In our fast-paced world of cell phones, instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook and things-that-must-be-done-yesterday outlooks, it’s only natural to want to be able to heal or get well just as quickly. But at what cost?
We have our five-day antibiotics and fast-acting pain relievers, but whatever happened to letting the body just take care of itself? It seems that’s gone the way of the pony express and dial-up modems.
It almost seems that we’ve forgotten that our bodies can heal on their own. Granted, as we age, our broken bones mend slower and illnesses can be more dramatic than they once were, but ultimately we do heal in most instances. So why the hurry?
Before modern medicine came around to help speed up the process, natural remedies were used in the same manner.
Countless homeopathic, botanical and holistic healing books have been printed touting the properties of numerous preparations and herbs that can help speed the healing process.
While much of this is done to achieve a certain level of comfort and keep suffering to a minimum, there is something to be said for letting our immune systems do the job alone.
For one, letting your body heal naturally boosts the immune system and therefore improves its response to future illnesses you may get.
Secondly, all those fears of a drug-resistant superbug can be put to rest … or at least set aside for a while. If drugs are what’s causing future generations of bacteria or viruses to become resistant to drugs, then why not remove that pesky variable? Seems logical, no?
If only it were that easy. To their credit, anti-bacterial and anti-viral drugs have helped bring the mortality rate down for a variety of illnesses and conditions.
Also, we’ve managed to all but eliminate several diseases, from measles to diphtheria, which we would still be facing if natural means were our only resource.
When is comes to the minor injuries and illness, it’s probably best to just tough it out and let the body do what it’s meant to do: repair itself.
Of course, if the conditions worsen or don’t seem to get better, it might be time to see the doctor about some meds.
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