The Still, Small Voice and How to Listen to It

Do you ever wonder if holistic practitioners practice what they preach when it comes to self-care?  Well, here’s a little window into my recent healing crisis. I had been having pain and inflammation in both of my feet for a few weeks, and based on the nature and location of the pain my first thought was plantar fasciitis.  It seemed to make sense since I remembered having pain and swelling in mid-November a couple days after a high-intensity dance fitness training.  So I started icing, elevating, stretching, doing energy work on myself…and things got worse.  The pain in my left foot tapered off, but my right foot suddenly blew up like a balloon and was so painful I could barely put any weight on it.  Off to the emergency room I went.  Many hours and several x-rays later, the consensus of the emergency room personnel was cellulitis, a bacterial infection that affects the skin and soft tissue underneath.  Their solution? Antibiotics. How did they know for sure it was bacterial without doing a culture? If it was in fact bacterial, how could they be sure it wasn’t an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria, in which case the antibiotics they were prescribing could potentially make things worse? I was unable to obtain any meaningful answers to these and other queries.  So I left with a foot brace and crutches (which was cool because now at least I could be somewhat mobile) and no intention of filling that antibiotics prescription. I want to be really clear at this point, I am not bashing allopathic medicine in any way. I invite and encourage...