Why I Turned On to Herbs and Natural Remedies
Hi, I’m Deb Augur. I’ve studied and used herbs and natural remedies for 22 years.
Here’s my brief why…
It was the spring of 1997 when I first became highly interested in the benefits and the power of herbs and natural remedies. Very rarely have I had beneficial experiences with western medicine. I’m allergic to a lot of the “stuff” they prescribe and seem to have far more toxic reactions than average. And, unfortunately, I’ve often been a “victim” of iatrogenics, which means “of or relating to illness [or death] caused by medical examination or treatment”).
5 Hospital Stays, 4 Near Death Experiences
It’s true. I have been admitted to the hospital five times in my life and 4 of those times they nearly killed me… and that’s not what I went in there for! Even giving birth resulted in a medical mishap that nearly cost my life. (And I have many more medical horror stories. Due to all of that, I have what is diagnosed as white coat hypertension.)
And that brings me to…
The Dark Side of Conventional Medicine
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States die from medical errors and other iatrogenic causes.
Millions more suffer serious adverse drug reactions.
These numbers are a stark reminder and it’s important to be aware of them.
Let’s take a look at the dark side of conventional medicine and what you can do to protect yourself.
The Risks of Conventional Medicine
Conventional medicine has benefits, but it also carries risks.
Prescription medications can have serious adverse reactions, medical errors can lead to death or disability, and treatments like surgery can cause complications (and are sometimes not even necessary).
According to some estimates, as many as 250,000 Americans die every year from medical errors and other iatrogenic causes—including adverse drug reactions—making conventional medicine one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
What are Iatrogenic Causes?
Iatrogenic causes are any medical mistake or harmful side effect that results from treatment by a medical professional or from taking a prescribed medication.
This could be anything from surgical error to misdiagnosis to an allergic reaction. In other words, it’s when something goes wrong during the course of medical care.
The Effects of Iatrogenic Causes
The effects of iatrogenic causes can be devastating. They range from mild discomfort to life-threatening conditions like sepsis or organ failure. In some cases, the harm caused by iatrogenic causes can be permanent, resulting in physical impairment or even death.
Over the course of a 12-month study, more than 2 million patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR). Worse still, studies reveal that 75% of these were from toxicity rather than allegic reactions. 100,000 of these patients died.
In addition to the physical effects, there can also be psychological repercussions such as PTSD or anxiety disorder. These types of injuries caused by medical mistakes often require long-term treatment and have a significant impact on quality of life for those affected.
How Can You Avoid Iatrogenic Causes?
The best way to avoid iatrogenic causes is to keep yourself informed about your health and any medications you may be taking.
Do your research before agreeing to any treatments and ask questions if something doesn’t feel right.
It’s also important to find healthcare providers that you trust and make sure they are up-to-date on their certifications and training so they can provide the best possible care for you.
Finally, consider natural alternatives like acupuncture or homeopathy as these can often provide relief without risking adverse reactions or other complications associated with conventional medicines.
Exploring Natural Alternatives
Natural alternatives include dietary changes, physical activity, herbal supplements, acupuncture, meditation and yoga—all of which may help reduce symptoms without the risk of serious side effects associated with prescription medications or invasive treatments like surgery.
It’s important to speak with your doctor before making any changes to your health regimen so they can advise you on any potential interactions between natural remedies and prescription medications you might be taking.
Using Good Judgment
Of course, it’s possible that natural alternatives won’t work for everyone. When this is the case, it’s important to use good judgment when deciding whether or not to pursue more aggressive treatments like surgery or strong medications like antibiotics or painkillers.
In some cases these treatments may be necessary—but in others they may not be worth the risk.
You can decide what is best for your individual situation; talk with your doctor about all your options before making any decisions about treatment plans so you know what the risks are before proceeding.
Don’t get me wrong…
Conventional medicine has its place in modern healthcare—but its risks should not be overlooked either.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans die every year from medical errors or adverse drug reactions; millions more suffer severe side effects from strong medications prescribed by their doctors.
For those who want an alternative option, exploring natural remedies is always worth considering. Ultimately it is up to you to decide which treatment plan makes sense given your specific circumstances. Always use good judgment when deciding whether or not to pursue certain treatments so that you know what the risks are — before going forward!
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