As much as I completely embrace the thoughts discussed in the recent post on what causes disease, and I believe that dietary or natural methods to prevent or reverse illness are safer, and often just as effective as conventional methods, you still may be surprised when I give you my opinion on medications and why I don't think ALL drugs are bad for us ALL the time…
Keep in mind, these are my opinions only – think of this as something to motivate you to do some research on your own.
Here’s what I believe:
- I believe that a healthy, traditional diet, healthy lifestyle, natural remedies or supplements, etc., can prevent and heal many health issues.
- I believe that much of the pharmaceutical industry (and the FDA) is corrupt, ignorant, or both, but I don’t believe that everyone has gone bad in those fields.
- I believe that most doctors really do have our best interests at heart and truly care.
- I also believe that doctors cannot be trained in all areas. As with anyone, there are big pieces of the puzzle that they just may not be aware of. They were trained in medicine, that’s what they know.
- Some docs, however, (and many patients, often including our loved ones!) are too hard-headed to give non-conventional therapies a good chance, or even to let it run through their brains a bit to see if it might make sense.
- I believe that in most cases, it’s smart to try more natural remedies and therapies first, often best handled when working closely with a naturopath or someone trained in this area. (Be careful with this as with all things, ask those you trust for their recommendations.)
- However, in some cases, medication may end up being necessary and very beneficial – I’ve said it before: depending on our circumstances, there are times in life when we may be very grateful for the right medication or conventional therapy. Like this time! Maybe you’ll give the non-conventional options a good go and not see any results, or maybe you’re just not the type of person to be open to that for whatever reason. While this may not be ideal, we all have to do the best we can. I believe that for some people, in certain stages of their lives, or in certain circumstances, they just can’t (or sometimes won’t for whatever reason) completely implement healthy principles, natural remedies, or a new strict diet. In their case, medications may be necessary.
An example that comes to mind:
Antibiotics! There are definitely times that we might need those, and they have saved many lives. Yes, they also can cause big problems in our immune systems, so they should only be taken when absolutely necessary, but if so, take them, and later you can work on rebuilding healthy bacteria in your gut again.
A trickier issue is if someone is in the middle of a depression, whether it is mild or quite serious. As much as I believe that something like the GAPS Diet could heal their immune system, and therefore heal their depression, just as avoiding certain foods or toxins, or finding specific nutritional deficiencies with the help of a naturopath could help. But these things may not work for everyone, and others just may not be willing to take the necessary steps. And is someone who is depressed going to have it in them to implement something as challenging as the GAPS Diet? At that point in their life would they be willing to visit a naturopath they’ve never been to and try natural supplements? I would hope they could, but if not, I also wouldn’t want them to continue without some type of help. In that case, or if they just aren’t the type of person who would be open to any of this, and a low-dose anti-depressant could give them their life back and help them find joy again, then maybe that's what they should do. It's just so hard to say because it's very difficult to get back off these drugs later, and most can cause more problems like weight gain or other side effects. Keep all of this in mind and just do the best you can do! (First, for SURE read over these 20 Tips for Overcoming Anxiety and Depression Naturally.)
Please share examples of times when you decided that conventional medicines or therapies were necessary?
Bottom line: everyone has to figure all this out for themselves.
As difficult as it can be, we have to guard against judging others and where they’re at in their lives. (This advice is a reminder to myself as much as to anyone else!) We don’t know what emotional struggles, financial struggles, marital struggles, spiritual struggles, or whatever struggles they might be dealing with.
If you are going through a tough time right now, my only hope is that you try to keep an open mind through it all, and if you are able, keep researching, and don’t just blindly follow your doc, your friends, your family members, and especially not me. There’s waaaay too much I don’t know to let what you read here do anything more than motivate you to keep digging for more information.
What about you? What do you believe? Do you have any experiences to share?
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