Over the years I have seen a variety of doctors, surgeons, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, homeopaths, naturopaths, acupuncturists, massage therapists, cranial-sacrial therapists, etc., and for a whole sundry of reasons. I have my opinions about what kind of healthcare works best for me and my life and am not afraid to share that. I am a fan of alternative medicine. I have a lot of knowledge, but, am not an expert. I do know that when I take conventional drugs and treatments, I tend to feel more tired and sluggish, and often end up frustrated and likely to go back to a more natural healing approach. I know that for many, conventional medicine is a life saver. And, for that I am grateful. For the those friends, family and strangers who rely on conventional doctors to help them, I feel that’s a good thing. But, when I think about how much damage can be done from over-medicating and not dealing with the cause of disease, I cringe.
For me, I’ve struggled with being able to afford alternative care, because it’s expensive and not generally covered under insurance (with the exception of acupuncture, chiropractic and massages for example – not an exhaustive list, that’s for sure). Thankfully, I’m able to use my Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for the treatments and supplements I get from my natural doctor.
I also find it absurd that conditions like “acid-reflux” even exist, as it’s a result of our eating so much over processed foods. With all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) in the food we eat, it’s no wonder we’re having problems like this. We’re literally destroying our health from within. And, when I watch ads on TV about this prescription or that, it seems like they spend way more time talking about the side effects of the drug vs the actual benefits. I think that’s because we’ve given so much up to Big Pharma, that we no longer seem to have a choice and we take the drugs they sell to our doctors, who in turn push on us.
But, I choose the alternative path to health and wellness. Because, every time I’ve gone down this path, I’ve seen results. In the past I may have gotten in my own way, which prevented me from moving forward, but I’m glad to have made this choice at this point in my life.
But, the question at hand is, which is better? I’d like to think I know, but, I don’t. I can only speak for myself. And, for me it’s always been better to go the alternative route. But, that might not work for that family with a desperately ill child who needs conventional medicine now. It’s all about choice. I’m just hoping to light a spark so people can learn more and do more of their own research. As I said before, I’m not an expert. I’m just one person with an opinion. Thank you for respecting that.
What are you thoughts?