Getting Your "Self" Back: Step #5: Remove The Tack!

I admit it.  I was a drug addict.  Whenever I could, I would pop pills….The really bad pills, too: Motrin, Maalox, Tums, Prilosec, Zantac, Pepto , Claritin, Ex-Lax,..I did them all.  I felt bad, I’d pop a pill.  I felt sad, I’d pop a pill. Honestly,  I hit rock bottom when my pocketbook was cited on The CVS website as a new store location. 

I needed help.  Fast help.  Then I read it: my bible; my baby; my love.   The Immune System Recovery Program, by Susan Blum, M.D.   I instantly became a reformed OTC drug addict.  The book literally saved my life.   Instead of my OTC drugs, I carried that book around.   I read it in the morning, in the evening, on the train, and on treadmill. I’m still reading it.  I’m still absorbing it.

In her book, Dr. Blum relays that Sidney Baker, M.D., the father of functional medicine, once said, “If you are sitting on a tack, the answer is not to treat the pain.  The solution is to find the tack and remove it.” 

Instead of treating the symptom, figure out how to make your body healthy.    Remove the tack!  How simple!  How could I not have realized it? Remove the tack!

Get to the root of the problem and make your body so healthy and your immune system so strong that you heal your body and prevent illness, rather than merely suppress illness.  Instead of attacking the symptoms of illness, find the causes or tacks that are screwing up your immune system and get rid of them!  Actually finding the tack is not an easy fix or a quick fix, but it’s a healthy endeavor.  In short, Dr. Blum says that its about food as medicine, managing your stress, healing your gut, and supporting your liver.  It’s an alternative to the way you and I have viewed medicine our entire lives.   

It’s been a year and I miss my CVS so I go back once and a while, but I hang in the magazine aisle, the makeup aisle, and at the film developing post that no one goes to anymore.  I do not wander into the OTC aisle of no return.    It sounds a bit like the start of a bad Dr. Suess  phrase, but I achieved Step: 5: I got my “self” back by removing the tack. You can, too.


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