When it Comes to Your Healthcare Do You Consider All of The Choices?
Fri, Jan 31st, 2020
Most of us in the United States are familiar with Western medicine where healthcare practitioners (doctors, nurses, etc.) treat disease and symptoms with medication, surgery or radiation. The results from utilizing Western medicine may be faster but it is often less effective in getting rid of the illness completely.
Also, many of the Western medicine treatments and medications have side effects. Sometimes the side effects can be as bad or worse than the illness being treated.
Eastern medicine or traditional medicine has been utilized for thousands of years and consists of a more holistic approach to treating disease and illness. There is a huge emphasis on disease prevention through lifestyle and food choices.
Many people like to utilize both types of medicine for their care. It is beneficial if you can find a medical doctor who will work with your holistic practitioner or naturopathic doctor so you can have the best of both worlds.
When establishing with any doctor there are tests and labs, they order to get a picture of what is going on with your body and to get a good idea of the health of your systems. There are many tests a holistic doctor will usually order as part of those labs and tests that a Western medical doctor usually does not.
For example, in addition to what a western medical doctor may test for, a holistic doctor may order micro nutrient testing to see if there are any specific nutrients you may be deficient in. Depending on your age and how you are feeling, they may test your hormones, adrenals, thyroid (more in-depth testing), gut flora, metabolism and inflammation markers.
There are many Western medical doctors that are being educated on Eastern medicine and offer both in their practice. Then, they have a larger arsenal of ways to combat any illness that may present to their patients.
One of the challenges of Eastern medicine is getting the buy in from the general public to understand that prevention is the key to better health. The problem for most people with prevention is that it can be inconvenient for them.
In the prevention model, there are many foods and habits that must be eliminated. For example, getting rid of drinks and foods containing refined sugar, eating more vegetables and organic foods, changing products used on your body and for cleaning your home to more eco friendly and natural choices. Preventing disease is a way of life and many people are resistant to change or do not believe in prevention.
The good news is that more people are learning more about how living the preventative lifestyle can help ward off illness and disease; plus when someone makes the change, they often feel better and lab tests show their inflammation markers can become lower.
The bottom line is, it’s your life and you are the one who has to live it. You can choose which type of physician you want to see and what type of lifestyle you want to live.