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You Aren’t Sick, You’re Adapting

We should look at symptoms, and diseases, as the body adapting in a very functional way to circumstances.

In an article called “I Treat Stories,” I talked about the spectrum between perfect “health”— perhaps better defined as “potential”—and disease, and death. I talk about functional conditions like insulin resistance and HPA axis dysfunction or estrogen dominance, IBS, depression, and anxiety, as conditions in which functioning is impaired in some way, or the person doesn’t feel like themselves.

I want to correct this. I don’t believe that these conditions, even most diseases per se, are the result of the body malfunctioning. Instead, I think we should look at symptoms, and so-called pathologies and diseases, as the body adapting in a very functional way to circumstances that might be challenging, or malfunctioning.

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