top of page

There is No Fault Yet, It is Your Responsibility!

.... participation over compliance ...

Responsibility begins with the willingness to be cause in the matter of one's life. Ultimately, it is a context from which one chooses to live. Responsibility is not burden, fault, praise, blame, credit, shame or guilt. In responsibility, there is no evaluation of good or bad, right or wrong. There is simply what's so, and your stand. Being responsible starts with the willingness to deal with a situation from the view of life that you are the generator of what you do, what you have and what you are. That is not the truth. It is a place to stand. No one can make you responsible, nor can you impose responsibility on another. It is a grace you give yourself - an empowering context that leaves you with a say in the matter of life. ~ Werner Erhard

Patient compliance. How is this relevant to responsibility?

Pharmacists, and health care professionals in general, speak heavily on the pressures and stress of the industry. As I sit here and reflect on the discussions that get me 'worked up' about healthcare, it's the idea that medications are heavily marketed like pillows and laundry detergent. And just as extensively discussed among patients as if these chemicals are multipurpose 'one-size-fits-all' remedies.

Life is a series of events. Your experience of every moment is of your choosing ... no matter how automatic your reactions.

You have, at any time, the opportunity to choose a different thought as well as the ability to tell yourself that you don't want to feel poorly.

This simple step is taking responsibility for the thoughts, feelings and actions that affect the outcome you witness. It's you 'owning' your energy whether you're a doctor or patient.

The Truth is ... without definition ... how you experience the Truth is on you. No one else. Yet, you are part of a culture that has twisted the idea of responsibility in such a way that it lays a burden on each and every one of us.

  • When patients do not comply with their doctor's orders, it's their fault they're not getting better.

  • When a patient doesn't see their health improving or experiences adverse reactions, it's the doctor's fault for not explaining things more clearly.

  • You also see the opposite happen when things are going exceptionally well. Everyone wants to take credit for the results. The patient 'did as they were told' and the doctor kindly took the time.

Here's the deal. It's all relevant. Energy is energy. Even the medication is a form of energy ... just with a singular focus.

The responsibility required for optimizing medical approaches is for everyone to own their energy. Know what you're bringing 'to the table'. It may seem a bit odd to be tying mental and emotional responsibility with medical treatments, however, belief systems (b.s.) influence your choices no matter who you are.

It's stated that 'when you meet one person with Autism, you've met one person with Autism'. This statement applies to every diagnosable health condition on the planet. Countless studies directed by Dr. Daniel Amen's teams have shown that no matter how many scans his clinics conducted of, say, clinical depression, no two cases produced a similar image. Every brain was reacting in its own unique way.

There again, if you inherently don't believe it's possible to overcome, or for that matter, feel better as a result of taking medications, your actions, as a patient, will reflect that thought. As a pharmacist offering medication therapy management (MTM), your stress load is amplified because 'babysitting' patients wishing they would just do what's asked of them disrupts your other responsibilities.

I know 'babysitting' may seem a bit harsh, and I've been there. I cannot tell you how many times I muttered under my breath, wishing people would just comply with 'doctor's orders'.

And then for whatever reason, I actually heard myself think those words doctor's orders. That's when it dawned on me ... this could very well be part of the problem.

If a patient has a difficult history with authoritarian systems, then their compliance with 'doctor's orders' is going to be questionable.

Oddly, doctors with a history of authoritarian cultures are going to be on either side of the fence. Either you'll easily overlook noncompliance OR you're going to be highly irritated and stressed by the lack thereof.

This not only impacts health, which I'm discussing in detail on Thursday August 10, 2023 on Zoom but it also adds unnecessary stress as well as affects patient / doctor dynamics.

According to the CDC, 'health status is a measure of how people perceive their health'
Mintel, a market research company in London, reports that 35% of Americans aged 20 and older are obese. Yet, 88% of adults in the U.S. report they are healthy.
I have clients, myself included, that have lived the recommended 'healthy lifestyle' from not smoking to being physically active and eating the 'right' foods in order to control weight.
We were the kids that did what we were supposed to do. The results?

  • weight gain OR unable to build muscle (sometimes both)

  • sleep issues

  • mental health and mood disorders

  • autoimmune dis-ease, including chronic pain

  • high cholesterol

  • women's health issues, including PMS, hot flashes and even infertility

  • cancer

While mindset matters, daring to disrupt the patterns of false responsibility takes both courage and complementary remedies i.e. essential oils that DO NOT have a psychoactive effect.

Why does any of this matter?

Because team-oriented healthcare is the next generation of wellness.

The only expert in a person's body is the person them self.

Health professionals are scientists with an incredible wealth of knowledge. However, no two bodies and no two lifestyles are the same. It's important to recognize this fact in the presence of patients so that personal guidance and patient participation (let's ditch the word compliant) happens instantly.

The human body is not a thing. It's a process of information ... inviting patient participation in the process moves the needle from stressful dis-ease management to effortless healthcare.

Please know, there is no fault, yet it is your responsibility!

Thank you for taking a moment to read this!

I am more than delighted to talk with you about the significance of integrating essential oils as an adjunct modality with allopathic treatments. Just say the word!


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page