#ThriveLife Project Day 4: Learn Something New

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Rhea Dali

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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“Clueless” was one of my absolute favorite movies as a pre-teen.

If you’re a kid of the 90’s you know totally what I am talking about:

Cher (played by actress Alicia Silverstone) was a valley girl, trying to navigate the hardships of high-school high—boys, fashion faux pas, mean girls and passing Algebra.

Cher was also constantly trying to improve herself—her beauty, her charm, her self-esteem and her smarts.

One of her goals?

Learn one new word to enhance her vocabulary each day.

 

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She made a pact with her friend Tye that they would study one word from the dictionary each day to become more educated woman.

Although Cher was a little “airy” in the room upstairs, her vocabulary-learning lesson inspires today’s project…

YOUR #thrivelife project?

Learn something new today!

Learning is cool.

Be it learning a new vocabulary word, a new insight about your body, a new trick or tip, there is ALWAYS something new to learn.

I am a life-long student!

I love learning new things, and this past week actually began a year-long journey in Chris Kresser’s Kresser Institute Functional Medicine Training—on my way to becoming a stronger healthcare professional to help you not just survive, but thrive.

Ever heard of “Functional Medicine”?

(Crickets. Crickets.)

While it sounds like something “voo doo”, functional medicine does not involve hippies or hookahs.

Simply put: It’s a healthcare model based in addressing the ROOTS of disease for healing—not band-aiding symptoms.

In traditional medicine, there’s a doctor for every part of your body: ear doctors for the ears, endocrinologists for your hormones, neurologists for the brain, GI docs for your stomach, etc.

In functional medicine, the body is one whole; You the WHOLE person, not you, the: Headache. The anxiety. The eating disorder. The hormonal imbalance. Sleep disorder.

Instead of just giving you a Tylenol, Lexapro, cupcake, birth control, or Ambien (to sleep), functional medicine looks at things “underneath the hood” of your body causing the disease or imbalance, like inflammation, gut health, cortisol and adrenal stress, thyroid function, toxic exposure, nutrient deficiencies and cellular energy.

Functional Medicine is a slow-growing model, changing the health of humanity as we know it, as people gradually begin to realize, the current “norms” of our pharmacy, food and healthcare (sick-care) industries are not working.

We’re in the midst of one of the most horrendous health epidemic humans have ever faced in our history.

Want to learn something new without even looking further?

Get this (All research by Chris Kresser):

  • In two decades, 95 percent of Americans will be overweight and 1 in 3 will have diabetes if current trends continue; and it’s estimated that the cost of diabetes alone is $250 billion a year. To put that in perspective, the World Health Organization has estimated that the cost of ending world hunger would be just $200 billion (less than we spend each year treating a completely preventable disease). 

In short: We are sick.

And this doesn’t even mention the epidemics of heart disease, cancer, autism, eating disorders and autoimmune conditions plaguing our society. Unfortunately, drugs, diets, FitBits, Weight Watchers, and all the talk therapy in the world rarely address the real problems.

Imagine that you had a pebble in your shoe and it made your foot hurt—like alot. While, you surely could take ibuprofen or another painkiller to reduce the pain in your foot, wouldn’t it be a better idea to just take off your shoe and get rid of that rock?

Enter: Functional Medicine.

Today’s a brand new day to learn something new…(and I hope I helped ya in that arena. Bonus points: Learn something else new…like this breaking news on a cancer causing chemical that may be in your water).  

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