Honest moment rant about something that upsets us for others with the growth of online social media over the past few years.
In 2007 when I was extremely sick with metabolic damage – Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, auto immune illness – fighting to figure out what was going on with my health with all the wrong answers and misdiagnosis from doctors, there was no Facebook or Twitter.
Social media just starting to “exist”. Websites and online resources were sparse, Damian and I didn’t know where to turn, and so we had to invest in furthering our education over time, resourcing integrative practitioners, and a lot of self-research to create my own healing naturally.
There were not a lot of fitness professionals, coaches or general public, with no education in or healing experience with, talking online about metabolic damage, thyroid health, adrenal fatigue, like you’ll find today.
And, I’m glad there wasn’t, because the misinformation online might have prevented us from discovering the real answers and solutions as quickly as we did to save my life, and discover the “new normal” in our bodies Damian and I are gifted with today. Battling this illness helped us to receive the greatest gift of our lifetimes truly, coming to understand our bodies metabolic potential & desire to be well & in balance systemically in a completely new way.
The amount of misinformation on these topics that we’ve observed others sharing and talking about online on social media at times truly has concerned us, even at times aggravated us in all honesty, coming from our place of experience.
It’s critical to understand that misinformation holds others back from receiving greater healing & change by instead learning from a qualified professional who can assist them fairly and in a bio-individualized manner to heal their endocrine health and metabolic damage naturally. And we admit these type of practitioners are not easy to find, and that is frustrating for sure when you are going through this, but they are out there.
We noticed for example social media page of a person sharing their thyroid health problem online, telling all of their followers that their doctor now suggested Botox injections & their followers should look into this. I almost fell of my desk chair reading this.
This particular page has tens of thousands of people following them, and yet most of these people, including the page owner, couldn’t answer the following questions if we asked them: what Botox is, what it stands for, what it does in the human body, what the risk is, what the short and long-term effects are of its use, and why it can actually negatively affect someone in a state of endocrine system and metabolic damage imbalance.
But many replies of the followers were just ready to run off and inject this toxin into their body because they read it on Facebook. “That” must be the answer because this page has the name thyroid on it, right?
We are being very direct here, but it’s to make a point of deep concern coming from a place of experience of successfully naturally healing an elusive, chronic condition that became very dangerous, cost us far greater than $35,000 to make our way back from, years of our life, and was very dangerous. We are still battling the financial consequences of my illness today, 7 years after it began, and will be for some time.
Some fitness industry professionals are also info-sharing as this topic trends more online, when often they still need more integrative health and holistic nutrition continuing education to move past out-dated poor nutrition protocols that our bodies can perceive as threatening, poor recovery approaches, or fitness approaches that can burn out the endocrine system and their metabolism. Also consider that there are plenty of fitness professionals jumping on this trending topic of metabolic damage who are very well-regarded in the fitness industry, however, realize they still have not had metabolic damage themselves and healed it, which does need to be understood in how we take in resources and information.
Take it from someone whose knocked on death’s door from these imbalances in her own body, this disease can get life-threatening, it can get incredibly serious and damaging, and it is not a “trend”. These are serious health concerns, and we’d call others to truly consider this when we want to help others & share information.
Having an unsolved problem, a % solved problem, or not having any personal experience with a problem, truly isn’t the best resource to get your guidance and expertise from. We are becoming desensitized online, in forums, and on social media and some of this info-sharing can keep people stuck from receiving greater change. Free online forums for example are not really a great resource, and we never receive healing until we are willing to invest in creating it for ourselves with our time, energy and our money. This was very true for us. Forums in our opinions, even blogs, social media, and some websites are just mental quicksand that keep you stuck, and your health could be internally worsening as you’re wasting time – we can share that from personal experience – which will only cost you more time & money to correct your health in the end.
I know the internet is terrific to have access to, but every decision you make especially around your personal health is something you should be investigating, and asking the proper questions first. No one questions or does due diligence before rushing into doing things to their body, and they take advisement so freely without question or assessment, and in many cases this is how many women get into metabolic imbalance, by working with coaches without really digging into their background or education first, and honoring the importance of that in someone whom they place their bodies results in the hands of.
