In 2014, I started looking for alternative ways to address my autoimmune issues. Up until then, I had only seen traditional doctors who kept repeating to me that the ONLY way to fix all that was to take immunosuppressant drugs, and who guaranteed to me that food and lifestyle had NOTHING to do with autoimmune disease.
Luckily, I didn’t stop searching for answers and I spent the last six years learning about functional medicine and the importance of addressing the root cause of disease. I read a plethora of research, consulted with many experts specialized on holistic medicine, and I eventually settled with a functional medicine doctor who happens to also teach “Preventative Medicine” at a university and from whom I learned a ton.
It was a long journey, but today I don’t take any drugs and I feel better than ever (read my story at the end of this page). And it makes me laugh when I think about the to pompous autoimmune “experts” I used to see who are still convinced to this day that microbiome imbalances, gut dysfunctions, food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, unmanaged stress, exposure to toxins and heavy metals, and so on are all FAKE NEWS.
I went back to one of the traditional doctors I used to see a couple years ago because I wanted to share my results with him. I thought he would be happy to learn that there are alternative ways to manage these issues and hoped he could use them to help others. He’s the head physician of his department and since he’s also a university professor, he’s very involved with the training of our future medical community.
Unfortunately, it didn’t go as I expected. He told me that the fact I was doing better had ZERO implications with all the factors I addressed with my functional medicine doctor. He said to me that my health improvements were absolutely random, that autoimmunity has nothing to do with gut health, and – quote – that I should “just go eat a panini with cheese”.
I did think his reaction was incredibly close minded, but I was fine with that. People are free to believe what they want and discredit something they don’t consider to be true. But I am grateful I was able to freely access all that information online, and that even if someone believed it to be “FAKE” it was not CENSORED. I am grateful that I was able to do my own research and explore various options without being accused of having a “CONSPIRATORY” attitude just because I didn’t trust the answer the ‘experts’ were giving me.
While back then the critics would stamp my attitude as ‘foolish’ or ‘unworkable’. Today, having this approach grants you a much worse label: “conspiracy theorist”.
As soon as you try to search for alternative explanations or entertain an hypothesis that deviates from the standard narrative, you are immediately marked with a big, scarlet C, and identified with a tag designed to make you feel judged and ashamed.
These days it’s really hard to know what’s true, but I know one thing to be truer than ever: we all have the inviolable right to ask questions, express doubts, and look for other points of view.
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