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Old 01-31-2018, 07:11 AM   #4985
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When I worked in the hospital, we had the BIG question: what medicine is being advertised on advertised on TV; what is Readers Digest's ailment of the month and finally, is the MOON full ? Sure enough, we would see an influx of those patients.

If one is to follow one of the allied forms of medicine or seeing another doctor TELL your family physician. There are numerous reaction that can come from herbal, "over the counter" prescribed compounds.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:12 AM   #4986
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I tend to agree with Protag, but have done some research into complementary (used to be called alternative) medical therapies, and believe that the mind is a powerful medical tool. I won't get into the differences between the brain and the mind Let it be said our beliefs influence our approaches to health and illness.
It would be hard to gather evidence-based data on grounding. Could it be the salt-air if you're at the beach, the weather, the time of day, the location, the phase of the moon, etc..... But I would never deny someone's beliefs toward their own health, and do believe there is a lot more than prescription-based Western medicine to our physical, mental, and spiritual health.

"Until 2000, our family doctor (GP) would do x-rays, give allergy injections, B-12 shots, etc óall in his office. He gave up his practice in 2000 and the new GP did not do in-office x-rays, allergy injections, nor B-12 shots ó however he still, at every visit, would do coordination/strength/reflex testing; he would look into our ears and eyes, and would check out minor cuts/bruises, etc. He moved back to PA in 2010, and our current GP acts as though she doesnít want to touch anyone any more than to ocassionally looking into our ears, has never checked our reflexes or coordination, does not test urine samples in her office, of course no x-rays in the office ó almost everything is referred to a specialist and/or the hospital."


This is because medicine must conform to the demands of the federal government. No physician makes independent decisions anymore. Think about that the next time your county/state/federal elections roll around again.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:30 AM   #4987
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I tend to agree with Protag, but have done some research into complementary (used to be called alternative) medical therapies, and believe that the mind is a powerful medical tool.
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But I would never deny someone's beliefs toward their own health, and do believe there is a lot more than prescription-based Western medicine to our physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Being a Christian means that I have faith in the power of prayer, so I'm not completely averse to the ability of belief to make a difference in one's health. I don't deny that alternative medicine sometimes works for people who believe in its effects; same as placebos sometimes work for people who think they're taking the real medication. All I'm saying is that I personally am not one of those people.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:54 AM   #4988
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I believe that homeopathic medicine works because it addresses and treats the root of a problem, rather than its symptoms.

And, I must qualify that with my faith in my particular homeopath, the only one I have ever seen.

We all have the right to our beliefs.


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Old 01-31-2018, 09:07 AM   #4989
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My mother was a nurse, her parents were a surgeon and a nurse. We had traditional medicine in our family, period.

I never saw a homeopath until I was 52, and had just experienced life threatening medical problems.

I felt like my body was falling apart, and someone told me I needed to see this particular man...after getting past the entirely different means of assessment, I have been a believer ever since...recent bleed which I believe was attributable to the blood thinners notwithstanding, I have been extremely healthy ever since.

I don’t get viruses, the flu or pneumonia, rarely have even a mild head cold, and recent testing has found no other maladies, illnesses nor disease processes going on in my body...my heart is strong and healthy, no blockages nor areas of disease.

I attribute my good health partly to good genes, but mostly to my chiropractor/homeopath. I take the handful of supplements he believes are critical to good health, and see him for a tune-up, as I call it, every 4-6 months.

Finding him was one of the best things I ever did.

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There is another form of medicine that came about with the "marriage (?)" of two different groups. Dr.A.T.Still, M.D. and B.J.Palmer D.C. and formed Osteopathic Medicine. One might check out the Osteopath as they believe in the mechanical part as well as the "medicine" form. Today there are a number of Universities that offer both degrees and internships and residencies are held together.
Just another consideration.
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My pcp is an Osteopath, and I am very comfortable with him.

He doesnít necessarily believe in the homeopathy, but accepts its place in the world and how it helps itís devotees.


