Is there any scientific basis [rational or experimental] in the following belief ?
As far as possible we should go for life style adjustments, like diet and exercise, .we should not go for medicine in the beginning itself, in case of a disease.
Though seemingly glamorous, this statement is highly conditional and in general dangerous.
Let us be analytical and find conditions under which it can be accepted or rejected.
1] suppose a child is bitten by a mad dog .no waiting can be recommended
Give anti rabies
2] A child develops diarrhea.
Never wait , give anti biotics immediately.
an un known fever. flu-like symptoms
severe headache, as well as confused thinking, seizures,
rare but can be life-threatening in a few days .
some people may contend:
all these examples are are from microbial diseases.
But let us see.
If it is asthma , auto immune diseases like type 1 diabetes. If we wait for long, thinking that let our body develop its own ‘resistance power’
Fatal results will ensue.
If it is a thyroid problem and doctor prescribe thyroxin for life time. Take medicine through out life .no other go.
Suppose a person has depression or psychotic problems. Take medicines, near perfect survival available.
If you don’t take medicine . either he will kill himself or kill others ,
or some one else will kill him.
again medicine is the savior.God sent.
Cancer , heart problems,blood clotting innumerable cases are there –waiting is a great blunder.
I know two cases personally.
One woman had gynecological symptoms which she did not take seriously.
Finally the oncologist said :
surgical removal of uterus is of no use. The cancer is spreading to the kidney area. we can try radiation .
she survived by luck and science-that was my sister in law.
Another case the woman had some discomfort in the back bone area –
those people and her husband were persons who treat themselves with medicated oil massage ,and some herbals. do not much listen to the advice of others.
Finally she was hurried to the surgeon who removed the uterus. Cancer.
In all cases it is most advisable that we go to an English medicine doctor who can check up with his X ray , MRI, endoscope and the lab results to diagnose what the disease is.
In some few cases then, like old age arthritis. we can resort to self experiments like diet, exercise and so on.
Let us see another set of cases.
In some cases like hyper tension some improvement can be obtained by reduced salt intake.if excess salt was the reason.
If a child has stomach ache and that was due to ill treatment by the step mother , no medicine is required. Remove the child from her .the stomach ache vanishes.
Another group of diseases which originates by our moving away from a natural path can be cured by purely returning to the natural path.eg. environmental poisoning in water , atmosphere etc
But how many diseases are there like that. ?
We consider diabetes now
Type 2 with 90/95 percent is hereditary,
but some life style component is there.
Life style can help reducing blood sugar level to some extent.
But if diabetes has advanced to a higher level, medicine is necessary and unavoidable..
Type one is auto immune, with a lower degree of hereditary causes.
Delaying medicine will be fatal.
I had some time back used a term :
The perfections of modern medicine.
I will give two examples.
With a microscope and chemistry we study a bacterium .
A structure is found in bacterium, but not in the host[ that is man].
We find a chemical that can destroy the structure in the bacterium .the structure
being absent in man ,it becomes a medicine for us.
This is a very classical one.
We all have heard of sulphonamides.
The thing in septran tabs -bactrim,
How does it work ?
•Certain microbes require p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA).
•Sulfonamides,are chemicals similar to (PABA)[ molecular appearance] . when we eat it , it gets into bacteria for making folic acid.. Bacteria now cannot grow as it got the wrong food. what it got was not paba but only like paba
• All cells require folic acid for growth.
•Folic acid (as a vitamin in food) can be transported into human cells. However, folic acid cannot cross bacterial cell walls. For this reason bacteria must synthesize its own folic acid from paba.
Man knows how to absorb folic acid . no problem for him.
you see the great mechanism of the drug.it is not just poison killing all bacterial and human cells.
Where as in olden days we eat a herb for cure . it may or may not work.its mechanism or side effects in the long run, are unknown to us.i am not criticizing our forefathers ,the ancients,.they had only that much science at that time. So what?
------Another technique is to disturb the bacterial cell wall synthesis !!!
I have just given only a microscopically small amount of knowledge in this field.
Next time if someone is interested, in a large book shop or university library just open a book on biochemistry and scan .you will be astonished to find the great many mechanisms like the one I described .
This is why I said some time earlier, the ‘perfections of modern medicine’.
People with out any of this knowledge , like a blind man turns anti medical, with the hang over of classical medicines.
In case of human INSULIN.
See it is exactly the same as ,what inside our body we produce.
The belief that
“As far as possible we should go for life style adjustments, like diet and exercise, we should not go for medicine in the beginning itself, in case of a disease”.
This belief Has originated from the days when medicine had many side effects.
But now most medicines have negligible side effects.
some medicines like insulin are just perfect.
Though it is inconvenient to administer.
Taking pros and cons on either side -anti medicine is just a blunder, dangerous.it has no rational or experimental basis.
Therefore people who claim that I am successful with out medicine in controlling my blood sugar must have a rethinking.
rethinking as to whether they are at a loss of nutrients and other consequences.
many in this group are already taking tablets or insulin.so far so good. who is opposed to it?