Did you know that as much as 80% of the health problems people face occur because of the way they think? That's because how you think drives how you act. So unhealthy thinking leads to unhealthy actions. And the vast majority of health problems today are due to poor decisions. That's why my "practice" focuses primarily on health counseling. I've found that changing the way people think can have a more profound positive impact on their health than prescribing drugs. And now, psychologists have discovered the same thing.
In fact, these psychologists are now treating serious gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, functional heartburn, functional dyspepsia, and ulcerative colitis. The reason they're focusing on these illnesses is that all of them are strongly affected by stress.
One of these psychologists, Sarah Kinsinger, PhD, ABPP, from Loyola Medicine, says that "psychological or behavioral interventions can be more effective than medications." By "psychological" in this case, she's referring to the way the person thinks. I've traditionally not been a fan of psychology. But I think this is a step in the right direction. If more psychologists would move this direction, rather than prescribing dangerous drugs, they could have a much bigger impact on people's health and well-being.
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Dr. Kinsinger uses treatments that teach patients coping strategies to manage symptoms and reduce stress. Sometimes coping strategies are needed. But coping isn't the best way to handle stress. Coping implies a victim mentality that suggests you're just going to get through the stress. There are times when that's appropriate. But it still says the stress has control over you. You need to control the stress by thinking about it correctly.
This topic goes beyond the scope of this newsletter, so I won't go into too much detail. But it's an important topic. Many of the health problems we have are due to poor thinking about nutrition and the foods we eat. Most of us eat for pleasure, not for health. This is why nutrients are so important. They can't fully overcome all the bad thinking we inject into our bodies. But they can help.
That's why taking a good probiotic, such as Advanced Probiotic Formula, and eating plenty of fiber, is vital for dealing with these digestive health problems. Even with over 15 billion active cultures, this formula may not completely reverse these serious conditions by itself. But coupled with good counseling and stress management (and other nutritional strategies), it can help you reverse these problems and live a healthful life.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.