It has been quite a journey in becoming "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day). In this first blog entry, I would like to share parts of my experience on this journey as I think it is critical to understanding my love and commitment to the practice of naturopathic medicine.
I never planned to be a doctor, instead I had set out to be a successful business person. I thought job stability and a good salary were the keys to happiness. After graduating from Northwestern University and accepting a position at a large international consulting firm, I was on the fast track to making my dreams come true. I was super excited by my new glamorous career even if it meant I would be working 12-14 hours a day, 6-7 days per week.
Well, after 2 years of working this kind of schedule, I was more than over my so-called glamourous career. At the tender age of 24, I had become completely miserable with my lifestyle and often found myself crying on the way to work. I realized my job was not only unsatisfying, it drained my energy, and my joy. Even though I had money, I didn't have time to enjoy it, or create the types of relationships or family time that would be truly fulfilling for me.
Around this time I was introduced to a different type of doctor - a naturopathic physician. She was recommended to me as a professional who could help me learn to manage my stress, my acne and my fatigue. I didn't know what she was going to do but I was so weary that I was game to try something new.
On my first visit, she asked questions about all aspects of my life- eating habits, sleeping habits, stress level, medical and social history. I soon learned that naturopathic physicians believe that the body has the innate ability to heal itself from any type of illness, mental, emotional, physical or spiritual. These doctors use safe and effective natural treatments to support the bodies ability to heal itself. What I learned from her was that my mind and body are all connected and are affected by the way I live my life.
Over time I became fascinated by how my body and life changed as I took her direction in changing my eating habits, my behaviors and using natural remedies.