This simple skill has helped me tremendously in life. It is why I’ve been able to beat two “incurable” chronic illnesses naturally in my lifetime, or at least the beginning of why. I never take anything at face value – I always question it & do my own research, not even when I was under the “treatment” of the “top world neurology expert” in my neurological condition in my early 20’s in NYC. I called his bluff too, and followed my own body intuition, honoring my “inner doctor”.
YOUR body, no one knows it better than you. YOU are responsible for it at the end of the day, and YOU have to live with all that you decide to do to it, how you care for or treat it, or give permission to others to treat it, so you never take anyone’s advisement without doing your own due diligence. Know more about that educator, know what their own results are, their education, their personal experience, etc. Ask “too many” questions upfront, and get all the answer you need FIRST. Be a detective, be your own body advocate, trust your senses.
When you’re following or accessing online resources, make sure to be aware as well of their background. Unfortunately, in social media or online, we take two seconds, don’t even look at the page’s website or “about” section and just use the number of followers as a form of “measurement”. But there is more you need to know. How many people are collecting in a group doesn’t mean the information they’re collecting around is quality information; it just means, a lot of people are gathering here. But it’s been our experience, many times, that the “road less traveled” is often the one that gets you to transformative results, so you don’t necessarily want to be where the “masses” are. None of the results I’ve humbly created in my life so far both in natural healing & as a natural competitive athlete have been from going down mental or physical paths the masses were already seeking or on; more often than not it’s been AVOIDING them.
So here’s what you need to know, without question!
- What results does this person create?
- Do I want to replicate their results?
- What is the quality of their personal health today?
- Have they replicated those results for someone else?
- What is their experience & education like?
- What experience do they have?
- How long is their experience?
- What other professionals endorse them & what is their background?
This is a good process of evaluation. But online we want it now, we want it fast, instant access, but this can lead to great trouble & cost.
There are amazing online holistic nutritionists, ND’s, DC’s, and integrative practitioners we admire. We trust their education, philosophies, and natural healing/integrative health approach, there are so many amazing professionals to learn from.
We did not find the long list of change it required of us to save my life and reverse my auto immune disease of Hashimoto’s disease and adrenal fatigue naturally on the internet, nor did we find the solutions on a Facebook or twitter page, or in online forums.
We wish the answers were that simple, but this is more about changing your lifestyle in a way that metabolically support multiple internal systems of your body. It is a multi-faceted journey. This form of healing naturally comes from food, energy, and environmental lifestyle shifts that natural improve core areas of internal system function so those systems can then heal your body for you on their own.
Restoration of the human body naturally is a walk of regenerative healing over time.
Please understand the internet is a blessing & a curse.In our opinion, it is holding some people back from getting a further in their natural healing faster.
These are newly emerging areas of integrative human body health, and a lot of people simply don’t know the proper way to educate in or address them, or even talk about them. And so the cycle of misinformation continues & prevents people receiving a natural return to wellness.
We appreciate the internet is a place to share your journey, but it is also a place that is in some cases delaying healing, spreading misinformation, and at worst, creating further health problems. Talking online about a problem you’ve not solved in yourself can be dangerous for others.
Not a comfortable topic, but one we feel is truly important to share our concerns honestly & the potentials we understand here from experience. All we’re saying is, enjoy the growth of accessible information online, but do so knowing your source. This simple action alone will help many women who are athletes working with coaches for example avoid getting into metabolic damage in the first place! When you put your bodies fate in someone else’s hands, know the whole picture and background of that person or professional.
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Author: Heather Dubé, HHC, AADP, ACSM CWC, NASM CPT, NC Cand. & BA Psychology, is a Functional Nutrition Practitioner, US National-Level Natural NPC Figure Bodybuilding Competitor & Contributing Expert Magazine Writer with 24 years experience, and Co-Founder of the e3 Energy Evolved™ System.
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