Thursday, September 17, 2009

Alternative Therapies

Momma recognizes the benefits of traditional M.D. medicine and treatments but over the years, time and experience have opened a new approach that should not be disregarded.

Momma Explains: Since my undergraduate studies were in Science, I started off as a very method oriented person, who almost always followed standardized treatment and popular medical opinion. However, by personal experience, I have found this approach sometimes mistaken and far too limiting.

The first thing we must realize is that everyone, whether a licensed medical professional, masseuse, acupuncturist, herbalist, neurologist or educator, everyone is a human being. Being human is a gift but it also means we will make mistakes. Over the years I have learned that the New England Journal of Medicine is not a god, that doctors can only diagnose and prescribe what they have learned and that not all alternative therapies are safe or effective. Which has led me to the conclusion that you must be your own advocate and research technician. Any time you have a condition, or concern, it is wise to see a professional in that field, it is also wise to use the wonderful resource of the Internet to do research, as well as, ask friends and family what information or experience they may have. For surgeries or intense treatments, a second opinion is always wise. Alternative treatments can be used in conjunction with standard practice. Try a massage for tension relief before a pill, herbal supplements have come a long way, there could be a good one available for your condition. With a reliable supplier you may avoid dependent drug therapy. It is truly your responsibility and you must evaluate your options. Do not be too eager to try the newest treatment, vaccine or medicine. Evaluate, research, and consider all possible alternatives.
At least get a great massage before you make any decisions, it is amazing what an hour massage can do for your perspective. Relax and think about it!

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