Symptoms – Does Your Problem Have a Name?


Back in the days when I still went to doctor after doctor looking for answers about why I could barely drag through life, I thought my prayers had come true when I found a doctor who actually took me seriously and, after lengthy testing, put a name to my problem, panhypopituitarism.

Then we moved, and I was back to the nonsense of doctors telling me my blood pressure fell to 70/40 because I wanted to fall in love, my health problems came from the fact my father was a minister, my blood sugar couldn’t be 46 because I hadn’t passed out yet, etc.

My brain didn’t have much juice at the time, but even so, I could think enough to realize I was toast unless I figured things out.

And I had a name for what ailed me! A few days of study, and I’d have it all wrapped up. Well, no.

A puzzle

It took years to unwrap the puzzle, and while having the panhypopituitarism label helped at first, it actually put the brakes on quick progress.

No body part, no disease, and no health problem stands alone. When things start going south, all sorts of body parts jump into the fray, hopefully to make things right, but at least to keep the ship from sinking.

Well, who knew? I studied the pituitary-and only the pituitary. I found out we don’t know so much about this center-of-the-universe body part.

The pituitary has three sections: the anterior lobe, the posterior lobe and the intermediate lobe. Well, naming parts pretty much tells you nothing. Adding to the chasm of unknowledge, they don’t have a real fix on how the parts work, either.

Unwilling to give up on a chance for health, I expanded my research. And expanded my research. And expanded my research.

My first lightbulb moment came when I realized everything in the body affects absolutely everything else in the body. That meant I had to get all my body parts marching to the same beat, but without a plan or a map. We’re all too amazingly unique for any one-size-fits-all answers to connect the dots.

Well, now, there’s a challenge.


Finally, I realized what a gold mine our symptoms are. Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us what it needs. If we learn how to listen, symptoms can lead us to health.

It doesn’t matter whether or not your health problem has a name. There’s no such thing as a stand-alone thyroid problem, for instance. Every other part of your body has skin in the game, and all those parts need help, too. And it’s the same with every health malfunction.

I based my Moving to program on symptoms-how to recognize them, how to know what they mean and what to do about them-even if they don’t seem to have anything to do with what’s going on. It’s not a magic-bullet, overnight kind of thing, but a sure-and-steady-wins-the-race thing.

Customers who work things out with their symptoms tell me about digestion problems getting resolved, brains that start working again, energy coming back, reversed atrial fibrillation, neuropathy pain gone, autistic kids soaring, Hashimoto’s going away, and so on.

Life doesn’t offer guarantees, but amazing things can happen once we learn the language of symptoms.

A Quick Look at Symptoms

Symptoms – Messages from Your Body

Symptoms vs. Causes – Do Only Symptoms Matter

God is good,

Bette Dowdell   
Too Pooped to Participate

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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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