My time at the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapist World of Aromatherapy VIII Conference the last five days was a gold mine of information. There were speakers there that I was looking forward to learning from and speakers I had never heard of before.
Those speakers that were new to me truly rocked my world and left me with a longing to get home to share my new found knowledge with my readers. I am not a novice to the world of holistic medicine. I have lived in this universe for over 20 years. I began the journey of holistic exploration when an iridologist diagnosed my hypothyroidism that no other medical professional had been able to diagnose. That iridologist whose name long ago escaped me finally gave me a diagnose that should have been given to me a good 10+ years earlier.
Over the years, I have blindly used countless homeopathic remedies, as well as a multitude of often foul tasting herbal tinctures, teas, and capsules. I have availed myself of wonderful massage therapy, acupuncture therapy, and chiropractic therapy. I have had the privilege of working with three wonderfully trained naturopathic physicians over the last 20 years and additionally, I have used clinical aromatherapy.
What I have never heard of until this conference was the world of endobiogeny. When I look at the healthcare model of the US, which I have criticized far and wide. The one thing I have always had an issue with is that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.
All too often, patients go to their general or family practice doctor and tell him or her what their symptoms are. This doctors may try to help the patient depending on the complexity of the symptoms but often the doctor sends the patient to a specialist. That may be a neurologist for cases of epilepsy such as what I live with or endocrinologist for thyroid or diabetes, etc.
When a patient has multiple health issues, as is often the case, they end up going from specialist to specialist. Cardiologist, neurologist, endocrinologist, gastroenterologist…you get the idea. The cardiologist isn’t talking the endocrinologist. The neurologist isn’t talking to the gastroenterologist. Each may know what medications have been prescribed by the other, but do they really have a clear understanding of the interactions of the combined medications on the biochemistry.
Doctors in the US don’t look at patients as a whole living organism. They look at them in pieces. The problem with that is you can’t separate my epileptic brain from my celiac gut. My celiac gut very much affects my epileptic brain because of the gut brain axis. So why is it that my neurologist never once in the last 13 years since I was diagnosed has never referred me to a dietician or nutritionist? The answer is because he’s only looking at the brain, not the gut/brain axis.
Endobiogeny looks at patients as a whole and with a listening ear. Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Jean Boklemann, MD (semi-retired) who was the first US physician to use endobiogeny that is changing, albeit very slowly. She wanted to give her patients safe and effective health care. So she went looking for something more than what she had been taught in traditional medical school and found Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz and endobiogeny.
I know that I am grossly ill-equipped to do justice to explaining the field of endobiogeny but I encourage you to check out this page on Dr. Lapraz. http://www.oilsandplants.com/lapraz.htm
The speaker that had the most profound affect on me from a personal level at the conference was Dr. Pejman Katiraei. I have never in all my considerable years seen a physician who exudes such compassion and commitment to his patients and his craft of healing. I am known amongst my friends as being incredibly hard on physicians. I have fired more than one of them to their face. I am a tough patient and I have strict standards of patient care that I hold my providers to. It’s why I take such a firm stance in making sure my clients don’t feel like I’m trying to fix them, but rather that they feel understood and supported in their journey. Dr. Katiaei (Dr. K.) exudes that same demeanor. You can feel the deep compassion he has for his patients. You can see his desire to get to the root of the issues and find the missing piece of the puzzle to bring all the systems of the body into hemostasis.
His presentation Behavioral Endocrinology: How Phyto-Aromatherapy can change the lives of Children and Families with Behavioral Problems was pure genius! The case studies he shared made me think of many of the children in my own practice. I’ve already reached out to one of the mom’s of my clients and shared with her about Dr. K. I’m linking his website here as well for those that want to do some further research. I will be sharing more about the NAHA Conference and my take away from Dr. Katiraei presentation in the days ahead. http://wholistickids.com/people/dr-pejman-katiraei/
I encourage those of you who feel like western medicine is either not understanding or perhaps is missing a piece of the puzzle that is needed to address your families needs to do some research on endobiogeny. See if it could be the missing piece of the puzzle for your family.
©2016 Cynthia Tamlyn-CCA
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