One of the most common things a naturopath will hear is "What does your profession deal with?" That is like asking a doctor what they deal with. We are trained to deal with HEALTH - that encompasses ALL health issues. And like doctors, we refer for issues that are out of our capabilities or legalities. Not because we don't deal with any particular issue, but legally we must - just like a doctor will send you for an xray or blood test or procedure. Does that mean they don't know their work? Most people don't get this - because the media, along with our dismissive medical counterparts, is very cleverly orchestrated to confuse the public.
In my own circle, I know entire families - generations even - who do not use modern medicine. No, they are not in some cult or making themselves suffer, they just choose to find alternatives - usually safer and often more effective than what we have come to expect from orthodoxy. That's not to say we don't need medicine. We do. Surgery, difficult births, and various emergency procedures are what makes medicine fantastic.
But these things, rather than being an option, are by default the first choice. Why would you force your child to have surgery when homoeopathic drops can do the job? Why would you 'put up' with your worsening health issue as part of age expectancy, when there is no need?
Why, when a patient of mine is now free of some so-called chronic or terminal disease, would they go to a doctor for antibiotics for a common cold? So I can help with disease but not a cold or flu? Why would an elderly man, free of any of the usual age-related issues, go for a check up and allow himself to be talked into a broad range of drugs that come close to killing him? At the very least, the doctor was able to say that his patient NOW suffers from dizziness, joint pain, high blood pressure, internal bleeding and poor vision.
In reality, the first patient has more than enough to choose from - the same stuff that not only kept the human race alive for the whole of history but cured most ailments. And the elderly gent - well, once we managed to get him off these drugs and back onto his usual supplements, he was fighting fit in no time.
Experts and advertising tell us that prior to modern medicine there was no cure. I guess that's why around half of the world's known drugs are merely synthesized herbs and minerals.
That's why vaccines were based on homoeopathic principles.
There was no surgery in the Garden of Eden.
No drugs, no vaccines, no chemo. But there were herbs, plants, oils, minerals and healthy food. There was energy, there was sunlight and fresh water, Edenic health. It may come as a shock but there are no NEW diseases. Same old, same old. Yet symptom combinations are being mutated every day, thanks to the G-force warp of drugs that are now breaking our genetic codes.
That's why every single year without fail, another herb, another natural therapy treatment is banned completely - along with the usual fanfare of perceived dangers - until it is patented or synthesized by the 'good' scientists and then re-released - with a price hike, sold in pharmacies, restricted from use by naturopaths and touted as the latest discovery. All the while, the original, effective therapy was quite fine as it was - only now, experts spend big just to warn of the dangers.
And the masses not only fall for it, but forget one very important thing. While there was disease prior to modern medicine, there is exponentially more new disease combinations now - including those that modern medicine has no answers for. But don't let that stop them. Evidence-based medicine, random double blind trials and the placebo phenomenon all manage to confuse the issue a little more - with experts now able to excuse proof of the efficacy of a natural medicine as nothing more than anecdotal.
Well excuse me, but I'd rather trust an anecdote (ie having seen complete cures with my own eyes) any day over something that has even a remote possibility of causing cancer, liver disease, brain bleeds, kidney failure or blindness - incidentally, all side effects of some of our more common infant and OTC medicines. Raising 4 children and helping many parents do the same without the need for drugs or medical intervention (including some scary life and health threatening situations) is now excused as anecdotal rather than an example. Yet a drug can kill thousands a year.
Being ridiculed because I managed to cure a loved one's supposed terminal illness, as nothing more than an anecdote reeks of the stench that has resulted from industry cover ups. Especially when prior to my stepping in (once again, illegally) that person was not even given the night to survive. Further than that, once he was cured of the illness, the system dictated that he had to undergo the same treatment that was previously killing him - even though pathologically, no disease existed any more. And yes, this time it did kill him - as it continues to kill many thousands every single year. But I should not be surprised - this has happened to my patients too many times than I care to remember.
I'm feeling pretty Davidish these days, against the Goliath that not only wont go down with the many stones hurled at it (truth and proof) but like the Terminator, just keeps climbing up and getting stronger. While big pharma may have billions to bribe weak governments and doctors, they must be scared because never before in the history of modern medicine, has the attack on anything that is not orthodox been so savage and corrupt. Why else would so many doctors and nurses - and paramedical professionals be turning to alternatives?
That's right - not just to practice, (there are actually natural medicine electives for doctors now) but every naturopath I know has medical and scientific experts amongst our patient lists. Confidentiality of course keeps that dirty little secret safe. It wouldn't be so bad, but I've had way too many medical 'experts'pick my brain and then give MY recommendations to their patients rather than send them to me or credit natural therapies for the resulting cure...
The truth is, in every single area of health care, there is room for alternatives. Instead of shocking, stodgy, industry-guided 'nutrition' - imagine natural nutrition being used in a hospital situation. Instead of a questionable drug or procedure, imagine if a safer option was tried first. Now there's a novel idea. Imagine birthing suites not just advocating home birth scenarios, but all the vast range of complimentary care that used to be provided - well, before midwives were burned as witches by the jealous big boy's club of modern medicine.
Imagine a child being given herbal or homoeopathic medicine for a fever or reaction - one that doesn't carry life threatening side effects, if it works at all? Ever wonder why nurses still do tepid baths for fevers? Because alone, analgesia and antipyretics don't necessarily do the job. But I've lost count of the number of dangerous fevers not responding to medications that were soothed and healed just by a stat dose of Belladonna 30c. Go figure.
