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  • natpractitioner

    I am a naturopathic physician, and I use only what you would call "natural remedies" that are scientifically proven effective to treat a wide variety of health problems. I practice what is called "evidence-based medicine" — all of the herbs and supplements and dietary changes and essential oils and such that I prescribe are all very effective to treat what I use them to treat.

    However, with that said, there are also times that one must use pharmaceutical drugs or surgery or a variety of other modalities to treat certain pathologies. Any honest and competent physician will tell you that there are some things that you can use more natural remedies for and some things that you can’t.

    So far as profit, everyone who is in business in any field is working to make a profit or they wouldn’t be working. I assume that whoever asked this question works for a salary as well — no one works for free if they can help it. The question is not whether someone is making a profit, but whether or not what they are doing is honest and safe.

  • I just have my own personal credibility, but my mom has used natural remedy’s to help with sickness and PMS problems. I’m not sure what she uses exactly or where she gets it from but I know it always helps her and my whole family, including me. A lot of the time I think it helps better than medicine, since there’s less or no side effects.

  • use medical drugs as a last resort.
    use natures remidys for the pride of love-of-world.

  • there’s so many side affects to medicine and your in pain

  • i am personally using natural alternative medicine(for migraines&sinus). this is with esstenial oils plus heat and ice paks. this is not a cure but it does relieve the pain, and stuffiness. i use it because i am allergic to many medication’s. keep in mind i do take medicine(that i’m not allergic to) at last resort. just use it with precaution and study how it is to be used.

  • Many of the prescription drugs on the market today have their roots in herbs & so-called natural remedies (they are just mass marketed ) such as digitalis comes from foxglove. That being said, many so called natural remedies have NO basis in reality either & can be dangerous (remember peach pits? That was cyanide). Natural remedies have their place, but they are manufactured with out any oversight–so they can be impure or even contaminated or even not what they say they are (there is not labeling laws–how about Snake Oil? It was pure alcohol). So you have to be very careful. Unregulated remedies can also interact with prescription meds & alter their effects as well. Many things are natural and are not good for you–arsenic is totally natural! I think both have their place, but just because you need a prescription, does not mean that it is bad–the death rate before antibiotics was almost 100% from certain infections & people did not live into their 30’s in some places.
    And just so you know, doctors do not make any profit from prescribing meds–they write the Rx, but once it goes to the pharmacy, there is no further link to the doc & we don’t even know if the Rx was filled. As to profit–EVERYONE wants to make a profit–it is the way of the world!

    Like anything, there are shades of gray and you must be an informed consumer.

  • evirustheslaye

    the only difference between "medicine" and "natural remedies is:
    1 medicine is regulated for quality, and effectiveness, natural remedies arn’t
    2 medicine takes the chemicals from a natural source, isolates and mass produces them, as opposed to requiring you to take some concoction or herb made of several different chemicals, where usually only one will do.

    if you think that medicine producers are evil for garnering a profit, how do you think these "natural remedies" are so openly sold? they make money too. plus profit is irrelevant.

  • Yes, it is sometimes a better idea to use medicine – for example, anti-venom for snakes and very poisonous insects.

    In many instances it is also a good idea to get a professional diagnoses and recommendation before weighing your options instead of just guessing what is causing a problem and attemting to self-medicate without knowing what you are dealing with.

    Having said that, I would almost always look to nature first and resort to mainstream drugs and treatments as a last resort for most problems other than emergency care or physical trauma. Our doctors are the best in the world for emergency care, trauma care and repairing broken parts and diagnoses. It is when they get out the prescription pads for unnatural drugs that causes concern for me.

    Contrary to what one poster said, many doctors receive incentives for prescribing drugs – such as honorariums, free lunches and other gifts, and even free massages and cruise trips, to name a few. There have been a number of scandals concerning drug companies essentially bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs. In many instances, doctors practices have a financial interest in the pharmacies they try to steer their patients to, the same as they do the blood test and X-ray labs they send patients to.

    In addition, some doctors indeed do make profits from the drugs they prescribe, often with unhealthy consequences for their patients.

    In an article that appeared in the New York Times in May 2007 it was revealed that to of the world’s largest drug companies are paying hundreds of millions of dollars to doctors every year in return for giving their patients anemia medicines, which regulators now say may be unsafe at commonly used doses.

    The same article noted that:

    "Federal laws bar drug companies from paying doctors to prescribe medicines that are given in pill form and purchased by patients from pharmacies. But companies can rebate part of the price that doctors pay for drugs, … which they dispense in their offices as part of treatment. … Doctors receive the rebates after they buy the drugs from the companies. But they also receive reimbursement from Medicare or private insurers for the drugs, often at a markup over the doctors’ purchase price."

    See: http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/doctors-getting-paid-to-prescribe-drugs/

    Besides regular doctors, oncologists reap huge profits from the drugs they buy wholesale and then take big markups on. The typical oncologist practice derives 75% of its income from markups on the drugs they prescribe and sell.

    Greed plays a big part in many things that are promoted and sold for profit, mainstream drugs are certainly no exception.

  • Natural remedies are just… natural, no risks of side effects and so forth. I’d only use Alopatic medicine (like in hospitals) as a last resort, i.e: if I got shot or was involved in a car crash… Credibility: there are always entities that give a bad name to the good stuff, you might want to visit your local naturopath and see for yourself.

  • Treat the Cause

    BOY! LISTEN TO THIS LOAD OF CRAP! "Medicine is studied and much safer?" OH MY GOD PEOPLE! LISTEN TO YOURSELF! Look at the hundreds of thousands of people that die from taking "MEDICINE" Compared to alternatives. Over 100,00 people die a year in the US only. That’s not counting doctors mistakes. And you are going to tell people that it’s safe because it "was Studied by the same people that try to keep us sick and dying. Give me a break and get the @#!* out of this section. You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

  • I am a firm believer in natural remedies. I know several for different things such as headaches, poison ivy, joint pain, constipation, allergies, etc. My grandmother taught me most of them, others I learned by research online.

    I would only take man made drugs as a last resort.