The Best Evidence Based Research Is Yourself
For many years, I’ve struggled with my health, particularly acne and stomach problems. I saw so many doctors and took so many medications that I honestly can’t count. I know I am not alone when I say this.
Regarding my stomach problems, it was easy for me to conclude that it was due to food, especially when the gastroenterologist found no physical problems with my digestive system. To get to the point, I was told by the doctor that I had dyspepsia, which simply means bad digestion, a bad digestive system, or GERD for short. I was given yet again some medicine, advice on foods to avoid, and eating habits to adopt.
Regarding my acne, the doctors were never able to help me. Medicine kept being pushed on me and with their sometimes terrible side effects, I just stopped taking them entirely. For a long time, I decided to settle on circulating through a vast array of topical over the counter acne treatments.
When even those failed to work and I even suspect were making things worse, I became hopeless. I started to believe that I would never overcome my acne or perhaps I would grow out of it later in life (like when I’m a senior citizen).
However, I never give up on finding a resolution when something disturbs me, and this disturbed my greatly. For those of you who have acne, you can understand how it can change you entire outlook on life, including how you respond to others and the world. For me, I became a shell of myself, hidden when possible.
Whenever I sought advice or knowledge on how to get rid of my acne once and for all, through doctors, scientists—professionals, there was always a focus on meds meds meds to get rid of acne. Very little was focused on food and even with food, there was constant mixed opinions on how food had little or nothing to do with acne—it was primarily a bacterial, hormonal, something other than food, problem that had to be treated medically.
This only fueled my hopelessness more because I knew medicine did not work for me in the past. I stopped seeking their information and went to everyday and radical people, via vlogs, blogs, and books. Though there was a lot of sifting I had to go through, and trial and error (it took me 2 years to get to the realization I have now), I finally nailed it. I figured out how to treat my acne and even my stomach problems (because even the medicine prescribed really didn’t help). Whole, Natural, Organic Food. Also known as Unprocessed, Natural, Organic Food.
And truthfully, what I really discovered was how to be healthy—how to be the way we as humans were meant to be. Transitioning away from a diet of mainly processed chemical products and foods was and still is a bit of a challenge, but my acne came to an end and my stomach problems diminished. It is when I stray off the natural course, these symptoms arise again.
But the important point I want to make in this post is that the best reliable research or answer to one’s health problem(s), and really any problem in life, is through personal experience. One can start by seeking information from those who have gone through the same or similar problems and found a resolution. I would rather seek their advice and information than research or professional based evidence. And I want to state that I’m not saying to discredit professional information entirely. In many cases they can lead to answers that actually solve problems. But they don’t lead to answers in all cases, and I believe my acne was one of them.
What I am saying is don’t discredit everyday or even radical people’s experiences, because it was through them that helped solve what was pretty much a lifelong problem for me. I remember when I would read many people’s blogs on the importance of unprocessed whole foods on health, some of the commenters would demand research based evidence to support what the writer was saying. And though I can see where the commenters were coming from (I assume they want to have confidence in the information being stated), I also saw how dangerous always demanding or relying on professional advice can be. It can shut one’s mind from potentially realizing the truth and finding healing. It can keep one in a constant state of hopelessness, as it did for me.
Ultimately when many of us have health concerns, usually we seek professional counsel first. But when that does not work, we have to liberate ourselves to seek out our information independently, do our own research (facing trial and error for some years if we must), and find our cure.
The the lead the way for me. Touches every aspect of health and steps we can make to gradually transform our life and ultimately health.