart. We can think about more than one thing at a time. We can carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any decision or situation. We now have health data at our fingertips to formulate our beliefs and reduce our fears.
Watching local and federal press conferences, oh too many to count, I feel that we’re not being addressed as adults. We’re being talked down to as children, even though we have tremendous knowledge and power.
We can navigate a solution that supports more than one cause.
We can focus on more than just one thing.
Author: Laura Farnsworth, MS, CNS, CN
Laura is a functional and integrative nutritionist in private practice. Previously she guided couples as a childbirth educator and supported women as a fitness coach.