Where does the brain end and the body begin? there is no exact defining point, and so we should embrace mental health as entwined with physical health, but the medical system tends to compartmentalize the two separately.
I have been undergoing surgeries for Basal Cell Carcinoma on my face recently, which has been quite distressing. What I have found frustrating is the blanket assumption family and medical professionals make, that it has been caused by the sun, that the cancer is a consequence of my spending too much time outdoors.
Its been the word that most of us seemed to avoid on the health forums that I partake in. Until recently that is. Seems that Cancer, Lyme Disease sufferers and people with many other diseases, are joining force, and that has got to be a good thing.
The first time I heard the word Biofilm, I thought it was all starting to sound a bit sci-fi; I did think that people of the heath forums I follow on Facebook, were being a bit kooky. I was to discover though, that Biofilm is more relevant to my health than I ever could have imagined.
I have probably seen around 20 different doctors and physicians in the last 4 years, trying to understand what is happening in my body. Each person I have seen has not given me ‘THE’ answers, rather small clues. This was frustrating in the beginning, as most of us rely on these professionals to sort our health out for us.
When I began to travel out of the UK to see specialists, I was struck by how unempowered we are in the UK with regards to our health. We expect our doctors to tell us whats wrong, and expect, most of the time, to be able to take something to fix us, and we DON’T expect to even look at our test results. In America they seem to find this absurd, even the most oblivious tended to organise their own health; ensuring they receive their own copies of all the reports their doctors receive. It is not unusual to question a diagnosis and request exactly what they feel needs to be done with regards to diagnosing and treating.