Perfecting Naturopathy and Escaping the Dangers of Drugs
Medicine has come a long way since the ancient Greeks and Egyptians began experimenting with cures for common ailments. These days there are pills for everything from the common cold or a headache to high blood pressure, cholesterol and even depression.
Unfortunately, however, many doctors today have begun so preoccupied with treating the symptoms that they fail to address the real cause of the illness.
A recent example of this was the finding that millions of people in the UK suffer from headaches that are caused by the very painkillers they take to relieve them.
In many cases, the drugs we take to ease our symptoms only work to hide the actual cause of our ailments, which, when left untreated, only become worse and call for new medication, thus trapping us in a vicious cycle.
When you have a stomachache or heartburn after eating, you can take antacids and acid blockers, but are they really fixing the problem in your digestive tract? Is the cholesterol lowering drug you take doing anything to protect your heart? Or is it just hiding the warning signals that a lifestyle change is in order?
What Naturopathy Does and Why a Holistic Approach is Best
Naturopathy, unlike much of modern medicine these days, tries to focus on the whole person, taking into account their diet, lifestyle and environment, in order to determine the cause of the symptoms and find a long-term solution. This is also known as a holistic approach to medicine.
There are two main aspects of naturopathy; one is to support the body’s ability to heal itself on its own, and the other is to educate people and encourage them to make healthier lifestyle choices that will prevent disease in the first place.
To most people, this approach to medicine sounds crazy, after all, haven’t we become healthier and eliminated many of the illnesses that plagued the generations before us? While it is certainly true that modern medicine has had many benefits and greatly increased our average life expectancy, it is has also changed the way we approach the issues in our everyday life.
Have a headache? Pop a pill. Feeling fatigued? Try an energy drink. Got a cold or flu? Take an antibiotic. We have become so accustomed to these quick fixes that we fail to think about the long term consequences of our actions, and in doing so, ignore some of our body’s basic needs.
This is evident in the high obesity rates throughout the world; in America, 30.6% of people are obese, followed closely by Mexico with 24.2% and the UK with 23%. Additionally, 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where obesity kills more people than being underweight does.
These figures have led to a huge increase in the number of diet pills and supplements on the market, many of which are risky and have serious side effects. And this is while obesity is entirely preventable simply by following a healthy diet, exercising regularly and making better lifestyle choices.
There Are No Shortcuts To Good Health
We have fallen into the trap of thinking we can live how we want, eat what we want, exercise as little as possible, and then simply take a pill when our body starts to protest.
While there is nothing wrong with taking antibiotics or using pain-relievers from time to time, it is important to keep in mind that many times, your symptoms are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, and simply getting rid of the outward signs isn’t going to do you any good in the long run.
If you have a chronic or degenerative condition, you need to ask yourself some basic questions such as whether your digestive system is working as it should, your stress levels and hormones are balanced and your metabolism is functioning effectively.
Getting to the bottom of the problem and doing your best to prevent illness by finding a good balance and treating your mind and body with respect is the only way to achieve long-term health.
There are no shortcuts to good health; there is no magic pill you can take, whether natural or not, that will counteract an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you’re looking to change your lifestyle and take a more holistic approach to your health, a naturopathic doctor may be able to help you identify the weak areas in your life and suggest an appropriate course of action that focuses on everything from diet and exercise to mental and spiritual well being.
Aileen Pablo is a health and fitness blogger from Open Colleges,one of the leading providers of dietician courses. Aside from blogging about food and nutrition, Aileen is also fond of writing topics about education, business, and interior design. If you want to feature her on your blog, drop a line at aileen (at) oc.edu.au.