Just a week or two ago I mentioned that I was at doTERRA’s Annual Global Convention and I promised to let you know about some of the cool stuff I learned. Well, I could hardly wait to get home to share the news.
The most exciting announcement was … are you ready? doTERRA is partnering with healthcare managers, marketing officers and of course medical officers to bring Integrative Medical doctors who practice functional medicine, to YOU! And they’re planning to open clinics around the country. Yep, and doTERRA is investing millions of dollars in the project. Who’s going to benefit?
You … and me and the rest of the world.
What is Integrative Medicine?
About 50 years ago research began to show a correlation between environment and dis-ease. A healing-oriented practice called Integrative Medicine was becoming increasingly more credible. I have to be honest, I wasn’t really a believer. My dad was a medical doctor and that’s what I learned; the traditional, western approach. Everything else seemed so foo foo.
But what I have SINCE learned is that Integrative Medicine (IM) takes the whole person, including their lifestyle and environment, into account. The fact that doTERRA is involved in opening clinics linking Western Medicine with Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine is one reason I am so excited, but it goes deeper. This issue is also super personal to me, which is WHY I’m a believer now.
As a small child, I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and it started a chain reaction of illness that didn’t stop until I was 40 years old. I basically had a stomach ache my entire life.
Like I said, my dad was a doctor and what kid doesn’t hang on every word their dad says? We believed Western Medicine had all the answers. Never questioned it, even though I wasn’t getting well.
The problem with that was, like most of society at the time, we didn’t know what we didn’t know. We drank way too much milk (I later found out I was completely lactose intolerant), and used household cleaning and personal care products that today head the list of causes of dis-ease. Most of the western world didn’t know wellness was in our own hands.
Fast forward, I ended up in the hospital – for weeks – several times during my first 40 years on IV antibiotics thereby weakening my immune system and irritating my gut even more. It probably had been irritated from the toxic products and foods my body could not digest.
It eventually got so bad that my liver, pancreas and other organs started shutting down. I had “autoimmune disease-like” symptoms. You guys, it’s called massive inflammation and it can be irreparable if we don’t start taking a look at the body-mind system as a whole.
So here I am and I’m well again. And why? Because I finally took matters into my own hands and began to figure out how all our systems are linked. AND that food and supplementation and natural ingredients with no additives, stimulants, fake ingredients or toxins matter.
The fact that we are paying more attention to other modalities is a very big deal.
I’m sure you’ll agree that at least in the U.S. our healthcare system is broken, right? That’s no surprise. Accessing quality care is becoming more and more difficult for most Americans and out-of-pocket costs are rising.
But check this out –
Through their clinic project, doTERRA is leading a movement in which medical providers take an integrative approach to keep their patients healthy. What this means is they will combine traditional western methods, essential oil treatment, and wellness services in an effort to prevent difficult times and maintain overall wellness. Isn’t that cool?
Can you imagine what this will mean for all of us – and especially for the next generation as this project comes together? I am excited to watch it all unfold and I promise to keep you posted.
Do you educate your kids on using essential oils? I do and I love that they are aware of the benefits. I’m super happy they got an early start on using oils.
On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing a video on Oils and Kids. Be sure to check it out. I’ll send it straight to your inbox.
See ya Wednesday!