Alternative Remedies vs. Pharmaceutical Drugs
The biggest irony of modern times is that as the number of pharmaceutical drugs developed increase, so do the number of illnesses and conditions. Our culture has allowed the pharmaceutical industry to become incredibly powerful and disproportionately lucrative. Despite the many documented and well-known dangers and side-effects of prescription drugs, drug companies still represent the third most profitable business sector in the United States. Globally, the pharmaceutical industry is expected to be worth more than $1 trillion by 2014.
It’s almost impossible to watch television or read a print or online article without coming across an advertisement for one pharmaceutical drug or another. The pharmaceutical companies selling these drugs spend billions of dollars per year in marketing and promotion to convince us that these drugs are worth it on account of their wonderful properties and ability to treat or cure everything from acid reflux to weight gain. In fact, according to a recent article in the Huffington, for every dollar the big pharmaceuticals spend on research and development, they spend $19 on promotion and advertising
Sadly, many people are so influenced by pharmaceutical advertising promising a quick cure or relief, that that they won’t even consider giving alternative treatments a chance. As a part of our hectic culture, many of us have come to expect quick, if not immediate, relief for our suffering, failing to realize the hazards of many of these pharmaceutical concoctions. The truth is that if these pharmaceutical drugs were in fact the answer to our illnesses, why are the number of illnesses continuing to increase?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all pharmaceutical drugs are bad; it is not my intention to condemn their use altogether. There is certainly room for both alternative remedies and modern drugs. When an acute or severe illness develops, the strength of pharmaceutical medicines cannot be denied. Some of these drugs can be lifesavers. Many prescription drugs may in fact be highly effective, especially in acute and emergency situations. But although they can be very powerful, they can also have serious and even fatal consequences. Pharmaceutical drugs contain chemicals or unnatural substances which alter our brain chemistry and hormones. Their objective is to treat disease by alleviating or eliminating the symptoms, generally only targeting the affected organ or body part. This approach often adversely affects other organs and our bodies as a whole.
Natural medicines, on the other hand, contain certain properties that help prevent disease and promote sustained health and healing. Natural remedies are derived from living plant life and as a result are much safer than using prescription drugs and a lot cheaper. In addition, natural remedies often bring about positive benefits beyond what you expected.
Alternative treatments do work and often work better than prescription drugs for many health conditions. They have a long history of effective results. Humans through out history have relied on natural remedies long before synthetic drugs were ever introduced. The knowledge behind these natural medicines has been handed down from generation to generation and modern clinical researchers have confirmed that the naturally occurring properties in many foods and herbs have the healing powers to cure common ailments.
I think that as a culture we turn to pharmaceutical drugs too quickly and too often. What we need to remember is that not every health problem or condition requires costly pharmaceutical drugs. A pill for every ailment is not a solution to our health problems. More often than not, natural remedies provide an excellent alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Natural remedies are the right choice for those of us who want a healthier way of living and a better way of healing.