All about my circuitous navigation, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, through conventional Western medicine, alternatives to conventional Western medicine, and the ensuing mind/body/spirit explorations and epiphanies (plus numerous digressions).
Yes, we spend a lot of time looking down at sidewalks, gutters, leaves and bugs. But we also look straight ahead, out and up. We see what's right under our noses...and also the gorgeous vistas of San Francisco. Olivia takes it all for granted. I don't, at least not all the time.
Listening to Part 5 felt especially validating for me, given that I have spent so much time and effort, these last three and a half years, trying to change my diet and exercise habits, taking supplements, and trying to detox and de-stress. I have a long long way to go with all of this, because the changes I need to make are so huge, and I was so off the mark for so long.
I'm nowhere near there, but at least I feel that I've been going in the right direction. I haven't been trotting blithely down some woo-woo frou frou New Agey path. These are reasonable, logical, useful approaches to preventing and treating cancer, and we should not let our know-it-all doctors (especially our oncologists!) convince us that they know it all, when they DON'T.
Here's a post written by Dr. Linchitz, which I found on a YouTube page featuring the Top 10 Health Videos.
Health care reform is a must but almost all of the discussion is misplaced. The focus has always been on who is going to pay (single payer vs. multiple, etc.) or efficiencies (electronic v. paper, etc.) or fraud and abuse. However, health care in this country will never be affordable until we change our system from a centralized "sick care" system directed by insurance companies or government and "big Pharma" and focused on symptom management with drugs, interventionist with expensive tests and surgery, to one which values the individual doctor-patient relationship and focuses on prevention and lifestyle change.
I wish that Dr.Linchitz and/or more doctors like him would open practices in San Francisco. I say this because, much to my surprise when I began this cancer journey, I found that SF is actually quite a conservative place when it comes to anything having to do with medicine/healthcare related to cancer. It's conventional and mainstream, which isn't what you would expect given its reputation for being such a free-spirited, liberal mecca.