“People are very open-minded about new things as long as they’re exactly like the old ones”
Just like there are multiple routes to a single destination, there are multiple routes to health. Some routes take longer but have a smoother surface, some routes are shorter but bumpy and damaging along the way. You can run, walk, cycle, fly or drive to reach your destination. Sometimes you can take a boat. Often, after seeking wise council, we have to go with our gut instinct.
Natural Medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. Back before we had medical school and hospitals, we only had our own experiments with natural resources to help improve our health. Long before pharmacies we had herb gardens and tea made from a variety of roots and tree barks. Many countries still believe in using natural remedies as part of the medical system. We have doctors in North America who do believe in combining natural medicine with modern medicine but more often than not we treat illness with medication and surgery.
Quick To Judge
In a way, we have thrown the baby out with the bath water. There are practitioners that have given the use of anything natural a bad name and caused the vast majority of the western world to turn their back on the possibility that natural medicine may still have something to offer. Do I believe that all parts of natural medicine are safe, no. I also don’t believe that all aspects of western medicine are safe.
In western medicine we often offer bandaid solutions rather than treating the cause. The goal of natural medicine is to get to the root of the problem and treat the entire body as a whole but sometimes this can result in ignoring symptoms that must be treated immediately. If western medicine could adopt this idea of treating the person as a whole using the extensive research that they have at their fingertips , I think we would be well on our way to improved health care.
Over the past 11 years I have been on a journey to heal my body, western medicine failed me over and again. On the other hand, I know people who have absolutely needed the help of western medicine and are only here today because of it. I have clients that require medications for survival but are also pursuing their best health with the help of a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor and Nutritionist.
Keep Your Mind Open
The above quote says it all. We like to think we are open minded when in reality we have our minds made up and are no longer willing to learn. If you are not willing to consider that you might be wrong, you have stopped learning and will miss out on some amazing opportunities. Time and time again what we have known to be true has been proven wrong. We see this in the health industry all the time, there is always more to learn.
If the route you have taken to improve your health is not working, no matter the approach, it may be time to consider other options.
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