Why I Chose Natural Health Over Western Medicine?

In the Beginning, Like lots of folks, I went to a western doctor for many years. My western doctor was a nice older gentleman who knew lots but didn’t know everything, as no doctor does. I started going to him when I was about 16, and I started showing symptoms of depression and mild anxiety. He prescribed Celexa for me, which, out of all the SSRI’s was I believe the mildest, and my mom being a nurse, approved the drug. Every year or so, I noticed that the drug started to wear off, so I’d go to my doctor, and he’d up my dose. I was soon taking 40mg of Celexa (which is the most you can take), and this went on for about 8 years.  Once the Celexa completely wore off, I went to my doctor again, telling him that it wasn’t working at all, so he put me on Zoloft, and that was hell!  I mean pure hell.

Pharmaceutical drugs

One of the last times I ever saw this doctor was when I told him I hated Zoloft, and I needed something else. So he wrote me a referral to a psychiatrist. When I met with the psychiatrist, she talked to me about my possible disorders; she said I showed characteristics of ADHD, OCD, depression, and anxiety.  I left feeling like, “God is there anything I don’t have!”. She prescribed Cipralex to me, which is kind of the brother to Celexa – similar but different. It worked great for about a month, and then all of my symptoms came back.

Fed up, then Cold Turkey After 8 and a half years of taking drugs, I was fed up, and suddenly a light bulb went off in my head. I thought to myself, what am I doing?! Maybe I need to get off of this stuff and go the natural route. So I did, and that’s basically how my life changed. I started doing research, and I found that apart from genes, the diet had a lot to do with how I felt. When you’re depressed, you don’t want to reach for a carrot; you want to reach for a donut. And when you eat crap, you’re going to feel like crap. So I started to clean up my diet, and it definitely helped.

Now the ending of this story is not all rainbows and gumdrops. Because I was so fed up with taking drugs for the better part of 8 years, I decided to stop my Cipralex completely.  BAD IDEA! I don’t know, but maybe I was trying to prove something to myself.  I was just so fed up. Since then, I have heard that you should never get off of antidepressants cold turkey.

NaturalRemediesThatWork.com is BornYou always want to wean yourself off drugs.  I heard this, but I didn’t care at the time, and frankly, I wasn’t educated as to why you can’t stop them completely. Now I know why. If you get off them completely, you can do some pretty bad damage to your brain and body long term, which is what I think I’ve done. It’s been about 2 years, and I still have bad days where I don’t wanna do anything, or I don’t wanna see anyone, but I sometimes wish I was back on my meds. I’m thankful for this day that I’m not. Because if those drugs never would’ve worn off, I probably never would have had my aha moment, and I know for a fact that if I didn’t go down the road that I did that this site would have never come about. I like to call it fate.

I Don’t Blame my doctor don’t completely blame my doctor because I was the one crying saying, “Help me, give me something, anything!”  What was he supposed to do? I think my doctor, like many doctors, thinks that the only way to help people is by prescribing stuff, and while antidepressants can save someone’s life, they are not the only option.

So we as a society need to start educating ourselves; we NEED to start eating better and living better. We need to find healthier, alternative ways to treat ourselves. Lastly, I just want to say that not all doctors are bad, and medical technology has definitely come along way.  I don’t know where we’d be without it, BUT many ailments CAN be treated naturally. So if you think you need to go to the doctor, why not try a Naturopath!

If you agree or disagree with me, I would love to hear your comments.  Feel free to share below.

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