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Week 13- The Mind-Body Connection And Integrative Medicine

Betsy Westhafer

“I get knocked down, but I get up again.”


Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t written a blog post in a couple of weeks. I apologize and offer no excuses, but I will expound a bit on why.


You see, I have a reputation for always being happy, enthusiastic, peppy and optimistic. It truly is my nature, but recently, I just haven’t been feeling it. Nothing bad happened, at least in terms of a life-changing event. I was just in a funk that lasted longer than two minutes, which is my normal time-frame for these kinds of things. This one has lasted much longer and has been a source of real frustration for me. My mantra has always been, “I may sink, but I don’t stay down long.”


This time, I stayed down long. No matter how much I prayed, read, ate right, exercised, prayed some more . . .  nothing seemed to pull me back into my joyful state of being. When I am not joyful, I tend to retreat, not wanting to bring others down with me. And then, as if by magic, I got clarity on some things I had been soul searching on, and I immediately felt my energy return and my optimism for the future again in full swing. Answered prayers.



The body-mind connection is an amazing thing. Because my body was not functioning optimally, my mind took a major hit along with it. Much like we need good nutrition for our bodies, we need good nutrition for our minds. For me, that mind diet consists of reading personal development books, listening to Tony Robbins videos on YouTube, journaling my thoughts and feelings, and daily meditation. I know that when I spend an hour every morning getting my mind nourished, my days are better and my nights are filled with peaceful, restorative sleep, a key to a happy, fulfilling and productive life.


I recently had a great meeting with Dr. Gary Huber, who understands more than any doctor I have ever met, the connection between the mind and body. We not only talked about my physical challenges (thyroid, hormone imbalance, etc.), we also talked about the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of health. He is extraordinary in his approach, and offers his expertise in ways that don’t include a trip to the pharmacy.


During my funk, he “prescribed” a couple of books for me to read: “Stillness Speaks” by Eckhart Tolle and “Happiness” by Mathieu Ricard. These books have been added to my mind pantry and are certain to be good sources of protein for the brain.


I’m happy to report that after some serious soul-searching and digging into the root cause of my malaise, I am back to my joyful, energized, optimistic self. I continue to work on my physical health while spending an equal amount of time (or actually quite a bit more) on my mental, emotional and spiritual health.


If you find yourself in a state that is not where you want to be, be sure to show yourself some grace. Everyone has down times in their lives. Taking the time to restore yourself to your optimal mental, physical and emotional health is not only a gift for yourself, but also for those who love you.


I end with three things I am grateful for today:


  • An abundance of resources to feed my body, soul and spirit
  • Progress
  • Health care professionals who truly care about me


Wishing you all the best,







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