Attitude of Gratitude | Integrative Medicine

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I avoid visiting doctors and being in a hospital. I know there is a need for "Western medicine".  If I am having a heart attack, I definitely want a heart specialist to treat me. If I break a bone, I definitely want an orthopedic specialist to treat me. 

If I am feeling "sick" I am not one to take an over-the-counter relief medicine or most definitely not a Big Pharma pharmaceutical. However, when I had COVID and a horrible cough, I did take over-the-counter cough syrup. 

When I had surgery for cancer in October 2012, I left the hospital with the pain medicine that was pumped into me. I did not fill the prescription for "pain" meds that I was told to take.  Of course, I was in pain.  I simply choose not to put certain things into my body.

Meditation, not medication, is a great way to take my mind off pain.  

I am a huge fan of Integrative medicine.  As defined by the Cleveland Clinic, 

"Integrative medicine uses an evidence-based approach to treat the whole person — your mind, body, and soul. Your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs are all involved, so integrative medicine uses a combination of therapies. It “integrates” conventional approaches and complementary therapies to achieve optimal health and healing."


I am grateful for my Integrative medical doctor and her holistic approach to wellness. She monitors my overall health. She looks at biomarkers in blood work, and gut health which play a huge role in our overall metabolic health. 

Knowing I am a cancer patient survivor, she recommended I read The Metabolic Approach to Cancer. I love to read and learn. I am grateful for that too.  So much of what is in the book I've been implementing and practicing in my daily life. 

"Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from small daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear." - Hippocrates

"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease." - Hippocrates 

This post is Kathleen Daniels, CPRES, fourth and final gratitude post in the November Gratitude Challenge hosted by the one and only gracious, Debe Maxwell, CRS.

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Comments (15)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Happy Thanksgiving Kathleen,

We do have so many blessings to be grateful for.

Wishing you and your loved ones all the best this Thanksgiving and always!



Nov 23, 2023 09:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Bob Crane 

Wishing you and your loved ones the best Thanksgiving ever. 


Nov 23, 2023 10:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Happy Thanksgiving Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist ,

I appreciate your post on gratitude for Integrative medicine. I feel more and more people are looking into the evidence-based approach to treat the whole person. Good for you!!

Nov 23, 2023 10:39 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It is serving me well Miss Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Happy Thanksgiving.  May you enjoy this day to the fullest.  

Nov 23, 2023 10:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen.
It's too bad more people don't realize how much our mind controls our health. That and good stewardship of our bodies. You are right about the daily sins. They accumulate and, eventually, we pay the consequences.

Nov 23, 2023 10:52 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Carol Williams Happy Thanksgiving

I've determined that forever how long I live, I choose to do the things that keep me healthy and choose not to do the things that cause disease. 

After reading what recently happened to our dear friend Miss Anna "Banana" Kruchten I decided to make this be my fourth post.  

Nov 23, 2023 10:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kathleen- I am in total agreement with you!  Larry has had cardiac stents, rotator cuff surgery and a shunt implanted for his hydrocephalus. Those are when we turn to the medical profession as we know it. However, when we both had mild head colds, we monitored our temps, BP, and oxygen levels and ate a lot of chicken soup. Out of precaution, we stayed away from people for several days. We didn't even test for the virus. 


PS Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 23, 2023 11:09 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello, Kathy Streib our Nation has become a nation of people dependent on drugs ... and I am not talking about street drugs.  80% of commercial time is selling big pharma and OTC drugs. 

It makes my heart smile to know you did not test for the virus.  

Happy Thanksgiving! 


Nov 23, 2023 12:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen. I totally appreciate this approach to wellness. I'm fortunate that the only medication I take is for my Hashimoto's Disease. And I take enough vitamins and minerals that it's rare I get even a sniffle.

Nov 23, 2023 12:53 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

That is awesome Miss Nina Hollander, Broker - I take a lot of vitamin supplements as well.  You are very active in your business which I believe also helps us retain good health and wellness. 

Happy Thanksgiving!  


