Why Do We Have Symptoms?

My philosophy in this article is:  Your body is very intelligent. When something is out of balance or pathologic in your body, you experience symptoms. Symptoms are how your body signals that it needs attention.

What Are Some of the Causes?

  1. Stress*

The World Health Organization has called stress the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century.” Stress places you in “survival mode” and causes imbalances in your nervous system. Some common stress indicators are:

  • Sleep difficulties
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive issues
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Food cravings
  • Hormonal issues
  • Poor concentration
  • Accelerated aging

*The above list and stress discussion are taken from the book, Changing the Conversation, available at http://www.TheMastersCircle.net.

Chronic, unresolved stress results in physical and emotional disease. Performing stress-relieving exercises, making regular visits to a health practitioner for massage, acupuncture and/or chiropractic treatment are essential to reduce stress and maintain balance.

  1. Intolerances

Any symptom can be caused by an intolerance to something you are eating, breathing or putting on your skin. Your body may have become sensitive to foods, chemicals or inhalants (such as pollen or mold). Through exposure to the offending intolerance, your body may become imbalanced. Symptoms of imbalance are:

  • Headaches
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Foggy thinking
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Digestive issues
  • Urinary frequency
  • Bedwetting
  • Irritability
  • Depression

To address intolerances, you need to identify the offending agent through blood test, electrodermal testing or kinesiology.

  1. Nutrient Deficiency

A common reason for developing an intolerance or sensitivity is nutrient deficiency. Poor diet and poor eating habits are common and particularly present in teenagers and the elderly. Excessive exercise without nutrient replacement also can cause nutrient deficiency which may require modification in your exercise routine. Everyone can benefit from consultation with a qualified nutritionist, health coach or knowledgeable practitioner to learn how to eat and what supplements are helpful in addressing any deficiency.

  1. Toxicity

Heavy metals, chemical exposure or hidden infections (for example, hidden in dental sources) can place a major burden on your body. Sinus infections, urinary tract infections or parasite infestations can be difficult to identify as symptoms are not always obvious. Toxicities, infections and parasite infestations need professional analysis and appropriate treatment.

As that famous writer Anonymous said: “If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”

This blog is based on one of my chapters in “Your Guide to Staying Healthy in a Challenging World.” For more information about the book, contact my office at doclipp@gmail.com or call 310-289-8430.


About Cathie Lippman, M.D.

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