Natural Remedies vs. Pharmaceuticals

have you ever felt confused by contradicting health information especially when you go online to research a health-related question and.


have you ever felt confused by
contradicting health information especially when you go online to
research a health-related question and find a lot of biased, partial or just not
user-friendly information and you end up being more confused than before you
started your research? I’ve certainly been there, and this is especially true when
it comes to natural remedies versus conventional pharmaceuticals – it seems like these two fields are constantly at war with each other and there are a lot of
people that paint everything black and white while there’s a lot of gray areas in
there. In this video I will show you that both natural and conventional treatments
have a good and a bad side and there is an approach that will not limit your
choices. Hi I’m Dr. Deryo from KnoMED, and I’m here to help you navigate the
ever-growing world of health information so you can make best decisions on your
journey to healthier you! so conventional pharmaceuticals are the mainstream
drugs that undergo FDA-regulated research. Complementary medicines are
treatments used along with conventional products and these can be dietary
supplements, vitamins, minerals and so on Alternative medicines are treatments
used instead of conventional pharmaceuticals and these may include
natural, herbal or traditional remedies It’s no surprise to anyone that
conventional pharmaceuticals do carry potential risks and some more
than others. Meanwhile alternative therapies are
becoming more and more popular. You might have come across doctors and pharmacists
who are very skeptical about these drugs and the reason for that is in the unknowns
when it comes to alternative treatments you see conventional pharmaceutical
companies are required by FDA to extensively research any product before
it goes on the market. FDA doesn’t enforce the same regulations on natural
remedies. This doesn’t mean that one way is better than the other, what it does
mean though is that one is less regulated and potentially less
researched. And that is why many doctors and pharmacists focus exclusively on
conventional methods. Some people say that natural equals safe but this
generalization isn’t true in many cases because some naturally-occurring
compounds are very poisonous. Let’s take for example water hemlock or cicuta maculata: this plant can be easily confused for edible parsnips or celery
but it has a deadly toxin that can cause severe convulsions and even death. You
can probably come up with other examples of poisonous plants, however, there are
many herbs that are very safe but when it comes to using them for medicinal
purposes, there are a few things that you’ll want to make sure you know before
you start taking that product. First of all you need to know the correct dose
for your specific problem because if you take too little it will be useless, but
if you take too much, if you end up taking too much that can cause some side
effects. Secondly, you want to check if there are any potential interactions
with any other medications in case you’re taking any because when you’re
combining two chemicals in your body there’s always a potential for
interaction, and even food is a chemical that can interact with how your body
breaks down another chemical. When an interaction like that happens you can
either experience more side-effects or one medicine can block the intended good
effects of another. For example, cranberry supplements are good at preventing
bladder infections, but when you combine cranberry with warfarin, which is a drug
used to prevent deadly blood clots you’re putting yourself at risk of a
serious bleeding, because cranberry will increase the warfarin levels in your
body. One more thing that potentially could affect the safety of
natural remedies is the less rigorous FDA regulations that make it
easier for a natural product to enter the market without being thoroughly
tested prior. With naturals there are cases when a product that’s very
effective for some people causes some serious side effects in others, and
without extensive research it’s hard to figure out what exactly is going on
there. Sometimes it may be that the active ingredient itself is causing side
effects, also there is a potential for impurities and contaminants because the
manufacturers are not as scrutinized by the government as the conventional pharmaceutical companies. This doesn’t mean that natural products aren’t safe,
what it does mean is that there is a possibility that a product’s safety hasn’t
been thoroughly tested. Now you can see that natural doesn’t always equal safe
but being aware of all these things you can navigate the field of natural
remedies and get great benefits for your health while limiting the risks. What are
your experiences with natural products? Please share in the comment section
below! when it comes to conventional pharmaceuticals, let’s keep in mind that many of them have started out from naturally
occurring compounds, which were then taken to the lab where scientists were
able to modify their chemical structures in a way to make them more potent and
trying to decrease their potential negative effects, however, medications
still have potential side effects, drug interactions, contraindications, which
cannot be ignored. If you use them wrong they can be very dangerous for you. Though
when medications are used appropriately you can find great benefits for your
health. Now, in conclusion, since both conventional and natural medicines have
potential risks, asking which one is good or bad is not a good question, because no
matter what side you take – there are risks either way, but when it comes to
benefits for your health – you don’t want to limit your choices, right?
The better approach to this dilemma is embracing Integrative Medicine, which
simply means considering all treatment options that claim to work and
researching what is known, identifying what’s unknown and taking into account
individual factors, like emotional, physical, environmental, social factors…
Taking all of that and coming up with a tailored treatment plan that’s tailored
just for you! No “cookie-cutter” or “one-size-fits-all” approaches, because
these can limit and even hurt you. Also the goal shouldn’t be just to overcome
an illness, but to stay healthy in the long run, with the minimum amount of
medications. In order to achieve this goal you might need a big team, so you
may have a doctor, or maybe several doctors, a naturopath, a chiropractor
and a pharmacist involved… but whether you have a big team or a small team, if
you are motivated, willing to learn and actively involved in your health, you can
influence the outcomes in a great way, unlike when you’re passive or making
decisions on limited knowledge. And that is the reason why I’m starting this
YouTube channel, because I realize how important it is to have necessary
knowledge to make best decisions! See you next time!

4 thoughts on “Natural Remedies vs. Pharmaceuticals”

  1. You say there is no one size fits all cookie cutter treatment for everyone. Then why do they say that vaccines a one size fits all?

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