It amazes me

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    Amie Warrenposted 13 years ago

    That people who have never tried alternative remedies are the first ones to criticize them. I think a lot of people are addicted to the "take a pill" philosophy, and think that modern medicine can do no wrong. All I have to do is look at the side effects of most medicines to know I don't want that stuff in my body.

    I've been using herbals and holistic medicine for many years, and am much healthier now than I have ever been. I used to be constantly running to the doctor, getting antibiotics, then antifungals because the antibiotics killed all the good bacteria in my body.

    I just wish people would try one herbal remedy and see if it helped them before they started their slash and burn campaign against it.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image85
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      that seems to be the status quo. it works like that with politics, religion, any aspect of life where there are different schools of thought. people don't want to step out of their zone of familiarity or what they believe to be right.

      I've used herbal teas, remedies for years and yet there are some that can be dangerous with certain conditions. a lot of our sicknesses don't require pills, they require lifestyle changes and keeping ourselves grounded. 

      a cup of green tea a day seems to make a difference for me. smile

    2. Karen N profile image70
      Karen Nposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      They both have their place.  But I usually try the natural medicine first, and if that doesn't take care of it then I move on to the modern stuff.

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    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    I hardly ever take any medicine at all, whether synthetic or natural.

    In the past 24 months there has been one occassion, stretched out over about 5 days, when I took painkillers and aspirin to help me get through a week at work whilst ill. They were the only things in the cupboard and had been there for several years.

    I often wonder whether these people who have a constant supply of painkillers or paracetemol are actually prone to 'headaches' or are simply blissfully unaware of a slight addiction.

    To be honest, I would never have considered alternative remedies for feeling like crap. My priority is to grab what I can find, otherwise I would need a stockpile of natural cures for conditions and illnesses which I may never experience. So convenience undoubtedly plays a huge part.

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      gkrooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yikes!  Natural Herbal Remedies and plants and barks and roots are not something that you stockpile like painkillers or sedatives so you can use them when you have a pain or can't sleep!  Well, Natural Herbal Teas are really a good defense, but Herbs cure conditions, they do not cover.

  3. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    The pharma companies have done a good job at protecting their investment, not to mention, probably have a good chunk invested in the FDA.

    There is not a doubt that there are plenty of natural remedies for people to take, but many continue to run off to their doctor who just prescribes another pill for them to take on their so-called good advice.

    I worked in a sports nutrition store for a couple of years and was surprised at the number of things carried by them, that would handle problems pills presently do.

    Not to mention, not many people are firm believers that things like antibiotics are bad. Which antibiotics actually reduce a person's immune system, making them subjected to catching a number of other things, while supposedly healing them.

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      gkrooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      There is a cure for that condition.

  4. timorous profile image81
    timorousposted 13 years ago

    Quite so.  Those pharmaceuticals should only be used for emergency situations.  The so-called 'side-effects' are actually the main effects.  The fact that it somehow may have the intended remedial effect is co-incidental.  Meanwhile, your natural chemical balance has been disturbed, and your immune system is compromised.

    Continued reliance on any drug is bound to make you worse in the end, not better.  Of course, this is just what big Pharma wants..they line their pockets while 'managing' your malady.  The last thing they'd want is to find a 'cure' for profit in that, is there?

    Just stick to the natural stuff, and you'll be way better off in the long run.  I haven't been sick in years.

    Ok...there's my rant for the day boys and girls.  You may want to check out my 2 hubs on this topic. smile


    1. sofs profile image77
      sofsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have a couple of serious problem when I was told to accept my limitations and live a limited life. That was the last I visited a doctor for prescription drugs.
      I refused to accept their verdict  ( they said I would be crippled for life)  I shifted to alternate medicines not only am I in perfect health but I can do what I want.  I am not limited by their verdict. I have changed my life style and more importantly my food habits.
      Thumbs up for alternate medicines

      1. timorous profile image81
        timorousposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That's my girl..way to go sofs.  Everyone needs to stand up and take control of their own health and their own life.  Don't be bamboozled into any kind of drug regime, until you've ruled out the alternatives.

        Chances are if you've gotten yourself into such a state, you can get yourself out.  It just takes longer.  However, your body is amazingly skilled and resiliant at rectifying imbalances if you give it half a chance.

        Man-made chemicals have no business being in your body at all.  That's what those 'side-effects' are..your body rejecting foreign substances.

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        Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        My friend was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and almost died from the medication. She was told she had 10 years at best. 22 years later, she is still using natural medicine to fight the disease, and while she has good days and bad days, she is still here and still functioning pretty normally.

