In taking a holistic approach to treating your health ailments, as a last resort, you may need to use prescription medications. Do not exclude this option no matter how strongly you believe in using natural remedies.
I hear this comment from my clients all the time. They believe so
strongly in taking a natural approach to curing their ailments that
they simply refuse
to use prescription drugs at all.
You may wonder why I am writing on this topic. What I want is to let you know that as much as I choose to take the natural approach to curing diseases, there are times when all else have failed to work, prescription drugs can be a valuable last resort.
How to avoid taking a lifetime of prescription drugs...
Let me use an example to help make it clear. If you have high cholesterol and you go visit your family doctor, he or she is likely to prescribe to you a cholesterol lowering drug like Lipitor, Crestor or Pravachol. And most people will follow their doctor's direction and take it without asking questions or doing research to see what alternatives are available. (The fact that you are reading this means you ARE doing research to find alternatives!). But since you are informed, you would suggest to your doctor that you want to try a different approach. Here's how your conversation could go.
"I understand that my cholesterol level is above what is considered normal and I am aware of the risk I would face if I don't do anything about it.
I havedone research on natural remedies and cure. I have determined that many natural remedies have scientific evidence that they can lower cholesterol effectively.
These would include fish oils containing omega-3 fatty acids, garlic, red yeast rice and many others. I would like to take these natural remedies first for 3 to 6 months or so.
Then you can have my cholesterol level checked and see where it stands. After that time, I will re-evaluate using the cholesterol lowering medications."
Ok, it may not sound as smooth as that and, of course, understand that your doctor may disagree with your decision because "he/she know best".
Be firm and say that you will consider the prescription option if all else fails. (In case your doctor believes that fish oil doesn't work, well, I guess he/she needs to keep up-to-date with the latest research studies eh?)
Your family doctor will probably support you if you make it clear that you are not downplaying the dangers of high cholesterol and you are actually making a plan to bring your cholesterol down. Tell your doctor that you are not making an excuse not to take the prescription drugs.
You are looking lowering your cholesterol but that taking the prescription medication is not your first option.
If after you've tried all options at curing your high cholesterol using natural remedies and it's not brought down to a "safe" level, you ultimately may have to use prescription drugs in combination with the natural remedies.
And that's the important message. Natural remedies (such as fish oil) are proven to lower cholesterol but it can only do so much! Prescription medications can bring it down a whole lot but if you use it with natural remedies, at least you don't need to use a very high dose. You can combine using natural remedies with prescription drugs (if you have to) so that you'll get the absolute most benefit with the least amount of side effects and dangers.
Oh, don't believe the reason for taking natural remedies is because they have no side effects. That is absolutely not true. Some have little side effects while others do have quite a bit (but they are generally mild unlike prescription medications).
I hope you got some insight into a good approach to using natural remedies to help you with treating and curing your health conditions.
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September 23, 2009