The Right Question to Ask

24 July 2015, 12:00 am Written by 
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I have to admit, my youngest son is driving me nuts these days. I’m ready to check myself into a place that has pretty, white, padded walls and white jackets that buckle in the back. Admittedly, I should have the upper-hand over my own son, but currently, I most certainly do not. And it’s all because of three little letters: W-H-Y. Yes, that’s right, we’ve entered the “Why?” stage of life. 

Me: “Don’t run with that sucker in your mouth.”

Son #2: “Why?”

Me: “Because I said so.”

Son #2: “Why?”

Me: “Because it’s dangerous.”

Son #2: “Why?”

Me: “Because you might get hurt.”

Son #2: “Why?”

It’s at that time that I, feeling completely defeated, exit the room and leave him running around with his sucker still in his mouth.

Through all of the “Why?”s, I’m reminded of a valuable lesson: That’s exactly the question we need to be asking when we’re given a diagnosis.

Can you imagine how that would change our outlook on our conditions and diagnoses if we started acting like a three-year-old?

Health Practitioner: “John you have a bulging disc in your lumbar vertebrae. L4/L5 to be exact.”

Me: “Why?”

HP: “Well…because the disc at L4/L5 is pushing out against your spinal cord.”

Me: “Why?”

HP: “Um…because there’s too much pressure on that disc.”

Me: “Why?”

HP: “Because the vertebrae have collapsed together.”

Me: “Why? I mean…what caused it? Why did it happen at L4/L5 and not another disc?”

See where I’m going with this? Notice how just three little letters completely change the outlook and the conversation? Instead of getting a diagnosis and accepting it as truth, asking “Why?” begins a conversation that will get closer and closer to the root cause

Just imagine if my health practitioner had said the following: “John, you have a bulging disc in your lumbar spine. L4/L5 to be exact...Because I said so.” I would never have accepted that answer if he actually said those words, and neither would you. Sounds silly when I put it that way, doesn’t it?

However, if we fail to ask “Why?,” we are essentially telling our health practitioners that “Because I said so” is an acceptable answer.

According to my son it’s not an acceptable answer, and it shouldn’t be for you, either.

QUESTION: What condition or diagnosis do you need to ask more questions about?

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John Elder

John Elder is the Vice President of Corporate Operations for Egoscue, Inc. and former Clinic Owner of Egoscue Nashville.

John is the main content contributor for the Egoscue blog. A client since 1995, he was an instant believer in the Method and felt relief after his first visit at Egoscue Headquarters in Del Mar, California. It is because of Egoscue that John was able to realize his dream of playing Division I baseball while at Yale University. John has traveled internationally with Egoscue and handles many of the Midwest and East Coast speaking engagements for Egoscue, Inc. His clientele includes the young and old, working professionals, stay-at-home moms, professional athletes, weekend warriors, politicians, and the everyday “Joe.”

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