Do you know someone who is searching for a solution to their health problems? Does it seem like they are always searching, even jumping from solution to solution, from medication to spiritual practices to vegan to raw to Paleo to high carb? This is the Save Me Syndrome
. None of us are totally immune to this. We have been taught to search for the answer outside ourselves, to ask doctors or gurus or anyone in a position of authority for help and then take their advice no matter what. This is of course not about the person who is on life saving medication or who has a dislocated shoulder. I'm pretty sure I would be shouting "Save Me!" among other expletives if my arm was broken. The Save Me Syndrome
is about searching for a solution for a chronic condition and not finding one. When we think of taking our health in our own hands we are afraid. Are you afraid now? Our lives are set up this way and we are conditioned to be afraid of breaking free from the factory. Sometimes we hear that there is nothing that "they" can do for us and indeed.... there is nothing they can do. We alone have the power to save
our lives, to live
them. Let us not squander the stewardship of ourselves. Let us stand together, each of us firmly on our own two healthy feet (bare feet if you got 'em).
The effects of Save Me Syndrome
can range from people being medicated for conditions they don't have to being told that there isn't anything physically wrong with them because nobody can find it. In these situations people may be overmedicated or even treated for mental illness because it is all "in their mind". People may give up on working with their doctors, give up on the "system" or eventually give up on themselves.
The second biggest pitfall that can effect even the kale munchers is Wrong Focus
. This can happen when someone starts out on a new path of eating and focuses exclusively on the food and what is in the food. In the case of inflammation for example, which is dear to my heart, we cannot solve the problem most of the time by focusing on anti-inflammatory foods alone. Looking at the mechanisms of inflammation and all of the contributing factors is usually very important. Food is paramount but there is more. Wrong Focus
occurs when the search for health is focused on the foods and other contributing factors get missed. What is worse is that when people continue to suffer symptoms with Wrong Focus
the diet gets the blame when the searcher may already be doing a great job with their foods. They may continue to suffer for a lifetime. Wrong Focus
has its benefits because with this much focus on food we are halfway to success. Anyone this focused on food will have far more knowledge than the average person. Where this can harm people though is when the solutions are not only in the food but in the processes, environment and lifestyles. Unfortunately most of us that reach out to food as medicine feel very alone and let down by the system so the Wrong Focus
eater is doing all that they can to manage a very difficult situation.