James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
I recently had an appointment with a new doctor. I was nervous and wondered what she would recommend to treat my afflictions. Most doctors are ready to whip out their prescription notepad and hand us a new drug. Sometimes the new drug can cause side effects that are worse than the afflictions.
My appointment with my new doctor was vastly different. Instead of writing me a prescription, she gave me information about my affliction and alternatives to prescription choices. Yep, you heard me. Alternative ways. The doctor’s handouts included information on my affliction and alternatives by way of foods that help, those to watch, and those to avoid. In addition, she provided vitamins and supplements that can help.
What a relief! Someone who thinks outside the box. I did some research on each choice before making a decision on which one to try. I was able to find one that didn’t have conflicts with my current medications and how my body functions in general.
I’m happy to say that the alternative is helping. This doesn’t mean that I won’t consider a prescription in the future. It means I was happy to have a choice.
It’s important to discuss any alternative methods of treatment with your other doctors to make sure there isn’t an interaction you miss. But you must weigh everything with a grain of salt. Most doctors are uncomfortable with herbs especially. They don’t have the education on the subject in medical school. And they don’t want to risk causing a patient more harm than good.
That’s where asking God for wisdom comes in. God is the creator of all things and knows what is best for your body. He will advise you as you do your research, such as from John Hopkins Medicine on their site hopkinsmedicine.org in their article, “Herbal Medicine.” Here you will find general information about herbal remedies, FDA approval, and precautions such as educating yourself first, following instructions carefully, working with professionals and don’t rely solely on your own research, be alert for allergic reactions, and research the company who makes the product. The article also provides a list of supplements and what they are used for.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.