As you know I am a registered nurse. I also am a diabetic with a strong family history of cardiac disease. Luckily so far I do not have any signs of cardiac disease. Though my risks are increased due to diabetes. There is a lot of information out on the web regarding health decisions. Personally I believe that holistic medicine and modern medicine can work well together. My personal goal is to eventually obtain my nurse practitioner and continue my herbal studies.
I truly believe that in order to maintain or even obtain good health requires education. Maybe that is because of the nursing model of education which focuses on the entire person, their socioeconomic status, education status, family dynamics. The medical model has become very specialized, there are no longer general practitioners. Specialists are necessary for care of specific diseases and illnesses. There are so many factors, though, that need to be assessed as part of a person’s general well being.
Good health begins with knowing your body, good nutrition, and healthy activity. In order to make good decisions you need to educate yourself on all your options. Some illnesses are caused by a genetic predisposition, such as my diabetes, there is a strong family history of that as well. Some conditions are due to environmental causes, work, play, etc. Knowing how to support and maintain a healthy body also requires knowledge of how the world affects your body.
Where to get information
You can most definitely support a health body with good nutrition, herbal support, vitamins, etc. There are even many illnesses that are easily treated without modern medicine, usually with supportive care. Educate yourself on holistic care and modern medicine. One thing I often tell my patients is that their healthcare provider works for them. If they are not willing to be your partner in your health then fire them.
When choosing what is right for you educate yourself on the benefits. Avoid self diagnosing your condition. The internet is a wealth of knowledge but so are books and practitioners. I will caution on using the internet as a sole source of knowledge. There are many less than reputable sources. Companies willing to sell anything without proper knowledge.
Holistic vs Modern Medicine
Both holistic medicine and modern medicine have their place in our health. They can be used together. I know some of the biggest concerns about modern medicine is the influence of Big Pharma and side effects of medications. Well natural remedies have the same/similar issues. Any medication or treatment does. When soliciting advice do research on the person/people you are asking. It is not rude to ask them how they came into their knowledge. Also, keep in mind that just like modern pharmaceuticals have contraindications based on health conditions and other medications so does natural medicine. Educate yourself on what works best for you. There is never a one size fits all health program.