My Big Why

Healthcare is one of the biggest topics in today’s world

Not only does it involve how everyone feels and functions, but it involves a lot of money.

My parents moved to Canada about 27 years ago from Sri Lanka. When they were growing up, healthcare wasn’t easily accessible. It cost a lot of money out-of-pocket for everything with no insurance coverage, so what would people do?

They would rely on the human body’s natural ability to heal itself, and use homemade remedies passed down through generations. Access to health care was an extreme luxury, just as it still is today in many countries around the world.

Canada is unique in the way that it has universal healthcare. We often take it for granted and it’s become an everyday commodity.  


Growing up I was constantly sick

I would have multiple colds each year, ear infections, chest infections, strep throat, flus - you name it.

Anytime I was sick, I would go to our family medical doctor right away. In our Western culture, we are taught at an early age that anytime there’s something wrong with our bodies, we should go to a doctor and get medication. The doctor will tell you if you’re sick or not. They will give you the cure. 

Little did I know that regular doses of antibiotics, over-the-counter prescription drugs, nasal sprays and cough syrups were actually weakening my immune system. I was ruining my body’s own ability to heal by taking drugs that were not only targeting the “bad guys” but also the good cells and bacteria in my body. 

Year after year, I would continue to get sick, but I never asked the questions that would get down to the root of it all: “With all this medication and science, why am I getting sick in the first place? Why isn’t the medication preventing this from occurring every year?” Especially since the medical community seemed to know exactly what to give to treat it.

Now, before we get too far, I am in no way saying that medication doesn’t have its time and place. The need for medication is crucial when it comes to crisis care, or when things have gone too far and it will save your life. But that’s exactly what I’m saying - it’s for crisis care, not every day care.

Moving on.

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The fact of the matter is, this symptomatic treatment of sickness is reactive.

It’s based on the principle of waiting until something bad happens, and then doing something about it, rather than focusing on the root cause of the problem, and finding out how you can naturally stop it from happening in the first place.

Health doesn’t happen to you, it happens from within you

How many times have you heard, “Oh I just have a weak immune system.” For the majority of the population, this just isn’t true. Your body’s ability to fight sickness and bacteria is based on a lot of things, and many of those things are within your control.

For example, eat less sugar (it can hamper the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria for up to 5 hours afterward). Drink more water. It flushes out toxins. Get less stressed. Long-term stress weakens the responses of your immune system. Manage your weight. Excess weight can cause hormonal imbalances and inflammation that impairs the immune system’s ability to fight infection.

How many of these things are within your control? All of them! Your health doesn’t happen to you, it comes from within you. It’s time that we thought and acted this way.

 

The first time I consciously thought about how I viewed my “naturally weak” immune system was when a friend of mine told me about the power of the mind.

He said instead of when you feel like a cold is coming on and stating out loud and admitting, “Here it comes; I’m getting a cold,” to instead check in with my mental self talk and not focus on the negative outcomes or the possibilities of getting sick.

He said as soon as you admit to yourself that you’re getting sick, what happens? You get sick!

This did so much more for me than just boost my self-talk, but it started me thinking that I actually do have control over my health. That a cold doesn’t happen to me, and the doctor doesn’t tell me if I’m sick or not.

The cold happens within me, and it's within my means to overcome it, and prevent further ones by taking care of my body with good nutrition, exercise, positive self-talk and taking care of my nervous system

Now it’s been more than seven years since I’ve taken an Advil, Tylenol, antibiotics or any medication. And with all that,  I haven’t had the flu in years, and colds are scarce.

Even if feel like I’m starting to get one, I have strategies in place to help prevent it from even ever going full blown - naturally, too! I am no longer dependent on a medical doctor or anyone else to tell me if I am healthy or not because I now know I control all of that, and that I have the tools to navigate my health journey. 

 

This is why I’ve become a healthcare practitioner

We need a paradigm shift in our society. We need to change the way, we perceive our health.

A lot of times, you may victimize yourself. You may think you got flu from someone, like a co-worker, or that diabetes or cancer spontaneously happened to you. I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. It doesn’t happen to you, it happens from within you, and you can control your environment, what you do about it and how you respond to it.

My purpose is to empower you to take back control of your health - to provide you with tools to overcome health concerns, and connect you to your natural healing ability, so that you can live a life that is fuller, more energized and more meaningful! 

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I want to help you be less dependent on external resources, and be more dependent on yourself.

Within your body, you have everything you need. Your body is constantly healing and combating illnesses and diseases everyday, even cancer!

But you don’t need me or an oncologist to tell you if you’re healthy or not. You decide that by how well you take care of your body. You just need to use the right tools to navigate this world of misinformation. 

I’m here to look at your life in 360 degrees, and to help guide you on your journey to having the most optimal health and happiness in this wild ride we call life. Because without our health, nothing else matters - work, money, sports, play - we can’t do anything without our health.  

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Dr. Sohan