Modern medicine has improved the lives of many, sometimes miraculously – but at a price. Our dependence on medications has led us to development a mindset of mitigating symptoms, not addressing the root issue. It is this very mindset where the long-term consequences arise.
It’s no surprise that medicine has experienced significant advancements over the history of humanity. These advancements have simultaneously served to accelerate the cure of many diseases, while causing severe long-term side effects and other ailments down the road. Balance is the often unaddressed issue in deciding one’s course of treatment and path towards healing. It’s just what defines “balance” that western doctors and alternative practitioners come into discord.
Medicine as a life-saver
Our rationale in continuing to use modern medicine stems from our primary belief that they can prevent fatal diseases. For example, the diseases that could make us suffer the most (i.e. polio, chicken pox) have been prevented thanks to the feats of modern medicine. There are medicinal solutions to prevent people from experiencing physical pain. There are solutions that can cure certain infirmities and disabilities. There are even solutions to relieve stress, pain and chronic symptoms of an individual – but instead of just fixing the matter, it can disrupt and cause damage to the rest of your body. And that is where I draw a line.
“Quick-fixes” and an unpromising future
Conventional medicine has repeatedly illustrated that drugs can help get rid of anything – anxiety, a sore throat, muscle pain, upset stomach, etc (for a certain amount of time). However, in attempting to relieve symptoms, such as pain, in a specific region of the body, people often fail to realize that the same drug that treats that pain can disrupt the internal balance, or homeostasis, of our bodies. For example, anxiety medications can lead to significant ramifications of dependence or side-effects. This is a result of the brain changing its chemistry in becoming more adaptive to anxiety medication in order to bring the brain back to homeostasis. This makes sense too – applying the concept of neuroplasticity, repeated stimuli to a particular region of the brain, will alter its physical makeup – so that it becomes used to the new changes that have occurred. While the medications may work, they only provide a quick-fix that only gets worse when the body returns back to its “normal” state (“normal” being whatever typical state your body is usually in without the drug altogether – which may not necessarily be a healthy one).
Medicine disrupts our normal functioning – but our body is smarter than that. Eventually, it discovers a way around, and builds an immunity to the medicine to cease its effect from continuing, subsequently requiring a stronger dosage in the future. Again and again, this pattern emerges in modern medicine. To understand this, you could easily search your favorite drug and “resistance” on Google to find plenty of results. For example, here are some NIH studies of drug immunity:
- Cancer and the abnormally high cellular mutation effects when patients are given drugs
- Bacterial infections and the “antibiotic resistance crisis”
- Resistance against non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for menstrual pain
The list goes on and on – but it’s not just an internal resistance, but an external one too. When diseases can’t be spread, they themselves mutate. Similar to how drug-resistant malaria spread to Africa in 2015, viruses and bacteria mutate, as survival-of-the-fittest (Darwinism) plays its role into the balance of nature, combating a thwarted ecosystem. In this case, drugs can’t solve the problem here, as nature always finds another way for the disease to enter the body.
How I fixed my internal resistance
Personally, I was on 4 anti-acids a day and 2 steriod puffs for my inflammatory condition EOE. Eventually, my heartburn and symptoms got worse, so I decided to cut everything altogether and try a preventative approach. I learned that by disciplining myself and my body, I could find what foods caused this adverse reaction, and cut them out. My depression went away, all inflammatory conditions left me, and my immunity went through the roof. I’d like to say that although I don’t know definitively whether or not this cured my eoe, but it has significantly helped reduce my symptoms. As a result, everything in my life changed. I began to realize the self-healing capabilities of my body.
It must be noted that this is not an argument against all conventional medications, just against unnecessary medications. I believe that drugs may not be the long-term solution to most diseases, which is why we can imagine a revolution for healthcare in the future. Even the National Institute of Health agrees that prognosis (a forecast of the likely course of a disease) is of critical importance, adhering to the need to look at long-term effects as opposed to just fast remedies. Take any simple drug, and look at its side effects – you will most likely find that it makes your original situation worse, not better. It may provide that quick-fix to get rid of the issue, but what you don’t realize is the disruption you have caused to your body’s natural state – and that’s when your future suffers.