Let’s stop pretending we are going to find the answer to health in the bottle!

It just really fires me up that so much time, energy, and money is spent on looking for the next drug, herb, or vitamin that promises to end the suffering that people are dealing with. I was just reading a naturopathic publication that talks about pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) (a compound found in interstellar dust) as a “vital nutrient” that has promise to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Now don’t get me wrong: if you are dealing with these types of disease and you want to supplement with PQQ, then by all means do so. I am sure it is a better option than using drug therapies that carry with them a whole host of side effects, which are often worse than the disease itself.

Side note- I recently saw a patient who was diagnosed with late onset Parkinson’s disease.  She went on dopamine drugs–which suppressed the symptoms of her Parkinson’s–but now, she is so emotionally unstable from the drugs that she lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of dying from her disease, and fear of having to live with the disease. Her quality of life is terrible.

I cannot seem to understand why our medical community is displaced from the most obvious concept in medicine, “the patient will heal themselves, medicines will not.” Do medicines play a role in helping people heal? It depends on what type of medicine you are taking. Drugs do not heal people. Drugs suppress function from happening in the body, which only enables greater problems down the road. Medicines like herbs, nutrients, vitamins, homeopathy, etc.. do not heal people, but they do help the individual to “buy time” (by supporting function) to allow their physiology to change its patterns.   And these patterns have to be changed, both physically and emotionally. This is the only way that I have seen lasting and sustainable healing happen.

Our medical community needs to stop putting the majority of effort into finding the next “cure.” The cure is already in front of us. It is within you, and the choices that you make, on a moment to moment basis. You can heal, and you can feel better… but not by just taking things. You have to begin doing the work, and understand that you carry within you the greatest power to heal.

 

Dr.Buttler

 

Naturopathic physician who is educating people about their health in order to empower them to practice self care.