There’s a beautiful tradition in Ancient Mayan Medicine that healers are only permitted to treat patients with conditions that they personally have overcome. So, only those who’ve overcome depression themselves could treat others with depression. This tradition ensured healers would share knowledge from a place of true, embodied wisdom. Mayan’s recognized that the role of a healer is not only to give information but to hold space for sick patients to work through all the nuances of their life that got them sick in the first place.
While knowledge is essential in health, it’s important only to the extent we can put it into practice. There’s a big difference between understanding a condition and knowing how to fix it. The rest of this manual is all about how to fix it. It’s stocked full of juicy, practical health tips coming from people who live it every day. We hope every time you read it, you leave with inspiration, clarity, and a laundry list of new habits.
This manual was put together by a diverse group of health practitioners who have studied different aspects of health, including functional medicine, naturopathic medicine, Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and much more. Going to school to become a Naturopathic doctor takes eight years and thousands of study hours. Like most education, the vast majority of its not very practical knowledge. You might say we distilled all the practical wisdom from our schooling into the most essential, actionable practices for you.