Hi... Thanks for your post! I could not agree with you more. I'm not certain that the average person understands that some of the natural remedies (vitamins, herbs, medicinal teas) can be as effective taking a traditional drug and that you run a risk of overdose if you combine the two. Niacin is a prime example of a "natural" remedy that packs a powerful punch and caution should be exercised for persons on blood pressure medication.
I am definitely not opposed to doctors or taking medicine but have developed a preference over the years for using natural remedies if and when appropriate, or sometimes complimentary to a traditional medical protocol. I lowered my cholesterol 45 points without taking statins last year due to natural remedies and hope to lower it more this year so I can personally attest to the effectiveness of some.
I'm lucky in that I have a physician who believes in preventative health and has encouraged me to explore alternative remedies, particularly in areas where traditional medicine can offer no cure. Not all medical doctors are so open to alternative solutions. Because he's been open to alternative remedies and has encouraged me to take charge and actively participate in health decisions, we've enjoyed great communication on health issues. I go into appointments prepared with my research and questions. Because we're using a preventative approach, I'm getting healthier without taking a lot of unnecessary drugs or supplements. I try to focus on giving my body what it actually "needs."
For me personally, the bottom line is doing my homework and then ensuring I have good communication with the health care providers so we don't have any negative health surprises down the road.