(The following is a quoted excerpt, pages 91 to 93, from the Book The Great Health Heist © by Paul Rosen J.D.,L.Ac. Published by Warren Publishing, Inc.)
Often I see patients who can't pinpoint their ills, syndromes or special conditions. There is no simple box for them to check or blank for them to fill in on the intake form where you record what ails you. They, like so many Americans, suffer from fatigue, poor sleep (often labeled insomnia) and what I call a "general sense of malaise" that is both insidious and disastrous.
Many of these patients feel guilty about complaining because, really, they have no specific complaint. They can't put a label on how they feel, so they say nothing. And gradually this fatigue, insomnia and general malaise gets worse. They wake up morning after morning, feeling ten to twenty years older, and always behind the eight ball. They can't understand why they just don't feel good and why other people seem so happy, joyful, lively and full of zest.
They don't know what's wrong; they just know something's wrong.
Americans like to label things. We like definitions, buzz words, catchphrases and, in particular, diagnoses that suit us exactly. High cholesterol, overactive bladder, arthritis, hypertension, even stress are all conditions easily identified, quickly labeled and conveniently "suppressed" or "managed", not cured, mind you. These conditions are commonly managed using toxic prescription drugs, all of which have harmful side effects. But what about symptoms that aren't neatly categorized on the intake forms you fill out at your healthcare practitioner's office? What if there's not enough space on the little blank marked "Other" for you to explain why you just don't feel right?
How do we label that? How do we treat it? How do we cure it? Unfortunately, and more often than we'd like to realize, many such people are labeled with depression and walk out of their doctor's offices with antidepressant medications like Prozac or Zoloft - more drugs with harmful side effects.
In this chapter (of the book The Great Health Heist - click below for further material from this chapter) I discuss three conditions common to this generally unpleasant feeling of "something's wrong with me; I just don't know what" condition and provide a drug-free alternative: