There are many heated debates among people of all age groups of which is the superior and inferior route in health care. My personal opinion, BOTH! I base my opinion on fact, some knowledge and personal experience. First and foremost i am not a physician, i have some medical knowledge but only a degree as a medical assistant. I always say that to be a doctor is a honorable commitment that takes years of serious dedication. There are some wonderful, caring physicians out there so always consult your doctor! With that said, the time i was in school i did take anatomy and physiology as well as pharmacology and had interned in a surgical setting. I did learn phlebotomy as well as take some courses touching in psychology. So what is your opinion are you all for modern medicine, science or for alternative and holistic? I think both can go hand in hand with the right doctor, sufficient knowledge, and knowing what is probable and factual. In other words do not go by the internet and always gather the most information based on your needs though your doctor.
Today, there is much advancement in modern medicine that we are living longer, healthier lives! In the last 30 years we have came such a long way in the fight against cancer, and disease. I stand true to what choices we make can either benefit our lives or steer us to our demise. We all know obviously that cigarettes, illicit drugs and eating fast food can shorten life span. We also know eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies as well as nut’s, olive oil and lean fish and meats, with exercise, and being proactive in early detection of a health issue (aka colonoscopies, mammograms, and checking blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels) are going to help prolong any health issues. With that said we always have to factor in GENETICS, friend or foe it is the real deal. It is for us or against us, literally! You can take someone who is lean with minimal body fat who eats well, exercises, handles stress with a type B personality who develops hypertension. You can also take someone who eats fast food all day long, smokes, is a couch potato and lives comfortably to 90. GENETICS! However, the right choices still can help with combating the health issues we are predisposition too!
So let us go back to the debate. Let us use high blood pressure as a example. If you have hypertension and you are not crazy high, maybe borderline high or right at that 140/90 cusp i can see trying to lower it first with weight reduction if that is present, changing your diet, exercise, and stress reduction via mediation and reiki as well as using less salt. If that works, wonderful, your lucky! However, if your crazy high OR you do all these things already and let’s say your not able to lower it that’s when you need to treat. So there is a time and place for medication and a time and place for alternative routes or combining the two with the help of your doctor.
I grew up in a house where my father took so many herbs and vitamins(things like ginseng, ginkgo biloba) as part of his health routine that i can honestly say we looked like a health food store. My dad still to this day does this as well as eats right, has a acupuncturists, massage therapist, and his chiropractor. And exercises. He is healthy and it is his belief. I on the other hand only take things FDA approved for knowing they are tested for safety and standard as i only take vitamins with the USP symbol. The USP symbol, standard is important for quality, puriety, and potency. In other words the vitamins are safe and they actually work. Always look for the USP on any vitamin you inquire, i prefer all nature made products for this reason. I also tend to not take many vitamins i prefer to get my nutrients from food sources! However, i do take CO Q10 that is very beneficial for heart and kidney health and our body already makes this we just seem to be a little deficient and this little pill helps our body with more of what we are lacking. As far as modern medicine i take a blood pressure pill i am a type A personality who needs stress reduction, i can admit that. 🙂 I have a genetic predisposition to acid reflux even on the most healthy diet yay genetics. I have to take meds for this. My maternal grandmother died of esophageal cancer from non treatment and lets just say even my young children at there young ages are also getting reflux and have to be treated, as well as my siblings and so the story goes modern meds will help to prevent cancer in the esophagus. I also take allergy meds, i have had anaphylactic shock and carry epi pen everywhere because i am allergic to many things including and not limiting to foods and environment. So modern medicine is my savior. But, i truly believe in, using ginger root, drinking green tea, eating gojo berries, reiki, spices like turmeric, massage, acupuncture, and enjoy going to see my chiropractor. These measures only aid in helping me to be more healthy! I believe in prayer, positive thinking, mediation, as well as the mind controls the body! I believe we can truly in conjunction with medication, heal ourselves if we truly believe we can! Placebo effect!!
So i end on this note whatever your belief, i truly encourage you to do both. ALWAYS, seek the advice of your physician! Eat well, tons of blueberries, greens, nuts, olive oil, red wine in MODERATION, limit animal fats, processed and trans fats and sweets, exercise, drink green tea, sip water with lemon, lime and ginger. Throw turmeric on your salads. Take CoQ10, vitamin D, pray, meditate, get a massage. See a chiropractor to restore structural integrity of the spine, it helps heal without the use of some medication and can help aid you in a more speedy recovery! God Bless!!