Recently on a break from my office, I overheard a conversation between four professional looking women. They sat around the table and, between bites of sandwiches, were comparing anti-depressant medication. What a lunch conversation! “The doctor gave me Paxil and I am just a new woman!” one lady exclaimed, as if she had just been given the secret to immortality. Then she turned to the woman next to her and casually asked her “What does YOUR doctor have you taking?”via

This conversation seemed so easy for them. Is it just assumed that everyone at the table is on some prescription medication? Is it actually ok to them? It’s as if they were discussing hair color or what car they were driving! I’ve seen this phenomenon many times. People are measuring their worth by their dysfunctions now.

They don’t even know who they are without them. They are becoming their diseases. They are using their labels as excuses to be unhealthy not only in body, but in mind as well. Women come to me all the time and instead of expressing what it is they are experiencing, the first words out of their mouths are “I have Fibromyalgia” or “I’m in Menopause.” They might as well be saying “I am Fibromyalgia” or “My name is Menopause.” The diagnosis they have been given is so much a part of them, they no longer even know what they feel. No matter how hard they try to heal the disease, they cannot let go of it.

This did not happen overnight. For years, women have been commiserating on the normal changes that occur in life. We are just accustomed to the idea that periods are painful, childbirth is impossible without drugs and menopause is hot flash hell. We don’t accept a job or a man that is wrong for us, so why do we accept that we must suffer through life as if we have no choice or control?

From the perspective of an Acupuncturist, I see hundreds of thousands of people just assuming that their bodies are broken, unchangeable. Suffering through natural changes in the body is not normal. It is a sign that the body is out of balance. Something is missing from the other side of the scale.

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