When it feels like your body is betraying you by Brittani Oplinger

Anyone who has a chronic illness knows what I'm talking about. Specifically, I get to deal with autoimmune conditions, which are increasingly more common in this world of toxic chemicals, toxic food, and the tendency to throw medication at every single thing we encounter. 

Our bodies are revolting. I don't mean in the "ew that's gross" sense of the word. I mean in the "we're sick and we're not going to take it anymore" sense of the word. Our bodies are crying for us to help them. Crying for us to nurture and take care of them. So what are we doing about it? 

Often, nothing. We eat things we know we shouldn't, like too much processed food, too much sugar, too much fast food, too much food period. We don't move our bodies in the way they crave - you know your body will actually ache to move? It's true! That's why you get stiff when you sit down for too long.

So we eat all the wrong foods, and we don't exercise. Then we go to the doctor because something feels off and the doctor uses what he has in his toolbox - often, a lifestyle recommendation, and then - because the vast majority of people won't follow said recommendation - a pill to take the symptoms away.

It reminds me of Major Payne. It's a ridiculous and super funny movie starring Marlon (I think) Wayans, and he's a Major in the army, who is - a pain. He's hilarious. So he gets moved to this kids ROTC camp, and one of the kids comes up to him with an "owwie". Major Payne gets right down in his face and takes ahold of his pinky and says, "you want me to take your mind off that pain?". We know from earlier in the movie he's going to break his pinkie. Then, the wonderful nurse at the school jumps in and saves the little boy and no pinkies are lost. ;) 

But we tend to want to address the symptoms, not the cause. Now - please let me clarify - I'm in NO way saying it's wrong to take a medication your doctor prescribed. Not even a little bit - there are advances in the medical world that blow my mind with what we can do to help heal a body. And taking pain away is a very valid tool to help the body heal. 

The problem is, we're neglecting the rest of the story (that was in Paul Harvey's voice, in case you wondered). Our bodies need more than just a pill. They need health. When is the last time you went a day without soda? A day without creamer in your coffee? A day where you only ate whole, healthy, nutritious food and water to drink? 

When is the last time you went out in the sun, with your bare feet, and soaked up some vitamin D? Or played tag with your kids? Or went for a run just because? We're neglecting our basic maintenance of our bodies and they're letting us know. So I think, our bodies feel like we're betraying them. And I think they're right.

So when you are dealing with health issues - take matters into your own hands. Own the things you can do to improve your health. You can always make your health better by eating better and moving your body in a way that feels good. Let me say again - there's no conflict here in doing this and utilizing western medicine. Being strong and healthy will only help you combat side effects of medications you may need, and help you heal as quickly as possible.

So let's be grateful for all we've learned in medicine, and let's not leave behind all we've learned from humanning - take care of your bodies, take care of your souls, take care of you. 

Much love,


A Reiki Master, Theta Healer, psychic intuitive, oracle card reader, crystal-lover, medium, life coach, empath, and loving co-hort in this physical world.

A Reiki Master, Theta Healer, psychic intuitive, oracle card reader, crystal-lover, medium, life coach, empath, and loving co-hort in this physical world.