Dr. Tamara Dickson
Honesty for Health's Sake
Removing the obstacle to cure is one of the most fundamental and logical principles of Naturopathic physicians. Sometimes, the obstacle to cure is when patients have not yet faced their truth.
The truth about your eating habits.
The truth about your level of activity.
The truth about your alcohol or drug abuse.
The truth about your sexual identity.
The truth about your abusive relationship.
The truth about a past trauma.
The truth about your fear and anxiety.
The truth about your smoking.
The truth about your stress level.
The truth about your gender identity.
The truth about your symptoms or diagnosis.
I'm not suggesting this is easy. Facing these things adequately can take patience, additional education, professional help, not to mention courage and support. But it's worth it. Doctors need to know the truth of these matters in order to make the best decisions to help you, but it is of the utmost importance that you can first see these truths for yourself. Denial, self-repression, and self-censorship are all kinds of stress that over the long-term, have very real disease manifestations: stomach ulcers, IBS, depression, migraines, anxiety, suicidality, diabetes, morbid obesity, malnutrition, liver diseases...the list goes on.
It's not just for AA. The first step is admitting you have a problem.