Alternative Health Methods vs. Traditional Western Medicine, this is the great debate that seems to be rising in our society. The lines are being drawn between the two; those who won't take anything natural without their doctors seal of approval or those who are choosing to explore alternative health methods.
In the United States, we have the best Emergency and Trauma treatment in the world. From that stand point, our hospital care can not be beaten, especially if, heaven forbid, you are in a serious accident or in need of a transplant. However, what about the every day health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, the epidemic of diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression or acid reflux? Is a little purple pill really what your body needs? Are these really diseases or symptoms of your body is trying to tell you something?
Many people have been caught up in what is being described as the medical madness of traditional western medicine. They have to deal with doctors who work from tests that sometimes don't indicate that anything is wrong, which means more testing or finding a different doctor and having to start the testing process all over again. Occasionally in some cases even a visit to a psychologist is suggested. Traditional medicine relies heavily on doctor's tests, and when they don't show anything, many times they are at a loss as to what to do next. As a patient, this can be very frustrating; therefore, many people have chosen to take matters into their own hands and look outside the medical box.
At this point the question that many are asking themselves is, is there a better solution to better health? And so this is where the journey to the other side of the line begins.
Some believe it is God that made mankind in his image, so it stands to reason that God would have also supplied the world with the natural means to take care of, and heal, our bodies with things that He put on the earth. In other words, supplying your body with the natural nutrients that it needs before disease sets in; and if perhaps it is too late, and disease has all ready set in, to give your body the nutrients it needs to help heal it's self.
Many people are opening their minds to a larger way of thinking about their own health and prevention of disease. Many in the world believe that it is an unrealistic view that the only way to treat disease is through western medicine. After all, when you look at statistics on the health of nations, the USA doesn't rank very high. Shouldn't that tell us something? Many feel that they have been a part of what has been described as the circus of modern western medicine and survived, but have come out with no medical solutions. Many have felt that they had nothing to loose with trying alternative medicine. With so many people around the country coming to the same conclusion, it is hard not to at least consider that alternative health methods do have a place in our society. So many people say they are tired of taking drugs that their doctors continually prescribe, so the tide may be turning as more and more people choose to take their health situations into their own hands and seek out alternative health methods. It has been predicted that the nutritional health industry alone will grow to be a trillion dollar industry in the next 5 to 10 years.
Certainly everyone needs to be aware that not all alternative health methods are safe. There are some crazy or unsubstantiated alternative health methods out there. Just like anything else, you need to use common sense, and use a buyer beware approach. Read and study about the product and or treatment you are considering. See if you can speak with people who have already used the product or treatment. Does the information that they are giving you make sense on how it is working for them? What is the risk and cost involved in trying the product or treatment? Do they offer any money back guarantees if you are not satisfied? Realize that if a product or treatment does not work for your particular health issue, it doesn't necessarily mean it's not of any value, it may just not be what your body needs at that particular time to help heal itself. You also need to be prepared for some trial and error, but isn't that what you have with the traditional medicine too?
One of the easiest, and most beneficial things that anyone can do when they are looking to improve their health naturally is to start with nutrients. Nutrients consist of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and many sub categories. Start with a good product that supplies you with the basics in an easily assimilated form. Remember to give whatever the product is time to work. You didn't get sick overnight and you shouldn't expect to get well overnight. If you research the poor quality of most of our food, and the life styles we lead, it's easy to see why we aren't staying healthy. Many think that if you are of the belief that what we eat doesn't affect the state of our bodies, you are fooling only yourself. You should also know that all vitamins aren't made equal, so you should look for quality, not price only, when looking for good nutrients. Don't overlook the fact that there are some excellent functional health beverages available that provide great benefits for the body. And of course, exercising and learning to eat better foods is very important for having a long term healthy body.
If you have a particular health issue that you are dealing with, don't limit yourself. Do plenty of research on what is on the market that might help you; see what the traditional western medicine and alternative health options are. If by chance you don't have a diagnosis, research your symptoms and go from there. Also, seek the help of other types of health professionals such as homeopathic doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists, etc.
Take the first step in finding the best solution by taking control of your own health. Who would have any greater interest in your health than you? Make up your own mind about what is best for your body. The great thing about living in America is that we have the choice between alternative health methods or traditional western medicine.
The great debate between alternative health methods and traditional western methods will continue for many years to come. It's good to see that there are some medical doctors who are opening their minds to both sides of the line and are recommending good nutritional products for their patients. Imagine what could happen if both sides of the line embraced each other?
Looking to improve your health isn't always easy, but take it from many who have been on the journey and came out victorious on the other side......it's worth it!