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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Unconventional Medicine



I had a nice long phone conversation with a good friend of mine. About 6 years ago he had a massive stroke. For a time he was completely parallelized and was unconscious. Later, he came out of his comma. Speech was difficult and he'd often be lost for words. Doctors put him in a nursing home.

Over time, with some physical therapy, he was able to regain the use of his left side. Eventually he was able to move into an assisted living apartment. That was a big step up from the nursing home. His physical therapy stopped, which is normal in these cases. It's expensive and they only expect improvements during the fist year after a stroke.

That's where things stayed for a while. He didn't get any better, but didn't get any worse. He could watch TV, but struggled with reading. Anything longer than a short magazine article overwhelmed him. Reading was slow and he could not retain what he'd read.

Then he decided to do more about his health. He lost weight -about 100 pounds. That got him off insulin and most other drugs. An “energy worker” did some procedures on him. He started going to an acupuncturist on a regular basis.

One day he noticed some feeling in part of his right leg. It doesn't sound like much, but to him it was a big deal. Instead of just being something dragged around, his leg felt like his again. He has no control over it, but at least there's some sensation.

Life got busy and I hadn't heard from him in a while. We talked on the phone last night and he'd made another big improvement. Suddenly he got the urge to try and read a book. He was able to read, comprehend, and retain what he read. Now he's on his third and truly enjoying himself. It opens up a slice of life that had been closed off.

He didn't do alternative treatments instead of regular medicine, but when conventional treatments come to their end, what does one have to lose? The effort paid off for him.

It had also paid off for me when I was trying to recover from lung injuries from firefighting. A martial artist taught me exercises to strengthen my lungs. I learned how to breath all over again. In my case, conventional medicine had actually made matters worse for a time. Once they cut me loose from the system, I started to slowly improve.

The nation is struggling with this whole Obamacare thing. We talk about insurance, but not so much about health. If I've learned anything about health care over the years is that we are responsible for our own. Blindly listening to doctors is a trip to an early grave.

I'm paying more attention to my health as of late. For a time I was so sick that just feeling Okay was wonderful. Now that I've been enjoying sun and salt air and exercise, I see that I can feel even better. Talking to my friend has inspired me to do more.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. Good for you. Now if I'd just do the same thing.

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    1. If we don't take care of ourselves, who will?

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  2. When it comes to modern medicine, sometimes less is best. Of course following most guidelines from doctors is recommended, but in the end, like you said. we are all responsuble for our own health for the most part!

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    1. I've had so much bad advice and treatment from doctors that I've got a hard time to trust any of them. There have been a couple of good ones, but way to many bad ones.

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  3. Wonderful Sixbears. Yes, we are all responsible for our own health and well being. It's great to retain control of your own self...

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    1. Control is freedom, and I'm all about freedom.

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  4. T dunno....I'm 75 years old abd comparing what is today's health care to what was around when I was a kid,,,,I am Not impressed. For one thing, and I know I'kk catch heat on this...imho we have gone way overboard in our views/feelings on "health". Seems today everyone has this "thing" of going to a doctor for a "checkup". Hell...I haven't seen a doctor in over 20 years. And, I have no intention of seeing one. Years back people took care of their "aches and pains" themselves. If you did go to a doctor you were really sick. Today people drag their kids to the doctor for sniffles. Considering all this crap about "shots"...measles, and who knows what else....when I was a kid, you caught measles, mumps, etc. and got over it. Yes, you were quarantined, but people still went about thier business....no big deal. In short, it is my belief we have become, are becoming way to sterile. We no longer have any natural immunity. Look at what we eat....most of it is loaded with chemicals. And this is healty????? BS. In short....time for us all to "toughen up".

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    1. I've never been one to go to the doctors -especially for things I know they really can't treat.

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  5. The problem with conventional medicine is that it doesn't have an open mind. Their way or no way. I like the unconventional.

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    1. I'm a big fan of anything that works, no matter where it comes from.

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