Generations of Americans have grown up to believe the primary, most scientific method of treatment for an illness or disease is medication or, in more resistant situations, surgery. It is common practice for most people, when a symptom first develops, to attempt to relieve it by taking an over-the-counter medication. If this fails to handle the symptoms a doctor visit with the expectation of a specific medication to handle the symptoms usually follows. The overall viewpoint is "what can I take?" We have had the notion we need to take medication drilled into us for years and years by the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry with doctors being the purveyors or the middle men between the pharmaceutical industry and the consumer. This has become so common place we have lost track of the idea that there might be alternatives to the use of medical drugs and surgical interventions.
Millions of Americans are demonstrating and practicing their freedom of choice in pursuing alternative or complementary medical treatments. Millions are recognizing their right to learn about, to study and to choose alternatives for their medical care. Many alternative medical practices utilize natural substances which stimulate, enhance and generally support the immune system and the body's ability to function normally. These therapeutic modalities and treatments are often substances the body needs everyday and are free of side effects especially if utilized by a healthcare professional who is appropriately trained and has had experience in the use of non-toxic, natural, body friendly treatment protocols. The notion held by some is that nutrients obtained in a natural food store or other stores without a doctor's prescription makes it "unscientific" is as far from the truth as one can get. Nutrients provide the basic building blocks of cellular function and the cell's ability to produce energy and therefore do its job. Since the body you live in is comprised of billions of cells, the health of your cells is important and providing your body with the ingredients it needs to function normally is about as scientific as you can get.
The use of drugs is touted to be scientific medicine in spite of the fact that in 1994 an estimated 2,216,000 Americans had been hospitalized for side effects of drugs prescribed by doctors and declared safe by the FDA according to an article which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Approximately 106,000 Americans died from these adverse reactions, again by drugs prescribed by doctors for normal indications and declared safe by the FDA. Prescribing drugs resulting in the hospitalization of over 2 million Americans and the death of over 100,000 seems to me to be not only unscientific but immoral. It is particularly onerous to see this abuse of patients by the medical profession continue when there exists an alternative philosophy and viewpoint of medical care available for patient and doctor alike.
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