Meet Dr. Dixie Short (Dr. Dee)
Dixie Short DNM, PHD, is a certified doctor of natural medicine, with a PHD in natural medicine. She is dedicated to helping people establish healthy habits that create a natural, healthy, joyful way of living. The last fifth teen years, she has spent studying medicine along with multiple other disciplines in an effort to better aid those experiencing a current health crisis. It is her belief that by focusing on nutrition we can rebuild our bodies from within.
“What we put into our bodies directly determines what we can get out of them. It is imperative that we provide our bodies with the nutrients they need.”
My Road So Far
Throughout my life I was referred to as the golden child. I was the child my parents didn’t have to worry about. I was built Ford tough and education has always been my happy place. Right up until I turned 9. What happened at this critical moment? I became a woman. For most of us, puberty is when our lives and health seem to veer off track. What is it about this challenging time that can bring about a world wind of life altering issues? That’s right, hormones!
The Key to Happiness
When you stop to think about just how big a role hormones play in our day-to-day lives, and just how interconnected they are to EVERY facet of our lives, it is easy to see how imbalances can have harmful repercussions. Unfortunately, for most people these side effects or even symptoms of hormonal imbalance go unnoticed or miss diagnosed. Whom among us hasn’t thrown at least one tantrum? The fact is that they occur so often within certain age ranges or even genders that we brush them aside or attribute these incidents to the age or gender.
The Bump In The Road
When I turned 9, it was as if my entire world turned in on itself. I had gone from being energetic, active, and engaging to depressed, solitary, and introverted. That is not to say that I haven’t always gravitated towards solitary activities prior. After puberty hit I stopped doing almost ALL forms of group activities. It felt like I was always miserable. I felt like I had no control over my own body anymore. With constant mood swings, I was always tired, constantly stressed out about everything, and it was as if my emotions went from 0 to 60 in under a minute. I was in so much pain my father had to medicate me. There were days in which the pain was so unbearable I couldn’t move, all I did was cry curled up in a ball.
Knowledge Is Power
If I had known then what I know now I cannot imagine just how differently things might have been. My hormones had been so out of balance that I began to see it pour out into all aspects of my health. I couldn’t sleep. Which actually threw off my hormones even more. I craved sweets, carbs, and dairy constantly. Which only helped to push my hormones even further out of alignment. My hair became dry, brittle, gray, and even started falling out. I gained weight like crazy. My immune system was all but non existent, nails and teeth became weak and thin.
The Roller Coaster Ride
The longer I went without addressing the root issue, my hormone imbalances, the more issues seemed to crop up. It wasn’t until I was about 30 years old that my body began a full blown revolution on me. At this point in time that my digestive system was the loudest advocate for change in my hormonal levels. I couldn’t keep anything down. My friends would joke that it was almost as if I was pregnant, because if I ate I threw up and if I didn’t eat I threw up. After my digestive system revolted my immune system, which had never really been all that great, and about 80 percent of which is comprised of your stomach went next. That was it, my breaking point.
Finding The Light in The Dark
Clearly, I have always been a little bit stubborn and I require life to kick me in the face multiple times before I listen to it. I had been to my primary doctor multiple times, every other week for over a year, to no resolution. At that point I became desperate. I was in school with my focus being on medicine, and I thought I had been given all the knowledge I needed to successfully help not only others but myself as well. Boy was I wrong. When I reached that critical breaking point where I knew the road I was on would lead to certain death, I chose to look into alternative medicine. It was like finding the light at the end of a dark tunnel. At the same time it was devastating to see just how unprepared and undereducated we are as medical professionals.
The Scary Truth
Did you know that when you are receiving medical education you only take 1 maybe 2 courses on nutrition? Not to mention you don’t cover ANY all natural or alternative treatment options? You do, however, take multiple courses on pharmaceuticals. From dosage, identification, usage, to interaction, even how they comprise the names of these drugs. Not to mention all the chemistry courses we are required to take in an effort to understand the drugs composition and interactions with other drugs. How is this a problem?
