Modern medicine practices are increasingly being called into question as unsafe. And in some cases may be a threat to public health.
We all like to think that the medicines we are prescribed by our GPs have been rigorously tested and are safe to take. That side effects have minimal and that most importantly they will actually help us. have been many scare stories over the years of ineffective or even dangerous medicines being prescribed to the public.
Most of us remember the Thalidomide scandal, and more recently the efficacy and safety of certain anti depressants known as SSRIs. It seems that the pharmaceutical industry is rife with bad and even dangerous practices and far more concerned with profitability than patient health.
Of course, a lot of the information out there on the internet is written by conspiracy theorists, and has driven the reluctance to, for example, the use of the MMR vaccine on babies due to safety concerns.
However, this article then brings some responsible but nonetheless worrying journalistic weight that the medicines we are taking just might be harming us more than helping us. Here is a link to an article which appeared in the UK Guardian newspaper
For us – Paul and Elaine and Loving Life After 50 – this is something we believe to be critical to our and your future. For a long time now we’ve not automatically believed what our GP has told us but have researched and problems through responsible sources for ourselves.
It’s alarming how a GP, tied to advising on what the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry trains them to advise on, compares to other branches of medicine suggests.
If we could put it into one sentence it would be this:
The NHS is trained to manage symptoms of conditions, by prescribing drugs. It will only rarely investigate what the ACTUAL underlying cause of a problem is, and even less so address that cause.
We’ve been exploring the emerging world of the functional medicine specialist. Rather than labelling an illness and prescribing a drug to minimise the symptoms of the illness, functional medicine asks what’s not working well in the body to cause the resulting symptoms. And then goes on to support the functioning of the body through supplementation.
This is clearly a radically different approach to illness, and has many supporters. The main thrust is that many (some functional medicine specialists even suggest most) conditions and illnesses are indicators that our bodies are not receiving adequate nutrition, and they can reduced or eliminated through appropriate use of minerals, vitamins and supplements.
In other words, our bodies are not full of illnesses because our bodies are failing: the symptoms we exhibit are as a result of our bodies complaining and groaning because we’re not giving them the raw materials to work as they are designed to.
A completely different approach.
If you are interested in exploring functional medicine then we suggest you follow the links here: