“People’ll tell you where they’ve gone
They’ll tell you where to go
But till you get there yourself you’ll never really know
Where some have found their paradise
Others just come to harm” – from the song Amelia by Joni Mitchell
I hit rock bottom while pursuing natural health treatments. I was in deep denial of my disordered eating, and I had unknowingly reached chronic stress fatigue. Unfortunately, what was recommended for me was an even more restrictive diet, a pile of supplements, and a detox that eventually sent me over the edge. I know now that what I really needed was nourishment, not more restriction.
Thankfully, through the doom and fog, I had enough clarity to flee back to my family doctor. She helped me to get my head above water again. After several months I regained my footing, but I was still suffering deeply. A friend recommended a naturopath to me. It is shocking to me, after all that had happened that I would even consider giving an alternative approach another try, but I was desperate. This naturopath came highly recommended. I made the appointment, and so began my healing journey.
On one hand, alternative treatments ushered …