This is a question that I often ask myself, especially when dealing with people that are often not willing to change what needs to be changed, to allow healing to take place.
I think there are many perspectives that can come out of such a question, but the important one for me is “What can help the patient in front of me, have a better quality of health, within the circumstances of their life?” And the answer is not always something completely natural.
Now, if people were willing to do what it takes to get well – then that would be a different story, it would be natural medicine all the way. But when people are caught up in a lifestyle that doesn’t allow true healing, do we dismiss these people as not worthy of being helped, or do we do the best we can within those limitations?
One area that comes to mind in this situation, is women who are having problems with menopause. They are often suffering an hormonal imbalance that presents with high oestrogen, low progesterone and adrenal fatigue. Many women at this age have been under stress for the past thirty years, with marriage, raising children, developing a career, being under financial pressure, and trying to be everything to everyone. It is no wonder that their adrenal glands are fatigued.
Now if I was a Dr. practicing about 150 years ago, my prescription for adrenal fatigue would be “six months by the seaside”. With nothing to do but rest in the sun, do gentle exercise, eat fresh food, drink clean water and de-stress, many cases of adrenal fatigue and ensuing hormonal imbalances would resolve. The only problem is that in today’s society we never get the opportunity to “opt out” for any period of time to rest and to get well. This is where medications such as Bio-identical Progesterone cream can be a life-saver for some women – but it is not considered “natural” and in Australia is only available on prescription.
Our busy 21st century lifestyles can inhibit our ability to heal. We can’t think that changes in out diet and some gentle herbs are going to correct our imbalances if we are still choosing to live an incredibly stressful, fast paced life. The two are totally incongruent and we won’t get complete results from natural medicine unless we endorse lifestyle changes as well.
As not every patient is ready to take on a complete lifestyle change, my preferred way of working is to implement as many dietary changes and natural medicine options as possible; but then if there is an imbalance such as an hormonal one that can be helped by a Bio-identical medication, then I will recommend we move in that direction.
Everyone is at a different level of understanding in health matters, and rather than being so righteous that we alienate those who need our guidance, as a health practitioner it may be better to be open enough to meet people on their level and offer the best advice we can for their individual situation. Even though the treatment options we recommend, may not be OUR preferred choice.