What about (and we used to joke about this one at college during my post grad studies) your doctor going to his cupboard, not for a drug sample that the good company rep has just dumped on him, but a handful of acupuncture needles. In minutes, carefully and well chosen points that have the ability to remove that pain, or that health issue.
On that note, acupuncture is NOT just for pain - that belief has come about courtesy of the 90s emergence of the medical weekend warrior crusade, where, as we acupuncturists were gaining recognition, GPs were paid to go off, do a 2 day course, learn 6 basic points (there are thousands and new ones being discovered all the time) and go back to their clinics to do two things - pain relief and detox. My acupuncture manual is thicker than any medical reference I have ever read or seen - with tiny print. It contains recommendations for every single known health issue in medicine - written by a combination of medical and alternative experts and used in hospitals around the world.
Ask yourself, why a doctor in Germany is encouraged to learn Homoeopathy. Or why in China, it takes 10 years to become a GP - where acupuncture and TCM are part of medicine. Two nations that have not been manipulated by western pharma power. But the doubts were planted long ago - that is why so few would trust either despite incredible records. If doctors from either of those countries tried to practice in the west, why are they not allowed to? I've worked alongside some of these people and it is mind boggling to see them in action - yet our regulations state they are not up to par with our equivalent...
Just imagine, a child with recurrent otitis media, going to surgery for grommets - being headed off at the pass and given (again) Belladonna 30c along with say Sulphur 30c and a diet free of mucous-irritating dairy and wheat. My case file of this one issue is a huge pile. But any naturopath will tell you the same.
What about that lady with gastric ulcerations, who can neither keep food down or in her body long enough to do any benefit? Antacids, anti emetics, biopsies, probes, even resections have not made her life any more comfortable. How about a nutritional dietary adjustment? That alone can often be enough but how about something as simple but as effective as slippery elm, herbal teas, homoeopathic digestives, or a topical application of pain relief? If not enough, how about a dose twice a day of bicarb? No joke here folks - I have seen (in a very short time) bicarb do for many cancers and acidic health issues, what every drawn out effort of doctors over many years could not do. Just imagine that lady has that colostomy scheduled only as a LAST option...
This has been done of course, but just like with alternative practitioner control, it is overseen by medical experts who have absolutely no idea - and as a result (and more than likely deliberately) - it inevitably fails. Take the London Homoeopathic Hospital - capable of some of the most incredible miracles that no doctor could explain or understand, it became nothing more than a medical centre bent on disproving all the good work.
I've been (un)fortunate enough at times, since leaving my earlier years as a nurse, to be invited by patient family members into a hospital situation. Sometimes, the life of the person was at stake, with the doctors stating there was nothing more they could do and it was only a matter of time. Other times, it was during labour where even the attending physician and midwives were interested and impressed with what alternatives could offer. But heaven help any naturopath who happens to help a patient for whom there are no medical answers.
I have been verbally and close to physically abused. I have been threatened with legal action. And in one case, alternative efforts not only roused a dear old lady from her coma and had her ambulating for the first time in 6 months, but she could eat again, talk again and was in fact scheduled to go home. At least until the good doctor returned.
When I was his underling, as a nurse in the same hospital, things were fine. I thought he was a good doctor and maybe he thought I was a good nurse. I wouldn't know because when you work closely with doctors, it's a tough call to tell what they are thinking. You see them so briefly and it's not really prudent to talk to them (the god-doctor effect). But when the balance was somehow tipped and his halo began to slip, things got really ugly. Beginning with insults about the 'miracle worker' casting spells or some flippant remarks. It was pointed out to him - by me initially and then the charge nurse, that she had indeed been on two very contraindicated drugs that were responsible for her plight.
Tip - don't correct a doctor. Ever.
After our altercation, I left the hospital for the long drive home. I left the patient outside in the sunlight, chatting with her family, while her daughters were inside packing her things. I got a call early the next morning asking to please come in. Nothing else. I walked into the darkened room and everyone was crying. She was semi comatose, the drip was back up along with the two contraindicated meds. The doctor flashed past me and muttered "I told you that there was nothing that could be done. You had no right to get their hopes up." That lovely old lady spent the day in and out of consciousness, unable to recognise any of her family - who she now thought were trying to kill her. What a horrible final memory of a loved one. She passed away that night...
The range of alternatives is vast.
And unlike the media would have it portrayed, the alternative usually not weird. It's been a clever trick to lump valid health options in with downright strange - plant a seed of doubt.
At any rate, for the last 20 years I have taught my patients to take charge of their health. That includes medicine - if everything else fails. A home medicine chest is vital, not wasteful or silly. Arm yourself with books and leaflets that explain the basics. It's no coincidence that millions of families around the world have little need for medicine - they are not miraculously free of illness. Many started out close to death.
There is ALWAYS a second opinion. Always. If you had freedom to access it, everyone would know. Sometimes surgery is needed, sometimes even a drug may be - as in analgesia or a stat drug to correct an emergency. Sometimes a procedure provides relief where nothing else can.
But everyone has the right to know very real options. Don't you think?
There is an answer to everything - sometimes the best option is a totally different one; other times it's a combination of therapies. And it doesn't have to cost the earth. Our health system is burdened by being over-subsidised. It's failing. While alternatives are not usually funded, they just may be your best option. Whatever you do, just get back to Eden.