Natural Remedies vs. Modern Medicine

I hear it all too often. The negative comments, backlash, weird looks, you name it. When you tell someone you live a natural lifestyle, they automatically assume you are an anti-vax, essential oiler, granola mom. The truth of the matter is that couldn’t be further from…well…the truth. The actual truth is that natural living and remedies can be very useful for a variety of things, to include enhancing the effectiveness of modern medicine. So, I’m going to discuss natural remedies and modern medicine and when is it appropriate to use which individually and paired. Hopefully, it will give both the granola moms and hardcore doubters a better outlook to the other side.

Please keep in mind that this is my opinion. If you have medical questions, please talk to a doctor. 

Modern Medicine

It truly is a wonderful thing. It has eradicated many diseases and conditions. Not to mention it can help add years to your life. There is no natural remedy for polio, small pox, the flu, etc. Nor will natural remedies replace modern vaccines. The best example I have for the wonders of modern medicine is this…
You go to the doctor and find out you have cancer of [insert body part here]. What would be your course of action? Would ignore the recommendations of your doctor, go home and rub oil on yourself, take lavender baths and drink tea? Absolutely not. You’re going to schedule surgery, chemotherapy, or whatever treatments your doctor suggests. 
Modern medicine is not the devil. I use it even though I try to live as naturally as possible. The issues can begin when you over use certain aspects (like prescription medications). This causes additional issues for your body and can further complicate your already present health concerns. While everything has side effects, modern medications can have some rather drastic ones. Y’all know the voice at the end of the commercial that talks super fast? Yeah, that’s the guy telling you everything that could go wrong if you took medication XYZ. It might work great for the problem it was designed for, but you have to watch for the other problems it could cause. 
Please don’t stop taking your prescriptions. Consult a doctor before you make any huge changes to your healthcare routine. 

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies for curing ailments is far from a new concept. As a matter of fact, before modern medications and technologies, humans used natural remedies as their primary form of healing. Remedies can come in the form of oils, tonics, teas, vinegar, soups…you get the point. The main purpose and the draw of natural living is that you reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. With natural remedies, you reduce that by 100%. No chemicals, no toxins, and minimal side effects. These remedies can be highly effective, especially with common ailments like headaches, nausea, the common cold, sore throats, or even menstrual symptoms. I VERY VERY rarely take any OTC medication. I simply don’t have a need for it. I have a list of things I do prior to even considering taking an Advil, Tylenol, Midol, or whatever. I even tried to grow an herb garden to increase my natural apothecary. Sadly, I don’t have much of a green thumb, so that was a big flop. 
Now don’t hate me for this, but…..natural remedies can’t cure everything. There are just somethings you have to take medicine for. Don’t try to cure your heart disease with grandma’s elixir. Consult a medical professional. In my opinion, natural living/remedies are to be used as preventative measures or to cure simple issues. Healthy individuals can use natural remedies as maintenance. Elderberry syrup is a great example of a natural preventative. When taken regularly, it boosts the immune system. In my opinion, natural remedies can and should be used for minor ailments such as headaches, colds, and mild pain relief. 
They can even be used in conjunction with modern medicine to help ease the side effects you might encounter. It can ease the side effects of medications or procedures. I always recommend every cancer patient incorporate natural remedies into their daily routine because it can ease the effects of chemotherapy.
Bottom line, natural remedies aren’t meant to be used for major conditions and disease. There is a reason the life expectancy of humans went from being like 30 years to like 80+ years. You just can’t beat modern medicine. 
So, when do you know which one to use? These are my general rules: 
Natural remedies should be used on healthy individuals as preventatives or in addition to medical routines. 
Modern medicine should be used for curing diseases, conditions, or for unmanageable pain. 
Don’t think that just because you are trying to live a natural lifestyle that it restricts you from taking part in the advances of medicine. Feel free to partake in whatever you think you might need. On the opposite side, my folks who are big fans of the doctor, don’t be afraid to add in a little lavender or other remedy to your health routine. You might be surprised at how well they compliment each other!

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