Nov 23, 2023 02:13 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist good morning, Kathleen... I agree. People are always telling me I don't look or sound (whatever that means) old... I believe it's because I stay so busy and my mind if always fully engaged.

Nov 24, 2023 05:29 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathleen - Happy Thanks Giving!  I've been into treating the whole person a more 'Eastern' approach to health since my twenties. Thankfully.  Getting caught up in their 'western' ways which from my recent experience makes absolutely no sense is a path one needs to get off of ASAP. Thankfully I had support in doing so. 

Nov 23, 2023 05:50 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I am so thankful that you are getting better and stronger from your most recent experience.

Nov 24, 2023 06:54 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

A Happy Thanksgiving to you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and thank you for sharing this insight.

Nov 23, 2023 05:58 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Leanne.

Nov 24, 2023 06:55 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  no wonder we are friends the first two paragraphs sound like me.... Happy Thanksgiving to you and so glad you are doing well, Endre

Nov 23, 2023 10:01 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It is a great way to stay healthy Endre 

I trust you, Diane and the fur babies enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Nov 24, 2023 06:56 AM
Bo Zivak
Zivak Realty Group - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate Broker

I wish you a happy Thanksgiving day!

Nov 24, 2023 01:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Bo.  I trust you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day. 

Nov 24, 2023 06:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Love this post! I do believe there are options to how we address health care. I had a family member that was on so many medications - he didn't even know what they all were for. Another family member had alzheimers and when a doctor was asked what a particular drug that was going to do to help the illness, she said "probably nothing, but people like to leave with a prescription" - needless to say, that prescription was not accepted. And almost all commercials at the time I watch TV are for some kind of medication. It's just horrible.

Nov 24, 2023 04:56 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It is all about money and profit Kat.  I believe more prescriptions are killing people than they are helping.  

There are options. Of course, one needs the financial resources to get other options because what I am doing now is not covered by my insurance. 


Nov 24, 2023 07:00 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I don't like taking drugs either, and like you I avid the pain med's

Nov 24, 2023 09:38 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello George, it seems the meds do more harm than good.  I know so many people, including my sister, who nearly lost their lives because of taking one pill that interacted with another.  Good to know you avoid the drugs too. 

Nov 24, 2023 10:50 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Kathleen! Oh, I'm with you - I am a big believer in mind-over-matter and avoid pain meds at all costs! I would rather push through the pain and save my liver or kidneys, however the particular drug is broken down & excreted. You are so wise to seek the guidance a holistic/integrative doctor, and it sounds like she is on top of your bloodwork and is fully aware of your history, giving advice based upon the whole YOU. 

I'm so thankful for you this Thanksgiving week, Kathleen! Thank you so much for your friendship and for being such an important part of this platform. I loved all 4 of your heartfelt posts of gratitude this month so, thank you for sharing with us all! 

Nov 24, 2023 08:10 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

With your nursing background no doubt you likely "get this" more than others. 

Thank YOU, Miss Debe Maxwell, CRS for all that you do here in the Rain,  for your friendship, and for hosting the challenge.  

Next month, it will be someone else's turn to host 💜

Nov 25, 2023 07:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your personal experience.

Take good care of yourself and enjoy the holidays.

Nov 26, 2023 10:10 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I visited my doctor today. By the time I left, I had referrals to three different specialists. As we age, our lives and our bodies change. Best to keep on top of "stuff" to try to avoid any nasty surprises.

Nov 27, 2023 06:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

To each their own John Juarez - the last time I went to an Internal Medicine doctor in 2022, I also had several referrals out to others.

None of which were filled.  I went with the Integrative approach and it is working well for me. 

I wish you continued good health and happiness. 

Nov 28, 2023 08:49 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Your fight and approached is to be commended. We have a niece that is also into an holistic approach to her health but it reached a point where the cancer hit her stomach and the only way to save her was surgery and chemo. She is stronger for it and will only eat healthy now.

Dec 01, 2023 01:09 PM