The human body speaks a “foreign” sensory language. It would be nice if it could speak English, and say, “That pasta you ate last night is fermenting a lot of fungus, and I’ve told you before about your auto-brewery problems, so take extra probiotics today, and eat very lightly, and please, no carbohydrates.” Instead of speaking English, the body speaks with sensory symptoms such as gas, bloating, discomfort, fatigue and loose stools.
Like translating Russian into English, as a functional medicine physician I serve as an interpreter, so that my patients can begin to listen to their body’s messages. Later, as they learn the language, they can listen to their own "body-speak."
What Symptoms Can Mean
Symptoms are attempts to communicate and an attempt to heal and make things better, regardless of how unpleasant symptoms are. We have been indoctrinated to believe that symptoms are diseases, that they should be medicated with something to anesthetize (numb) or control them. Sometimes symptoms can be so severe that they actually pose a health risk, such as severe diarrhea which can cause dehydration. Most of the time, symptoms are not life-threatening and it helps to pay attention to what your body is trying to say and do. Diarrhea, cough, urgency on urination and a runny nose are attempts of the body to rid itself of toxins. Blindly medicating such symptoms frustrates your body’s attempts to rid you of toxins and infections and to heal.