While modern medicine has provided the world with many miracles, it is not a failsafe treatment system nor even close to being so.
In fact, you may be at risk for unnecessary treatment, ineffective drugs, and even premature death when you see an allopathic medical doctor or spend time in a hospital:
Consider these eye-opening statistics:
- “It’s estimated that 2.5 million unnecessary surgeries are performed each year, with hysterectomies, heart bypass grafts, lower back surgery, and angioplasty leading the list. Just two procedures alone, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) — known in the trade as cabbage — and balloon angioplasty cost $100 billion annually. With long waiting lists for CABG, you’d think it was vital for prolonging the lifespan of heart patients, but that’s a mistake. Current statistics suggest that about 3% of bypass surgeries extend life expectancy, with angioplasty scoring even lower at zero percent.” - The Huffington Post
- “The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 per cent – only work in 30 or 50 per cent of the people. I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 per cent of people. Drugs out there on the market work, but they don’t work in everybody.” – Allan Roses, Senior Executive, GlaxoSmithKline Drug Company
- “250,000 deaths per year are caused by medical errors, making this the third-largest cause of death in the U.S., following heart disease and cancer.” – Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association
Is there an alternative?
Many people are turning to ancient healing arts as an alternative or complement to Western medicine. And scientific research is beginning to validate the efficacy of alternative treatments for a wide range of health concerns and disorders.
For example, the University of Maryland School of Medicine offers a Complimentary Medicine Index that details nutrition, dietary, and alternative treatments for a wide variety of ailments based on the latest scientific research.
Last weekend, I attended a free course given by Family Nurse Practitioner Rachel Allen to learn a gentle hands-on healing technique called Reiki. Reiki is simple to learn. It can be practiced as a form of self-healing or as a healing modality you can share with your family and friends. Reiki reduces stress, enhances relaxation and facilitates the flow of your “life force energy” – call “ki” in Japanse, “chi” in Chinese, and “prana” in Sanskrit.
After a Reiki session, people typically report greater feelings of relaxation, peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki has been said to be of help in treating almost every known illness. Some have seen miraculous results. It is a safe approach with the only side effect being relaxation.
Reiki originated in Japan. The Japanese symbol for the word “Reiki” has two parts. “Rei” means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power”. “Ki” means “life force energy.” Thus, the healing art involves tapping into a higher healing force and allow it to flow through you to heal yourself or others.
While it might sound “woo-woo”, one medical doctor and a handful of nurses were present at the seminar in addition to ordinary people like you and me. Reiki is gradually be introduced into some hospital settings.
Reiki is not generally offered for free. However, you can learn Level 1 Reiki at a low cost. Then you will be able to regularly give yourself healing treatments at no further cost. And, if you wish, you can share healing treatments with family and friends.
At times, modern medicine may be exactly what you need. But it’s not the only course of treatment open to you. If you are interested in taking greater responsibility for your health and wellness, there are many options available. Reiki is a simple and safe way to relax, nourish yourself, and support your well-being.
Do you receive or practice alternative or complimentary treatments? What approaches have worked for you?
- For more information on Reiki: The International Center for Reiki Training
- Image: Rachel Allen, founder of One Holistic Place, giving a Reiki Treatment.
Please note that I am not a doctor, health practitioner, or psychotherapist. Nothing on this blog should be construed as medical advice. Please seek appropriate medical advice for any health concerns you may have.