Do Drugs Really Heal Us?
Like most of you, I grew up taking drugs for various ailments. Antibiotics for ear infections, cold medicines for cough and congestion, pain killers for headaches. I even took the highly-toxic drug Accutane for acne when I was in college. The drugs I took helped reduce the troubling symptoms I was experiencing, but in no way did they heal the causes of my symptoms. In most cases as soon as I didn’t have the drugs, the problems were back. And not only that, the underlying causes of the symptoms I wanted to get rid of were usually even worse than before!
There are, of course, some instances where a drug may be a good solution. Thyroid medication for people without a thyroid gland, for instance, or immune-suppressing drugs for people who had an organ transplant. But I have found that this is the exception rather than the rule.
Here’s one scenario that is repeated constantly throughout our society – let’s say you have acid reflux issues, so you go to the doctor and he prescribes Nexium. You’ve seen plenty of commercials about the “little purple pill that heals”, so you gladly fill the prescription. You start taking the drug, and you no longer have acid reflux. Great! Problem solved, right?
Well, that depends. If you are O.K. with taking the drug for the rest of your life you might be set. But what happens when you try to go off the drug? What’s really going on here?
In most cases, acid reflux is caused and exacerbated by chronic stress and improper dietary choices. The symptom of acid reflux is a sign, a warning signal, that something isn’t right. Something needs to change.
To illustrate, imagine you get keep getting letters from your bank telling you that you have overdrafted your account, and instead of making a deposit into your bank to rectify the situation, you rip the letters up and throw them away so you don’t have to look at them, or pull out a gun and shoot the postman. Will that work?
Of course not. Just as tossing out the letters from the bank won’t solve the problem causing the letters to be sent – the overdrafted account — Nexium cannot get to the root causes of the acid reflux – chronic stress and a diet that isn’t right for you. And not only that, just as ignoring the letters from the bank will only result in the root problems getting worse and worse through time, it’s the same with covering up the sign of acid reflux while ignoring the stress and bad diet.
Ignoring an overdrafted account and just destroying the messages telling you that there’s a problem will usually result in calls from the bank or maybe even a collection agency! Similarly, down the road it’s inevitable that the stress and dietary issues causing acid reflux will lead to more urgent signals/symptoms – heart disease, heart attack, or maybe even worse!
Until we address the root causes of unpleasant symptoms and disease, the symptoms we experience will get more and more urgent. Even though they are trained primarily to prescribe drugs and perform surgeries, doctors themselves admit that at least 85% of all disorders they encounter with their patients are not optimally treated by drugs and surgery.
How much better to get to the root causes of our diseases through addressing how our lifestyle may be contributing to or causing us issues! Modifying our lifestyle can be a challenge, but it is a challenge worthy of our effort as it can reap great rewards to our long-term health and happiness.
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This ebook is for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as medical advice or used in lieu of medical treatment. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician, if one is available.
Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
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