Recently, in an interview with SD Voyager they asked about the challenges of getting healthy. Here was my response:
For years I prioritized getting enough sleep. Then a few months ago, I became a parent. Now I’m intimately more familiar with sleep deprivation, and the immediate effects: I’m having difficulty finding words, my conversational skills are plummeting, and my concentration isn’t what it was before. I wanted to know how much it was impacting my long-term health, so I looked into it, and sleep is even more important than I imagined.
When I was in naturopathic medical school, at Bastyr University, I took a biofeedback rotation where all we did with our patients was hook them up to sensors, and teach them how to relax. We didn't use medicines, vitamins, herbs, or physically adjust them. We had to rely solely on the "medicines" our patients' bodies could make on their own.