Allopathic Medicine vs Complementary medicine
Allopathic Medicine AND Complementary medicine
There is much controversy about the above statement Allopathic Medicine vs Complementary medicine which needs clarification. Many people think that if you use Complementary medicine or practitioners then you are against Allopathic medicine and doctors and visa versa.
Let us get one thing straight. Both, Allopathic and Complementary medicine are very much needed in our society today.
These two practices are on the opposite ends the medical paradigm however..
At the one end is Allopathic medicine that treats a state of DISEASE once it has arisen. At the other end is Complementary practices that are used to retain or regain a STATE OF OPTIMUM HEALTH.
Let me again define what I mean by the word disease …….dis-ease opposed to the word ‘ease’, means a condition that has arisen from being out of balance and usually arises from imbalances occurring over some considerable time.
At present the status quo is …..Once there is a state of acute disease in the body it will often result in distress and pain. Sometimes the symptoms of the disease are life threatening. This calls for urgent action to save a life. It begins with a diagnosis, a name for the condition or disease. This diagnosis then blames the condition on some exterior factor such as a virus, or bacteria, or parasite or genetics or just plain ‘bad luck. This is how allopathic medicine views our state of ill-health. We end up being the VICTIMS of circumstance and accept our fate sometime graciously sometimes angry with this world, but never responsibly.
Drugs can and do marvels to the symptoms, the headache disappear, the pain is alleviated, the blood pressure comes down etc. BUT we must realise that these drugs are treating the symptoms and we have lost the primary objective of these wonder drugs, and that is to GIVE US TIME TO WAKE UP, to correct the primary cause of this state of 'dis-ease"!
Unfortunately, most of us think the drug is there to ‘cure’ us, and we take no responsibility for ourselves whatsoever.. NO ! the drug is there to control the symptom and suppress the existence of the disease… that is what drugs do. The serious condition will not just go away unless serious life-style changes are made. All drugs have side effects and so we then take another drug to suppress the pain or discomfort caused by the first drug ….and so it goes on and on. Are you aware that there are many more prescription drug addicts in this world than recreational drug addicts ??? What is more, many thousands every year die from, not the disease, but over dose or over use of these drugs , and often just following the doctors instructions
(over ¼ million in the last 20 years)…. and this, all quite legally.
Our doctors are experts at diagnosing disease and then treating the symptoms of that DISEASE. This is a very necessary practice. They save lives by dishing out drugs that treat life threatening symptoms, they use surgical procedures to remove growths, mal-functioned organs, unplug blocked arteries, all in the attempt to save a life. GREAT ! They have a job to do and do it, mostly, very well.
Complementary practices are used to promote a state of HEALTH. With these we are trying to get all the contributing factors into balance so that the body can get on with healing itself. Complementary medicine has been around since the dawn of man. We have always used foods and herbs, energy and prayer to try to feel as good as we can. Many herbs were used to treat the symptoms of disease too and often do achieve the objective of regaining health. The diseases that would respond were deficieny diseases because often it was this missing element found in that particular food or herb that was deficient.. In fact many drugs originate from knowledge of herbal medicine.
Being sick is NOT normal and not the natural state of the body. The body is always striving to be in a state of homeostasis. This is evident in areas of the world where natural health promoting practices are common place. There is very little disease and extreme longevity in these peoples. A few population groups that experience this abundant natural health are the Hunza’s living in the Pakistan in the mountainous regions, the people living Villacabamba in Peru and some Georgian tribes living in the Caucasus mountains.
However, as soon as these people migrate to the West they then, in a relatively short period of time, begin developing the diseases of the West
SO WHY DO WE GET ILL?
There are only 3 physical reasons why a person gets ill…..
Either they catch “something”, i.e. their immune system is weak enough that a pathogen such as a virus, bacteria or parasite causes a state of disease,
they develop a state of illness due to some imbalance in their bodies (Diseases of deficiencies). Examples of these conditions include heart disease, cancer, auto-immune disease, diabetes, acid reflux, arthritis etc.
they are taking in too many toxins that are slowly killing them.
If the West’s medical system was efficient and working properly to heal people then why is it that people in the West are sicker and experience more disease than any other humans beings around the globe?
Before I leave this controversial subject, both sides of this medical paradigm are by no means perfect. I think it wise to point out shortfalls on both sides so that you, the reader, can make informed decisions and watch out for the pitfalls.
Firstly on the conventional medical side.
BIG PHARMA has much to answer for. Drugs these days are a money making racket. Laws have been passed since the implementation of “allopathic” medicine as the recognised practice of the West, that state that only drugs can make claims of cure! This, because of “scientific evidence”! This is ridiculous, as we all know that drugs do not cure in most cases, but just treat the symptom……and many powerful drugs used to treat disease have potential side effects that can be life threatening themselves. On the other side of the coin, with preventive medicine, we all know that Vitamin C for example can and does cure scurvy, and almost all natural remedies have absolutely no side effects at all, and yet this claim is not allowed to be made.
Kevin Trudeau well known as “the whistle blower of Big Pharma, in his book “Natural cures they do not want you to know about” states that the term “scientific evidence” is one of the greatest deceptions of all time. He says firstly this scientific evidence is paid for and manufactured by the corporations that it will benefit. Rarely does an independent, unbiased third party produce any of this “scientific evidence”. If the “scientific evidence” is so accurate, he says, why are the conclusions and results constantly being disproved when new research is produced? He certainly has a major point here that everyone should keep in mind next time they hear the term proved by “scientific evidence” brandished about by the medical fraternity !!!!
