4: What will my medical doctor and medically-oriented family or friends think about my holistic treatment program?
Your doctor may be on board with a holistic program. An increasing number of doctors understand how natural health programs can help patients heal faster. However, if your doctor disagrees with your program, there may be an understandable reason.
Medical doctors are highly trained and can be very competent doctors. Still, they are trained in only one area: how to treat health conditions that have known medical solutions, usually drugs or surgeries. Trauma, infections, and many diseases have known, treatable causes and can be routinely resolved by medicine.
On the other hand, chronic diseases do not have known, treatable causes. This is why medicine has no solutions for most chronic diseases other than to use pharmaceuticals to manage symptoms, often for the rest of your life. There is no treatable cause for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and hundreds of others. If you go to a medical doctor with a chronic illness, it’s like asking an electrician to fix your plumbing problem. It’s not what they know how to do.
Many doctors believe all that is known about health and healing is taught in their schools. If your doctor thinks they have been taught all there is to know about chronic health conditions and that there is no treatment available, they aren’t likely to agree with a solution they’ve never heard of.
Doctors often need to see that new treatments are proven in massive studies and published in acceptable journals. This, even though many of medicine’s most significant advances originated clinically (meaning that a doctor tried something new in a clinical setting and observed that it worked).
I have seen many unfortunate examples of patients who felt that they could not do any type of health care other than that which their doctor, family, or friends agreed with. Sadly, this meant that they could never find help or recover from their condition, as their doctor, family, or friends would only agree that their problems had no treatment.
It’s essential to have family support while healing, and it’s always an excellent plan to educate your team about your chosen health plan. Many doctors will support a natural health care plan, and I encourage my patients to reach out to these professionals. This can make the difference between success and failure for your health goals.