4. Do I have to be on medicines for life?
Health as well as disease is a process that progresses in time. Neither is in a static state, both depend on different personal and environmental factors. In our modern environment, this is truer than ever. The current toxic load in the air we breathe the food we eat and the water we drink (if we drink water at all) brings to mind the concept of health maintenance which immediately stresses the vital importance of detoxification. In the world of our grandparents, detoxification used to be optional and nutrition taken for granted. Not anymore. If we want our bodies to work smoothly we must keep them clean, because the toxic load is constantly incoming and our nutrient poor food helped by supplements.
5. What makes Naturopathic Medicine different from Conventional Medicine?
The answer is found in the internal environment or “terrain “ (La mellieu interiour).. Long time ago in France there were opposing views about health and disease. On one side we had Louis Pasteur, the discoverer of Penicillin who asserted that the cause for disease was always found in the microbes and therefore they needed to be destroyed. This cemented the base for Allopathic medicine.
On the other side we had Claude Bernard and Antoine Béchamp who taught that it is the weakness and devitalized internal environment of an individual which allows illnesses and microbes to get a foothold and start the disease process. This principle founded Naturopathic Medicine at least in the West, because we must not forget the Chinese and Indian peoples had already been practicing Natural Medicine and Acupuncture for at least 5,000 years.
These two theories came to be known as the germ theory (Pasteur) and the cellular theory (Bernard and Béchamp). Who do you think is right? We can find our answer in statistics. We just need to look at which countries are the healthiest or the sickest in the world. Healthcare in Europe and the US are based on Allopathic Medicine alone with the exception of Germany, which similarly to China, Japan, India and South America, uses elements from both Allopathic and Naturopathic Medicine.
6. Does this mean that Allopathic medicine is useless?
Not really. Patent drugs and Naturopathic therapies each have their place and time. Chemical drugs are very usable in rescue circumstances especially in acute diseases like infections and trauma from accidents. For chronic diseases Natural medicines are much better tolerated to work with the body for a long time with less harmful side effects and less chances of illnesses to become drug resistant.
7. So pharmaceuticals have side effects and Natural medicines do not?
Not always. The difference between a medicine and a poison is often found in the dose. We all have seen the balding heads and weight loss of people undergoing chemo. Homeopathy uses high dilutions of some very toxic substances to help us regain health. When they are used at these high dilutions (very low doses)homeopathic medicines have beneficial effects on the body. Examples of natural substances which do have harmful side effects are belladonna, arsenic, cyanide, cocaine, marijuana, radon gas.