“As a retired physician, I can honestly say that unless you are in a serious accident, your best chance of living to a ripe old age is to avoid doctors and hospitals and learn nutrition, herbal medicine and other forms of natural medicine unless you are fortunate enough to have a naturopathic physician available. Almost all drugs are toxic and are designed only to treat symptoms and not to cure anyone” – Dr Alan Greenberg MD
Merely surviving in the face of illness and truly healing the body from illness appear to be two vastly different things. In my opinion, science based ‘medicine’ is a system of disease management rather than a means to heal; a system that simply enables people to continue functioning while suffering from various ailments, rather than seeking to remove the conditions that caused the ailments, thereby healing them.
I am not a doctor, nor have I studied any kind of science beyond GCSE level, so I do not have medical knowledge that society would deem sufficient for me to be regarded as an ‘expert’ in accordance with the current scientific dogma. On the other hand, I can use logic and reasoning…and I like to read…a lot. I also care about my body. After all, it is a perfectly designed and complex machine, plus I only have one and so I want to look after it, since I need it to carry me around and do things.
To heal means ‘to effect a cure’ and it seems there are a lot of, quite frankly, ill people taking all kinds of medications as prescribed by their doctors – are they healed? It does not seem that they are. So what is going on?
Well, science studies what is observable and so I suppose that according to science, if someone is ill you study what you can observe; the obvious things to observe are the symptoms of the illness. So scientific medicine seems to be focussed on the symptoms and treating those. To me, this appears to be ignoring a huge part of the story that the patient’s body is trying to tell; the doctor is only looking at the last chapter when they actually need to go right back to the beginning and find out what caused the illness in the first place.
“In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain” – Dr Kelly Brogan MD
A case in point that I want to briefly talk about is depression. Having previously been under the care of my GP for depression, I have experienced the willingness of doctors to prescribe me antidepressant drugs; I pushed for talking therapies instead and resisted drugs. The use of drugs to treat depression focusses on one of the observable symptoms (symptom is probably not the right word for me to use here but it will do for what I am seeking to explain), which is a chemical imbalance in the brain and so the drugs are commonly used to increase serotonin (a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy). My depression was not caused by a lack of serotonin but rather, past trauma and current stress. Mental health is a prime example where lifestyle factors – past, present and future – need to be addressed for the patient to be healed, rather than treating it on a chemical basis only, which ignores the underlying issues. Simply giving someone antidepressants can actually serve to perpetuate the illness, since the person’s poor brain is tricked into feeling happier while they continue to harbour the same psychological issues that led to them becoming ill in the first place.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Your human body is a perfectly designed and complex machine; this machine needs fuel. If you bought an expensive vehicle that needed a particular type of fuel, you would not just go putting any old rubbish into it would you? If you did, you would not be surprised if it broke down. Your body is an expensive vehicle! In fact, it is priceless! Your body needs the correct fuel! I cannot stress this enough; if you are not eating natural, healthful foods but instead are consuming processed foods laden with chemicals, your poor body is struggling to run properly and you will become ill.
Did you know that every 7 years your body completely replaces itself? Where do you think it gets the material from to replace all of the cells etc.? From what you eat and drink of course – you literally are what you eat. So again, if you fill it with rubbish, you get rubbish
Filling your body with rubbish includes filling your mind with rubbish too. The cells in your body react to what your mind says – the mind controls every function of the body. Positive thoughts can strengthen your immune system while negative thoughts can bring it down.
To conclude this article, I will summarise again the dichotomy that I see in the mainstream approach to health.
On the one hand, there is scientific medicine, which I call a system of disease management, as it allows people to survive with illness by using chemicals to treat the observable symptoms.
On the other hand, there is true healing, which seeks to remove the conditions that caused the disease so that the body/mind can function healthily as they are meant to.
Surely, we are meant to thrive, not just survive.
With a little thought and a lot of care, we can all be our own healers.