        I look at her and say "Why would anyone want to take prescription drugs?"

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      gkrooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Will do Timorous.

  5. alternate poet profile image67
    alternate poetposted 13 years ago

    I teach at a Chinese Medical School.  They say that western medicines work faster but sometimes do more long term damage than they cure.  I have taken Chinese medicines and they have worked just fine so far, they seem to be better at curing skin disorders as I note from a friend next door.

    If anyone has any questions they want answered about Chinese medicines ASK ME  -  and I will use them as the basis of the next class discussion.  I teach around 180 pretty girls doing nursing majors, I am sure they can enlighten us!

    1. timorous profile image81
      timorousposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Well gosh darn it...why don't you write us a hub about it? smile

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      Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, write some Chinese medicine hubs! I'll read 'em!

      1. alternate poet profile image67
        alternate poetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I know very little except what 'she' does to me occasionally if she thinks I am ill or getting ill or may be going to get ill !   Teaching English there doesn't inform me unfortunately - BUT I can ask loads of questions and get specific answers.

  6. kirstenblog profile image80
    kirstenblogposted 13 years ago

    Seems to me there is a time and place for everything, including 'eastern' type remedies and modern western style medicines. Say I have a cold or the flu, a nice echenisa (sp?) tea with lemon and maybe some golden seal gives my body a bit of a boost to fight the little buggars off in the first instance, plus a day or 2 of rest = cure. I come down with some strange exotic cancer I may well want to take the heavy duty pills, and I certainly want them to work which is why I don't take them for small ailments. Use a fly swatter for the flies and use the rifle for dangerous predators smile

  7. theherbivorehippi profile image64
    theherbivorehippiposted 13 years ago

    I totally agree! one will try anything and they think you're crazy...even though there all of these recalls for so many drugs all of the time.  My family even laughs at me because I drink Apple Cider Vinegar everyday and use it for just about anything and I give my dogs all herbal alternatives for heartworm prevention, etc.  But everyone would rather take some synthetic garbage rather than choosing something natural.  It makes no sense.  My mom and both of my aunts have various health issues and I have recommended so many things to all of them and they just refuse...well then, just keep taking your drugs and complaining! should write a hub on it!

    1. kirstenblog profile image80
      kirstenblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Apple cider vinegar will knock out any food poisoning. I use it every time my tummy starts to feel like I ate something tainted and it always puts the breaks on the cramping and such. I LOVE cider vinegar and am not surprised to hear that it contributes to your good health. I kinda associate the taste with feeling better after eating bad mayo or prawns or even beans (you know if they are not cooked right they are right dangerous)

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        Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I use garlic a lot when I'm not sure about know, it tastes a little off, but not bad enough not to eat it? I take four garlic capsules when I eat it, and I never get sick.

  8. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    all things which are not natural are bad for the body unless it is for much serious illness, then one needs medical care.

    I think that herbal meds are the best,,

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      Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have found that if you can't knock out an infection in 10 days with garlic and ACV, you need to go to the doctor. Otherwise, save your money.

      I've even cured a sore that had MRSA with baking soda, ichthammol and peroxide.

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        klarawieckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        What's ACV?

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          Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Apple Cider Vinegar...a great blood cleanser.

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    klarawieckposted 13 years ago

    What do you recommend for the common cold? I'm a teacher and I'm constantly getting sick. I already take vitamines, vitaminD, and Omega3.

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      Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Chicken broth with tons and tons of garlic and onion in it. Drink nothing but this broth all day as soon as you start feeling bad, as hot as you can stand it.  Make at least a gallon of it, and drink it all day and just before you go to bed. No special measurements, just put a lot of garlic and onion in it. I use a whole head of garlic and about 2 large onions. White onions are best. My friend gave me this recipe, and I did not believe how well it worked. If you can't get fresh garlic, use either the chopped garlic in jars or take 12 garlic capsules a day, and drink the chicken broth with onions.

      Then get the Zicam swabs and swab your nose with them as directed. I swear, this stuff WORKS! The FDA and big pharm tried to get it taken off the market, it works so well. They did succeed in getting the extra strength variety removed.  Last time I had flu, I took this and only missed one day of work, the first day when I had to drink the garlic/onion soup all does give you really bad breath. LOL

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        klarawieckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Oh Good! I'm going to try it! My students in 4th and 5th grade pass gas all the time. It's something funny to them but I have to deal with it. The bad breath is going to my payback!!! LOL

        Thanks for sharing. I'm going to start tomorrow. I have been with a sore throat all day.


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