Alternative medicine and traditional medicine, what do you choose? Do you choose one or both? As children we have been taught to go to see a doctor when we are not feeling well. I remember sitting in the doctor’s waiting room as a child, knowing that after seeing the doctor I would start to feel better again. We are conditioned at such a young age! Many of us are bought up this same way. What we are not taught is the pharmaceutical industry is a business and the doctors get paid by these companies for selling their ‘drugs’. The pharmaceutical industry is a multi million dollar industry!
Our culture has allowed the health care industry to become so powerful and disproportionately lucrative that it is now in the business of illness rather than health. What I mean by that is, the pharmaceutical company makes a lot of money when people are sick. Now don’t get me wrong I am not anti traditional medicine, (it has a time and place and has done amazing things), I am anti keeping people sick to make money. I believe in empowering people with knowledge so they can make their own decisions regarding their own heath and wellbeing.
So lets look at some facts regarding choosing between alternative medicine and traditional medicine.
Most medical schools don’t teach disease prevention. They don’t teach that a proper diet or doing some exercise is part of living a healthy life. They don’t teach that a healthy mindset plays a huge part in the way we feel. Instead they focus on just the physical body and calculate your wellness by checking your red/white blood cell counts, hormone counts, blood pressure readings, etc. Now whilst these tests do show that something is either good or not so good, it is not looking at the full picture. Traditional medicine does not always look at the way the patient feels. I know this because I went to the doctor with extreme fatigue, had to sleep in between my sessions seeing clients, had pain walking, etc. The doctor took my blood tests and told me that I was OK but I KNEW I wasn’t. I had to turn to alternative medicine to find the answers I needed (and I digress)…
In traditional medicine pain is treated as a enemy, that is quickly treated with prescription drugs that mask the pain so you can no longer feel it. A practice that usually means it will resurface later with increased intensity because they symptoms are being masked and the cause is not being addressed. Alternative medicine treats the pain as a signal from our body that something is wrong and use it as an investigative tool. When we listen to our body, we can learn so much.
Now more than ever before, people are turning to more natural, less invasive therapies. People are realising that doctor’s do not always have the answers and sometimes alternative/natural therapies will treat sickness just as well (if not better) than traditional medicines.
People are starting to do their own research, starting to empower themselves with knowledge and look after their own health. They are realising traditional medicine does not always have the answers, that most pharmaceutical companies spend more to market their ‘drugs’ than they do on research. They are realising that the ancient civilisations have treated illness with alternative medicines using, plants for centuries. The more people are informing themselves, the more they turn to alternative medicine.
Being healthy means we need to look at our lifestyle, at the foods we eat, exercise we take, rest we get, our mindset and so much more. We need to start thinking about prevention, rather than just masking our symptoms with drugs. We need to start thinking about our health as “living wellness” rather than just illness prevention. Can you see the difference? One is focusing on the positive possibilities and listening to the messages your body is giving you, the other is masking what your body is telling you with a pill (that probably has many side effects).
Alternative medicine comes from inside us, it lets our body tell us what we need and we treat it naturally using plants/herbs. It helps us feel empowered in knowing our body can heal naturally, when we give it the environment, love and support it needs. Traditional medicine comes from outside of us. It gives all of our power away and gives power to the pill. We need to be re-educated about our health, to be less intimidated by doctors and disease and to feel empowered.
So next time you are thinking about doing to see a doctor who is going to give you a pill, ask yourself, what can I do to make myself feel better? What message is my body trying to tell me?
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