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Your clients look to you for guidance on wellness. The challenge is to pass on information for consideration while simultaneously educating your clients to listen to their body and trust its wisdom. The recent findings on supplements is a great example of the challenge. After decades of attention on increased exposure to calcium and anti-oxidants by health professionals of different traditions, it's now coming out that there may be significant risks.

 

Too often there are practices that evolve based on someone’s theory that may or may not be correct. There are two major sources of the problem. The first is people continue to look for the “silver bullet” that will fix things. The second is the majority belief that one size fits all when it comes to diet, exercise and health. It should be obvious by now that both are counterproductive to achieving what’s best for each individual. As always, keeping an open mind is very important. But even more important is to always remember that every person is unique, on many different levels. The only consistency that experience has demonstrated is that everyone will react to a change in diet, exercise, or any other change, differently. Diets are a prime example. Every year there’s a new diet that promises to achieve the goals that the other diets failed at. It’s based primarily on someone’s theory that is backed by results focused research (research that’s conducted to support the theory rather than to test the theory) and then followed with a best seller book and products. Recent studies on supplements (calcium and anti-oxidants) has revealed that what has become widely held beliefs has risks that are not generally known. Many doctors and holistic practitioners continue to reflexively recommend things that most people will take without any awareness of the potential danger.

As a practitioner what are you to do?

Continue to stay well informed, understand that everything you learn is subject to change and don’t let any belief or thought become a sacred cow. The best thing you can do as a practitioner is to raise your client’s understanding of how their body reacts to different stimuli. Teaching them how to listen and interpret what their body is doing is the biggest gift you can give them. Being healthy is about being tuned in to what you need and being able to take action to get it. This seemingly simple thing is often obstructed by advertising, opinions and practitioner pressure to give clients quick solutions. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. Being healthy requires mindfulness and attention as well as the energy to maintain relaxed focus in moving forward. That is the core of what you have to offer your clients. Be well and keep up the good work. Sincerely, Kris p.s. Be sure to read the links on Calcium and Anti-Oxidants. It’s very important information to consider.

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