Today in My Shoes . . . Don’t Do Drugs
I hope that today’s post will be informative. I imagine some people may be upset or offended by it, though I hope many will be inspired by it. Nonetheless, I need to write it. So here it is.
When I say “don’t do drugs,” it’s probably not what you think. Drugs, as far as I’m concerned, are made by men and women in labs, not by nature. Nature makes medicine, man makes drugs.
In my life as a patient, and my work as an acupuncturist, I have noticed a sad trend. This is the trend of what I call voluntary pharmaceuticals. What does that mean? Exactly what it sounds like. Before I go any further, let me tell you that I am not against pharmaceutical medications. I certainly owe a great deal of my life to them. Still today, I have to take certain drugs. If there was another way, I would be doing it, but these are necessary drugs.
What I am against are voluntary pharmaceuticals. When I say voluntary, I say this because these drugs are not necessary. In fact, most of the conditions that these drugs are taken for can be addressed through diet and lifestyle, but that takes work. And therein lies the problem.
If you ask me, pharmaceutical drugs should be a last resort. I will say again, pharmaceutical drugs should be a last resort. The reason being? Side effects, both short term and long term. Every single pharmaceutical drug has side effects. Every single one. If you are lucky, they will be barely noticeable. If not, you may be scared for your life, or worse. I know, I have been there.
I find that most people take their good health for granted. I have been guilty of this too. When people take their health for granted, they don’t appreciate it, or realize what it takes to be healthy. For them, it has always been easy, nothing to think about. So, when pain, or illness, or imbalance comes along, it can be quite a new, strange and uncomfortable experience. Right? Right. Because good health has been so easy for these people in the past, they don’t feel like they should work for it. Modern medicine allows this thinking to continue, and here are some of my favorite (actually least favorite) medical issues that prove my point.
- High Blood Pressure, Heartburn/Acid Reflux, Gout, Diabetes, Skin Conditions, Lactose Intolerance, Migraine, Anxiety/Depression, Insomnia, Fatigue, and the list goes on . . .
Before everyone gets upset, let me say this. I understand that in certain instances of the above listed conditions, medication is absolutely essential.
In a great deal of instances though, the above conditions can be successfully treated with changes to diet and lifestyle. You may have to learn to meditate or start jogging, perhaps you will need to give up dairy or stop eating steaks. You are going to have to make some changes, and make some sacrifices. Your health should be worth it. Your health should be worth more than a grilled cheese sandwich or some red wine. Your health should be worth more than the convenience of taking a drug. You could choose to pop a pill then eat that fat steak, and let the chemicals deal with your body’s dislike of the food. Or, you can stop putting the food, and the drugs, in your body and achieve equal if not better results. If you have to take something, take something nature has made. The intelligence that made you, is the intelligence that made nature. There are no unintended side effects from nature’s medicine. A human makes the drugs, and every side effect is unintended.
I could go on and on, but this blog is long enough. I hope you can appreciate where I am coming from. If you don’t absolutely need to take the drugs that you are taking, I would invite you to find another way. You have access to all the research in the world right there in the palm of your hand. Put in a little work, make some changes, give up something good (the steak or the cheese, etc) for something even better, a drug free body. I can promise you that the results will be better than you even imagined.
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About the Author
Adam is an author, transformational speaker, and stress management coach. His powerful yet approachable and easy-to-understand wisdom have the potential to make a powerful shift in your life. Combining ancient wisdom and modern science, he helps his clients achieve their personal and professional goals, free from stress and worry. My journey has taught me some powerful, profound, and incredible things. Walk with me, and I'll teach them to you too.