posted on Feb, 26 2005 @ 08:11 AM
If I knew the answer to your question, wouldn't I be richer than Bill Gates and wouldn't the world be a better place to live in? Anyway, I guess
it's all upto the mind. The most powerful tool in your body is the mind. The mind most certainly exercises what your condition is and how much you
can endure a particular "illness". For example, say a person experiences headache, he goes to a modern western physicist. The doctor will diagnose
his type of headache, i.e. tension type, migraine, TMJ related, or God forbid 'Organic' etc, After a few diagnostic questions, some FDA approved
medication is prescribed pertaining to the patient's condition. The patient takes the medicine, feels better - headache is gone, but returns as soon
as he runs out of the tablets (let us assume he has chronic illness).
He returns to the doctor, the doctor prescribes even stronger medication this time. Patient goes back, same thing happens and with his frustration
decides to go to another doctor. The new doctor diagnoses the same, say he has tension type headache, gives him a different prescription, this time
Beta blockers. The patients now finds that the headache is gone, but the medicines side effects of drowsiness, depression start to kick in. The
patient thus stops the medicine. He now gets a rebound headache which is stronger than his original tension headache. The cycle goes on for the
patient. He may decide to go the best doctor in the best state in the best country in the world but any doctor will prescribe him the same. Eventually
the patient will take medication and most probabilities will be dependant on the medication for relief with no end to his misery.
Now what is wrong with the scenario here?
The patient is not treated for the cause of his headache and instead is treated for the headache itself. So he will have temporary relief when he
consumes the painkillers (or whatever is prescribed) that the doc rescribed. This is the biggest problem with relying on just one form of treatment
(in this case, western medication). Had an evaluation taken place to determine the patient's health holistically the chances of him to recover from
his headache problems would have been greater.
For eg, had the patient's diet, cognitive behaviour, postural patterns been observed for any malfunctions, he would have had a better scope of
diagnosing his actual problem. Now his recovery thereof, might seem like a miracle to some, but pure reason to others. So it could be his headache is
due to improper diet, digestive complications, liver malfunctions, oxidisation problems or external factors like an unco-operative boss at work,
burnout, noise pollution, chemical imbalance, TMJ problems or any other factors. Diagnosing and treating that "cause factor" should get rid of the
patient's basic headache problem - not an repetitive consumption of paracetamol, aspirin or tylenol.
So in conclusion, I believe that a mix of western and other medical practices are in order. So it might be that a patient who suffers from arthiritis,
might find relief in Homeopathy, a person with tension headaches might have to turn to Yoga/Ayurveda or Reiki, a person with brain tumor might have to
turn to surgery (western medicine) but also incorporate it with homeopathy, nueral therapy, natural therapy, self therapy and any other forms that
makes the patient's mind at ease.
Which brings me to my point in the beginning. It is all in the mind. If your mind believes, your body will re-act to your affirmations. However it has
to be said, one also has to look at the what is the best treatment for the patient and approach the treatment based on the severity of the problem. So
you cannot think the long enduring path of homeopathy is the best approach to treat a brain tumor victim. He might have to have more immediate care by
the well established western doctors for surgery - however a supportive accupressure treatment after the surgery might compliment the patient's
recovery. This is what I mean by mixing of all known medical practices,
Of course, it is not as straight forward as my above example, but that is what ought to happen. And that is what FDA and other regulatory bodies ought
to do rather than merely support pharmaceutical giants because of their indebtedness to their corporate funding.
[edit on 26-2-2005 by aryaputhra]