I know that there is a time and a place for medication. Really I do. If you ask my kids they’d probably tell you I have a very “negative” attitude about taking any kind of drugs – and they would be absolutely right. Guilty as charged. I avoid them as much as possible. If I have a headache or sore back muscles, instead of grabbing Tylenol or Advil I use heat, cold, natural rubs and my standby, turmeric and ginger. I know those are symptoms my body is using to tell me something so rather than silence them I try to get to the root and then use the most natural supplements to resolve it. I consider pharmaceutical drugs to be a last resort.
Simple, easy and relatively painless changes can produce very dramatic, long-lasting results. In fact I offer a free Simple Steps Report to anyone who subscribes to my weekly No-Nonsense Nutrition Report because those simple steps can result in profound improvements. It is not surprising that when you go to a doctor with a complaint, 9 times out of 10 a drug is prescribed. As the article states, the system is set up this way. Just like when you go to a surgeon for a consultation, 9 times out of 10 he will tell you that surgery is necessary. It is his job, after all!
Well this article on Dr. Mercola’s website really caught my attention. I’ve known and even worked with numerous people who simply want a pill or some other medication and consider that the “cure” for whatever the problem is. They have no interest in making changes to their lifestyle, diet or habits. Taking a pill is so much easier. And maybe it is – until you start dealing with the side effects. My mother in law had type 2 diabetes and was on medication. She was also extremely overweight and had she seriously lost weight and changed her habits, she might still be here with us enjoying her grandchildren.
I think the bottom line is using wisdom, common sense and being willing to make changes and not just take the “easy” way.
Do you consider drugs to be a last resort or a magic potion?
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Definitely drugs are a last resort for me. Have you ever listened to the list of side effects? The side effects are worse than the original problem! I totally agree with you that the type of doctor you are seeing is going to greatly influence their recommendation. That’s just what they know best.
Get to the root of the issue rather than temporarily masking the symptoms.
Have a Victorious Day!
Definitely – better to address the cause and resolve it than just manage symptoms.
On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM, 3-D Vitality
Ann, I agree completely! I view medications as an extreme last resort and not as a magic potion. It still never ceases to amaze me how quickly physicians prescribe pills or surgery versus digging a little deeper to discover the root cause. Thank you for continually encouraging us to embrace the true “magic” of making informed, healthy decisions!
Love that Caroline – magic of making informed, healthy decisions – I may just steal that!
On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM, 3-D Vitality
Thank you, Ann, and I do love the “magical” no-nonsense nutrition nuggets you share!!
Thank you my friend!
On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM, 3-D Vitality
Ann, you can ask my wife, she has to almost pester me to take a Tylenol or Advil if I have a headache. Never been a fan of pills in general, whatever may be in them. We are way overmedicated in the US. Taking a pill keeps us from having to explore and deal with the underlying issues, doesn’t it?
It absolutely does Michael – when getting to the root would resolve the issue instead of simply managing or covering it.
On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM, 3-D Vitality