The natural health product industry is a booming field. I would know, I represent a good part of it! However, as a ND, I look at the body for answers, not at medicine or therapies. Medicine is simply a tool to help people feel well. This statement is very general, I know, but it has huge implications for health and disease.
In this industry, what I have seen happen is that people are quick to jump on the ‘latest’ natural health product on the market. While this is great for the wellbeing of everyone, at the end of the day, it is marketing. To avoid obsession and compulsion in the ‘natural health world’, you have to go back to the roots of medicine, and how to apply these things to your everyday life in a succinct, and useful way. It is not the medicine that is necessarily helping, but the positive response of YOUR body to the medicine. And so, if something is working properly, no point in trying to fix it again! If something is not favorable affecting your body, then yes, try new formulas or consult with an expert.
There are basic mechanisms of the body: immune system, inflammation, hormonal system, circulation, lymphatics, emotions, etc. And more importantly, there is communication between cells of your body. Last night on the CBC, there was a special on plants and how they communicate, hunt, talk, protect their young, etc. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/03/21/science-preview-smarty-plants-nature-of-things.html This is something that plant biologists have known for years – the communication between the plant world and pollinators through chemical, and now what we are discovering, is electrical communication. The ‘nervous system’ senses – and will then create chemicals that release to speak, protect, and so on. And what is even more fascinating, as mentioned by Bruce Lipton in Biology of Belief, is that electrical communication is 100 times faster then chemical communication! I would think it is even faster…
My fascination with the natural world peaked during my studies in the Costa Rican rainforest. I have many stories to share about the intricacies of life in the jungle. But here is just one: the Ant-Thorn Acacia tree. The Acacia tree is prime real estate for ants, without a monetary cost! It is a symbiosis, a mutual arrangement. The Acacia tree is unable to defend itself against predators because it does not have alkaloids like many other plants. The ants take up residency in the thorns and when a predator is approaching, millions of ants will come out and defend the tree. In return, the ants benefit from protein and carbohydrates from the tree leaves. How do ants know of the predators? I am not sure, but could be shaking of the tree, and possibly that the roots of the tree are able to sense a predator coming… Prevention? Quite possibly — how best to survive! And what better way to prevent than to foster good communication within the cells of your body, so to speak. The rest, let nature run its course!