Addressing Chronic Health Conditions

PMA licensed practitioners work with people with varying degrees of mental, physical and spiritual health issues. They offer their clients the best opportunities to live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives by making healthy lifestyle choices and following strategic, biblically-sound natural processes.

Common Chronic Symptoms

  • Abnormal bumps
  • Aggression
  • Binge eating
  • Blurred vision
  • Bone fracture
  • Brain fog
  • Chest tightness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Chronic cough
  • Congestion
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Digestive distress
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Food allergies
  • Forgetfulness
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to exercise
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Incoherent speech
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Irritable bowel
  • Jaundice
  • Lightheadedness
  • Limited social skill
  • Loss of height
  • Malaise
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats
  • Obsessive interests
  • Pain
  • Pot belly
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Recurrent infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin rash
  • Snoring
  • Social isolation
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Unexplained fever
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Wheezing












Chronic Conditions Can Be Resolved

Significantly, although for decades conventional medical thinking has been that chronic illness by definition is incurable; today, medical science is revealing that the vast majority of chronic health conditions are lifestyle induced and can be limited, reversed and even completely resolved by making smart lifestyle adjustments and following natural health practices and protocols.

We want to emphasize here again that PMA licensees do not practice conventional medicine and that applying the principles embodied in Pastoral Science & Medicine does NOT involve diagnosing, treating or curing, or attempting to diagnose, treat or cure any chronic disease or illness or use of any prescription drugs or unnatural substances.  See below the footnote reference to CDC literature relating to chronic disease and illness.

Recovering Your Health

It is important to remember, however, that your chronic conditions did not develop from one day to the next; and it is unreasonable to expect you can regain your health overnight. To the contrary, your willingness to make significant lifestyle changes, probably including diet and exercise, and to pursue other natural protocols that your PMA practitioner may suggest to you, will be a major factor in your recovery and how long it takes for you to return to a state of vibrant health and well-being.

Partnering with Your Practitioner

It’s important that you have a say in any decision that affects you – particularly when it comes to your health.

In this context, your best health outcomes will be achieved when you partner with your provider in formulating a health recovery plan. Also, the likelihood of you adhering to your plan of care is greatly enhanced when fully understand and agree with what you should do to restore your health.

Basically, we’re talking about your developing and benefiting from a candid, communicative and cooperative working relationship with your PMA Practitioner. Such relationship should be characterized by a “client-centered approach” in which you are involved in the planning and implementation of your own care, and not simply being told what to do. Client-centered care requires your provider to ask you what you think and prefer.

Your PMA practitioner will provide the knowledge and expertise, but you are responsible to make sure your unique values, preferences and convictions are taken into consideration, and that you understand clearly what is involved in regaining your health. Together, you will decide on the best course of action to achieve the optimal results you want.

Having this kind of close, collaborative working relationship with your health provider is very important and the hallmark of a skilled PMA practitioner. Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about partnering effectively with your PMA practitioner, or if you feel your practitioner is not adhering to the personalized, holistic approach to client-centered care expected of PMA licensees.

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Footnote:  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical literature does not support a single uniform definition of chronic disease. It is commonly agreed, however, that chronic diseases are illnesses that are not self-limiting in nature, but instead are associated with persistent and recurring health problems and symptoms lasting for months and years, not days or weeks, such as those listed above.Here are the Primary Chronic Conditions* identified by the CDC**:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer’s and others)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol)
  • Hypertension / high blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stroke
  • Substance abuse disorders









* Centers for Disease Control, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, List of Selected Chronic Conditions

** Ironically, heart disease, which the CDC defines as the #1 killer, can be virtually eliminated by lifestyle changes.