I have spent a lot of time in visits to doctors and specialists over the years (mostly when I was younger and had some chronic health issues).
I don’t go to regular doctors that often anymore but I will visit them when needed., of course.
I’ve had mixed results with some of their recommendations which either didn’t help at all or helped one health issue but caused other issues.
Doctors and healthcare practionners are doing the best they can but it’s important to recognize that sometimes there are limits to what they can help with.
Western medicine and pharmaceuticals have their use and value, and it’s good to cautiously use them, when needed.
Be proactive with your medical care
I believe that it’s helpful to consider other solutions and alternative healthcare, in addition to carefully navigating the Western medical system.
Medications and surgery are sometimes needed but alternative healthcare and naturopathic doctors can complement Western medicine to provide you with a well-rounded solution.
Once your health has been compromised due to years of unhealthy and damaging practices, it can be hard to get healthy again. Start now and keep up those good health habits. It’s a continual education process and requires will-power.
Eat natural, whole foods. Food that is in it’s natural state, unaltered. If you shop in the outside aisles of the supermarket, you’ll be fine. Avoid the aisles. Avoid “food” in packages. Remember: The food industry wants to make you addicted to their products.
Buy organic, if you can. It tastes better and has more vitamins and minerals. If not, then locally-grown produce is also a good option.
Your exercise routine doesn’t have to be difficult, especially in the beginning. Start with a light form of exercise every day. This should also include a stretching routine. Prior to the 1950’s, most of us would have had work that was much more physically-demanding. We were built to move and be active. Make time for at least 20 minutes of exercise, 3-4 days a week.
Follow mental health best practices.
Retrain your mind to view things positively. Experiment with meditation. Let things go. Cultivate true patience. Choose to spend more time with positive people.
Do your own medical research.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a health condition, learn about it. Get a second medical opinion, if you have any doubts. When your doctor recommends a prescription, read up on it. Get all the information. You need to protect yourself because your doctor might not have time to explain all the details of your medication.
Ask your doctors good questions.
Write down a few questions you’d like to ask your doctor. Bring a notepad and pen to make notes when you visit your doctor.
Question the need for prescription drugs and surgery.
If your doctor recommends drugs or surgery, ask if there are other options. Ask what the risks are if you don’t use drugs or surgery. Get a second opinion from another doctor.
Stop relying on your doctors for a quick fix.
Instead, consider natural health solutions. If you’re sick or have chronic illness, the very first thing you need to look at is your diet. Food is medicine. Also, don’t immediately run to your doctor for minor things.
Complementary and Alternative Health Care Works
I went to a naturopathic doctor a few years ago for several health issues. The first consultation lasted an entire hour. I had never had a doctor’s visit that long and in-depth before.
He asked me good questions, listened and took notes the entire time. He was very attentive and interested in my health situation and in finding solutions.
I was pleasantly surprised at this detailed level of patient care. And he could prescribe medications, if needed, as well as order diagnostics, just like regular doctors, although he preferred to prescribe medications only if absolutely necessary.
I would highly recommend looking into alternative forms of medicine, especially for chronic health issues that haven’t improved through standard medical care.
After following my naturopathic doctor’s diet recommendations, I saw really good improvement with some chronic health issues I had.
I no longer had heart palpitations or a fast heart-rate. My energy was the best it’s been in decades.
I didn’t need naps anymore. I didn’t need to sleep as many hours. I woke up feeling clear, alert and my concentration had improved considerably. My mood improved significantly.
My chronic wrist pain mostly disappeared and I was able to play guitar again without pain.
Take Charge of Your Health
Take your health into your own hands. Start right now.
Be cautious when agreeing to take medication. Consider visiting a naturopathic doctor or Chinese medical doctor.
Do your own research on your health issues and medications.
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