What’s the alternative?

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Everything has it’s risks, just like everything should be taken in moderation. I have a hard time understanding why some people flat out REFUSE to believe in natural medicine. I recently posted an article on facebook about essential oils and that they are now being “approached scientifically” only to be replied too with an article titled “Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds” (b/c my dear friend is a fact finder and doesn’t rely on one article on the internet for his information– which is awesome)! While I understand that there is not a lot of scientific evidence to prove that natural medicine is beneficial (in the sense of curing disease), I also understand the MANY PROVEN risks that come with prescription drugs.

Here was my reply to the article posted to my wall: “haha I knew you would look into this! First off, I agree… one should not discontinue treatment for certain medical conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, etc. because the pharmaceutical drugs are clearly effective in these cases. However, the only argument this article really states is that “homeopaths believe that illness-causing substances can, in minute doses, treat people who are unwell.” DUH! Isn’t that what a vaccine is? The argument against this is that the substance is SO diluted that there is nothing left of the molecule being used to treat an illness, therefore it does not work. Which, I am no expert so I won’t comment on this. What I do know is that when our bodies fight infection without the help of drugs antibodies are formed and this is what prevents us from getting sick all over again.. because the body’s T cells remember the foreign antigen and can fight against it if it presents itself again. So I believe that is the idea behind the diluted mixture where it “retains the memory” of the molecule even though it has been completely diluted out. Idk if that’s true. What I do know is that there are MANY forms of natural healing. So when I say I support “alternative medicine” I am saying that there are most certainly alternatives to approach healing without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. This is a fact. One example- in physical therapy they use ultrasound. This is a form of natural healing, or “alternative medicine” because instead of taking a drug to cover up the symptoms of pain, the ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to penetrate deep into the tissue, internally massaging the muscle and producing heat to relax the muscle. Then there’s herbology, reflexology (massage therapy), accupuncture, chiropractic, electrical stimulation, etc… Those are all proven to be effective. So although the medicinal part may not be true (it doesn’t help but it also doesn’t hurt).. there are still alternatives to just popping a pill. Also, how do you think pills are made? There are natural components in drugs… like aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in the plant meadowsweet. However, it is said that without the whole plant, the salyclic acid may cause other problems such as stomach bleeding, which is one of the warnings on an aspirin bottle. Finally, while I agree that one shouln’t stop taking prescription drugs for everything, there are certain things you can treat naturally. Like anxiety. Instead of taking an “Anti-DEPRESSANT” which may cause more problems than you originally started with… it’s important to realize that anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors… stress, environmental, etc.. so instead of being handed a pill to cover up the symptoms and walking out the door… homeopaths are good to see because they take every aspect into consideration where they may be able to identify the root cause of an individuals anxiety and come up with techniques to get rid of it. Prescription drugs should be a last resort in these cases since they can lead to other complications, resulting in more prescriptions, perhaps leading to even more complications, and potentially addiction- which could leave someone delusional or apathetic.. or death. I could go on but this is ridiculously long lol. But I do have to say also that I lost respect for this article when they said “I have no problem with colleges wanting to run courses on crystal-ball gazing….” AS IF that’s what they do in med school…. yea right, get real! Seems like a pretty bias statement. Just sayin’….”

I know, pretty lengthy response. BUT…

I would also like to add that many patients don’t even know what they’re taking or why they are taking their prescription drugs. This is a huge problem because 1) you should always be aware of what chemicals you are ingesting, 2) certain drugs may interact, or counteract with each other, furthering complications.. 3) you may be taking two drugs that do the same thing so there is no need for both, and 4) you’re doctor can’t always keep track of everything you are prescribed and all of your health concerns, therefore it is your job to take responsibility of your own health by remaining conscious of what you are being prescribed and why. You never know, there may be more harm being done than good… there are MANY medication errors every year… in fact, there are many deaths each year due to prescription drugs alone. I’m not saying all prescription drugs are bad and that everyone should stop taking them, and I am no expert.. but based on the research I’ve done on my own time, it cannot hurt to look at the alternative and weigh your options when it comes to YOUR health.

Another thing is, everyone’s body is different. What may work for one person’s symptoms may not work for another. So instead of adjusting prescriptions and going through the chaos of finding a drug that works for you… all the whilst doing some damage to your body, try the natural route. Like I said, prescription drugs should be a last resort in some cases. You do not need a pill to solve all your problems, what you need is a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise go a long way. Telling someone not to even consider natural medicine is like telling someone not to take their vitamins. While there is still controversy whether vitamins are crucial or not.. since you would get all of those nutrients with a healthy diet, there are still people who are deficient and need these supplements. You can’t tell people these things don’t work. Everyone is different. It is your choice to seek every option available to you and decide how you want to handle your health care. Let me also say that there have been many successful treatments that I have learned of from people I personally know with natural medicine for many diseases such as cancer, thyroid problems, and kidney function. As with anything, do not only look to one side for an answer. You have to take every perspective into consideration before you can even have an opinion on something.. and that’s where I stand.

Thanks for listening!

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