When I first started this blog I became very aware of the difference between the medical means and the holistic means of healing. They seemed so vastly different in their approach. When I do research on the subject of healing for Endometriosis there always seems to be same suggestions out there on the medical sites. They say things like: Endometriosis cannot be cured, the first method is a laparoscopy, the second is a hormonal treatment…
I have had a number of people argue for the strength of validity of providing natural methods for healing Endometriosis. They say: it is not medically proven to work. It got me thinking… why is it that natural or holistic methods are not suggested for Endometriosis more and why can’t it be medically proven? I have come across many people who have managed to heal themselves completely from Endometriosis and even worse conditions such as cancer, so why can’t we prove these methods work?
Here are the 5 Reasons I reckon it is so hard to prove:
1. We are not testing one drug or tablet or supplement.
I know when I first found out about maca or other recommended natural treatments I thought I could just take that one supplement and then things should get better. Unfortunately, natural treatments just don’t work that way. The body needs to be ready to absorb the nutrients and supplements we give it first. Here is an example. I started taking turmeric a few months ago. I was having it in a tablet form and even tried it in the powder form. When I went to the loo, things were well… bright yellow. I thought that was odd until I realized that my body was simply not absorbing the turmeric. I started to wonder if it was perhaps the way that I was taking the turmeric but it didn’t seem to make a difference when I drank it or tinctured it or took it in any other form available. While this was going on, my digestion was not great. It was generally runny and it seemed to be causing cramps. I needed to fix the digestion issue first. So, I took some olive leaf extract and oregano oil for about a month and tried turmeric again. This time I had no signs that it was simply coming out the other side. So, the point is, even though we know turmeric is a fabulous healer and anti-inflammatory for Endo, there is no point in taking it if the body is not ready and prepared to absorb it.
This holds true for any supplement in their natural form. We can’t eat junk food, eat heaps of sugar and counteractive foods and drinks and still expect the body to absorb the nutrients we feed it.
Drugs work differently. They are much more measurable for a specific symptom. You give someone a specific drug to treat high blood pressure, you can measure their blood pressure before taking the drug, you give them the drug and then you measure the blood pressure afterwards and it has gone down. You have a headache, chances are a headache tablet will make it go away.
Natural supplements work by working with the body to heal it. So, you might take turmeric for Endometriosis but in actual fact it is reducing inflammation all over the body, it is healing all sorts of things in one go, which it does with other minerals and vitamins it needs to get from other sources—a good diet.
2. Time frames
When we measure a specific method of healing for Endometriosis using drug treatments, it is usually over a much shorter time frame. Women are given hormonal treatments and they usually notice an improvement within 2 months of being on the treatment. This makes us think it must be working and is a good option.
Natural treatments take AGES… in some cases years to show their true effect. They work within the body and heal the whole body. Remember, we have been mistreating the body for ages, so we can’t expect its turnaround to be super fast either. This makes it hard to measure because it is not as quantifiable and there are so many variable factors that come into it.
3. Variable factors
There are so many influencers to natural healing. Our bodies change as we age. We might have babies in between healing, get to menopause and these variables make the success of natural treatments questionable to the medical associations. How can we say we have healed ourselves from Endometriosis when perhaps we have simply changed the hormone levels in the body? Where we live, what we do for work, what we eat, how we cope with stress… so many variables to healing and to measure.
4. Lots of little things come together
When we heal with natural methods we don’t just take one thing or do one thing to heal. We approach our healing from so many different angles. We heal emotionally, physically do more exercise and eat differently. We then add a variety of herbs and treatments to the mix to achieve our healing. This is almost impossible to quantify. We can’t go… right, if you do 30 minutes of exercise per day, take this supplement at this time, with this food and these drinks, then you will be healed. It is not the same for everyone. Some of us have heaps of fat stores in our body or we might have better digestion than someone else. We might have more personal emotional stuff we have to clear… etc. So, how can that all be measured? Well, it is almost impossible to measure.
5. We are not focusing our energies on one problem alone
To heal the body completely we can’t just focus on this one area. Why do we have the hormonal imbalance? What caused us to get Endometriosis? These are more important questions and will allow us to get to the root cause of the disease. We don’t just focus on the uterus, ovaries and women’s bits to do that. We look at everything. The whole body, the environment we live in, the mind and the surroundings of where we are. These combined heal the body and not just looking at one little area in the body where the problem lies.
I know on some level it is easier to trust in medically proven drugs to heal. We have been taught that these methods have at least been tested and measured. The sad thing is, they test many drugs on rats, monkeys and pigs which is pretty scary. They also only test and measure things for a short time, usually a few years before releasing these drugs. The biggest thing to note is that drugs are focused on one problem, one area of the body and they measure only that problem. That is why they all have side effects. They don’t consider all the other organs and how they might affect them. They also focus solely on SYMPTOMS.
What are drugs anyways?
Drugs were originally designed with some good thought behind them. They essentially worked out that a particular nutrient or element within a plant or herb were good for treating a specific ailment. So, they extracted that “good bit” out of the plant and made it into a tablet. Sounds alright really, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the plant actually knows what it is doing in having that one nutrient in the plant and not in separate chunks. See, the plant has all the nutrients and vitamins in it to counteract the side effects of the “good bit” you are trying to get and to help the body absorb it better. Just like you know that when you take calcium supplements you need to take it with vitamin D.
Once the drug people worked out that these drugs did actually work and treat a specific symptom, it was easy! They then got more advanced in their research and decided they could genetically modify and create further drugs. Hey, they worked too! Brilliant!
Meantime, they are now starting to make an absolute fortune “helping people” with their symptoms.
The reality is that drugs treat symptoms of the body and not the real cause of conditions. The body has elevated blood pressure for a reason. It has diabetes for a reason. It has cancer for a reason. It has Endometriosis for a reason. These are not simply conditions that form because some nasty cloud has decided to land in our laps. No, there is an imbalance in the body which has caused these conditions. When we take drugs to “treat” these conditions, we are simply masking symptoms and never really getting the real cause of the condition.
Though many of us still believe that “as long as the pain goes away, I don’t care”, the sad reality is that by masking the symptoms we are not ever truly healing but simply driving the body into further and further imbalances.
On a positive note… natural healing is becoming more and more sought after as more and more websites, like mine, are springing up all over the web. There is more and more evidence of people who are healing themselves naturally. There are more and more books out there. Have you noticed how much more “going natural” is trending? Our cereals bars never used to have the words “natural” on them. That is because the public are becoming more and more aware of natural healing and demanding natural sources of food.
Go and check out this site and you will open your eyes to a whole world of natural healing.
Just keep searching and finding great sites like these and you will find the natural path to healing! :Feel free to share them with me as I love reading these sites for ideas and inspiration!