Naturopathy is a relatively new concept in my world. I have (like most others probably) been raised to know that medicine cures diseases. If something is wrong physically or mentally a little white pill is all it takes to fix it. Last year (2011) I was consuming painkillers on a regular basis due to headaches. I tried several pill-remedies due to constipation and not to forget my dear Cabergolin because of hyperprolactinemia. So did those white pills cure me? Well the painkillers usually gave a few pain free hours, magnesia, Psyllium and something else I’ve forgotten the name of, did nothing at best to relieve my constipation. And I definitely still have hyperprolactinemia despite being medicated for 7 years… Do I need say more?
My first introduction to naturopathy came from my father of all people. I thought he had been besessed. It was so unlike him. I guess it belongs to the story that he had just been struck by work related stress and a depression.
A few months later I entered the naturopathic world as well. The naturopath was spot on even before I had said a word. An iris analysis showed a discoloration around my pupil that indicated digestive problems – check! Also a brown spot on the bottom of my iris suggested a problem with my kidneys… I still don’t quite know what to make of that.
Different areas on the body have been identified as closely linked. The basic idea about naturopathy is to identify and treat the cause – not the symptom. Everything is potentially relevant. The naturopath asked me all kinds of question and redirected the attention to my early childhood. From the age of 6 months to 5 years of age I was on frequent antibiotics due to ear infections (another illness medicine didn’t cure). I also grew up in a smoker’s home and consumed a diet consisting mainly of bread, pasta, potatoes and cereal. Basically a diet high in carbs plus I was a very picky eater. I remember that I was frequently given eye and ear drops for reasons I don’t remember. I don’t know if any of these factors have potentially contributed to the onset of hyperprolactinemia. All I know for sure is that early childhood is a time of high vulnerability both physically and mentally.
Like cures like.
I like the idea of treating with nature. I started out by referring to it as alternative treatment, but it doesn’t sound so alternative anymore. Medicine should be the alternative – when everything else fails medicine should be the last resort – not the other way around.
Our bodies are organic mechanisms dependent on nutrition to regenerate and sustain chemical reactions. Plants live in some environments but die in others. We are the same. We need to eat what we were designed to eat. I am still a firm believer in the fact that a wrong combination of nutrition causes hyperprolactinemia.