Every symptom, no matter what it may be, tells a story. There isn’t a symptom that doesn’t have a story behind it. This means that in order to successfully treat and remove a symptom, you need to first know the full story that led to the symptom. And although two people can have the same symptom, the story that led to the symptom can be different, which means the treatment will be different.
This story may surprise you.
Take for example, nine year old Dustin who has been diagnosed with what some practitioners like to call ADHD. His story may surprise you. It began when Dustin was little. He seemed to have an anxious, nervous spirit. Over the years he would often find normal everyday events stressful. His parents and teachers gave him lots of encouragement, love and support, trying to build his sense of security and self-confidence but this did not seem to help much. So from birth onwards, Dustin often perceived his world to be stressful.
This ongoing emotional stress triggered a series of physiological events. He would be upset by something which set off an alarm in his amygdala which then caused his hypothalamus to secrete corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) which would go to the pituitary and say, ‘Dude tell the adrenals to make cortisol’ It also alerted the brain: ‘Hey, we need to go into fight or flight.’ When fight or flight hormones are stimulated this increases anxiety. So Dustin would then react anxiously to something else and this would once again trigger the whole negative self-perpetuating physiological cycle of events. Here’s the next piece of the story. This ongoing cycle weakened Dustin’s immune system and his gut became vulnerable which predisposed him to develop certain food intolerances and bacterial overgrowth. Dustin’s unhappy gut then upset the neurotransmitters found in his stomach, which upset the identical neurotransmitters found in his brain. Now he finds it difficult to concentrate and some practitioner labels him as ADHD. He also has temper tantrums and meltdowns and becomes defiant (the fight or flight) and another practitioner says he has a behavioral disorder. Why? Because they are treating the symptoms and not the full story.
3 Things Moms and Dads Need To Do
I want you to notice how this whole trail of events in Dustin’s story began with one thing – ongoing stress in his spirit that led to stress in his body that led to stress in his brain. The very first thing that moms and dads need to do when treating a child with any learning, behavior or mood problem is to tell their healthcare practitioner three things:
1. I want you to work with me to treat my child’s stress, not to treat the labels.
2. I want to start the treatment by addressing the original stress, which is in my child’s spirit.
3. Then I want you to identify how my child’s stressed spirit has affected my child’s body and brain and treat those malfunctions, preferably without medication.
If you have the right practitioner, he or she will know exactly what you mean. The right practitioner knows that in order to truly resolve the problems, you cannot do this with a treatment plan that puts the cart before the horse. The right practitioner will know that you cannot treat the food intolerances, the bacterial overgrowth in Dustin’s gut, his meltdowns and his learning and concentration problems as though they are separate issues. And finally, the kind of practitioner you need is one who knows that it is vitally important to address these problems as one story and to do this in the correct order – always starting with understanding and fixing why the child’s spirit is stressed and hurting.
I would love to hear about how you treated your child’s ‘full story.’