Health Problems Are Never Just One Thing

You know, it would be really swell if health problems practiced a little etiquette.

Like, if they only showed up one at a time. And didn’t make more demands than we could handle. And certainly, if they would catch a clue when they were getting on our nerves and just go away.

Most of all, health problems should be more transparent and not go sneaking around amongst our body parts, adding problems as they go.

The truth is, though, bad guys never behave.

This gives us two choices: Give up and let bad things happen, or fight back. As you might guess, I’m in the “fight back” school of thought.

To succeed in fighting back, we need to know our enemies, their strengths, weaknesses, tactics, etc. And, of course, how to know when they’re coming at us and what ammunition it takes to win.

The first thing to know is health problems never show up alone.

Perhaps the doc said you have a thyroid problem, that the solution is a thyroid medicine. Sorry, but it’s more complicated than that.

The thyroid, all by its lonesome, is related to more than 300 health problems. You’re given a medicine that’s supposed to fix the thyroid, but what about all the mess a whacked thyroid introduces into your body?

For instance, low thyroid plays a role in Lyme Disease. And a mold allergy, which is more common when the thyroid’s not up to snuff, jumps in to make Lyme worse. And a faltering thyroid prompts all the other endocrine glands to lend a helping hand, which rarely ends well. And frequent fandangos to the bathroom can start with the thyroid, too.

And I could go on. It’s never about just one thing.

Fortunately, your body is your big-time buddy, producing symptoms that, while probably annoying, tell you what it needs. Even symptoms you dismiss as “just the way thing are.” Itchy ears, say.

Symptoms tell the truth.

Back when I was in the ditch, spending entirely too much time doing beached-whale impressions, I had many tests. But the results never fit any of medicine’s one-size-fits-all answers, and I finally realized I had to find a better way.

So, desperate, brain-fogged, tired beyond belief, almost bald, challenged by even simple conversations, I set out to conquer the world. What more could I possibly need?

The pot of gold I found at the end of that rainbow was understanding that my symptoms would lead me to health–once I learned what they meant.

The next step was discovering what I could do to reverse the problems my symptoms pointed out. Which is when I discovered the wonders of nutrition.

Prescription drugs always gave me more problems than solutions–which is typical for thyroid (etc.) people.

Nutrition put me in control; I didn’t have to get permission from doctors. And it offered me the chance to do whatever it took, safely.

Surprises ensued. For instance, taking a vitamin that makes candida behave also got rid of a corn on my pinky toe. Taking a mineral known to help the thyroid made my fingernail cuticles nicer than they’d ever been. Etc.

I had never worried much about the corn or my cuticles, but when unexpected things started going right, it felt like my body was thanking me. Maybe even applauding me.

Health problems are never about just one thing. Rather than trying to figure out what started the battle, respond to your body’s yells for help, step by step, and turn things around.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A month before her first birthday, a drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car, and she ended up with a concussion. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Now she writes about how your body works and what you can do to make it work better. Good, eh? Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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  1. Mr. Boyce Trahan on December 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Bette, see site: for a way to take large amounts of vitamin C with none of the normal side effects and does not require needles!

    • Bette on January 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Hi, Boyce, the best way to avoid any drama in taking vitamin C is to start low and build slow. Too much, too fast is begging for diarrhea, but going slowly avoids that.

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