Our family has arrived safely in our new home. Our truckload of boxes arrived the following day. And now, other than hanging pictures on the wall and finding homes for a few things, we’re pretty settled. It’s hard to beat how that feels in these situations. Right?
Time for the next list of decisions to make…finding new health care providers. This can seem like a daunting task in the beginning. After all, these are the people who help keep you and your family healthy and strong. They make suggestions about what your teeth, eyes, spines, and every other body part needs at any given time. It’s incredibly important that you find folks with the same philosophy on life as yourself. Yikes! That can be a tall order. Okay, so maybe it’s more reasonable that they just have the same health philosophy as you.
Initially, I was dreading the entire process. But then I remembered the clever trick I used during our last relocation five years ago. It’s so simple, it will help put your mind at ease in an instant:
You only have to find one new holistic practitioner who shares your approach to staying well.
You may be thinking: What? But there isn’t just one person who can do it all when it comes to health care!
While that’s true, my point is this: Once you meet that one key person, all you have to do next is ask him or her questions about fellow practitioners. Chances are pretty darn good that you’ll be able to get the name of a practitioner in another specialty that you’ll trust. Then you can ask that practitioner for a referral to fill another gap, etc., etc.
Here’s how it looked with our last move. First we found our awesome chiropractors. Then, during a conversation about some health concerns I was trying to figure out on my own, our chiropractor suggested our soon-to-be favorite clinical nutritionist. In working with her to find the source of my dis-ease, some of the aspects we tackled were finding an appropriate primary care physician and our dental hygienist.
So, you see, it really can be that effortless. The key to finding your arsenal of like-minded health care providers is to find just one of them. As long as they’ve been in their practice for a bit of time, they should know of others in the community who will complement the care they offer your family. After all, they rely on these other practitioners as well.
What is a credible resource for finding that one trusted health care provider? Of course, you can ask your current providers if they happen to know someone in your new locale. But if you’re moving a fair distance, they may not be able to help.
I turned to Standard Process to access their health care provider search. You type in your zip code and up pops a list of professionals who understand the importance of proper nutrition when it comes to optimal health—an approach I feel strongly about.
Now that I’ve found that first health care provider for our family, I can rest easy knowing that the others will fall into place, one by one, as we need them.
Do you have any clever tricks for finding health care providers in a new place? Be sure to share them with the rest of us self-healthers.
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