He says that in America a doctor as a member of the American Medical Association, is forbidden by it’s charter to use anything other than drugs and surgery. He is not allowed to use homeopathy, or essential oils or any natural method to treat a patient. They get virtually no training on how toxins (and drugs) cause disease, or nutritional deficiencies play a vital role in disease. They are basically trained by the drug companies. Therefore medical doctors in the USA are caught between a rock and a hard place.
He says the Pharmaceutical Industry & the FDA are Endangering our Health for Profit.
It is estimated that in America in 2000, nearly $2 trillion was spent on health care -- and virtually all that money was spent on treating disease. Despite this massive expenditure on treatment, more Americans are sicker than ever before with diseases that are largely preventable: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and depression, to name a few. Each year more money is spent on treatment, mere patchwork, even though it has become crystal-clear that treatments do NOT enable you to live a longer, better life. So why is the amount of money being spent on prevention just a pittance compared with the amount spent on treatment?
Kevin Trudeau say the answer is simple –“ when you are sick it is highly profitable to various giant corporations. When you are well, it doesn't profit them much at all.”
Gary Null, Ph.D., another whistle blower on the Pharmaceutical industry and the FDA, as a research scientist at the Institute of Applied Biology for over 27 years, has spent his career investigating health issues and searching for the truth. A New York Times best-selling author, the host of the talk radio program, "The Gary Null Show," producer of documentary films, DVDs and PBS television programs, Null empowers all who will listen with life-changing facts that promote wellness. He has a DVD called “Prescription For Disaster” which is an in-depth investigation and expose of the conventional health care system. It describes in detail the failure of the traditional paradigm in the USA and provides us with shocking statistics on the thousands and thousands of deaths that resulted from unnecessary or incorrect medical treatments. Ittakes you deep into the symbiotic relationships between the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, lobbyists, lawmakers, medical schools, and researchers, and the impact this has on consumers and their health care. Prescription For Disaster was born from a meticulously referenced seven-year report entitled "Death By Medicine," originally authored by Gary Null, along with a prestigious group of physicians and medical researchers, to determine why Americans were not becoming healthier and why the USA’s medical system is not working properly.
Natural medicine is under attack as pharmaceutical company lobbyists push lawmakers to deprive us of the benefits of dietary supplements, while drug-front groups have implemented slanderous campaigns in attempts to undermine the value of natural health lifestyles.
It's almost impossible to fathom that someday soon most of the vitamins and supplements now available in your local health store could disappear! Prescription For Disaster reminds us that if other countries adopt Codex standards, that you could actually lose access to the supplements and vitamins that you now safely use everyday to help protect your health! The passage of the “European Union (EU) Directive on Dietary Supplements”, which is part of a larger form of legislation called Codex Alimentarius, severely restricts access to natural health products in Europe. The EU Directive classifies vitamins and minerals in Europe as "medical drugs" rather than dietary supplements, which means that they're subject to government regulation in terms of dosage and availability. The supplements that will be available under Codex will be restricted to multi-vitamins containing no more than 100 percent of the established RDA amounts, which, as we all know, are mostly ineffective, trivial quantities -- and they'll be far more expensive than what we have now. For the pharmaceutical industry, adopting Codex guidelines would represent a financial windfall, as demand for drugs to treat the consequences of inadequate nutrition would skyrocket.
This choice to supplement with whatever you need to maintain a functioning immune system is vitally important. I do not believe that supplements should replace good food, but the truth is we need more nutrients these day to combat the increase in toxins from our man-made environment. We should fight to never lose the right to choose and buy supplements. Codex is threatening your freedom of choice
Something is very wrong when regulatory agencies point a finger at vitamins for being dangerous, while blatantly ignoring published statistics showing that government-sanctioned medicine is the real hazard. In the 1990 – 2000 decade alone, it has been estimated that medicine has injured 191 million Americans and killed close to 8 million -- more than all of the American casualties in all of our world wars combined,
I think it is important to point out the blatant mistakes and failures of the traditional system. We will always need physicians, medicine, and medical care but it is important to be aware that healthy choices can help prevent disease and improve existing medical conditions.
Alternatives to traditional pharmacology and drug therapy -- vitamins, supplements, nutrition, exercise and a healthy lifestyle -- are often perceived as a competitive threat to the drug manufacturers.
Now for the Alternative story.
Only 10 deaths in the last 20 years have been attributed (not proven) to vitamin overdose. A slight difference to that reported from prescription drug poisoning ! Yes one has to be aware that there are charlatans out there jumping on the “Real Health” band-wagon making cheap supplements that have a very low bio-availability. The worst of these offenders, however, appear to be the pharmaceutical companies who have realised that the competition is great and need to get into the Real Health market. Many supplements manufactured by Big Pharma and sold through pharmacies are nothing short of a bunch of man-made chemicals …. synthetic vitamins which have a very low bio-availability. By bio-available, I mean the amount of supplement that finally gets into the cells. Most synthetic supplements pass straight through you because of the changed molecule that the body does not recognise as food.
When buying supplements always buy from a Health store that is recommended to you by a natural health care practitioner. Always look for “whole food supplements”, that have extracts taken directly from the organic food source. So instead of the chemical names on the labels, you will find “extract from …. Ascerola or Shitake Mushrooms or Alfalfa etc.
Take responsibility for your health. Weigh up your options.
Try first and foremost to change your habits as these may be all that is harming your health.
Secondly change your diet to a health diet and supplement on whole food supplements for a few months and then note the changes. More tools for obtaining abundant well-being can be found in this website. Do this before making a decision to have a gall-bladder removed, a hysterectomy, or taking chronic medication for a stomach problem, arthritis, a headache etc. You may just be doing yourself a big favour, and in the process prolonging your life, finding your energy levels soaring and your immune system working.