Given the power of modern medicine and medical breakthroughs, most of us think of our doctors as all-knowing. We go to the doctor to fix what’s broken. We put our trust in them and our trust is well placed: our doctors heal us.
Your back hurts and your doctor prescribes a muscle relaxant. You start taking it and—like magic—your back doesn’t hurt anymore.
You can’t breathe from asthma, your doctor prescribes an albuterol inhaler. You start taking it and—like magic—you can breathe again.
Doctors are using gene editing to find a cure for sickle cell anemia, developing a bionic pacemaker that may slow heart failure, and developing ways to reverse depression through deep brain stimulation.
Modern medicine is amazing.
But what if modern medicine is also failing us?
What if some of what our doctors recommend makes us sick instead of well?
What if our doctors aren’t keeping up with the most recent peer-reviewed science and aren’t aware that some of their clinical recommendations are completely out of date?
These are just some of the questions we’ll be discussing at Healthy Immunity 2020: The Cutting Edge—a conference that brings together thought leaders and clinicians from a variety of disciplines to talk about healthy immunity, the microbiome, best lifestyle practices, and the failures and triumphs of modern medicine.
Headlined healthy immunity speakers this year include:
- Ina May Gaskin, arguably the most famous midwife in the world
- Beloved pediatrician and addiction specialist Paul Thomas, M.D.
- Duke University Medical School’s William Parker, Ph.D., a world-renowned immunologist who was part of the team to discover that the appendix is NOT a vestigial organ
- Bob Sears, M.D., author of The Vaccine Book, son of William Sears, M.D. (who coined the phrase “attachment parenting”), and a tireless champion of children’s health
- Monika Buerger, D.C., an expert in functional neurology, neuronutrition, and coauthor of Pediatric Chiropractic.
(Click here for the entire list of speakers and their bios.)
Drilling down in modern medicine
While every presenter brings their unique expertise and areas of interest, all of the speakers have one thing in common: They believe that we have to drill down and find the root causes of pain, disease, and chronic illnesses.
What does that mean?
It means combining the best of modern medicine with the best of alternative healing practices.
It means making diet and lifestyle changes to best support the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
And it means being open-minded when new scientific information reveals that there may be a better way to practice.
So instead of (or in addition to) that muscle relaxant for your back pain, you also audit your workspace, car, and living room to make sure that they’re as ergonomic as possible (this lower back support wedge was a lifesaver for me). You also start doing exercises to strengthen your core muscles, which will help your back. And, perhaps most importantly, you examine the stress in your life and take steps both to reduce stress and to better cope with stress so you’re not holding stress and anxiety in your back.
You use the albuterol inhaler as needed but you also find ways to reduce the allergens you’re exposed to every day. The interventions that have helped me reduce my asthma have included putting a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom (which we run at night, usually during hayfever season), taking care of the mold we found growing around the windows, and eating an anti-inflammatory, real food diet.
Ready to take back your health?
Interested in continuing education units for your profession?
Wanting an excuse to visit Ashland, Oregon, aka Paradise on Earth?
Join us for Healthy Immunity 2020. Buy your tickets before January 1 to get the best deal.