The TV shows, to me, were very bland. What I mean by that is...they showed how to make stuff like lip balm and foot bath additives for athlete's foot. When the people used the products, they showed one for and one against...or in a not so favorable opinion. After every commercial, the station showed a disclaimer before the program proceeded.
What I have to say is...baby steps are good. I am pleased to see this type of show. Am looking forward to shows like this in five years. By then they might be able to say some things that might really help.
Like...take a lot more Vitamin C. The FDA says you only need 200mgs of C a day. I take 4000mg a day, unless I am sick. Then I take 4000mg, four times a day till I start feeling better.
Now...and here is my disclaimer...I am no doctor. I am not telling you to take anything. I am telling you to educate yourself. Research things. Read like crazy. I am old school. I like reference books. Something I can hold in my hands. Something I can mull over, where ever I am. Something I can show someone else. Something that has proven to be useful over the years.
My story is that I divorced my husband when the Lad was The Boy of 3 1/2 years. We had no insurance, so I tried to beat illness to the punch by eating good, and taking vitamins and herbs. AND...educating myself.
That is when I found out about homeopathic medicines. I bought a homeopathic first aid kit at the health food store. It has 29 different bottles of the meds designed to take care of a family of four for years. It comes in a box with a book on how to use them. I paid about $120 for the whole box. It is worth so much more. EACH bottle of the meds go for about $8. Some more, some less. 30 times $8 is $240. They are charging $89.49 for the same box on Amazon.com, under homeopathy kits...white box with 29 bottles. I just checked.
That is a cheap office call, plus gas money. That is NOT for the tests, or medicine, or follow up appointments. Another thing you will need is some information you can STUDY. That's right...STUDY.
There is a book called "Prescription For Nutritional Healing" by Balch. It is in it's fifth or sixth printing, and costs under $20. I call it the Bible of healing. It has helped me, help myself....and countless others.
Armed with the book and the pills, I learned how to take care of my health, not try to fix it after it had gone wrong. I went to the Dr and he had a bunch of tests run, simply because I hadn't been to the Dr in 10 years. I made the Dr make copies of my test results and took them home to study.
I remember my sodium was one point low. I researched how to adjust the levels of the different tests to get them ALL in the optimal range...by adjusting my vitamins. After 2 months, I made another Dr appointment. You see, I needed his permission to get another blood test.
When we got together he asked me what was I in for? I need a blood test.
Why is that?
I proceeded to explain that I was attempting to fix my low sodium (and other minor things).
He said, "Low sodium is real bad".
"Don't try and scare me...it was only one point low."
From then on he started talking to me like a real person with a brain. 20 minutes later I was getting my tests redone. And...yes. I had fixed them.
I have tried most of my life to NOT take prescription medication. It amazed me that a lot of time the side effects of the pills is worse than the problem you were taking them for in the first place.
It amazes me still, EVERY time I see a commercial about ANY drug on TV or in magazines. It is all a marketing strategy. Because people will keep going to DR's till they find one who will give them what they want.
So...take your health care into your own hands. Remember, if you are going to the DR...he is your employee. Tell him what you need. If he tells you that something is wrong, go home and Google it. Go to the library. Educate yourself. Gather as much information as you can. That way you can make an informed decision. In your best interest.
Here is my rant. It is how I got started on this path to self help health care.