04-11-2016, 09:03 AM
This is one of those arguments where really both sides are right. There is nothing wrong with wanting to treat common aliments with natural remedies. But, there also has to be an established threshold for when it's time to "bring in the big guns".
My mother was seeing a doctor, and one of her issues is she has almost no cartidge in her knee. Her pain was made worse twofold in that she feels bad about asking for pain medication (my sister was a narc seeker, and eventually OD'ed), and the fact her doctor was all about natural remedies. Which is fine, for a first pass. But he was telling her she needed ginger or something, no matter how much she complained, while she hobbled around. I went with her to an appointment, explained her situation to him, explained why she felt bad about asking for anything, and his reply was lettuce or something irritating.
I gave her some of my Norcos, and it was night and day. One 10mg Norco, and for a half a day, she didn't limp or need her walker. I got her in with a new doctor, and now she is on low dose (5mg) hydrocodone, and her quality of life is greatly improved. We'll still have to get her a knee replacement, but we're baby stepping.
Point is, I don't think anyone really has a problem with natural medicine. It's when people get hard headed, and say you shouldn't poison yourself with a drug that will help or fix your issue, but instead start throwing grocery lists at you while ignoring the fact you have serious things going on, and conceding maybe you should try a certain drug for a couple of months. See, that doctor was willing to let my mother live in pain, rather than admit maybe his initial advice didn't work. This kind of goes back to the "you can't view medicine in black or white" point I'm always harping on. And that applies to natural medicine as well.