I first learned about Toxin Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) from Dr John Cline, Matthew’s Functional Medicine Doctor.
TILT made sense because it describes a tipping point: how toxins accumulate in our bodies until our tolerance is compromised and we tip from an equilibrium of health into an equilibrium of illness.
As Dr Cline explains, “when our bodies accumulate enough toxins, often in combination with stressful life events, a tilt occurs, and our health then deteriorates rapidly in many ways”.
The idea behind TILT is that many chronic illnesses, as well as environmental sensitivities, originate in an accumulation of toxins in our bodies over time. At some point in this accumulation, susceptible individuals tip over into poor health. Continue reading
In the past 9 years I’ve been observing a person who became almost completely disabled by disease.
And in the past 2 years I’ve been watching as he’s been slowly recovering.
I’ve noticed how he has handled chronic pain, loss of mobility, severe nausea and the catastrophic up-ending of everything he thought he knew about life.
And I’ve been impressed.
I don’t know how many of us could have handled what he has been handed with as much grace.
Not that he’s been gracious every minute of every day. He’s been profoundly depressed. And really angry about his situation. At times.
But on the whole, Matthew has maintained a profound equilibrium.
How has he done it?
Well, I’ve been watching, and I’ve figured out that this exceptional ability to roll with the challenges of multiple chronic health conditions is the result of mindset.
So, I thought I’d ask him to tell us about it.
Mindset for Living with Pain & Illness
Embrace creative destruction.
Because it’s inevitable.
And it’s everywhere.
It’s evident in the turn of the seasons. In the life (& death) cycles of plants & animals. The rise and fall of civilizations.
Divorce. Illness. Earthquakes.
All the things we dread.
Remember the financial crisis of 2008? Creative destruction.
Hating it doesn’t help.
The Adaptive Cycle
The thing to know about creative destruction is that through it, resources are released. And become available for re-purposing.
Knowing that can change your life. Continue reading