Diseases have threatened the lives of human beings since time immemorial, of people will try just about anything to find a cure and relieve the unpleasant symptoms.
Meanwhile, conventional medicine which has been tested and approved as fit for humans, and been widely used throughout the whole world, but when doctors are hard to access, due to cost or distance or waiting lists, people just want to experiment with things that their friends might recommend.
This does not mean that other alternative approaches used for treatment should be ruled out because though not having any scientifically proven record of their efficiency, there are some practices, remedies and programs which have been used for ages in different parts of the world to cure some diseases and they have proven to be effective.
There are some diseases which however which are yet to have their cures approved and thus patients with the diseases suffer out there in hopes of a miracle to happen.
For instance chronic pains from injuries or those which result due to the lifestyle of a person and some other conditions such as arthritis or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IRS) may not respond well to conventional treatment and thus there’s a need to use holistic approaches to treat such conditions.
The holistic approach used could be a combination of both conventional medicine and alternative medicine or the latter alone. Moreover, some organic foods, fruits and vegetables as well as other natural remedies have too proven to be effective in treating various conditions and diseases, hence enabling the patient to live a longer and better life.
All in all, what important is for a patient to be relived of the sickness and pain that he/she may be experiencing because of a disease or condition which attacks a person’s body.
Therefore, I decided to recreate this site by publishing content about various holistic approaches as well as foods and practices which can be used to treat some health conditions outside the conventional medicine.
There are some posts that I have collected from patients who have embraced some of these approaches and you can access them by clicking on the different titles below…
When I was informed that I had breast cancer, I had been just about to finish college. The news hit me like a sledgehammer; after all, in my mind, cancer was something that older people got, not someone who was barely 23 years old. For the first day, I was in a complete state of shock. I felt no pain, no discomfort or nothing else, yet I had a proven diagnosis of an illness that could claim my life in a matter of months. For me, the entire world broke down in one single doctor’s appointment that I expected to be routine, but it was anything but that.
As soon as I left the building, I sat down on the pavement and call my dad to pick me up. He arrived 15 minutes later and found me in tatters, crying my eyes out. It took him only a second to realize something horrible must have occurred in the doctor’s office and I told him through tears that I was sick. Together, we sat there on the pavement, crying and sobbing, until we left for home.
I took a sleeping pill and stayed in bed for the next two days. Of course, I knew that there was a cure for this illness, but in my mind, I was already as good as dead. My dad was also completely distraught, because his wife, my mom, died only three years back in a car accident. As an only child, he knew that there was no one left for him but me.
But, while I was completely broken down, he was the first to regain his senses. My dad is a veteran who fought in the First Gulf War and as a military child, he knew discipline was the bread and butter of any success, including breast cancer. I was not raised in that manner because my mom and he remained crucial about being strict parents, but then and there, my dad knew that I had to pull myself by my boot strings and fight for a chance to live.
Naturally, his spirits galvanized me as well and we made a pact that we will fight that breast cancer to the bitter end. The same week, we searched all the doctors in the area and found the best oncologist in town. He immediately went on to create a treatment plan for me. In a few days, I was on the operating table, where I received my mastectomy or the removal of my breast.
The operation went well and in the next few weeks, I slowly got used to having only one breast. But then came the tough part – the chemotherapy. This process involved specialized medicine that was used to fight cancer, but also impacted my overall health in a substantial manner because of its side effects. During those months, I felt a lot of discomfort and also experienced huge weight loss that made me weak and drowsy.
But, once the chemotherapy finished, one of my dad’s army friends, a woman by the name of Sarah, came to help me out. She was also a veteran, but one who lost her arm in Iraq just a few months back. In spite of her grave injury that still caused her pain, she was one of the warmest, kindest people I met. She believed in conventional medicine but thought it could use some assistance from non-medicinal elements. She taught me yoga and opened my eyes to several special diets designed to boost my immune system and other bodily functions. With her help, I started eating right and exercising regularly, while all the while I felt my energy level gradually return.
Of course, there were days when I felt tired and when I wanted to quit, but Sarah kept me going. She often jokingly said that if she managed to defeat hundreds of insurgents in Iraq with one hand, I could defeat my weight loss, drowsiness and finally breast cancer itself. So I did stick to the regimes she made for me, even when my feelings were very down and I thought I did not have the strength to get out of my bed in the morning. But, eventually, I learned to appreciate the same things because they gave me a sense of purpose and stability, aside from helping my body to get better.
Now, seven years have passed since then I am cancer free. I live with my husband just a few blocks from my dad and Sarah, my best friend in the whole world, regularly comes to visit us. I feel so lucky and happy that I had them two to help me when I needed it the most and I will never forget how truly blessed I am to still be here.