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A Quantum Moment
a quantum moment in the back of an ambulance yesterday morning.
days ago, I had a tooth extracted. My first, and I have to say, I hope my last.
This tooth was infected at the roots, and it had 3 roots, rather than the
normal 2 (aren’t I special?). It was a bad, bad tooth. Funny thing is, it got
bad because I let a reckless dentist put a cap on it years ago. I should have
never done that.
extraction was hard and no fun. The surgeon prescribed a powerful painkiller to
help with the aftereffects. Yesterday morning, while driving to work, I
suddenly developed violent tremors, a rapid heart rate, sweating, chest pain,
Fast forward 10 minutes: I was in an ambulance, hooked up to an
EKG, and on the way to an emergency room. I spent 6 hours in what I consider
one of the worst places in the world – a hospital. I hate hospitals.
diagnosis was not too alarming – ADR, or acute drug reaction. The narcotic
painkiller had forced a sudden, violent adrenaline dump in my system. There was
no heart damage, but it was painful and scary. I had had a mild seizure.
many, many years, I’ve avoided almost all medications, and visited with doctors
very, very infrequently. Anyone who knows me knows that I have no respect for
or trust in mainstream medicine. My own primary care physician is a naturopath,
and even she doesn’t see me very much at all. Any allopathic (non-naturopathic)
physician is, as far as I’m concerned, to be avoided.
is a business. The objective is profit. A hospital is a corporation, like IBM or
Google. When you enter a doctor’s office or emergency room, you are a
customer – not a patient. Your money is a top concern. Your health doesn’t even
come in a distant second. Your welfare is inconsequential.
to the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately 110,000
people die each year from the effects of FDA-approved prescription drugs. And
that is a conservative number, provided by research conducted by the John
Hopkins School of Medicine. Wow. And that study is more than 12 years old now.
That number today is even higher.
most chronically ill people I know are frequenters of doctors. They walk in to
the doctor’s office with one problem, and walk out with 5. They are always
sick, and they are always suffering. The highest goal of a physician should be
to heal and discharge a patient. And yet, the only evidence I’ve ever seen is
that doctors and medicines make people very sick, and very broke. And sometimes, they make them dead.
are a tremendous money-maker, and they injure and kill far, far more often than
they heal. They rob your wallet – and your peace of mind. It’s all a bad, bad
more people came to terms with these truths, and worked on their own healing
through nutrition, herbs, meditation, and attitude, there would be so much more
healing, and so much less suffering, in the world. We all deserve that. And
Creation gave us all these wonderful herbs and methods and choices to heal
Why do we submit our bodies to synthetic opioids and other hugely
dangerous chemicals? Why do we agree to have surgery when it isn’t lifesaving?
An obese man has crippling knee pain, and has both his knees replaced at great pain and expense.
If he practiced clean nutrition and lost weight, his knee pain would
disappear. The surgeon won’t tell him that truth in earnest. And we all know
why. How cruel is that?
quantum moment had to do with one particular thing: for about 12 years now,
I’ve been to taking one very low-dose prescription drug daily, to treat what a
physician once told me is a chronic condition that merits a lifetime of this
drug. The painkiller interacted with this drug yesterday morning, and the ER
nurse told me that although my episode was far from fatal, it could have ended
almost as badly.
is the first day in 12 years that I haven’t taken that low-dose drug. I have a
call into the physician I see every 3 months for the monitoring of this drug; I
left her a message telling her that we need to meet next week to discuss my permanent
withdrawal from its use.
was the one hold-out in my life. I’m holding no longer. Yesterday showed me
that although I was assured that the drug I took daily is relatively benign,
and completely safe, it’s most certainly not. No chemical is. No chemical has a
place in a body. I sit here and wonder today why I looked away from this truth
for 12 years. I was lying to myself. I hate that I was doing that.
just getting over yesterday’s drama, both physically and emotionally. It was
really scary. But I’ve been blessed because something amazing has
come of it. I’m utterly and completely done with chemicals and doctors – come
what may. It’s time to embrace fully the alternative end of healing. Time to break the spell. Time to trust my healthy body to balance and heal
itself. And it will.
come to us in the strangest ways sometimes. I’m a very lucky and grateful girl.