Mother Knows Best
Unfortunately, our country’s dependence on pharmaceuticals has led to tons of medical issues. For example, our country’s over usage of antacids has resulted in a direct correlation with an increase of digestive illnesses and diseases. One of the biggest contributing factors in this upsurge of illnesses is do to how easily accessible these medications are. Such as Prilosec OTC, which is a beta-blocker and is only intended to be used for short-term relief and should not be used longer than 14 days. After which point you need to take a few months off of usage prior to using it again. It is even written on the box, however, their commercials say it is safe to use daily.
A More Natural Approach
By now, I am sure you are thinking there is no hope for us as consumers. Especially when people like myself in the medical field have fallen into the black abyss of pharmaceuticals. Well I am happy to tell you there is hope for all of us. Luckily, we all have access to safe all natural solutions right from the comfort of home that can help us prevent and treat most illnesses. Does that mean you shouldn’t see your primary doctor regularly? No, of course not! But wouldn’t you like to see your primary doctor less? Or what if the only time you saw them was for emergency treatment or even just to have them tell you how amazing you are doing at your own self care?
Why We Need Both
The reality is that modern medicine was not designed to function the way we use it today. Western medicine, the kind most of us use today, was intended to treat emergency health issues. Things that you as the patient cannot alleviate at home. Why, you ask? Because this is a way of isolating individuals with extreme illnesses that has progressed past the point of palliative care. Yet, todays ER rooms are filled to capacity with individuals fighting the common cold. When they were intended to accommodate gunshot victims, excessive bleeding, obstructed airways, broken bones, and more serious patients. This has led to the excessive wait time to be seen by a doctor. The last time I went to the ER I spent over 16 hours waiting to be assessed and released!
On The Right Path
How do we fix this clear economic and ethical crisis? By doing everything we can as individuals to reduce the workload at our emergency facilities. This can easily be achieved by providing more education on at home treatments that are safe and all natural, and by incorporating the proper nutrition into everyone’s daily routine. I mentioned earlier that I had given the medical industry my blind faith only to realize that it was not working far too late. When I started to incorporate all natural alternative approaches into my health care plan I noticed a night and day change within 30 days! The biggest catalyst that propelled me into the healthier life I currently live was my nutrition.
Eating With Purpose
When you stop to think about just how big a role food plays in our lives you begin to see it in a whole new light. There really is medicine in the foods we eat. Foods should help restore your health not deplete it! One of my biggest jobs as a doctor is to educate my clients on the powers of nutrition. Which, I am sorry to say, cannot be found at your local drive thru. Yes, we all live busy lives and whom amongst us doesn’t love when something is done for you? However, as is the case with most things, there is a cost that comes with it. Fast foods are filled with harmful chemicals that have been proven to lead to cancer and even death! No joke, they are legally obligated to post a sign at every drive thru indicating just that.
The Power of Nutrition
I know just how powerful food can be in changing your life’s direction. That knowledge alone was enough to change my life’s vocation into a more holistic approach to health care treatments. It was that 30 days of transformation that put me on this path. I know I can help you change your life for the better in as little as 30 days! Does that mean you will drop 200 plus pounds in 30 days? No, of course not that would kill you. But I guarantee you will see and feel a difference in 30 days. All you have to do is listen with an open mind and be willing to put in the work. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
“Your body is constantly talking to you. The healthiest people in the world are the ones who stop and listen when it speaks.”
If you are anything like me there is nothing you won’t do to take back control of your health and life. We all deserve to be happy and healthy. Let me help show you how to do just that. I know what it is like to feel like no one else hears you. That is one of the things that makes me an ideal candidate to help you reach your health goals. I have been where you are, and I know the quickest and safest way out. Let me help you. If you are ready to take back your health, or you just want someone to talk to, please feel free to contact me directly. I am always willing to help and listen. Where do you see yourself in the next 30 days?