Luckily, I did find a few things totally worth checking out on your own.
- Spa in Your Space and Lisa provide beauty and spa services anywhere – even your office. The thought of me getting a massage in my cubicle is oddly entertaining.
- Hummus Plus is a healthy meal packaged for easy portability. Chicken and hummus is one of my favorite things (which is good, because now I have five flavors to try).
- Door to Door Organics is yet another grocery delivery service – but one that focuses on healthy, organic foods only. It’s a real bonus if you, you know, have that whole knowing how to cook thing down.
There were dozens of Chicago holistic services represented, as well. I’ve been known to try things like chiropractic work, cupping, and talking to a medium before. The way I see it, what’s the harm in trying something potentially off-the-wall like reiki if it makes you feel some kind of comfort, right?
Well, there is none – to a point.
For example, the point where cancer is cured by removing the anger from one’s liver or removing things like sugar and gluten from your diet. That feels like a dangerous point to get to.
To be clear, the panel I attended was a general discussion on holistic medicine, not all of which seemed completely outrageous. I also don’t doubt that healthy food choices and a good attitude can positively affect a patient’s outcome, but I worry that people in vulnerable states will think white bread is the cause of all their health problems.
So here’s what I learned at the BeHealthful Retreat: a well-informed patient is an empowered one.