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The Two Sides of Medicine

The Two Sides of Medicine
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The Two Sides of Medicine - Over the course of time, there have forever been two contradicting perspectives concerning how to keep up with great wellbeing, or how to recapture it in the wake of having lost it. This struggle has gone on since old times furthermore, no question will proceed all the way into what's to come.

One 'side' believes good health is as a result of outside intervention... drugs, surgery, etc. The other 'side' believes that good health results from living in harmony with natural law. correct nutrition, cleanliness, etc.

The antiquated Greeks had terms for these two gatherings. As was frequently the situation in those days each gathering went under the umbrella of a 'divine being'. One was 'Asklepios'  the lord of medication, whose defenders upheld the 'intercession' approach. 

These individuals were known as 'Asklepians'. The individuals who accepted that the mystery of good wellbeing came about because of living in harmony with nature looked up to the 'Hygeia'  Goddess of health. These people were known as 'Hygeian'.

Asklepians versus Hygeian

The two sides would in general be disparaging of the other not a lot has changed over the ages. Current standard western medication adopts the 'Asklepian' strategy. Nonetheless, as of late the Hygeian approach which has forever been the basic rule behind Chinese customary medication has acquired a lot of ground. 

The increment in the ubiquity of the 'Hygeian' approach is no question because of a mix of a few elements:

    1. The dissatisfaction of traditional mainstream medicine. 
    2. Increasing cases of medical 'misadventure' (Hospitals are places to stay away from)  
    3. Awareness that good health is primarily a personal responsibility... not of overworked physicians. 
    4. An increasing awareness that the medical industry is highly influenced by drug companies and that there are often better, safer, and more economic natural alternatives to drugs.

In spite of this justified 'swing' away from mainstream medicine, mainstream medicine does have a place in everyone's health program apart from the obvious ones in treating accident cases or chronic urgent illness. So, if you are already a 'Hygeian' don't overlook the benefits that mainstream medicine can offer to you in your overall quest for good health and longevity.

These benefits are primarily in the early detection of a pending disease that you may not as yet be aware of!

An Example

Let's assume that you are over 40 years of age you are healthy, fit, and not overweight.  You eat well, you don't smoke, don't drink excessively, and rarely get sick. You probably think that you will live forever well at least into ripe old age! Right? Maybe or maybe not.

Reflect on this for a moment. Have you ever known anyone around this age that has died suddenly to your amazement because you thought they were so healthy? That person may even have been a competitive athlete!

Let me tell you a true story

About 15 years ago a friend of mine who was around 40, a former competitive bodybuilder who was still in great shape and extremely fit was at a lake water-skiing. He was watching some young water skiers doing some 'tricks'. 

Being the competitive person that he was he waited until they came in and went down to the water's edge and said "Now, I'll show you how to really do it". Those were the last words he ever uttered a couple of minutes later he was lying on the ground dead of a massive heart attack.

My friend died instantly. He could just as easily have a stroke which he may or may not have recovered from which would also have been a major tragedy.

Tragedies can often be avoided

Tragedies like this happen every day and the results are devastating not only to the victims but also to their families, friends, and loved ones. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been averted if more people were aware of their risk factors and could correct any abnormalities before it was too late!

Now back to the point of this story. My friend died of a blockage in his artery. Only takes one! If 15 years ago the technology for measuring ALL the 'predictors' which indicate your risk of such an event were available AND 

my friend had understood what they meant he would probably still be showing those young fellows how to do water-skiing tricks!

How many thousands of people are still dying needlessly because they do not know how to take advantage of current technology .or, in some cases are so opposed to mainstream medicine that they do not take advantage of 

the 'good parts!

OK.., what should you do?

First of all, if you are over 35 and have not had a blood test within the last few years arrange one NOW! Get a general one, which tests for:

    • Cholesterol. Both LDL and HDL 
    • Triglycerides 
    • Homocysteine 
    • Lipoproteins 
    • Liver Function 
    • Renal Function 
    • Plasma Glucose 

If you are a man over 40 make sure you also have a PSA. (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test) Hint: There is recent evidence that suggests that if you have had sex within the previous 72 hours your PSA levels could be affected. Play it safe and abstain for 2 - 3 days before your test.

Irrespective of your gender ask your physician if any other tests are also recommended for you.  If each test is within the normal range, that's great, you can rest easy knowing that you are unlikely to be subject to any immediate health risk. You can then direct your efforts towards improving the way you feel and slowing down your aging process.

If any of your tests are abnormal you will need to do something about bringing them back to within 'normal' ranges and possibly be subject to more tests. It is the treatment of any abnormalities from these blood tests that create a potential conflict between 'Askelepians' and 'Hygeian'.

Here is an example of potential conflict

Let's say your tests show that your cholesterol is 'out of whack', your 'mainstream' physician may first propose lowering your intake of diet cholesterol. That's unlikely to be successful as ingested cholesterol only makes up a relatively small percentage of blood cholesterol.

They will next likely propose one of the cholesterol-lowering drugs commonly known as 'statins'. These are drugs that work by blocking an enzyme that your liver needs to manufacture cholesterol. (Up to 80% of your blood cholesterol is manufactured by your liver, NOT from the ingestion of cholesterol within your diet).

These statin drugs are very powerful and have been known to cause serious side effects including deaths. In fact, Bayers was recently forced to withdraw their statin drug from the marketplace because of 'unacceptable' levels of fatalities. In spite of these risks, sales of statin drugs amount to billions of dollars per year and are commonly prescribed.

It's ironic that there are natural alternatives to these statin drugs which can assist in lowering cholesterol, and do it safely, and without side effects. But the general public hears very little about them as they are not patentable and there is no financial incentive for the big corporates to promote them.

The same principle applies to many different ailments. There can be many legitimate methods of treatment. What is important is that you seek out the natural alternatives and apply them before agreeing to subject yourself to the negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

Pharmaceutical drugs are 'blockers' whereas natural remedies are 'enablers'. Pharmaceutical drugs are 'blockers' and do not normally heal the underlying ailment. They generally work by suppressing natural functions such as certain enzymes which I mentioned earlier when giving the 'statin' example. Because of this process, results are often 'instant' and as such, there is sometimes a place for these powerful prescription drugs in the case of life-threatening emergencies.

In contrast, natural products such as herbs, vitamins, etc are 'enablers'. They work at correcting the cause of the ailment which is often a nutrient deficiency of some sort. The results are not immediate and have to be measured in weeks, or even months.

If you have a serious ailment, work with your physician to try and correct it... by first using natural remedies. If she or he is not familiar with the treatment you would like to try, do some further research and get hold of supporting information so you are in a better position to discuss the options intelligently. If your physician has a closed mind to natural remedies it may be wise to ask around and find another qualified physician with an open mind.

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