I was just going to leave this as is but I need to say something. Everyone should read this link about alternative treatment.
I have friends who believe in all of this for various reasons and they push it but when I try to push science, I’m the bad person. Being a reasonable and kindly friend I just let things slide and allow them to go on thinking they’re right because frankly, I’m tired of getting the “why-are-you-not-agreeing-with-me” look and being singled out as bullying when I’m just trying to inform.
It gets worse. I have a friend whose mother accidentally committed suicide by drinking herself to death over the course of a week. It was horribly traumatic for him and my heart goes out to him over it to this very day. It happened after she began taking medicine to treat some ailments including diabetes. Just learning she had diabetes severely depressed her. From what he has said one of the side effects of the medicine was suicidal tendencies.
Can this happen? Yes. I have personally experienced medicine that does that (and survived, thankfully). But combine that with an upbringing of negativity toward western medicine, positive attitudes toward alternative treatments, and a few positive experiences with a naturopath and you have a cocktail for a militant stance against western medicine.
What am I supposed to say to that? Whenever I bring up issues, he always goes back to his mother. And I don’t want to be the one to say, “Hey, maybe it wasn’t the medicine. She might have been just that depressed.”
Anyway, I’ve heard a whole range of things including “People hundreds of years ago must have been so much more healthy because they didn’t have chemicals in their foods.” When I point out the high mortality rate and low life expectancy, I’m the jerk. I didn’t even get to bring up the high infant and maternal mortality rates.
This is all really hard for me and I’ve been keeping it all bundled inside. You see, I had a positive experience with a naturopath. I honestly felt wonderful when I was seeing her. But, here’s the important part, she didn’t cure me and there is actual science to back up the methods used on me.
I ate a vegetarian diet, took a ton of supplements (more than the meds I take now), and I got massages every two weeks. All of those things, have scientific evidence, unrelated to naturopathy, saying they can be good for you. All of them.
For me, that’s what counts. Are you blindly believing alternative stuff because you don’t like the medical establishment, or are you informed. If not, inform yourself, because I’m tired of being the bad guy.
Wow, saying all of that feels so good. I’m glad I got it out.