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 Rethinking Healthcare: A Nurse's Perspective on the Conventional Approach





As a nurse with nearly three decades of experience, I've seen firsthand the evolution of healthcare. While I wholeheartedly support medicine, doctors, and conventional treatments, there's a critical aspect of the approach that has left me disillusioned over the years.

The healthcare landscape has shifted from a personalized relationship between patients and their physicians to one governed by codes, approvals, bottom lines, and pharmaceutical options. Patients are often left feeling like mere numbers in a system driven by profit and bureaucracy.


We've been conditioned to relinquish accountability and responsibility for our own health to the healthcare system. Blindly following medical advice without understanding or education has become the norm. "Take this pill and come back in a month" has replaced meaningful discussions about lifestyle changes and holistic wellness.


What's particularly troubling is the notion that prescribing medication is equated with validating a patient's concerns. How many individuals are unnecessarily medicated simply to appease this need for validation?


Those who choose natural paths to wellness are often stigmatized by mainstream healthcare, despite the goal of supporting the body's natural ability to heal. However, as more research emerges, the tide is turning, with many seeking healthier, natural alternatives to conventional treatments.


When was the last time your healthcare provider recommended holistic approaches like Epsom salt baths, herbal detoxes, or essential oils? How often are fundamental aspects of health, such as vitamin supplementation and gut health, discussed during medical appointments?


Symptom management has become the focus of healthcare, rather than true health care. Our society's reliance on processed foods, polluted environments, and constant negativity in the media has led to a state of poor health for many.


It's time to rethink our approach to healthcare. Patients MUST BE active participants in their own well-being, have adequate access to education and support for holistic health practices. Healthcare providers must prioritize prevention and address the root causes of illness rather than simply treating symptoms.


As a nurse, I remain hopeful that we can shift towards a healthcare system that truly values the individual and promotes wellness in all its forms. It's a journey that requires collaboration, open-mindedness, and a commitment to putting patients first.


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Tea Of Life Apothecary

45 N. Paint St

Chillicothe, Ohio 45601


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