Selling The Cure

The history of medicine makes fascinating reading and how true the statement that history repeats itself. Stories of power and control between "warring factions." Doctors and healers alike subjecting people to bleedings, purges of turpentine and heavy metals on one extreme, to the use of more natural remedies but sometimes taken to an extreme on the other. The names and the faces change, the disease states we suffer change too. The one thing that doesn't change is the look of pain and suffering on a patient's face­­ physical as well as psychological. Certainly medicine and technological advances have made certain illnesses that once meant disability and decline a thing of the past. But for all the strides made in medicine and technology little has been done to effect change for the individual suffering the pain of some kind of chronic degenerative disease process.

Experts agree that as we move towards a new century that we have entered the age of chronic illness. Many of us turn to various forms of complimentary therapy spending a lifetime of savings in the process looking for what many times proves to be an illusive cure. Why? PAIN mainly. We want the pain to go away! Or, we've been given a diagnosis that is terminal.

Of course, our families and loved ones would give all they have and more to find someone who could help us live and live with quality. It's hard not to be "led" by the strong emotions that are tied to pain and suffering and many of us want so desperately to believe someone when they tell us they can make it all go away. False hope is the cruelest of all and if indeed we are about to face life's greatest challenge it only further delays the delicate process of letting go of all we have known. Now I'm not saying give up, don't look to complimentary medicine but if you are about to embark on some kind of healing journey make sure you know or at least have an idea about who you are dealing with. This can be extremely difficult for the general public.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Take some responsibility for your illness and believe in your own body's healing energies. Learn all you can about your disease; read everything you can find and listen to your intuition.

Don't suddenly ignore your medical doctor or abandon treatment that is helping. As you heal you and your doctor can decide when to let go of medications and other treatments.

Do I know this physician/healer? What are their credentials or do they have any? If they are a medical doctor, are they board certified in their profession? If you can go to their office read their diplomas. Above all, ASK QUESTIONS. A professional with your best interest at heart will not be threatened by your inquiries. They understand that they cannot help every person who walks through their door no matter how hard they try. If they tell you on your first visit not to worry I can cure you when you've been dealing with this for months or years, RUN!

Where did I learn about this person? Do I know someone personally who was helped by this treatment, or can I find someone with which to discuss their problem and how they were helped. Are they healed, or just improved, and what is the quality of their life at present.

Those of us such as myself who are steeped in the world of traditional medicine many times have a hard time believing that simple things, clean water and food, massage and energy actually work. Herbs, forgiveness and prayer can be such powerful healers and indeed they are. I've personally seen them work. Some of us prefer to call them miracles or spontaneous remission, frankly I don't care what they call it, if the intervention worked and someone is more whole again then great!

Till next time, Rebecca.

This article posted to Zephyr online May 15, 1997
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