Let’s talk health…

I could go off on a diatribe about health care, health insurance and any number of things along those lines.  But that’s no fun.  How about we talk about taking your health into your own hands instead?

It’s no secret, to those who know me, that I don’t hold a lot of faith in western medicine.  What I’ve experienced over the years is that the only thing they come out of medical school knowing how to do is write prescriptions for medicines that they’re “sold” on by pharmaceutical representatives.  (Yes, that is a gross generalization, but work with me here.)  And many of these pharmaceuticals have lists of side effects longer than your arm.  So why take ’em???  Yes, there are exceptions to every rule, but more often than not you can adjust your diet and/or employ natural medicines that will control the problem without worrying about that long list of side effects that are often worse than the original symptoms that you’re taking the drugs for.

I have a story for you.

About a year and a half ago LLM broke a molar – cracked that bugger right in half.  We could see the crack plain as day.  So he went to his dentist, who failed to see the crack and instead convinced him that he had an abscessed tooth and needed a root canal.  But first, he had to take some antibiotics to eliminate any threat of infection.  Against his better judgement, he began taking the antibiotic and made an appointment down here in Missoula for a root canal a couple of weeks later.  Well, to make a long story short, when he went in for the root canal the oral surgeon told him he didn’t have an abscess – he had a cracked tooth!  By that time it was too late – he had taken the antibiotics and finished the prescription. A month or so later his guts started giving him some really awful problems.  Awful.  So awful, I don’t even want to describe them.  So he went to the doctor… who gave him more antibiotics.  Which he took, again, against his better judgement. They helped for about a week or so, and then the symptoms reemerged.  He went through this for darn near a year.  He’s a growley man to begin with – this made him impossible to be around. At one point during this back and forth, he decided to look at the info page that came with the original antibiotics.  One of the side effects: the development of chronic colitis.  Yep, that’s what he ended up with after taking an antibiotic that he didn’t need.  Colitis.  And anything the doctors could suggest were more antibiotics.  Some of which had even more awful side effects!!!  Like increased chance of colon cancer.  Seriously!  That’s how they were going to “fix” his colitis.

After literally a year of putting up with this, I put my foot down and took matters into my own hands. I can put up with a lot, but I had had it. I did a lot of research, and came up with a regiment of natural remedies that included grapefruit seed extract, heavy doses of probiotics and papaya enzymes.  Literally, within days, the symptoms subsided.  I made him keep up the regiment for about six weeks.  Since then, he’s only had two minor episodes.  And as soon as he feels the symptoms coming on, he takes the grapefruit seed extract, and within two doses the symptoms are gone.  He hasn’t had symptoms at all now in a couple of months.  But he keeps the grapefruit seed extract, probiotics and papaya enzymes on hand just in case.

Now, I’m no doctor.  I have no medical training.  Heck, I haven’t even taken a first aid course at the Red Cross in years.  However, I am a strong believer in the power of natural remedies.  A strong believer in knowing your body.  A strong believer in taking care of that body.  And a strong believer in doing research to find natural remedies to help with what ails you.  Man has existed on this swirling rock for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of years.  And only in the past couple hundred has man decided to play God and make remedies that are supposedly superior to God’s natural medicines. I am not a strong believer in those medicines.

I have a few other stories along the lines of LLM’s experiences, and in the end the lesson learned is always the same: the natural remedies have succeeded where the western doctors have failed.

Again, there are exceptions to every rule.  But throughout history, ancient cultures have employed the medicines of mother nature to cure any number of ailments from minor infections to cancer.  The point is, don’t discount them because they’re not written on a little piece of paper by a man or woman in a white coat.  Next time you find yourself with something minor – use it as an excuse to try a natural remedy.  Perhaps it’ll give you the courage to seek those remedies out more often instead of relying on the poisons handed down by the pharmaceutical industry.  If you don’t want to risk it on your own, then find a local naturopath – they’ll help steer you in the right direction.

** The opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own.  I do not offer medical advice.  Please seek out the advice of a licensed naturopath before trying natural remedies.  And for God’s sake – don’t stop taking medicines if your life depends on them!

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