Now it’s time to start your detective work by filling out the general health questionnaire. It’s similar to the one I use in my office for my own patients. It not only gives me insight into what may be going on with them but also allows them to become familiar with my approach.
These are somewhat different from the usual physician questions because they focus on conditions that are bodywide and are not restricted to the individual systems (e.g., cardiovascular or respiratory). You’ll be the only one who will read your answers, and, in order to get to the root of your health problems, it’s essential for you to be completely honest. You should copy these pages and put them in your journal.
Fill out the entire questionnaire. It’s important to do all the sections, even if you think they don’t apply to you. You’ll notice that some symptoms are involved in several imbalances.
In each of the following sections, put a checkmark next to the symptoms that apply to you:
Manually add up the number of checks in each category.
If you’ve noted three or more symptoms in a category, you can go to the appropriate chapter for more information. It will give you some more clues about the direction you’ll need to take to regain your health. Then you will create your action plan based on what you’ve discovered. This will include food, supplements, activities, and further investigation, including lab tests.
In the entries for Week 2 in your Wellness Journal, make a note of the imbalances you are further investigating. Here are topics to address:
1. Category or categories in which I checked three items or more on the questionnaire: _______________________________
2. After reading the relevant chapters, these are my insights and thoughts: ___________________________________
3. Based on my newfound information and my intuition, my major imbalance is: _____________________
4. The reasons I think this are: ____________________________
For a sample journal to track your food and supplements, click here.