I have been practicing Natural Medicine for over 20 years and only recently — as in 2 days ago during a 10 mile practice run for the Disney marathon — did THE answer to a long-standing question finally come to the forefront.
I don’t just “practice” Natural Medicine, it is a part of my life, a part of me. There is no separation between the two. That is the world I live in. On occasion (more so in Central FL than anywhere else I lived), I hear the phrase, “I do not believe in that style of medicine.” Years ago, I would have presented information in an attempt to educate. Now, I simply smile and go about my business. Those who wish to learn will ask. Those who are mired in the disease-management world will not.
The question still piques my curiosity at times. Given the disaster that we call our health care system and the mountain of evidence in favor of Natural Medicine . . . not to mention the 4000 year history. . . . it is puzzling how someone could not believe in it or add at least aspects into their live.
Then it hit me. It is NOT belief that holds most people back, it is almost always one of the following:
- For a small percentage, it is a lack of information. There is a “Rule of the Mind” which states that if there is something we do not know, we have a tendency to dismiss it or say “no” to it. Some people have not taken the time to educate themselves on the subject and thus, always have the default button set to “no.”
- For the majority, it is a matter of responsibility. Standard medicine is based on the victim mentality. “You have the flu because it is flu season.” “You are overweight because of the evil fast food industry or the bombardment of ads or genetics. (Not the 3 martinis you drink every night.).” On the other hand, Natural Medicine is based on responsibility and action. “You have a cold because of over-consumption of sugar leading to a weakening of the immune system. You need to cut down on sugar.”
For some of those claiming “I don’t believe,” it is more of a “I don’t want to do. . . . “ Eating well takes time and effort. Cooking herbs or going to the health food store can be an inconvenience. Popping a pill. . . well. . . a monkey can do this. It is a mindless act and places the responsibility exclusively on the doctor who prescribed it, the pharmacist who dispensed it, the pharmaceutical company who manufactured it and the government (actually the people) who pay for it. The individual is missing from all of these.
Natural Medicine is based on a much different perspective. At the top of the priority list is individual responsibility. WE are responsible for our own health and the best health care system is SELF health care. Paying attention to diet, precise type of exercise and accompanying recovery, rest and leading a life of balance and of passion are the major principles. All of these place the responsibility on the person.
I have good news and bad news for you.
The good news is that your health depends upon you.
The bad news is that your health depends upon you. Truth is often the most difficult of pills.
It may not lead you to where you thought you were going, but it will always lead you somewhere better. When ignored, it will eventually show itself. The closeness of your relationships is directly proportional to the degree to which you have revealed the truth about yourself. It can be painful.