You’re the only one living inside your body.
Medical decisions have consequences. You’ll have to live with them. No one else does. Not your doctor. Not your nurse. Or the nice lady who greets you when you arrive for a medical visit.
Our medical system is based upon drugs. (And surgery.) I’m not saying that pharmaceuticals are bad. Sometimes they’re life saving.
But it’s good to know what forces set the agenda. Did you know the pharmaceutical industry has enormous sway over how doctors are educated.
Doctors learn to treat patients with drugs. Medical research centers around putting new drugs on the market. Many studies are designed around these drugs.
Little attention is paid to wellness. Or preventing disease in the first place. So you don’t need drugs.
I think modern medicine is wonderful. I’m glad we have it. But I’m aware of its limitations.
Regular doctors are good at diagnosing. But solutions may be lacking. That’s why we sometimes need to find our own.
Why It’s Important To Do Your Own Medical Research
I’m not a doctor or a medical professional. That means I can’t give medical advice. So everything you read here is my personal opinion only. I encourage everyone to work closely with their medical team.
On this blog, I share my own experience with the medical system. First hand experience has taught me that it’s okay to get second opinions.
It’s okay to seek new ways of healing. It’s okay to explore more natural solutions. As long as you’re not neglecting appropriate medical care. This last point is very important.
The more you learn about your condition, the more likely you are to find the best treatment plan.
You know what questions to ask. You know the likelihood of success. You know the risks. If you have a medical condition, one of the most important things to focus on is the risk versus the benefit of any given treatment. You want the benefits to outweigh the potential risks.
Why You Should Do Your Own Medical Research
Research helps you learn more about your condition. You can find out what treatments have the best track record. Which ones don’t. And, also, you can learn the downside of a particular treatment.
This can help you make the right decisions. Because you’re the one that will live with them.
Medicine is a business. Sometimes we forget that. We assume doctors and hospitals exist solely to help us.
They can help us. But there’s also the business element to consider. Never forget that drug companies drive the train.
Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor, “What will happen if I don’t take this drug?”
Drugs can be lifesaving. But sometimes they can cause additional problems. All drugs cause side effects. Even OTC pain medication can result in potentially life-threatening reactions.
Researching Your Own Medical Condition
Years ago, I learned that mainstream medicine is very good at some things. We’d hate to live without modern emergency rooms. Infant and maternal mortality is very low, thanks to good obstetrics care.
Doctors are very good at finding out what’s wrong with you. But the solutions may not lead to a cure.
Sometimes you have to step outside of the proverbial box, in order to get healthy again.
This is something I discovered when my children were little. One of them had persistent ear infections and upper respiratory infections. Round after round of antibiotics took a toll.
In order to break this cycle I had to look elsewhere for solutions. This meant getting online and finding out about natural ways to improve my child’s immune function. This included diet changes and homeopathy.
We were so fortunate to have a highly skilled homeopath come into our lives. This story has a happy ending. Because my child’s young body responded so well to natural healing.
Why You Need To Do Your Own Medical Research
Years later I developed chronic nerve pain. By this time, I knew a lot about natural health. But I didn’t put it into practice.
In retrospect, it’s no accident that I got sick. It wasn’t bad luck. It was the cumulative effect of poor food choices, coupled with long-term stress.
Getting better required major changes. I switched from junk food to organic food. I deleted certain types of foods, from the menu plan.
Natural remedies gave me my life back. I hate to think of what would have happened if I hadn’t changed my diet, and used homeopathic remedies. Drugs may have masked the pain. But at what cost?
It took a lot of trial and error. I spent a lot of time at research. It was time well spent.
People often ask me what I did. There’s no easy answer. I tried many things, over the years. I wish I could just say, “Do this, this and this and you’ll feel better.”
But I can’t. One, because I’m not a doctor. So I can’t give medical advice. But even if I could, there’s no one remedy or treatment plan that works for everyone. Because we’re all different.
How To Do Your Own Medical Research
Medical studies are difficult for the average person to read. That’s why it’s good to get synthesized information from natural health experts.
Two of my favorite natural health experts are Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Josh Axe, DC. Both provide excellent information on how to improve your health.
Another good resources is Dr. Michael Lam, MD. He specializes in adrenal fatigue. This is a common condition most often picked up by holistic health experts. But his website contains a lot of good information on wellness.
For a more integrative approach, you can also read Dr. Andrew Weil, MD. Integrative physicians are sort of a cross between regular mainstream doctors and holistic healers.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Also, I am not a healthcare professional. Everything written here is my personal opinion only.
My Online Course on Natural Healing
Natural healthcare is expensive. Tell me about it. We’ve probably spent anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 on natural remedies and holistic practitioners. (These visits were not covered by insurance.)
I realize some of this money was very well spent. A lot of it wasn’t. So I devised a really low cost course, with my readers in mind.
This course is designed to teach you how to work with your own doctor. The one who’s part of your insurance plan. So you can come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you. So you don’t have to spend a fortune getting the right kind of medical care.
My course is especially good for anyone with chronic pain. But I believe it can benefit anyone who’s interested in working with their own doctor to arrive at natural health solutions. For more information, click on the image below.