Let's look at another example: I have three people in my family (that I know of) who are suffering from MS. They're all between 45 and 55, and they all experience frequent and debilitating symptoms. They've all gone through every pill there is to help with the severe pain and mental issues, and they've all more or less given up on modern medicine to help them live normal lives. One of them has it so bad that until recently more days than not, she couldn't even get out of bed. She's always been somewhat of a pothead, so she turned to her trusty old recreational herb for a more medicinal purpose. As soon as she started that, her symptoms disappeared almost like magic. It's like she's a different person. She still has plenty of problems from a disease with no cure, but it's a plant and not a pill that's helping her live a much more normal life than she ever could before. It's helped her so much that her ultra religious conservative sister with the same disease who at one point in her life would literally sever every tie she had with you if you so much as mentioned marijuana actually decided to give it a try. Guess what? She uses it almost every day because it's the only thing keeping her from living a miserable bedridden life. The third is basically waiting for Floridians to vote in that new medical marijuana bill so that she can use it legally. Being a retired officer and detective of considerable tenure, she feels very obligated to obey the law (however ridiculous it may be). I really hope that bill makes it through, because she has suffered from this disease quite a bit and it would make myself and everyone else who's close to her jump with joy to know she has some real relief.
People are moving to Colorado specifically for the medicinal purposes. Not the pot tourists, the parents with MS children. There are various strains and you can find one that's got a good mix of what will help:http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/reso ... uana-works
For instance, for someone I know who suffers from stage 3 and 4 endometriosis, using pot with a high CBC content controls the continual pain and agony much better than the prescribed opiates (percocet, that's 5 mg of opiates and 325 mg of acetaminophen which will destroy your liver with continued use. The THC is what's the mind altering stuff but you need at least some of it in the strain because it acts as a catalyst to activate the other good stuff.
You get percocet in mixes like: Percocet 10/325, Percocet 10/650, Percocet 2.5/325, Percocet 5/325, Percocet 7.5/325, Percocet 7.5/500
There are some pure opiates you can get but they are of course highly controlled. When you are getting prescribed up to 10 pills a day, think about how much acetaminophen you're ingesting. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/health/fd ... en-dosage/http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consume ... 336581.htmhttp://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/231915.php
Even better, many doctors don't believe people when they say they have pain or have endo. I get it, addicts try to score, but it's sad. The person I know only found out because she had abdominal surgery, supposed to last 45 minutes, took 4 hours because they decided to clear out as much as they could. What's the pain like? Well, if you know a lady with it, ask. Here's an idea:http://youarentcrazy.blogspot.com/2012/ ... cocet.html
Sorry I went off on a tangent.
I'm also a fan of stuff like chiropractic because I've seen the benefits. My wife had life-long migraines that after a month of adjustments, went away. Instead of 4 or 5 times a week it's now about once every 6 months. In my case, my thumb started hurting enough that I learned to write with my other hand. I had no strength in it, couldn't hold stuff. I figured I'd have to get surgery or something but I tried chiropractic, turns out my collar bone/shoulder area was jacked up and after a few months of adjustments I could use my thumb just fine again.
I'm not dissing modern medicine or anything like that, but I think most people just blindly follow what they are told. And it makes sense, these doctors are trained for a decade with specialized knowledge so why shouldn't we trust 'em? But if you look at some of the drugs that are pushed our way, man, some of that can really jack you up. The docs don't have time to continue to research every darn thing while doing their jobs, so there's only so much you can rely on with 'em. Look up what you're being given and ask about alternatives, find out the risks and the benefits and see what your options are.
For me, something I COMPLETELY THOUGHT WAS CRAP turned out to save me from surgery. The wife also was a skeptic and it got rid of her migraines. It's a shame that "medical" and "natural" stuff is at odds since they are complimentary. Maybe it's mainly a western medicine approach? I don't think the Chinese, for example, shun traditional herbal stuff nor do they shun modern medical stuff.