Natural Cures

Posted by Connie on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 1:00 am and is filed under Chronic Illness, Healthy or Not.
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I’m all for trying something natural to help you with a sickness or medical condition. But please understand that when you have lots of medical problems and are lots of medications you may not be able to just take something that your doctor doesn’t approve. There may not be studies that prove it works or even if it’s safe. There may be contraindications that my doctors or pharmacist are not aware of. There may be ingredients in herbs or whatever that are not listed or have unknown side effects.

So if you’re peddling herbamacallit, naturalfixit, Ephedrasil Hardcore or vitaminoprin I’m sorry to tell you, thanks but no thanks.

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  1. I once had someone try to convince me that MSM would magically fix my joints which formed incorrectly IN THE WOMB. *beats her head against a wall*

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    comment by HelloKit — July 30, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I couldn’t agree more…I am all for natural remedies…I used to be one who tried different herbs–as long as they have been tested and proven over time, i.e. echinacea for immune system support when I was coming down with something and glucosamine to prevent joint damage since my mom had pretty severe osteoarthritis. However…now that I have rheumatoid arthritis, folks immediately think that there must be some homeopathic, natural remedy that will miraculously cure what ails me. But you are right on–I can’t take just start trying stuff without knowing how it’s going to affect all of the drugs I am on and also how it’s going to affect my immune system since RA is an automimmune disease. The only thing I can do safely and have done is try to eat more balanced–more veggies, more real food instead of processed, etc. And, whatever my rheumatologist has recommended like more omega-3s which help with inflammation. But that’s food stuff anyway. I even have to be careful to look at the multip vitamin supplement I take since a lot of them now have “extra” ingredients that might not be okay for me to take…

    comment by Ella — August 8, 2008 @ 5:51 am
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