Have you ever really thought about this?

Canada
October 12, 2009 9:00pm CST
They say if you eat healthy and are active, you should stay healthy and not suffer medical issues. They say that holistic and homeopathic medicine is good. I hate to say it, but I think they're wrong, and I have proof in the form of someone I know. She's in her early 50's, eats healthy, and uses homeopathic, natural vitamins and the like. Unfortunately, last night, she was in the hospital for emergency abdominal surgery upon which, they discovered a mass in her bowel. Until the surgery was over, she'd been in pain for months, and nothing she was doing was easing the pain. She wont find out for weeks what the pathology results are on the mass they removed, which, was about the size of a golf ball. I went to see her today, and although she'd lost a lot of weight recently, she looked very good. They were about to remove the NG tube when her housemate and I left after visiting her. It seems that no matter what you do to keep healthy, there's always something that gets in the way and does something like this. It's scary to think about it. Holistic approaches are supposed to be beneficial not harmful.
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@cream97 (29164)
• United States
21 Dec 09
Hi, kris_2000. Yes, homeopathic is supposed to be beneficial to ones health. But there are many things that a person can consume that can be dangerous to ones health. I am very sorry about this woman, I hope that she feels well very soon. I do my best to stay healthy and many things come upon my body. It is just so much that you can catch and come into contact with on a daily basis. Germs is all around and when you come into contact with it, it can make one sick and cause extreme pain. What is something to be helpful seems to be hurtful to us all.
@dzimiie (33)
• Canada
14 Oct 09
Sometimes its not just that you eat healthy and active that will keep the doctor away. Sometimes it just happens even if you do everything. Eat carrots, its good for your eyes. Even if you eat lots and lots of them doesn't mean you will be eye trouble free. Its like smoking. You never know if you will get problems in the future or not. There could be someone that smokes for 30 years and never had problems and the other guy that's smoking for 3 years that gets cancer. Some people are stronger than others. Not physically but healthy.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
13 Oct 09
I eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, drink filtered water, and supplement with vitamins and herbs. Get plenty of fiber in my diet. Ect......I try to do everything right. And i must say that i got off all the prescription medications that i was on. and i feel better now than i ever did. Even though i do things the natural way i still keep getting things checked just to make sure. Every thing is ok. I also have the blood tests twice a year to make sure my body is getting all the nutrients and things that it needs to keep running right. and if it is lacking anything i make sure that i get it. If i have a pain, or feel that something is wrong. I go and get it checked out, so i know what it is and then i find the natural way to fight it. Your friend should have found out what was causing the pain as soon as it started, not wait until it was too late. How can you treat your self Holistically if you do not know what the problem is. I would trust treating things the natural way, before i would trust taking a prescription medician from a doctor.
@XperImenT (117)
• Canada
13 Oct 09
this is the concept of nature vs nurture...altho lifestyle is a hugeeeeeeeeeee factor in health...genetics cannot be overlooked...
• United States
13 Oct 09
I'd have to agree and my evidence is in the form of a close friend of mine. He's always been active in sports. Last year, he dominated at conference and did fairly well at state on our school's track team. On top of that, his mom is a dietitian, so his health is superb for his age. Despite all this, this summer his appendix burst and he was in the hospital for 16 days! A few days before he was hospitalized me and him were airsofting in his backyard and playing tag with his younger brother! The weekend before he went in, we went on a 2.5 mile run up in the mountains. So, I understand you 100% when you say that ,"There always something..." My family has a history of heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer up the ying-yang, among other things as well. Some of it is genetic and some of it really makes you wonder. If you look at it from a scientific view point then our imperfections are to be expected, at one level or another. For instance, our reproductive system is imperfect. There are thousands of genetic diseases that occur because of one pair of nucelotides forming incorrectly. Also, the fact that our legs are placed put an incredible amount of pressure that will create a mild to severe level of pain in a majority of people. This can also be noted with the way the back is arched. Again, people that make it to there 50's to 60's will suffer from a great deal of back pain. Some things happen to people and it's completely out of anyone's control. I'm sorry that your friend/ family member has to go through something as painful as prolongued abdominal pain and surgery. On a side note, it's good that you went to visit her. When someone's going through something like that the best thing you can do is be there for them. Best of wishes to your friend for a fast recovery. :)