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Old 01-31-2018, 09:21 AM   #4992
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I believe that homeopathic medicine works because it addresses and treats the root of a problem, rather than its symptoms.
I disagree because of the usually* unscientific homeopathic principle that "like cures like," as well as the completely incorrect homeopathic theory that dilution of a substance increases the potency of a cure made from that substance.
*Not all homeopathic medicines are necessarily quackery, however. Influenza vaccines use homeopathic principles ("like cures like"), applied with rigorous testing and with provable and repeatable results, by using a dead virus to trigger the body's immune system into making antibodies that can later fight off a live virus. But even in the case of flu shots, they don't help unless you take them before you catch the flu. A flu shot will not cure an existing case of the flu.
Most homeopathic medicines are little better than placebos in my opinion.

While I almost wholly reject homeopathic medicine, I have somewhat more respect for holistic medicine, which tailors a treatment to the individual rather than treating all patients like interchangeable cookie-cutter duplicates. Holistic treatments can still adhere to sound, proven scientific principles, but applied with a more complete understanding of the patient in question. I believe, Maggie, that what you refer to as homeopathic medicine may in fact be holistic medicine instead.

But— standard disclaimer— I don't know your doctors or their qualifications, so that is just my opinion.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:58 AM   #4993
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We will just have to disagree, Protag...and that is okay.

If I could put my doctor on here, or he could dictate a response to me, I could give you a thorough and articulate one...but, I can’t, so I will have to rest with my unwavering belief in him, what he does, and how he does it.

He is also a holistic care practitioner.

That cookie cutter approach you refer to is reflected in the protocols which guide decisions in the businesses that are our medical care practitioners these days.

On another note...yesterday I rented for a week in March a tiny house in NOLA, just outside of the French Quarter.

I hope we can meet up while I am there, and put faces to names...you and a couple of others in that area were in my line of vision for my first trip back to NOLA since Doug died.

I got a house because I don’t want to rely on restaurant meals, it will be more comfortable, and Lily needs to come with, of course...and I would have to dewinterize and then winterize again to travel from and back to Illinois in March.

I’m looking forward to it, and hope we can meet.

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On another note...yesterday I rented for a week in March a tiny house in NOLA, just outside of the French Quarter.

I hope we can meet up while I am there, and put faces to names...you and a couple of others in that area were in my line of vision for my first trip back to NOLA since Doug died.

Iím looking forward to it, and hope we can meet.
Should be doable. I'll be out of town for about a week in March, for the AirForums Georgia Mountain Air St. Patrick's Day Edition 2018. So as long as that's not the week you'll be here, we'll be able to meet up.
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One minor comment on the benefits of walking barefoot.

It would be no issue if our environment was cleaner and safer for being barefoot. Unfortunately, all manner of parasites and other wonderful threats are highly present in the environment. Note the recent news article about a couple who took a nice barefoot stroll on a beach, and received a massive hookworm infestation as a direct result.

Personally, I have strenuously avoided going barefoot 'in the wild' since my High School biology teacher presented an interesting session on the life cycle of various intestinal and other human parasites...tapeworms, hookworms, trichina, all manner of fun stuff.....I'll keep my shoes on, thankyouverymuch!
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I saw that article, too....that couple was infected in Costa Rica or some such place.

Hookworms apparently come from human waste from persons so infected.

Our beaches are full of barefoot humans of all ages, and I will likely remain one of them.

Edisto is one of the great loves of my life, and walking barefoot in that surf this winter will be sorely missed....as it was last year, the beach campground being closed due to the hurricanes.


I have been following the Larry Nassar mess, and came across this article yesterday about USA Gymnastics...

http://interactives.indystar.com/new...es/index2.html

368 known victims over a period of 20 years, allegations not reported to the authorities, the accused allowed to move quietly between gyms, ad nauseum...not at all unlike what has happened with pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.

These are not the accidental missteps of persons unsure of what to do, but another example of the massive, systemic perpetration of children concurrent with protection of their perpetrators while insuring their steady access to victims.

Entities whose sub mission seems to be providing victims and a safe haven for their abusers.

Too many, too much...I have no words.

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I have words, but not suitable for a polite forum. I also have a daughter...who has been well protected
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