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Has modern medicine failed?

Acupuncture physician applying treatment
Acupuncture physician applying treatment
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While many Americans still seem to be programmed to run to the doctor when they have the first sign of any illness, more and more people are looking into alternative options to see what else is available. There has been such an increase in awareness in various types of alternative methods that people are actively looking to see what other options are available to them. Utilizing a holistic approach used to be the main method of treatment for many but over the course of the last several decades modern medicine has taken a front row view. While modern medicine takes the approach of treatment of symptoms with various prescriptions, over the counter drugs and surgery, the holistic view had been side-lined. Fortunately many people are seeking out optimal health and finding that the prescription medications, while people tend to feel better, is not really addressing the underlying condition. People want to heal the condition, not just mask the condition. There is a time when prescription medications are necessary, but there are also times when alternative methods have been shown to be more effective.

Accupuncturist applying alternative medicine
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Over 200 years ago many issues such as infections could wipe out entire populations, modern medicine saved lives with antibiotics and vaccines. That was nothing short of miraculous! Today's miracles are filled with pain-killers, antidepressants, sleep aides and more. While these drugs have their place, people still need to take responsibility by eating well and exercising regularly. It is proven that proper nutrition and exercise can reverse or keep at bay diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control "Adverse drug events cause over 700,000 emergency department visits each year. Nearly 120,000 patients each year need to be hospitalized for further treatment after emergency visits for adverse drug events. As more and more people take more medicines, the risk of adverse events may increase."

According to the Centers for Disease Control "Medicines to relieve pain improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. However, in 2004, over 7,500 Americans died of unintentional overdoses of opioid analgesics (pain medicines such as methadoneExternal Web Site Icon, oxycodoneExternal Web Site Icon, and hydrocodoneExternal Web Site Icon), more people than from cocaine or heroin".(1)

"At least 16,000 injuries from auto crashes each year involving older drivers are attributable to the use of psychoactive drugs, specifically benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants. Psychoactive drugs are those that affect the mind or behavior. "(2)

Each year, 61,000 older adults develop drug-induced parkinsonism. At least 80 percent of them should never have been put on the drugs causing the parkinsonism in the first place. Also, a large proportion of these people have doctors who think that their patients’ parkinsonism developed spontaneously.

With the indications of harmful side effects one needs to be fully informed of all their choices before committing to any treatment plan. Ask questions, get a second or third opinion if necessary and research all options available to you.

Many Americans feel that they are not getting the treatment they need from their doctors. There are times a treatment is issued before all tests have come back for a proper diagnosis. The doctors are overworked and the role insurance company's play makes it is increasingly more difficult for quality time to be spent with the patients.

Americans also seek out prescription drugs which has led to many viruses and bacteria becoming resistant. More than 50 million pounds of antibiotics are produced each year in the United States. About 40% of these go to animals, for the most part they promote growth rather than treat diseases. This overuse of medications has led to common infections now being resistant to our medications.(3)

So the question becomes, is there a way for people to take health matters into their own hands and be successful? Is it possible to be healthy without prescription medications, frequent visits to doctors and expensive insurance payments?

That is where the question begins. Where does one start? Like the story goes, always start at the beginning. Look inside. Were there any triggers that may have brought on your symptoms? The body has an innate ability to heal itself. It is a very complex system. There are many ways to help activate the healing process. One process is to develop a positive attitude and emotions. Positive thinking will activate the healing of tissues by way of electrically stimulating the nervous system. Deep breathing is a good way of centering and calming a person's emotions. It allows for a greater supply of oxygen to flow through the body and feel more at peace. There are certain supplements that can help in the healing process like aromatherapy and homeopathy. Enzymes are critical for every biological function in the body. Proper food and nutrition is essential for helping the body function at it's optimal pace.

There is increasing awareness and demand for both conventional and alternative medicine. The more people seek out alternative remedies the more research and awareness there seems to be. Always look for qualified practitioners to help you determine what is the best course of action for you. By incorporating a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy mind, body and soul one provides a foundation to build upon. Do your research and be open minded to all options for you.

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