“The conflict between preventive health and conventional medicine is not an either-or situation. For example, we will always need emergency rooms and people will always require health care services; yet it has become clear to me that the approach must be natural, it must be preventative, and must be individual.”
~ James L. D'Adamo
The allopathic approach of treating symptoms or a disease has saved countless lives. If you were in a bad car accident, having a heart-attack or had a nasty fall which cracked your head open, you would want to go to a hospital for treatment. There is no argument here. When the risks are high and time is short, you need immediate attention from conventional doctors and medication. They excel in these emergency-type situations and there are no alternatives. In other words, you would not go to your naturopath or homeopath in these critical moments or you will suffer negative consequences such as death.
As for the naturopathic approach, it is focused on treating the person and the cause of the disease, not just the symptoms. It is also focused on preventative health which means helping people live healthier lifestyles in a variety of ways (holistic health). This approach works best when you have more time and when you have a patient/client that is willing to change their current lifestyle. With this approach, the patient/client’s vitality and quality of life increases over time making them less susceptible to sicknesses and disease. If your goal is to increase your vitality level then this is the approach for you and there is no better alternative. In other words, you would not go to a medical doctor or surgeon to build your vitality.
What if a patient or client is not willing to make changes to their lifestyle? First, I would try to educate them as much as possible and provide a plethora of reasons why a naturopathic approach is the better option for long-term preventive care. If they are still unwilling, in this case, I would recommend the allopathic approach. This is what most people do anyway. They take a pharmaceutical pill for every symptom that appears without ever questioning cause and effect. Their approach to health becomes reactive rather than proactive which falls perfectly with the ‘Victim Mindset’. With that being said, I would rather a person take blood thinners from their doctor than do nothing and have a deadly heart attack.
Another thing I like about the allopathic medical system is some of their diagnostic tools. A lot of these ever-evolving scans and tests can give great insight into various health issues. I remember an older gentleman who was a health fanatic and refused to go to a doctor for check-ups (against my advice). One day I walked into the gym and much to my dismay, I learned that he had a massive heart attack and died on the gym floor. This is another reason why it’s a good idea to understand the importance as well as the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches. This why I always recommend you learn to use both approaches at the appropriate times. Everyone is unique and so are their goals and situations. However, the principles of short-term and long-term health are universal.
Your V10 Health Coach,
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