Seeking to be Healed


Stories Behind Alternative Care and Health and Wellness


In a society seeking fast-paced results with food, technology, and overall service, a need to alleviate symptoms of an illness with medicine is no different. Our culture wants immediate relief with little to no effort. However, there is a small pocket of individuals pursuing an alternative to that brand of health care. Some buzzwords of this type of care include holistic, natural, naturopathic, homeopathic, integrative care or health and wellness. But these all encompass the same type of result people are aiming for: to be healed and rid of their symptoms for good. The idea behind these types of care is that each will treat the person as a whole and sees the body as something that can heal itself given the right support.

Caregivers in these types of fields encourage removing obstacles like poor diet, toxins, and encouraging exercise that would allow recovery in the body. Their aim is to identify the root of the problem, as opposed to just masking symptoms, as well as guiding people into adapting healthy lifestyles.   

Although there are countless methods to a more natural path to body recovery, this article will highlight two: chiropractic care and functional wellness. Moreover, it will tell the story of a few people who have benefited greatly from looking outside the box when it came to their health and wellness. Why go the alternative route? We’re not doctors, nor does this story aim at endorsing any one method specifically, but the stories we heard told such phenomenal and remarkable testimonies of total life transformations, that we just had to share.

Chiropractic Care

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a branch of The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, chiropractic care is defined as “a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure — mainly the spine — and its functioning.” Chiropractors work to correct issues with spinal alignment, easing pain, boosting mobility, and other functions.

Chiropractic adjustments do not work to treat the immune system directly. Treatments clear any interference to the nervous system allowing the body to function as it was designed to.

“My oldest son and I both have used chiropractic care to help us with seasonal discomfort like allergies and sinuses,” said Ana Garza, a patient of Dr. Tiffany Miller at Family Wellness Chiropractic. “My son at 12 years old had exhausted the typical course of treatment from an allergist. Meanwhile, all of his symptoms remained the same. So, the next step was sinuplasty. I refused and began treating him with essential oils and chiropractic care instead.” Three months later, Garza’s son had no more symptoms. After avoiding the surgery, he also didn’t need to take any prescription or over-the-counter allergy medicine.

Functional Wellness

According to The Institute for Functional Health, “functional medicine is about understanding that every body is different.” That means that every person should require a unique health program tailored to their own genetics and experience. This method of care aims to rid patients of medications that act as mere symptom reducers and develops a customized health plan for each person specifically.

Rebecca Britt, a patient of Dr. Pablo Tagle, from the Institute for Functional Health in McAllen, said her health was drastically changed in only three months.

“I’ve lost 45 pounds in three months with his help,” Britt said. “I used to be pre-diabetic, had daily headaches, poor liver function, and suffered from leaky gut. Now all those issues are gone. So, it’s worked for me.”

Britt explained she prefers natural ways to address ailments and that she considers her care at the Institute to be “noninvasive.”

“We’re all so quick to rely on modern medicine and pills as an easy fix to our problems — whether you might suffer from diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, or other countless ailments — when there are more natural ways to address these issues,” Britt added.

Britt and Garza are among the many people choosing integrative types of care because of the serious side effects most medication introduces to the body over time. Proper diet, exercise, and researching different ways to regain one’s health isn’t quick, but patients are starting to see the cost of seeking fast results.

Now, more than ever, marketing “natural” products has peaked. It begs the question, is it possible to be fully healed? These patients would say yes, and encourage readers to take their health back into their own hands.

“The truth is there is no magic pill out there, no easy shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle,” Britt said. “They simply don’t exist. It takes work and patience. You have to first really want it, and then go out there and own it.”