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I’m actually really excited to write this post. Some of you may not be quite as excited to read it though. 🙂
I’ve noticed lately that a lot of the people who are into natural health are really…not as into it as they think they are. They talk a good talk, but when push comes to shove, they head straight back to conventional doctors. It seems to me that there are a lot of people out there who believe that natural health is great, but…only if the problem is minor. Anything serious needs a “real” doctor.
The pervasive attitudes about natural health are that natural remedies may help you, but are just as likely not to. They’re mild (even weak), they take a long time to do anything, and they just…don’t cure real problems. Almost anyone would try, say, eating a spoonful of honey to get rid of a cough, but many wouldn’t hesitate to go for the cough syrup if it wasn’t helping. These people simply don’t understand and don’t trust natural remedies.
I find this unfortunate. For example, a lot of these people may start out doing a delayed or selective vaccine schedule (or not vaccinating) but end up vaccinating eventually because they are too scared not to. What if their kids were to get sick? However, if they’d fully done their research, they likely would have realized there’s nothing to be afraid of.
These are the people who will say “Yeah, we never take Tylenol…we rarely see the doctor…why don’t people just learn to leave sick babies alone?” But then when their child spikes a fever, or gets a sinus infection, or some other not-so-basic ailment, they run off to the doctor. They’re the types who say, “There are certain things you just can’t mess with. For some things, you NEED a doctor.”
But, really, do you? The truth is, natural remedies are powerful. They are potent, yet they have few to no side effects. They can work quickly (though not all do). The problem is, about 70% of natural remedies are “easy” — honey for a cough, saline solution for congestion, a hot bath for aches and pains, etc. 29.9% are not so easy, but they are out there! And 0.1% really require a doctor.
Most people don’t trust those 29.9% of illnesses that require research to find a remedy. They don’t actually believe that ailments can be cured naturally. These people freak out about polio (never mind the research shows it was linked to DDT usage, never proven to be contagious, and that “Guillain-barre syndrome” and others are just polio, renamed). They rush to doctors when pregnant and get ultrasounds and plenty of other tests (many of which are generally unnecessary in healthy pregnancies). They are worried about so many things and believe doctors really are somehow magical. When the easy fails…get thee to a real doctor for some real medicine, they say!
Plenty of people are going to take offense to this:
“But my child had long-term, ongoing condition that could not have been cured otherwise!” That’s probably not true. Maybe your child did fall into the 0.1% who truly needed a doctor. But probably not.
“But I tried everything I could think of and it all failed!” Okay, but what else did you do? Did you consult any alternative doctors (naturopath, homeopath, accupuncturist, chiropractor, etc.)? How much research did you do, independently or with the help of a health practitioner? How long did you try alternative methods?
“But the possible natural treatments are just too hard!” I’m sorry, I have no respect for this one. The side effects alone from ‘conventional’ treatments are staggering in many cases, and can potentially affect the rest of a person’s life. Have you seen the new research showing that young children who undergo chemo are extremely likely to get another cancer later in life (that’s obviously an extreme example)? Do what it takes to help yourself or your child. Perhaps taking a pill is easier than changing your diet or your lifestyle, but what will the long-term consequences be?
Personally, I trust natural health 100%. Every time I hear about a condition that someone “just can’t treat naturally” I think about all the ways they could possibly treat it naturally. If I think they’re open to it, I’ll share with them. I’ll even do research for them. I’ll do whatever it takes to help them. Because again, 29.9% of conditions are not easy to treat! But it CAN be done! It may take some time, it may take a lot of research, it may take some trial and error. But in almost every case, it really can be done.
That said, if there’s something you’ve been struggling with and would like help researching your options, I’d be more than happy to help with that. I can help you find various options, which you can choose for yourself or discuss with your healthcare practitioner. (Note: this is help finding information only, I’m not diagnosing, treating, or attempting to cure in any way.)
If you’re still skeptical, be paying attention on Friday when we do the latest update on Amanda’s Story. I think you’ll be extremely excited, as I was when I learned of recent events!
Some of you are saying “but it all really requires balance.” Yes, but not the way most of us think of balance. We’re not talking 50-50. For all the easy stuff (colds, scrapes, bumps, etc.) we go with natural treatments and for all real illnesses (infections, allergies, cancer, etc.) we go with “real” medicine. It’s not even a matter of “try a few things and if they don’t work, go see a real doctor.” Natural medicine is very individual, it may take trial and error and a naturopathic doctor to help. The first two or five or fifteen treatments may not work, or may not work completely, but something out there will. Balance comes in when you’ve fully researched all your options, tried a variety of things, and truly believe that you are at a point where the illness/condition is taking over your life and you absolutely must try conventional medicine. If it’s life or death, I’m not going to say “don’t call a doctor.” But the point at which many give up is far short of where they should give up.
The body was created to heal itself (and yes, I said CREATED!). It only needs the right tools to do so. This applies in every situation, not just the minor ones. The body can always heal itself. It has that ability! But unless you fully trust your body’s ability to heal, you will still harbor that tiny thought: “Natural health is great, but….”
Do you trust your body’s ability to heal? What’s your position on natural health? Are you interested in learning more about some of the less common remedies?