Monday, February 18, 2013
Medical Versus Natural
Ever since I can remember, I have always believed in the power of using natural remedies in the way of preventative and also healing methods, when it comes to my own body.
To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t have much confidence in most doctors and conventional medicine because their whole approach is only focused on a patient’s body, neglecting the mental and emotional aspects of a patient, which are often a contributing factor to a health issue because not everything is only biological. A medical doctor’s single concern is to ‘fix’ the body, which I totally understand because that’s how they were trained – to only see and treat the body.
However, because of my background in natural healing modalities, I’ve come to realize that healing involves more than just the physical.
And healing is not always about being able to heal the body, especially when it comes to something such as HIV or terminal cancer. But more so about healing the mind and spirit; moving to a place of acceptance and learning how to live a quality life with the illness.
This is not to say there are not medical professionals out there who are sensitive to a patient’s mental and emotional state, but there are few and far between.
Another point that I would like to make is that in today’s world, with the astronomical cost of health insurance on the rise, it’s up to me to take control over my own health and investigate other healing methods that are not only less expensive, but also very effective.
Since the early ‘80’s, I have thoroughly investigated and researched various natural healing modalities, and have been certified in several of them. I much prefer natural modalities because they work with the body’s natural ability to heal. And not only the body, but the mind as well.
Sure, there have been times when I’ve used both conventional medicine and natural methods together, but I will always try natural healing first, then use conventional later. But you see, that was MY choice, not a doctor telling me THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
Too often we readily place ourselves into the hands of medical doctors; not realizing there are other options. We just automatically assume that because someone is a doctor, they always know what’s best. And always have the answers.
Long before conventional medicine came to be, natural medicine was the only thing used. And quite successfully, I might add. So why not still use it?
I don’t mean to bash the entire medical profession, but it would behoove them greatly if they would at least keep an open mind and familiarize themselves with some of these natural modalities, so they could offer alternative routes to their patients; pointing them to a different type of health practitioner. Yet, I think the reason they don’t do this is because then it would make what they paid a fortune to learn how to do in school, less powerful.
It threatens them.
Sorry, but it’s true. I’ve had certain medical professionals get pissed at me for even mentioning the words natural health.
Throughout my life, people have asked me, “Don’t you think you’re taking a big chance with your health choosing natural over conventional medicine?”
And my answer to them is, “No, because the reality is that you’re taking a chance either way.”
An ideal world would be one in which both medical and alternative doctor’s work together.
But until that happens, I will ALWAYS take my health into my own hands. And do what I intuitively know what I need to do at that moment.