I love these little snippets and am sharing them with you so you can see a bit behind the clinician’s process when you are working with someone. I truly believe that the clinician-patient relationship is based on honesty and communication and this snippet shows just how much that is true. It’s important that patients are able to understand why they have to hold on in there and not give up too soon.
I have always tried to be honest when someone asks me: ‘How long will I have to do this?’ or ‘Am I there yet?’ and reply that I honestly can’t say; it depends on how your body reacts and is able to respond to the treatment; it will tell us as we go along.
You can give a rough guess on how it’s worked for others, but every person is so unique, timings can surprise you. They can respond faster than you thought (often kids do because their energy is so good) or much slower (complex cases/hypersensitivity cases, for example, because you can only take one step at a time. Sometimes, it is one step forward and two steps back, and you have to communicate honestly with patients so they don’t lose heart – and neither do you!
In general, I say for every year you have had this condition, you’re likely to need a month of treatment, plus extra to ‘hold’ it there and for you to be able to maintain that position.
Things tend to happen in 3 month time slots, too, in that it takes 3 months for the body to notice you are changing something, 3 months for it to start assimilating that change and 3 months for it to stick. That’s about the right time for a review in a complex case, really, and not before. You have to give your poor body a chance to re-set and settle.
That’s not to say that people don’t feel symptomatically much better a lot quicker than that – often within 10 days or so depending on what we’re working on. But, we’re talking metabolically, cellularly etc – deep, lasting change within the tissues of the body. And that, my loves, takes time and skill. I swear nutritional/naturopathic/functional medicine – whatever you want to call it – is an art form as much as it is a science. It’s between you and the clinician to make the right choices and find your way through the maze together. And that’s what I love about it.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on quite enough. Here’s Dr Yanuck on the ‘Are We There Yet?’ question that inevitably crops up during a patient process.
Yep. Spot on again Dr Yanuck.