I want to use my first sentence to tell you that I’m not a health care professional. Consider that my disclaimer. The only grounds I’ve got to speak on this are my own healthy lifestyle and observations about life. Sometimes, however, those opinions are better. I have no vested interest in a pay-day from a drug company or no desire to fix one symptom while creating ten more. I’ve been offered medication for things that didn’t need it, and it’s downright frustrating.
Modern medicine absolutely has its place in this world, there is no doubt. We are able to fix and cure things that we couldn’t have dreamed about hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, this new thinking has brought a need to fix things that seem like they either don’t need fixing or things that could be fixed in much gentler ways. Need some examples?
ADHD: There is no doubt that some people need medication for this, but in fifteen years of working with children I’ve seen so many diagnosed with ADHD. Only a few have seemed severe enough to need medication. I believe that we all have some attention trouble inside of us and the solution often comes down to channeling the energy appropriately and using the energy up. Kids especially, as they are balls of energy. They’re supposed to be. For many, it’s not something that needs a pill. It’s “get me running around and playing a sport.”
There are reasons a person might not be able to sleep, but before prescribing some medication that we become dependent on, perhaps we should ask questions and fix the triggers that might cause insomnia. Drinking caffeine? Too much caffeine? Are you staring at a screen, napping during the day, drinking alcohol, and eating poorly? There are so many ways we can look to solve this trouble before we prescribe a pill. Sadly, there seems to be less money in that.
Those are two examples. I could spend the rest of the day listing examples. It seems as if some sleep, healthy eating, water, meditation, and exercise could do us all good. Grab one of those if you feel some illness creeping up. It could save your life.