6 Ways Conventional Medicine is Harming You

In today’s world, we are often taught that, if we are sick, we ought to make an appointment with the family doctor. The doctor, we are told, knows everything one might need to know and, with honest intentions, will prescribe us pharmaceutical drugs that will heal us as quickly as possible.

What if, however, you are being misguided? What if this habit is a misuse of your body, your resources, and your responsibilities?

HERE ARE SIX WAYS CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE IS HARMING YOU:

PHARMACEUTICALS CREATE MORE PROBLEMS.

Truly, there are a massive book’s worth of examples for this point. You can dive a little deeper by reading thisthis, and this. Some examples include:

  • Side effects that cause more symptoms (and often aggravate current ones), for which you will need more drugs or treatment.
  • Synthetic ingredients that put a strain on your kidneys and liver, causing organ exhaustion after prolonged misuse.
  • Potential destruction of good cells and bacteria in your body, which leaves you vulnerable for more infections and diseases.
  • Causing diseases to become drug/antibiotic-resistant, which leads to less-effective treatments and more devastating diseases.

DOCTOR VISITS AND PROCEDURES ARE
OFTEN EXPENSIVE AND UNNECESSARY.

20.6% of overall medical care is unnecessary, including 22% of prescription medications, 24.9% of tests, and 11.1% of procedures, according to 2,106 doctors from the American Medical Association (AMA). According to this group, a routine physical for an adult typically costs $200-$240, with the most commonly used diagnostic tests and lab services costing up to $2,500. 

That means at least 2 out of every 10 people are spending thousands of dollars, unnecessarily.

IT CREATES OVER-DEPENDENCE ON SOMEONE ELSE.

Conventional healthcare often follows the master/student model, rather than a partnership model. The issue with relinquishing such authority over your health is two-fold:

  1. It puts an enormous burden on systems and people who are not experts on You. Only You know the actual ins and outs (literally) of your lifestyle, habits, and bodily response to those things.
  2. It assumes the authority figure will never behave selfishly or maliciously. Unless your physician is a perfect, benevolent deity, they are subject to behaving imperfectly, with bills to pay, outside pressures to endure, and even a moral code that is possibly incongruent with yours.

PATIENTS ARE TREATED LIKE
“JUST A NUMBER.”

The medical system is overwhelmed by an enormous number of patients requiring attention, every second. That is why routine procedures exist. It’s a survival mechanism.

However, the result is that people tend to be treated like livestock: dumb, helpless, and in need of prodding through the assembly line. You become “just a number,” instead of a person with specific needs and a unique lifestyle. This often results in misdiagnoses, medications being incorrectly prescribed, and even traumatic events.

IT IS AN INCONVENIENCE FOR VERY LITTLE RETURN.

This may only pertain to those who live in large cities, so bear with me if this does not resonate with you. The average waiting time for a newly scheduled doctor’s appointment in San Diego, CA is about 18 days. If you are trying to schedule with a specific doctor and/or are trying to schedule a visit around the holidays, it may take even longer. If you work a typical Monday through Friday schedule, then you will have to take time off of work for the appointment. If your doctor’s office is disorganized, it might take two or three different attempts to have the correct time slot scheduled. You may even need to arrange for transportation, parking, or childcare.

All of this effort for an appointment that lasted only 20 minutes, during which your doctor let you know that you should eat something green more often, and “have a nice day.”

HEALTHCARE PRODUCES A HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

U.S. hospitals produce more than 5.9 million tons of medical waste each year. That doesn’t include medical waste from dental offices, veterinary offices, home care, or even pharmacies. The kind of waste that is generated from healthcare includes infectious waste (i.e. blood), pathological waste (i.e. organs), sharps waste (i.e. syringes), chemical waste (i.e. mercury), pharmaceutical waste (i.e. unused drugs), cyctotoxic waste (i.e. carcinogenic substances), radioactive waste (i.e. radionuclides), with general, non-hazardous waste (i.e. plastic products) making up about 85% of the total. To read more on healthcare waste, click here.

Conventional medicine causes harm to your body, your bank account, your life, and the environment. Next time you feel a cold coming on, do yourself and the earth a favor: consider a professional who values natural products, a partnership model, sustainability, and, most importantly, You.

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